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Kraken Chemical (Kraken Chemical Industry in concept art) is an antagonistic group from Strider 2, serving as the main enemy force throughout the third stage.

Overview[]

Kraken Chemical is a large pharmaceutical company[1], and one of several corrupt corporations with ties to Light Sword Cypher and the corrupt world governments that forms it[2]. Kraken Chemical performs experiments to enhance and modify the human body, and manufacture mechanical and bio-organical weaponry for their contractors.

The company appears to be among the organization's closest affiliates, being in charge of all research and experiments performed in their secret Antarctica Research Lab, as well as being likely behind their soldier-enhancing "Superhuman Army Project". Upon discovering the existence of the Antarctica lab, Hiryu infiltrates it in order to put an end to all their research[3], as well as to force Grandmaster Meio's allies to reveal themselves.[4][5]

Products[]

Kraken Chemical has developed several different projects and products for military use, some of which include soldier bio-engineering, production of armored vehicles, machinery and creation of bio-organic weapons. A number of these creations are seen used to protect the Antarctica Lab itself from intruders.

Private army[]

Muscle-enhanced Antarctic Guard

The Antarctica Research Lab is under protection of a private army (私設軍)[6], with soldiers on sight wearing uniforms displaying Kraken Chemical's logo[1], indicating they work for the company. The army consists of a main unit of winter-dressed soldiers, a secondary Tactical Team in charge of handling armed vehicles and a special unit of enhanced Superhumans with a Hockey theme.

The company has developed powerful enhancement drugs in order to create more efficient human soldiers. Their Antarctic Guards are a product of this research, their members having been administered special drugs to increase either their fat or muscle tissue to their limits[1] to serve different purposes. They are also behind the unique Hockey Soldiers, which have been implanted with mechanical jet-propelled skis in their feet to effortlessly move across snow.

Machines and Vehicles[]

Kraken Chemical has also developed a number of heavily-armored vehicles and weapons to serve the lab's protection. Most of their creations share a distinctive particularity, in that they are designed in the image of several antarctic and arctic-based lifeforms. Some of the seen (and unseen) machines include:

  • Penguin Bombs: Penguin-shaped bombs which propel towards enemy targets.
  • Missile Mobile and Snow Vehicle: Two vehicles manned by members of the Tactical Team, a specialized unit within the Antarctic Guards. Both are armored vehicles equipped with a 4-rack missile launcher. The latter is not seen in-game.
  • Beluga F: A whale-shaped chopper equipped with missile launchers, gatling guns and a powerful laser beam.
  • Cold Weather Model: A model of Flying Turret which protects the vicinity of the laboratory.
  • Ice Gear and Ice Looper: Small machines installed in the outside perimeter and inside areas of the laboratory.
  • AST Gomafu-1: Not seen in-game. A massive tank shaped like a seal, equipped with a four-missile pod.[1]
  • Narwhal Submarine: Not seen in-game. A narwhal-shaped attack submarine.[1]
  • Ashika-β: Not seen in-game. Small sea lion-shaped mini-tanks.[1]

Other Experiments[]

Kraken Chemical performs experiments in organic lifeforms in order to create powerful bio-organic weapons with battle capabilities. Two such creatures include:

  • Frozen Mammoth: A powerful bio-organic weapon created out of a preserved frozen mammoth found in Siberia, ressurected through cybernetic implants[7]. Besides the sheer strength of its body, it can generate plasma energy in large amounts.
  • Kraken: A monstrous creature made out of the combination of several marine lifeforms. It was apparently kept in a large glass container before the lab's destruction.

The research and development to create gravity-control machines has also been carried out in the Antarctica Lab as well. Researchers of the company are seen conducting tests with an experimental Gravity Core unit installed within the complex[8], identical to the one found in the Third Moon.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Capcom (February 22, 2014). Strider Hiryu Visual Chronicle (Japanese). Pg. 39
  2. Capcom (February 2000, PlayStation). Strider Hiryû 1&2 (Japanese). Instruction Manual, Pg. 1
  3. Capcom (December 1999; Arcade). Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Stage 3 Briefing
  4. Capcom (September 1999). JAMMA AM Show Game Flyer (English).
  5. Capcom (1999). Strider Hiryu 2 Pamphlet (Japanese).
  6. Staff (Autumn 1999). "Strider Hiryû 2". CFC Style Fan-Book CAP! (11). Pg. 4
  7. Capcom (February 22, 2014). Strider Hiryu Visual Chronicle (Japanese). Pg. 40
  8. Capcom (February 2000, PlayStation). Strider Hiryû 1&2 (Japanese). Mission 3: Infiltrate the Research Facility; Scene 5: Antarctica Lab Gravity Experimental Unit
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