Bullet hell experts Cave have today announced their next forthcoming iOS shooter Dodonpachi Blissful Death. Known as Dodonpachi Dai Ou Jou in Japan, it's the fourth game in the Donpachi series and was followed up with Dodonpachi Dai Fukkatsu several years later, which we know as Dodonpachi Resurrection [$7.99/Lite] here on the US App Store.

There aren't any details just yet for Dodonpachi Blissful Death, but based on Cave's previous iOS releases I think it's pretty safe to assume a few things. It will likely include an arcade mode that stays faithful to the original release as well as a special Smartphone mode that has been retooled for touch screens and given some additional features.

While most of Cave's iOS releases follow this formula, they bucked that trend with their last release Bug Princess [$4.99/Lite], which was more or less just a direct port of the arcade version. This wasn't exactly a bad thing, as the arcade game was (and is) amazingly fun, but I've grown to really like the special Smartphone modes that Cave puts so much thought into. Hopefully we'll see this in Dodonpachi Blissful Death.

Beyond that, you can expect multiple ship types, weapon augmenters called Element Dolls, insane combo scoring, and hidden loops and bosses. So basically, tons of Cave shmup goodness. Really great news too, considering Cave has been contemplating focusing more on less hardcore, more social games. Glad to see them still bringing great titles to iOS.

As soon as we have more information on Dodonpachi Blissful Death's arrival on the App Store, like pricing and release date, we'll be sure to let you know. For now though, it's probably safe to hit up our forums and start drooling.

  • http://twitter.com/porieux Sal Orlando

    I really hope CAVE will consider adding iCADE support for their excellent games!

  • Anonymous

    This game is really hard...

    • http://twitter.com/RobbieLJ Jun, Liu

      Yes. The death label mode second loop "boss rush" is considered to be the hardest  in STG history. But I don't think ios version will include this mode. Can't imagine how to deal with double hibachi spamming wash machine pattern bullets with touch screen controlling. lol

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Mushihimesama Futari  Black Label
      GOD Mode True Last BOSS "spiritual Larsa"

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N7BAUKZ4TDA6ZMQS2YCSHCPY7A PEGASUS

    DODONPACHI? REALLY FU!^@#$ THIS SH&$%# COME ON CAVE BRING YOUR MASTERPIECE "ESP RA.DE" TO IOS.

    • http://www.starcreator.com/ StarCreator

      I recall hearing that they don't have the rights to ESP Ra.De.

  • toni

    After playing ESP Ra.De. and Dodonpachi with iMame, I'm really disapointed how bad of a job Cave does presenting their games on iOS. The controls are as good as they'll get, but the ugly upscaling and filtering they do really ruins the experience imo.

    Full screen width, without any filtering looks so much better, at least make it optional; the pixels are perfectly fine the way they are. And don't get me started on their buttons ...

    Still, I'll keep buying them. Good company overall.