Back in 1991, Konami released a western-themed run-and-gun shooter called Sunset Riders. There has never really been another game that captured Sunset Riders' magical style... until now. Limited Run Games and Monster Bath Games have just announced Deathwish Enforcers, a game that combines the spirit of Konami's classic shooter with a satirical 1970s style. It will feature 4-player local co-op when it arrives on PlayStation and Switch sometime in the future.
Deathwish Enforcers comes from a Canadian indie developer called Monster Bath Studios which is made up of some of the same people who worked on Battle Princess Madelyn (one of my favorite Ghosts N' Goblins-style games). Besides who's making it, all we know about Deathwish Enforcers is what we've seen in the teaser trailer that was released during the LRG3 Showcase event earlier this week.
The game will feature four playable characters, all parodies of film stars from the 1970s. Each character has unique stats. The heroes will then go through an adventure that pays homage to and pokes fun at action movies and TV shows from days gone by, most notably the Dirty Harry and Death Wish films. It will also, for some reason, feature zombies and other supernatural enemies. Why not? In addition to run-and-gun stages, the game will have auto-scrolling vehicular stages that evoke the horse riding stages of Sunset Riders.
Deathwish Enforcers will feature 4-player local co-op. It has been announced as "coming soon" for PlayStation 4 and 5 and Nintendo Switch. Coming soon, huh? HOW SOON, I WONDER?!