Ray’z Arcade Chronology launch slated for March 9th in Japan

Jerry on 2022-12-28
Back in April, City Connection published Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute, centering on the home console port of RayForce, released as "Galactic Attack" on the Sega Saturn in the West.

Taito's Rayforce series compilation Ray’z Arcade Chronology is slated for release on March 9th in Japan. The shoot-em-up retrospective developed by M2 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch bundles Rayforce, RayStorm and RayCrisis, along with HD remasters of the latter two titles.

The Special Limited Edition includes various bonus items. "Ray'z Music Live: STRAHL," pressed on Blu-ray and compact disc, archives live performances by "BETTA FLASH," formed by vocalist Cyua and Rayforce series composer Tamayo Kawamoto, aka TAMAYO.

Domestic preorders have opened at at distributor Play-Asia for Ray’z Arcade Chronology: Special Limited Edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Preorders for the localized edition have opened at Strictly Limited. Music from the Rayforce trilogy is available for streaming on Spotify.

From the product page:
Ray’z Arcade Chronology includes three titles: RayForce, RayStorm and RayCrisis. The latter two 3D titles include enhanced HD versions. Rediscover the trilogy with 5 Versions of 3 titles in a box full of collectibles and limited-edition items and relive the excitement of epic battles from outer space to cyber space.

One of Taito’s classic SHMUPS, the Ray Series’ outstanding feature has always been its lock-on mechanics and attack layer system. The former allows the player to target multiple enemies at once and destroy them with one deadly homing attack, while the latter features enemies on the same plane as the player as well as the one below them, necessitating a keen eye and quick reflexes to not be caught out. All three were pushing the boundaries of graphic fidelity at the time of their respective releases and still are a feast for the eyes today.
Strictly Limited - Ray’z Arcade Chronology

Play-Asia - Ray’z Arcade Chronology: Special Limited Edition - Nintendo Switch

Play-Asia - Ray’z Arcade Chronology: Special Limited Edition - PlayStation 4

Taito - 『レイズ アーケード クロノロジー』