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. Much to the delight of gamers worldwide, including the few Contra fans, this “Contra” title 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.
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.
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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.