First Mainline Title In The West
In an announcement many of us did not see coming, Bandai Namco today revealed that Super Robot Wars 30 will release in the west. This title, which celebrates the series’ 30th Anniversary, is the first main title in the series to make the trip. It will be available both in Europe and North America.
Releasing the series in the west has long been considered a potential licensing nightmare, as detailed by our own Benny Carrillo when it was shown off at E3 last month. Super Robot Wars are tactical RPGs bringing together characters from a wide variety of mech based anime. Because the characters are pulled from real anime, the cost for all of them could add up quick. While replacing some of them with original mechs has been floated as an idea, the popular characters are a big part of the appeal of the series. In recent years several of the titles received English support in Asian releases, which felt somewhat like a nod to the import crowd. A few spin-offs featuring original characters who don’t need to be licensed have released in the US. Even the most recent of those however was Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier back in 2009.
Super Robot Wars 30 features characters from 22 different anime, including five which are new to the series. While perhaps not as big here as they are in Japan, many of these do have fanbases here as well.
The Featured Series
Super Electromagnetic Robot Combattler V
Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Z Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack
Mobile Suit V Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)
Heavy Metal L-Gaim
The Brave Police J-Decker
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL
The King of Kings: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification
Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection
Getter Robo Armageddon
Mazinger Z: Infinity
Magic Knight Rayearth
Gun X Sword
Knight’s & Magic
Those are some heavy hitters. Super Robot Wars 30 is set to hit PC via Steam on October 28th. So far no other platforms have been announced for Europe or North America while PS4 and Switch releases are set for Japan and other parts of Asia. Whether licensing issues will keep those versions in those countries remains to be seen. Either way though, seeing this long running series finally manage to release here is definitely exciting. You can check out the English trailer below.