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RICO London Available Now for XBOX
New version features exclusive weapons and gameplay modes
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]
Torrance, Calif.—April 28, 2022—Aksys Games announced that RICO London, the follow up to Ground Shatter’s stylized, cell-shaded, Rogue-like buddy cop shooter, is available now in North America for XBOX One and XBOX Series X|S. This new version features an exclusive Challenge mode which offers a brand-new way of playing RICO London, either solo or in co-op mode, as well as new prototype weapons.
London, New Year’s Eve 1999. You are a cop tasked with neutralizing the notorious and violent gangs of the city. Play solo or with a friend in co-op mode and move through a variety of procedurally generated levels to wipe out the gang threat that is increasing all over the capital in this ode to retro arcade shooters. Many of the levels are set in abandoned buildings such as derelict hospitals and office spaces in East London, most of which have been taken over by gangs.
At the end of each level, players can upgrade their characters with a selection of random items and further enhance your upgrades with effects to make them more effective. A global leader board and rewards will support the co-op features in game. For this iteration, the developers focused on the aspects of gameplay that were most popular in the original, resulting in more enemy variants and environmental scenes compared to the first game, and hostage situations and new weapons have been added to ramp up the intensity.
The all-new Challenge mode introduces 10 new handcrafted scenarios that will put even the most skilled of players to the test! Scenarios include: Sniper Training, Rescue Mission, Ranged Attack, Killing Spree & more. Each contains two missions, which can include: surviving for a set amount of time, killing with headshots only, no use of syringes, time attack score challenges, killing enemies with specific weapons and more! Challenges may be played either Single Player and Co-Op.
As players ascend the building via the usual upgrade path, they may encounter two new prototype weapons, which, like other weapons in the game, have a range of variants with unique names and skins. With an integral suppressor and hand-tuned balance, the SILEX-9 is the ultimate high-value sidearm, while the latest experimental import from a secret weapon manufactory, the ACR Assault Rifle combines high-capacity magazines with a devastating rate of fire.
RICO London has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB. For more information on the North American edition, visit www.aksysgames.com/ricolondon. The EU edition is published by Numskull Games.
About Ground Shatter
Since its inception in 2014, Ground Shatter's raison d'etre has been making stylish, high action, arcade-style titles for PC and console. www.groundshatter.com
About Numskull Games
Established in January 2019 by a passionate team with over 50 years of combined games industry experience between them, Numskull Games is partnering with game developers and studios from across the globe to help bring innovative games to market worldwide on all major platforms. www.numskullgames.com
About Aksys Games
One of the Top 10 Metacritic Publishers of 2020, Aksys Games Localization, Inc. is a visionary video game publisher committed to publishing unique and high-quality interactive content for all current-generation platforms since 2006. Its lineup of games includes the wildly successful BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, and Guilty Gear franchises, Little Dragons Café, the award-winning Spirit Hunter: Death Mark and Spirit Hunter: NG adventures and Code: Realize titles. More information about Aksys Games and its unique products can be found on the company’s website, www.aksysgames.com