In an interview with the game's Cave devgroup leader and Toaplan alumni Toshiaki Tomizawa published in the 2002 GSLA and likely featured in Arcadia, Tomizawa stated that the game is actually a orthodox shoot 'em up. Whereas Dodonpachi Daioujou's design has more futuristic looks, with Ketsui the team wanted the game to be a little more realistic and similar to the modern world. The team wanted to emphasize the aspects that would attract to a wider base of casual gamers, so they made the game's world somewhat more recognizable, and be quicker and easier to understand. Additionally, one of the core themes for the game's design was "steel". Since standard modern weaponry was being used, they wanted that to be realistic as well.