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Sega’s SolSeraph looks like an ActRaiser spiritual successor

Developed by Ace Team and out very soon

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sega and developer Ace Team (Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages) dropped a nice surprise today: They’re making a spiritual successor to ActRaiser, the Super NES action-platformer-city-building-simulation hybrid, called SolSeraph. And that game will be released in just a couple weeks on July 10.

SolSeraph’s inspirations are immediately evident. The game is one part side-scrolling action game, one part top-down strategy game. In both sections, players take control of the god Helios, helping humankind from the clouds to expand their territory, then touching down on earth to clear the land of evil beasts controlled by the cruel Younger Gods. Taking a look at SolSeraph’s announcement trailer above, it’s basically a modern ActRaiser, which was released by Enix in 1991 and spawned an action-focused sequel in 1993.

Further driving the spiritual-successor point home is composer Yuzo Koshiro’s involvement. The veteran video game musician wrote the score for the original ActRaiser, and is contributing the title theme to SolSeraph.

SolSeraph will be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC (via Steam), and Xbox One for $14.99.