Garena has announced the start of the South-East Asia pre-registration for Contra: Return (Contra), the highly anticipated mobile game from the classic “Contra” franchise, co-developed by both Tencent’s Timi Studios and Konami.

The free-to-play SEA server is slated to release for the countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Players who pre-register now will receive diamonds, gold and other bonus in-game items for free upon the launch of the game.

Contra: Return is different from previous Contra instalments in various aspects:

  • Rech-fictional elements
  • Modern game modes
  • Updated game graphics
  • “Ultimate” abilities

Contra: Return also sports the following Modes that offer more variety to the side-shooter:

  • Story Mode
  • Boss Challenge
  • Daily challenge
  • Player VS Player (PvP) mode – 1v1, 2v2, 3v3

In PvP: Choose from over 20 playable characters, with each character possessing their own unique active, passive and ultimate abilities. Players can also collect EXP and other bonuses with monster and item spawns in the arena – allowing for different strategies and play styles in each battle.

According to Fern Yeap, Product Manager for Contra’s Singapore & Malaysia Game Operations: “We are excited to bring back such a popular classic to Southeast Asia. We hope that Contra’s nostalgic franchise will be accessible to older gamers who would like to relive their childhood memories, as well as younger gamers who want to experience a new classic. We welcome all gamers to ‘Challenge a New Classic’ with Contra: Return.”

Contra: Return was first released in China by Tencent in 2017 and later in Taiwan earlier this month. The game has hit the No.1 rank under the “Free Game” category in both China and Taiwan’s iOS App Stores.

While the Konami Code won’t work here, pre-register for Contra: Return at​