News: Hawken is coming to Xbox One
Remember Hawken? The game that promised so much, only to dash all of that against the jagged rocks of an abysmally implemented free-to-play business model. Well, Hawken...
News: Gundam Breaker 3 Gets DLC In June
The recently released Gundam Breaker 3 is getting its first set of DLC in June. The main part of this being based around a new set of missions featuring the Hyakushiki...
One of the more interesting games announced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show was that of Gundam Breaker. A new PS3 and Vita game were you control Gundam model kits (or gunpla) in various arenas. The interesting aspect of this was that they not only retained the scales (so you could have a 1/144 scale Gundam facing a 1/60 scale Zaku) but that you could also kitbash the units too. Well, we now have a promo video that shows the game in action and it is quite simply joyous to behold. In addition, it seems that destruction of various gunpla results in their inner plastic workings to be sprayed everywhere, polycap joints and all. As ideas go this is a pretty good one and considering how massively popular gunpla remains in most of Asia, it should appeal to a lot of people. No word on a price point or a release date as yet but as soon as we know more we’ll let you know.
As previewed a while back, the next toy from Armored Core V looks like it will actually get released. However, it’s going to be sold via Bandai’s premium online shop and normally this means it will be only available in Japan. That said, From Software have mentioned via Facebook that there are plans to release this toy abroad. In any case, the pre-orders start today and it will be released in February of next year. In addition, it’s also a bit more expensive than the last toy (at 7,350 yen) but this may mean it includes the Over Weapon parts too. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know.
Bandai have announced the later alternate colour version of the Billbine as one of their premium online shop only items. Pre-orders start today and the toy will be released in February of next year. Costing 4,275 yen it’s in the same price range as the original, though if you can find the latter at that price then good luck (as it’s already pretty rare now). If you live outside Japan then getting a hold of this will be a bit tricky but we will be nabbing one for sure. As “upgrades” go in anime, the alternate colour for Billbine didn’t actually do that much. Rather it was the supposed result of field maintenance and parts replacement during the extended battles back on Earth. Personally, we prefer the original colour scheme but the dark blue and green colours do make it look pretty tough.
Whilst the the title of this post may sound a little dull, this is actually quite interesting in a broader sense. In short Gundam Battle Operation has been downloaded lots with a 75% attachment rate in terms of purchases and made around 700 million yen (roughly 9 million US Dollars) since release. This is good right?
Well, no. Not really. To put it into perspective in terms of sales, an average PSP game can make more than double than this. The really scary insight though was that the money made has more than enough paid for the game’s development. This is a PS3 game we’re talking about here and one that was developed for a few years. Basically, Japanese developers get paid like utter shit in order for this to make a profit.
The other slightly bizarre thing we found out was that Masahiko Tokushima, of former Team White Dingo fame, was and is somehow involved with Battle Operation (apparently as a “director”). We’re not sure how much he had to do with the game’s development but he may have been rolled out purely to appease the fanbase (as his name alone garners a lot of respect when it comes to Gundam games in Japan). After the dissolution of Team White Dingo a few years back, he may have been relegated to a more managerial role at BEC so that may help to explain his presence.
As we mentioned previously, the wonderful Border Break will be getting an iOS game. From what’s been announced, the game will be a turn-based RPG of sorts using a freemium setup in terms of purchasing in game items. No word on whether it will interface with the arcade game’s servers but it’s likely it will be standalone. Visually at least it looks pretty decent but the main purpose of the game sounds as though it’s meant to be more on the casual side of things. It will be interesting to see how it does.
A rather brilliant trailer for E.X. Troopers has surfaced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Brilliant in the fact it actually shows some vital suit combat. In short, November is too bloody far away. There’s also news of a pretty cool Monster Hunter crossover (shown above). Something we always felt Lost Planet 2 really tried to do was merge the whole Monster Hunter setup into Lost Planet, so this nod to that is pretty cool. The new trailer is shown below and don’t forget you can pre-order the game here.
Following on from the Naked Jehuty announcement, it now also seems that a Revoltech of the Ardjet orbital frame (shown above) will also be released at some point in the future. It’s a slightly strange choice for a figure, as Ardjet is a rather minor antagonist and lacks the same kind of fan fervour generated by Vic Viper. In any case, it seems that Konami are keen to pump these Zone of the Enders toys out to help promote the HD versions released in October.
In an interesting move, Arc System Works have announced a new mobile game called Damascus Gear. With a large amount of customisation involved, the game sounds like something akin to classic Armored Core (with similar fantastic mecha design work). The in-game shots looks pretty amazing in fact and we’re surprised that a developer with a track record of awesome 2D fighters could pull something like this off.
What with this year’s Tokyo Game Show under way, Bandai Namco have finally announced the big Macross game they’ve been funding over the past few years. Titled Macross 30, not much is known about it as yet (just that it’s out next year and will feature a theme song song by a Miss Macross 30 contest winner). However, we’re betting that it will be developed by Artdink and be a PS3 exclusive (with maybe even a Vita version too). Considering the fact that Bandai have effectively been financing Artdink’s tech R&D with the various Blu-Ray Hybrid games it would make a lot of sense for them to capitalise on that investment. Anyway, we’re excited about this and as soon as we know more we’ll be sure to report it.