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    Metal Slug Tactics 

    New Metal Slug Tactics video showcases fresh take on beloved franchise, now playable in first-ever demo for a limited time

    Join your favorite METAL SLUG characters on a new battlefield

    PARIS (June 11, 2024) – Publisher Dotemu (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, Streets of Rage 4) and developer Leikir Studio (Rogue Lords, Synergy) are proud to announce that the first-ever demo for Metal Slug Tactics, a grid-based tactical adaptation of the classic action series, is available as part of Steam Next Fest from June 10 – 17. The full game is set to release later this fall on PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. 

    Download the demo here

    The news arrived alongside a new gameplay video exploring Metal Slug Tactics’ reimagining of METAL SLUG combat. The footage is brimming with energetic charm from Metal Slug Tactics’ snappy action to its isometric take on the excellent pixel art aesthetic the METAL SLUG series is known for. See the tactical fights awaiting you in Metal Slug Tactics’ demo by watching the video: 


    Metal Slug Tactics’ demo joins the series’ starring warriors for a challenging, strategy testing approach to combat spanning the first region of the full game. You’ll begin in the squad’s barracks, a home base for upgrading characters and buying equipment, where you’ll choose fighters to deploy together on a mission. Consider each character’s unique abilities while building a team; the group’s dynamic will be key to attacking, flanking and outwitting the cast of enemies returning from the METAL SLUG series, including a few devious new foes. Clear high-tension fights to unlock Tarma as a playable character, an energetic powerhouse who’s invaluable when it comes to the boss battle-tier showdowns seen in the full version of Metal Slug Tactics.

    Metal Slug Tactics is both a respectful homage to an all-time classic and an imaginative new way to celebrate the renowned series, channeling METAL SLUG’s timeless aesthetic through gorgeous pixel art and fluid animation. The game’s highly replayable battlefields pair shuffled layouts from hand-crafted sectors of terrain with subtle roguelite elements, pushing fighters to adapt and overcome unpredictable clashes as they master dynamic, strategic combat.

    Wield classic METAL SLUG weaponry, leveraging skill trees, perks, and a super attack-fueling adrenaline system to outwit and demolish the flanks of the series’ signature villains. The action is backed by an original soundtrack featuring music from Tee Lopes (TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, Sonic Mania, Streets of Rage 4’s Mr. X Nightmare DLC). Metal Slug Tactics is wholly developed by Leikir Studio with support from Dotemu and access supplied by IP owner SNK.

    For the latest on Metal Slug Tactics, visit, follow @Dotemu and @LeikirStudio on X, and wishlist the game on Steam.

    About Dotemu
    Dotemu is a French video game company specializing in bringing back the best video games and legendary pop culture licenses on PC and modern consoles, to create neo-retro experiences carefully crafted for fans around the world.The Dotemu team has published and developed a number of global top-sellers across both PC and console, including the award-winning games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, Streets of Rage 4, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, other great development and publishing work from Dotemu includes Windjammers 1 & 2, Pharaoh: A New Era and more. Dotemu is currently working with Leikir Studio on Metal Slug Tactics, with more announcements planned for later 2024 and beyond. Learn more at

    About Leikir Studio
    Leikir Studio is an independent studio based in Ivry sur Seine, France. Specialized in system games, we are passionate about carrying projects that we are passionate about.We are the creators of the ruthless Isbarah, the warm Wondershot, the robotic I AM LEGION, the diabolical Rogue Lords and the sublime Synergy. Today, we’re putting all our energy and talent into Metal Slug Tactics to honor the hours of joy we had on this mythical license.

    About SNK
    Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, SNK develops, publishes, and distributes interactive entertainment software on a global scale. Known for such franchises as METAL SLUG, THE KING OF FIGHTERS, and SAMURAI SHODOWN, SNK continues to focus on their rich console game and arcade history.