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DotEmu (the acclaimed creators of Streets of Rage 4 and the remaster of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) have another retro revival with beautiful hand drawn art on the way. This time it’s a sequel to Windjammers, which was one of the hottest Neo Geo games of 1994.
It’s a bit like classic Pong or tabletop hockey, but with fighting game-style special moves and a frisbee that you’re trying to get into each other’s goal. So actually… Maybe it’s nothing like those other things.
One of the most anticipated things about the sequel coming out 27 years after the original is that it has online multiplayer, which will need to be thoroughly tested by its many players before the game releases later on in the year for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Google Stadia.
When does the Windjammers 2 beta go live?
DotEmu’s Windjammers 2 Beta is currently live as of August 11 and will last until August 22.
You can play it on PC via steam and PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 and the best thing is, it’s completely free with no restrictions – there are no PS Plus subscriptions required. You’ll also be playing against players between PlayStation consoles. PC users will be stuck playing with each other, at least for now.
The retail release of Windjammers 2 will have more characters, but the beta has narrowed down the roster to only four.
Choices are limited to Biaggi, Gary Scott, Sophie de Lys and Steve Miller. Sophie is new, while everyone else is a returning star from the original SNK game.
The Windjammers 2 Beta includes Ranked Mode and leaderboards, so players can see how they stack up against the most serious competitors. We’ll see you on the court.
If you’re interested in taking part in other online multiplayer beta tests, we’d also suggest that you check out the fantastic new Back 4 Blood beta as well.
Vince Pavey is a writer from the North-East of England who has worked on comics for The Beano and Doctor Who. He likes to play video games and eat good food. Sometimes he does both at the same time, but he probably shouldn’t.