By Tom Tolios / April 30th, 2015
It was recently announced by Bandai Namco that a new Gundam game was headed to the PlayStation 4. Although it was not specifically known at the time what kind of game it would be, it was rumored to be a follow up to 2013’s Gundam: Battle Operation for PS3. In that game, a Japan-exclusive, free-to-play offering with DLC packs for mobile suits and missions, up to 12 players fought in online battles, with a minimum of four on each side engaging in third-person mecha action in the setting of the Universal Century’s One Year War. Half the players would take up arms for the Federation and the other half for the Principality of Zeon in high-speed battles for supremacy.
Now, it’s been confirmed that the next entry will debut on the PS4 and will be called Gundam: Battle Operation Next. The game will retain the free-to-play, online third-person action elements between two sides. More mobile suits and ships will be included this time around from all eras of Gundam’s mythology, and there will be new team-based tactics incorporated to go along with the existing mechanics of base occupation and relay point capturing. Gundam: Battle Operation Next is currently in beta in Japan until May 3, and anyone with a Japanese PSN account can download the game right now. At the very least, give the preview trailer a look and see if this is something you might enjoy:
There is no word on a launch date for the finished version or any possible Western release. As we hear more details, we’ll pass them along.
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