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‘Xeno Crisis’ is a Brand New ‘Aliens’ Inspired Video Game Coming to… Sega Genesis!

New video games for dead systems. What a time to be alive, eh?!

Taking inspiration from classic games like Smash TV and Contra, as well as the film Aliens, forthcoming game Xeno Crisis is a top-down, arcade-style shooter that’s being released for the Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive console. The game is currently being fan-funded on Kickstarter by Bitmap Bureau, with a goal amount of just under $30,000.

With 29 days to go, 137 backers have already pledged their support, collectively raising over $12,000 for the cause. Needless to say, this is probably happening.

The team explains the project in greater detail…

Xeno Crisis is a new, original title for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis which will be released both as a physical cartridge and also as a downloadable ROM. At its core, it’s an arena shooter that takes inspiration from the likes of Smash TV, Contra, Mercs, Granada, Alien Syndrome, Zombies Ate My Neighbours, Chaos Engine, and Shock Troopers.

We want the game to look, feel and sound like the classic Mega Drive games of the ’80s and ’90s, but also add some new elements that weren’t so common in games of that era, particularly procedural map generation and randomisation of gameplay elements. Achieving that classic look and feel is vitally important to us, which is why we’ve teamed up with legendary pixel artist Henk Nieborg, who previously worked on the Mega Drive title “The Misadventures Of Flink”, developed by Psygnosis.”

The plot? Well, you’re a badass, gun-toting marine, tasked with blasting away “Xenoids,” “Arkanids” and “Ovulums” on various different levels. Sound familiar?!

Xeno Crisis is at the prototype stage and the finished product will be released in October 2018 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Mega Drive’s launch in Japan.

Head over to Kickstarter to pitch in and learn so much more!



  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    That is very Smash TV.

    • Mark B

      That was my first thought too.

      ~~I’m in for the a copy.

  • AkumajoBelmont

    Yeah, I backed this at the Collector’s Edition level. With Savaged Regime/GeckoYamori and Henk Nieborg on-board, it was a no-brainer. Game looks like a ton of fun, but with that talent attached to Xeno Crisis, it’s got must-have written all over it 🙂

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    they should release more games for old systems, i would love to keep (and to made one myself) releasing survival horrors in the old school style for psx

    • MeeGhoulz

      I love fixed camera angles and tank controls! Replayed all RE titles for PSone on my PSP…

  • FortesqueX

    Dear Ridley Scott,

    This is what “Alien” fans want in an “Alien” movie. Not android flute fingering.

    Please retire.

  • AkumajoBelmont

    It crossed the line, so it’s officially backed now!!! Stretch goals for 2 Player co-op and a Dreamcast copy have been added. Really glad to see this one funded so quickly.

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