Wayforward, the developers behind cult-classic games such as Shantae and Mighty Switch Force, revealed their newest game River City Girls. The game will be the latest entry in the River City series. The co-op beat-‘em-up is being developed by Wayforward with Arc System Works, who have owned the River City IP since 2015 overseeing.
The game’s story introduces new protagonists Kyoko and Misako. Pair of high school brawlers must fight their way through the city to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, the series main protagonists Kunio and Rikki.
The game features 1 to 2-player local co-op, and will have traditional beat-‘em-up game play including combos, throws, special attacks, and a leveling system. There will also be side quests, weapons, items, and abilities to power up the girls. The girls will also be able to recruit some defeated foes to fight on their side, and encounter surprise approaches from classic River City characters.
Arin Hanson of the YouTube let’s play channel Game Grumps posted a tweet hinting that the game will include some Game Grumps-related content.
The game’s 16-bit-inspired graphics, and a synth-pop soundtrack make for a vivid callback to the era of classic beat-em-ups. The story will be told through animated cutscenes and manga-inspired intermissions.
The game will arrive for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 5th, 2019. The game will retail for 29.99 and be available digitally, as well as in a physical edition from Limited Run Games with a price to-be-determined.
A playable demo of the game will be available at the Ark System Works booth at AnimeExpo this week.