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Bandai Namco announced today that Gundam Versus, slated for release in Japan on July 6th, will be getting a western release sometime this Fall. Versus is the first game in the Gundam Vs. series built for the PlayStation 4. Creating the game from scratch has allowed developers greater flexibility in designing environments and will include additional features unique to the console release. Past Gundam Vs. titles have been ports of their arcade versions.
In Gundam Versus, players control giant robots called Mobile Suits from the Gundam anime series. There are over 90 Mobile Suits to choose from across 17 different shows. 3D battles take place across several famous Gundam locations. It will be the first in the series to get a western release since Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, released over a decade ago on the PlayStation 2. Dynasty Warriors spin-offs have only whet the appetite of hungry western Gundam fans.
The game’s key features include six-player combat, new movement abilities, and power-ups called Burst Systems. Up to six players can join the mayhem in massive boss hunts or take each other on in 3v3 duels. Online matchmaking will use a worldwide server, meaning that new players will be pit against seasoned veterans from among the best players abroad. Boost Dashes, Boost Steps, and Boost Dives help players navigate destructible terrain and can be used to dodge attacks with expert precision. Burst Systems can help players get an edge over their opponents by enhancing their melee capabilities or increasing their lock-on range. Those who’ve watched series like Gundam 00 might recognize some of these power-ups; the TRANS-AM system, for example, turns the Mobile Suit a prismatic red and gives it a short burst of intense energy.
Voting for the American release’s cover art is underway from now until May 11th. Four cover options include Mobile Suits from Gundam’s most popular series, including Mobile Suit Gundam, Gundam 00, Gundam Wing, and the recently-completed Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Vote for your favorite here and make your voice heard!
Let us know which cover is your favorite in the comments below. If this article’s featured image doesn’t make it immediately obvious, I’ll be sticking with the Exia.