Back in April 2019, SNK Corporation chairman Ge Zhihui revealed that the company was working on a brand new Metal Slug game for consoles, alongside news of new and upcoming version of its Neo Geo system. We haven't heard much about the former since then, but new details have now finally arrived.
SNK has announced that the game is scheduled to release in 2020. No specific date or time frame has been provided beyond that - nor indeed any confirmed platforms - but it's been revealed that it's currently in development alongside a new smartphone game not yet revealed to the public.
Both titles are being worked on at SNK's studio in Japan and are said to be separate from the Metal Slug mobile game being developed by Tencent's Timi Studio. The new console game will be a run-and-gun side-scrolling shooter, while the mobile game will be a "2D side-scrolling card-type game".
SNK Interactive CEO Jeon Se-hwan says that the mobile and console games are targetting the 10-20-year-old and 30-40-year-old markets, respectively, and that the company will expand and strengthen the value of its current IP and develop more than one game each year (thanks, Siliconera).
The last mainline instalment in the series was Metal Slug 7, which launched on the DS in 2008 and was later updated for the PSP in the form of Metal Slug XX.
Thanks to Greatsong for the tip!