Japanese developer M2 has revealed that a brand new game in the Aleste series is on the way. The game is set to launch in Japan next year.

Originally launching for the Master System back in 1988, Aleste is a vertically-scrolling arcade shoot 'em up which saw a number of releases in the late '80s to early '90s. The new title is being developed as a celebration of the series' 30th anniversary and will mark the first new release in the franchise since 1993's GG Aleste II: Lance Bird.

This new release will be directed by M2’s Naoki Horii and Haima Fuyuno, Keiji Takeuchu - the original composer for the Aleste series - and Manabu Namiki. Specific platforms have yet to be announced, although M2 is reportedly experimenting with the Switch for a number of Shot Triggers releases. While it's impossible to know for sure, it seems likely that the Switch will at least be considered, especially considering the studio's recent work on the Sega AGES line for the console.

More concrete information is expected to be shared in 2019 but, until then, let us know if you have any memories of playing Aleste in the comments below. Would you like to see a new game on Switch?

[via gematsu.com, blog.livedoor.jp]