Great things, it would seem, arise from an amalgamation of those two genres. Created by a pair of brothers, both of whom are entirely new to the industry, Ring Runner is a pretty 'stellar' looking action-RPG that apparently has more in common with Mythic's Silent Death than your average SHMUP. I'm not complaining.

According to the press release we received sometime back, Ring Runner will feature 300 abilities, 65 playable ships, each equipped with what has been described as a 'unique template for customization', a single-player story-driven campaign, two player local co-op, mini games, a variety of game modes and - you know what? Check out their Youtube channel. They've got a pretty impressive collection of video devlogs that you will probably enjoy.