Ys Bet Reveals a New Game That Evokes Queen and Space Harrier
Sometimes, you see a trailer and realize that it is improbable that anyone actually cares about the thing. However, I feel the need to write a news article about it so that everyone can share what I am feeling right now. Although I don’t think it’s always a good idea, I believe that this thought process applies to Air Twister on Apple Arcade. Since Shenmue3 in 2019, this is the first time that the game has been released by Ys Net, veteran Sega developers Yu Suzuki’s studio.
I insist that you see this trailer with sound on.
So, like, okay. Let’s take a look at this. This is clearly Space Harrier. It is not trying to be Space Harrier. This makes perfect sense as Yu Suzuki’s third title was Space Harrier, and the long shadow it cast on Sega culture probably defined Sega culture over decades.
The trailer opens with Call of Duty characters attacking the kingdom of the player character on giant geese. It turns out that one of the protagonists’ geese looked…hurt! It is sad. Are you having general goose-like feelings? It’s unclear. The trailer shows gameplay, where a song that isn’t legally distinct from Queen kicks in.
If you said to me that this was a Queen song I had never heard before, I would believe you. It’s actually not Queen, but I am not convinced. It’s possible to convince myself that Yu Suzuki visited Freddie Mercury’s estate and found a secret room behind a bookcase where he discovered a master tape he wanted to keep for this moment.
The trailer shows the protagonist riding a large goose. This could indicate that the mechanics have changed a bit from Fantasy Zone to Panzer Dragoon. But. Instead, a giant goose. Panzer Dragoon.
It is not known where this game came from. According to my knowledge, I have never been sent a press release. The trailer has not been officially released, but it did appear on several YouTube channels. The trailer was listed on all these channels as having a June 24 release date. I assume this is true. However, I don’t know who I would ask to verify it. Apple Arcade games are, by definition, exclusive to iOS.
Goose is all I know at the moment.
[Update] – I was informed that these are swans, not geese. However, the panzer Dragoose pun wouldn’t work so I refuse to alter it.