Already available in Japan via PSN in its original arcade format as part of Memorial Series Sunsoft Vol. 1, 1985-vintage “thieving” game Ikki – a distant Japanese ancestor of Grand Theft Auto (perhaps) – is currently being prepped as a modern PS3 game called Ikki Online to coincide with the original’s 25th birthday.
New features include online play, with 12-player battles between teams of Peasant/Farmers and “Evil Edo Governors” and a “prisoner system” that means defeated players can be captured by the opposition, single- and two-player co-op options in the main game, and the choice of new or “classic” (see below) visual styles. No chance of nicking a copy as it’s down for a release via PSN, but Ikki Online looks like it could make the summer a good one. Trust Sunsoft to deliver.