News: Virtual On No Show At JAEPO
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Videos: New Assault Suit Leynos Promo
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News: Wonder Festival 2015 Winter Coverage
Wonder Festival 2015 Winter has now come to end and it was a good one. Apart from the legion of amazing garage kit figures on show and on sale, the future commercial announcements...
Over at Joystiq they have an interview with Vince McMullin, a producer at Stompy Bot. If you remember, this was the studio that was making the new Heavy Gear Assault game for PC. Despite what they term as a crowdfunding “disaster”, though we think that’s a tad melodramatic in terms of analysis, it seems the game is still being made. So much so that we have some alpha build footage available (shown below).
Now this is using Unreal Engine 4 and I don’t want to be overly unkind, as this is an alpha build, but the game looks like total arse. Art fidelity aside, games like Project HON are clearly doing more functionally than this is. Even the already available Armored Core V and Verdict Day are more engaging than what this looks to be like.
We may be jumping the gun a bit but from what we’re seeing, it doesn’t look that great to play. Though we’ll reserve judgement until the game is finally released and hopefully by then they will have pushed the engine a bit more too.
Following on from the excellent Jigoku-hen released earlier this year, Bandai Namco announced Super Robot Wars Z 3 Tengoku-hen to be released on both PS3 and Vita next April. To accompany this announcement we’ve also been graced with a nice long promo video (shown below). In it we see new series like Gargantia and Gunbuster 2 are now included in the game’s roster but we are still blown away by how crazy nice the Zeta Gundam animations still are. Orguss is also back (as seen above) and that’s just great in and of itself really. The lack of Final Dancouga is somewhat saddening though.
In addition to the main game, for those that buy Tengoku-hen at launch they will also get a separate downloadable sidestory game called Rengoku-hen. This features characters from previous Super Robot Wars Z instalments over 15 unique missions. Most importantly of all, this won’t be available as a separate download at any point.
At a recent mini-show for Megahouse products, they revealed a bunch of lovely new toys. Most of these had been shown previously at places like WonFes but many of these were closer to final versions, so painted up and using the correct materials. One of this was the upcoming Variable Action Hi-Spec Orguss (shown above) from the anime of the same name. It looks frankly gorgeous and will transform across all four modes. Released next March it also costs an eye watering 35,000 yen. As it’s not an overly large figure, that’s a mighty big price tag. Regardless, we want one. Badly. If you want to check out the event, there is a nice gallery here.
What with the release of Gundam Breaker 2 only a few weeks away now, Bandai have rolled out an extended trailer. This time voiced, very enthusiastically, by Loran Cehack and Gym Ghingham. The video shows off just how big the game will be in terms of the number of mobile suits featured, as well as all the engine optimisations. It’s all looking very good indeed. The game is set for a December 18th release and you can pre-order it here.
So the initial announcement of Project HON sorta cherry picked footage for impact and didn’t give much of an overall sense of the game. Well, now we have around 20 minutes of mostly unedited game footage. In it, we see how much this game is like Armored Core V and Verdict Day. Not to mention how it has taken inspiration from classic anime like Gordian, where mecha get into larger mecha in order to power up. In addition to this new footage we’ve also been graced with a video of the game running on a mobile device. Now the game isn’t playable in this form, as it’s meant as a spectator setup only, but it’s technically very impressive to see. The new videos are shown below.
Dracue’s great little homage to 90s side scrolling mecha shoot-em-ups, Gunhound EX, is now on sale over at the Steam store. With a whopping 80% discount in effect, you’d be crazy not to pick this up. This is actually the PSP game that was released a while back but the game works fine on PC (as originally Gunhound was a PC game anyway). We will get around to reviewing these games though, we promise. In the meantime, buy this little beauty. It really is a great little game!
So there was a recent press event hosted by Kadokawa Games and From Software, with people like Hidetaka Miyazaki (shown above) present. As we reported a while back, we were told a new game would be announced at this event. Now some games were announced but the bad news is that none of them were Armored Core or anything mecha related. This doesn’t mean that the studio isn’t making mecha games anymore but that there are no official announcements of games to that effect. This isn’t overly surprising as Bloodborne is a massive game and it’s clear the bulk of the studio, if not all, are working on it to get the game done in time for its March release next year. However, Kadokawa is known in Japan for ruining studios (what happened to Prope, Yuji Naka’s studio, is fairly standard behaviour on their part). The Souls series was already in development when the Kadokawa acquisition happened, so once all those are released next year it will be interesting to see what happens to From Software. In the meantime, we hope they can get Bloodborne done on time.
Over at 4Gamer they have listed all manner of new units for Gundam Breaker 2. These feature the Ez8 (above), Rozen Zulu and Jesta among other things. It also shows off all manner of various melee weapons that will be made available in game. As an aside, if you bought the first tankobon of the Beltochika Children manga then you get a download for the Hi-Nu Gundam as well. The game is set for a December 18th release and you can pre-order it here.
Over the weekend we went to see Bandai’s Macross Chogokin Exhibit in Akiba. It was pretty great and showed off old and new tots alike. From the VF-19 Advance (above) to a new toy range, called Hi-Metal R, that featured all manner of classic designs. The latter might indicate the Harmony Gold legal situation might be changing too but we’ll see on that. We’re also getting a new anime too by the looks of it, by the name of Macross Delta. No real details as yet but they are getting ready for singing auditions. We covered this over at Forbes (yeah, we are also writing there now) but there’s also a nice little gallery of the event here.
To sweeten the deal for newer players buying Gundam Breaker 2 on release, Bandai have thrown in an incentive. For first time buyers of the game, they will be given a code for the new BG-011B Build Burning Gundam from Gundam Build Fighters Try (shown below). This means players will be able to use this unit’s parts to create their own version, as is the way with the Gundam Breaker games. The game is set for a December 18th release and you can pre-order it here.