Ginga Force (ギンガフォース Ginga Fōsu) is a vertical scrolling shoot'em up game developed by Qute Corporation and released in the XBOX 360 console in February 14th 2013 as a Japan exclusive release.
The game was later released for the PlayStation 4 and PC by Rising Star Games in 2020.
The game is set in the distant future, where mankind had successfully expanded to the far reaches of the solar system. Six planets have been previously explored and now people have migrated there. Beyond the sixth planet lies a seventh Earth-like planet called Seven Tier. Seven Tier was considered a suitable planet for humans to live, and the planet also had a large amount of energy called "Septonium". The energy company known as the "Magnificence Energy Corporation", or Magni Corp., turned its eyes toward the Septonium and were soon successful in terraforming the planet. Thus, people had begun to immigrate to the planet. Soon after, a law enforcement agency called the "Mitsurugi Security Service", or MSS, was formed for the sole purpose of protecting Seven Tier and its people. The main protagonists are Alex Heatburn and his partner Margaret Whitetail, pilots of the MSS Central City branch, flying their fighter the FV-G27 Enforcer under the callsign "Hound 1".
Mitsurugi Security Service
- Alex Heatburn (FV-G27 Enforcer "Hound 1")
- Margaret Whitetail (FV-G27 Enforcer "Hound 1")
- Edward Brown
- Nina Lynn (Operator)
- Jack Anderson (EV-H18 Rhino "Hanger")
- Tini Memoril (CV-A103 Flamingo)
- Garna Freeman (FG-I07 Orca)
- Seram Turnwheel (DD-C173 Killer Moth)
- Genzo Shigeta (EV-V05 Flying Mole)
- Joan Fuan (GT-D620 Hercules)
- Natsuki Sugiura (FG-G21 Garm)
- Viridian Taylor (CU-A23 Brionac, Experimental Ship)
- First Launch! (Chapter 1)
- Genius Hacker Tini, reporting! (Chapter 2)
- Defend the Artificial Lake! (Chapter 3)
- Catch the Weapon Smuggler! (Chapter 4)
- Stop the Rampage! (Chapter 5)
- Protect the Transport Shuttle! (Chapter 6)
- Unveiling the Truth (Chapter 7)
- Specia Joins the Fight (Chapter 8)
- Opposition to Death (Chapter 9)
- The Final Battle (Chapter 10)
PlayStation 4 and PC Release
The company Rising Star Games announced the localization of Ginga Force and Natsuki Chronicles for the PlayStation 4 and the PC via Steam, with a release date of August 28, but it was suddenly changed to simply 2020.
Since the announcement there wasn't any news about it, making gamers to think this sudden change was due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On September 15th, Rising Star Games confirmed Ginga Force will be released on September 24th for the rest of the world.
The game is currently available as a digital download.
In Japan, the game was released in July 3rd. According to shmups forum member iplaymyshmups, the japanese PS4 release has english text when is played in a non-Japanese PlayStation Network account.
In January 14th 2021, First Press Games announced the "Regular" and "Collector's Edition" releases for both Ginga Force and Natsuki Chronicles and a Special Bundle with both games included. They're scheduled for the second quarter of the year.
Future Compatiblity with XBOX Series X and PlayStation 5
With Microsoft's announcement of the XBOX Series X's Backwards Compatibility with all of XBOX, XBOX 360 and XBOX One's games, it implies that Ginga Force (along with the rest of Qute's games) will be fully compatible with the upcoming XBOX Series X console.
Sony's announcement of the PlayStation 5's backwards compability would initially range from PS1 to PS4 VR, making highly possible that both Ginga Force and Natsuki Chronicles also became compatible with the upcoming PS5. Unfortunately, it was revealed that the PS5 can only run PS4/PS4 Pro on its "Legacy Mode", despite this limitation there is still hope that both games would be compatible on the PS5's Legacy Mode since the console will be compatible with the majority of the PS4 catalogue.
Emulation in Xenia
On May 30, 2018, the XBOX360 emulator Xenia was able to emulate Ginga Force. According to user Sakimotor, the game is playable but still has some issues.
- Game loads the intro perfectly. Some of the main menus are glitched. Ingame graphics don't render but inputs are counted. Those were fixed on June 26, 2019, according to user Etokapa.
- "Ginga" is the japanese word for "Galaxy".
- This game is considered a spiritual successor of Eschatos.
- The version 1.01 of the PS4 port suffered a critical flaw after the console system was updated to 8.50, causing the game to crash for no reason after selecting a mission or when the player tries to watch a replay.
- On April 26th, Rising Star Games released the 1.02 update, fixing the crash issue.
- Qute's Ginga Force Official Site (Japanese)
- Qute's Ginga Force PlayStation 4 Site (Japanese)
- Rising Star Games Ginga Force Official Site
- Press Kit on Steam
- Qute Famitsu Interview (Japanese)
- Qute Famitsu Short Interview in Shmuplations
- TV Tropes article
- Translation by shmups member pestro87 (Some names were unaccurately translated)