Preview: Heaven Variant

By: Derek Yu

On: August 13th, 2012

This is a trailer for an upcoming horizontal shoot ’em up called Heaven Variant, by the three-man team at Zanrai Interactive. Zanrai has made it clear on their FAQ that the game will not be bullet hell, but nonetheless aims to appease both hardcore and casual players. It currently has no release date.

Note: this video was released in February, and since then the developers have made some changes to the basic game mechanics, including dropping mouse control for precise 360-degree aiming. In the latest trailer you can see that weapons now lock to a few set angles:

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  • Arne Döring

    yay bluescreen in the background

  • offal

    einhander as hell. i hope they do a better job differentiating fore and background elements than in these trailers. the way player character fire obscures enemy bullets is also a bit worrying. hope it plays as well as it looks and sounds!

  • Anonymous

    Huh. So are you the bad guy in this? The first video has a cutscene where the player strafes civilian cars on a highway, and there’s background chatter from panicked cops talking about evacuating the city.

    I dunno why I find that disturbing, I liked GTA. I guess GTA tries pretty hard to make its cops and civilians stupid, corrupt, and unsympathetic.

  • Dominic White

    That was how Einhander worked, too. You were basically a one-man army sent to soften up the planet for invasion, but at the end you change sides and end the war by basically wiping out both armies at once.

  • News

    word salad title

  • Micky Sarge

    I was thinking the same thing. Really hoping it’s a little easier to tell what’s going on when the game comes out.

  • Nathan

    Spoiler alert!

  • Snow

    Excellent work for a 3 man team. Good jorb. :)

  • Jotaf

    Awesome, this is the type of sensory overload and cinematic details that I love in an arcade game! One thing though, in their website, they should really let people comment with no login or Disqus or something, I’m sure that’s why they don’t have a lot of comments in the blog.

  • offal

    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a great way to get your comment threads flooded with spam.

  • Lamilton

    Wow, this game and Astebreed look great! Hopefully we keep seeing more new “classic style” shooters like these. That bullet hell stuff is everywhere these days.

  • namuol

    Reminds me of Einhaender. <3

  • Merlandese

    Solid. Can’t believe how dynamic it looks.

  • Maxim

    More evidence that I need to stop fucking around with Megazeux and make a real game. This is some real visualshock!

  • keoni29

    Awesome music and solid gameplay by the looks.

  • Anon Y Mouse

    News, you have a delivery of Kill Yourself waiting for you at your home on 4chan.