Next Step In Degeneration

In their latest move to distance themselves from and to disgrace the Contra series, Konami and Tencent, a major network service provider in China, have formed a partnership to develop and release the latest “entry” in the Contra series. In a press release on November 2nd, the partnership was announced and a few details had been disclosed about this side-scroller. Initially under the tentative title of Contra: Hero Returns, the name was abridged to Contra: Return.

Much to the delight of gamers worldwide, including the few Contra fans, this game will be available for Android and iOS smartphones, exclusively in China and will employ the Free-To-Play model. The large majority of game content must be accessed through micro-transactions littered throughout.

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While little is known about the game, an alleged early build of the Android version had been leaked on the internet. Players are required to have a QQ account (Tencent’s principal messaging service). As such, a network connection is required to play. Most importantly, the gameplay and plot have been changed drastically: it is much more of an RPG and the story has been rewritten completely.

After the Contra Evolution travesty, followed by the mediocre Star Wars: Force Collection mini-game, this latest development should not be surprising. It is becoming more and more apparent that the series is a charity case to Konami.

Credit to cx4 for the photos and video.

In more interesting news, as pathetic as it is, Contra Advance has been released for the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe on November 5th. The North American release should follow on November 12th.

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