The spirit of the New Frontier is moseying on to Steam.
Earlier today, Team Saber Rider announced that their upcoming Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game was successfully greenlit on Steam. The group is currently going through final due diligence with the storefront. The team expressed interest in releasing a demo, though no details have been revealed as of press time.
Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs is currently slated for release on Steam, Nintendo’s 3DS handheld, the Sega Dreamcast, and the PC Engine CD. The game currently has a tentative release date of the third quarter of 2017.
The Kickstarter for the Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs video game kicked off on August 28, 2015. The project managed to raise $96,591 across 1,072 backers, with an average contribution of $90.10 per backer.
The title will be a side-scrolling action game based on the 1987 anime series of the same name. The visuals will be composed of 16-bit sprites, while the soundtrack will be “based upon and inspired by” the original anime soundtrack by Dale Schacker.
Though the game has been in the works since the end of the Kickstarter, development stalled in August 2016 due to health issues affecting the lead programmer.
The Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs TV series is a localized adaptation of Studio Pierrot’s Seijuushi Bismarck. The series was reworked for the US market by World Events Productions, who retains ownership of the property in the west.
Two teasers were released to promote the game in the past month. The Steam Greenlight page features a trailer that includes footage of the Option menu, as well as gameplay from the title’s first level.
In addition, Team Saber Rider released a trailer for backers, which features new in-game footage.