WaterMelon, best known for its RPG Pier Solar, has just revealed its next project - a side-scrolling fighter for the Sega Mega Drive called Paprium. Development began quite some time ago, when the game was known simply as Project Y.

Like Pier Solar, the game is being developed for the original 16-bit hardware and will be released on a physical cartridge. Time will tell if it makes the leap to other consoles, as Pier Solar did.

Here are some more details:

After more than 4 epic years of development, WaterMelon Games is proud to present its new 16-Bit game: PAPRIUM (code-name: "ProjectY"), a postapocalyptic, outrageous, street brawler. PAPRIUM has been crafted at WM's Magical Game Factory using Investor's votes and suggestions. PAPRIUM has been developed by a team driven by true passion and 16-Bit excellence.

Year 8A2, somewhere at equidistant point between Shanghai, Tokyo and Pyongyang, a Megapolis rose from ashes of the shortest but most devastating nuclear war in history, its name is PAPRIUM. BRUTAL, MASSIVE. You will fight your way through the city with Tug, Alex and Dice. Redefine the word justice, deal with the BLU drug temptation, and more importantly: STAY ALIVE!

Nothing's too grand for the ultimate Mega Drive/Genesis game:
+ Size Shock: 80-MEG, +24 Levels, +5 Playable Characters!
+ Speed Shock: Uncompromized 60fps advanced 16-bit visuals.
+ Sound Shock: 48Khz x 24 channels (FM, PSG, DT128M16VA1LT).

No detail has been compromized:

+ 1 or 2 simultaneous player gameplay.
+ Multiple game modes.
+ Three save slots for a unseen-before brawler size.

PAPRIUM is available for pre-order in two outstanding editions:

+ LIMITED edition, available in three regions (Japanese, Usa, Europe).
+ CLASSIC edition, black clamshell box with black grid design.

Each edition includes the original 80-MEG game cartridge, a full color instruction manual, quality box, multiple goodies and extras. Game is compatible with both PAL and NTSC original Mega Drive / SEGA Genesis game system. Game is region-lock free.

You can pre-order the limited edition version for $89 right now, with worldwide shipping included as standard.

The game is expected to launch on 16th September, and WaterMelon is stressing that this is a limited production run. The first 1988 purchases (a nod to the Mega Drive's Japanese launch year) will get PAPRIUM MANGA VOL.1 for free.

[via facebook.com]