Tokyo 42
An example of Tokyo 42's stylish environmental design. SMAC Games

Indie developer SMAC Games' stylish isometric shooter Tokyo 42 will be released on Xbox One and PC on Wednesday 31 May, with a release for PS4 following in mid-July (via Eurogamer). The game was announced in March 2016.

Part Syndicate, part Hotline Miami and published by Mode7, Tokyo 42 tasks players with completing missions in a world of assassins and corporate intrigue set in colourful dioramic cityscapes seen from an isometric viewpoint that can be changed by 45 degree increments.

These levels, populated with pedestrians, bodyguards, hitmen and targets is drenched in the neon glow of its quasi-futuristic version of the Japanese capital.

IBTimes UK played an early demo at EGX Rezzed last year. We enjoyed its methodical pace early on as players scope out areas and plan their approach, and then how quickly those plans can go awry and chaos can ensue.

Combining elements of tactical sims, RPGs, twitch shooters and stealth games, players choose how best to approach the different situations presented to them and how to upgrade their protagonist.

There's also a competitive multiplayer to the game, which starts payers off as hard-to-identify characters walking through crowds of NPCs.

Tokyo 42 is the first game developed by the London-based two-man team SMAC Games, which consists of Sean Wright and Maciek Strychalski.

You can see the game in action in the videos below. The videos explore the game's various approaches to combat are discussed, as well the elegance of the game's design. A new trailer was also released by Mode 7 co-founder Paul Kilduff-Taylor.

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