Bandai Namco have recently released a brand new mobile RPG called Super Gundam Royale. Developed by DeNA of FF Record Keeper fame and a sequel to the original Gundam Royale on mobile, Super Gundam Royale lets you build teams of mobile suits from different Gundam series and fight in loads of familiar scenarios from the shows. As this is an F2P, there is a stamina system on top of the gatcha where you either spend gems that are collected from the quests and bonuses or you spend your hard earned money. With an art style that evokes the G Generation games, this is looking to be a very addictive mobile game if you’re already into the gatcha style that Japanese mobile games are well known for. You can download it from the Japanese iOS or Google Play store for your device. Check out the Super PV below, narrated by Noboyuki Hiyama a.k.a. Shiro Amada from the 08th M.S. Team.
The upcoming Damascus Gear received its first promo not too long ago. Whilst it clearly has a very Armored Core-esque customisation setup, the gameplay looks to be entirely turn-based. This does make sense from a controls standpoint but we had hoped for something a bit more involved. That aside, the game does look lovely and the designs are pretty awesome. The full promo is shown below.
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.
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.
We now have a new Border Break on the way. Effectively Version 3.0, Border Break Union will continue the series and feature new parts and now airborne enemies by the looks of it. There’s a nice shiny new opening movie too (shown below). Interestingly, the game will be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show along with an iOS app. Anyway, we’re just glad that the Border Break games have been doing so well and that SEGA have decided to take them further.
Banpresto have announced a new entry into the Super Robot Wars series, that of Super Robot Wars Card Chronicle. This is a slightly strange mixed port of the recent DS and PSP games, as it seems to share sprites and animations from between them (though not quite as shiny as we were expecting). Considering the power of most smart phones and tablets these days, especially in comparison to a PSP, the game should be a lot prettier. That said, the entry price will likely be much cheaper so there’s that to also consider. The game will also be playable at the forthcoming Tokyo Game Show and then released this year.
Two new Zone of the Enders themed iPhone 4/4S cases have been previewed over at 4Gamer. One with a lovely piece of Shinkawa art for Jehuty (the classic one, not the new bio-mechanical monstrosity) and a more sedate logo version. Both will cost 9,800 yen a piece and will be released in Japan tomorrow and will be on sale here, though if you went to the big ZOE event then they were on sale there too. It’s clear that the general Zone of the Enders marketing has gone into full pimpage mode.
Rather shrewdly, From Software have announced that there will be a support app for Armored Core V on both Android and iOS devices (with the Android app already out). The app will allow players to view the game’s parts list and mull over the complex vagaries of their respective stats. Whilst this doesn’t allow you to customise your AC away from your console as yet, that would be a pretty sweet update. In addition, the app will also feature an RSS feed on things like server status and other player related news. From Software are keen to update the app over the course of the game’s life, so we may get more features as time goes on. It’s also entirely free.