Update, April 17, 2019 (4:20PM EST): Metal Slug Infinity is now available for anyone to download for free. That said, in-app purchases range from $0.99 to $104.99 per item.
Keep in mind that Metal Slug Infinity is unlike most Metal Slug games in that it’s an idle game. You can read more about what that means in the original article below.
Original article, March 6, 2019 (6:12PM EST): Announced back in October 2018, Metal Slug Infinity is now up for pre-registration on the Google Play Store. Metal Slug Infinity is the latest entry in the long-running Metal Slug series and might be familiar to eagle-eyed mobile gamers.
If you’ve played previous Metal Slug games, you know what to expect from Metal Slug Infinity: a side-scrolling, 2D shooter that includes plenty of explosions. Where the game set itself apart is its hands-off approach to gameplay.
South Korean developer Ekkorr Games, which also developed Endless Frontier Saga 2 and other mobile titles, implemented its “idle” gameplay mechanic into Metal Slug Infinity. That means you don’t fully control characters and vehicles — you only carry out simple actions like applying buffs and other simple tap controls.
Most of your attention is toward micro-managing your troops and equipment, which is where Metal Slug Infinity’s other gameplay mechanic comes in. Based on the trailer, it looks like the game features an ally battle system and lets you collect helicopters, tanks, fighter jets, troops, and more. Once you assemble your army, you go out and battle other armies.
You even see a difference in Metal Slug Infinity’s art style, which looks hand-drawn. That compares to previous Metal Slug games, which feature sprites. According to Siliconera, that’s because Ekkorr Games wants to attract people who aren’t Metal Slug fans.
Even with the gameplay and visual differences, Metal Slug Infinity sounds like a re-skinned version of Metal Slug Attack, which itself was similar to Metal Slug Defense. We’ll have to wait and see until Metal Slug Infinity’s release to see whether those similarities are apparent in gameplay.
Until then, you can pre-register for the game at the link below.