By Paul Kainoa Vigil / September 9th, 2015
This week’s Famitsu issue made some additions both to the playable roster and to the villains’ ranks in the triple-crossover title Project X Zone 2. The game comes out in November in Japan, and is scheduled for an early 2016 release in the West.
This time around, only one Pair Unit is revealed: a Resonance of Fate (SEGA-published, tri-Ace-developed) team consisting of Zephyr and Vashyron, with Leanne as a Solo Unit. Resonance of Fate was recognized in the first Project X Zone game, but Vashyron was a Solo Unit there and Leanne and Zephyr were Paired. With tri-Ace hard at work on Star Ocean 5, here’s to hoping SEGA and tri-Ace can agree to making a second Resonance of Fate game in the future. It was mechanically unique, and besides that, the outfits for your characters were nice.
Perhaps the most buzzworthy news lies with the Solo Units announced this week. Segata Sanshiro is a Solo Unit, a popular mascot character in Japan from the time of the SEGA Saturn. Segata Sanshiro was used in a series of live-action ads to promote the Saturn in Japan, but the character’s unique personality and the “SEGA Saturn Shiro!” phrase has cemented his legacy. From Capcom we have Captain Commando, once the mascot of Capcom (Captain Commando) and the lead of the Captain Commando arcade beat-em-up. His most recent original appearances (non-remake, playable) were in Namco X Capcom and the first two Marvel Vs Capcom games (the Captain Corridor is confirmed as an attack in Project X Zone 2.) June from Capcom’s Star Gladiator is also present in this game. Like the Soul games from Bandai Namco, Star Gladiator is a weapon-based fighting game from a time when Capcom was particularly aggressive about developing fighting game IPs (Vs Series, Rival Schools, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter, Power Stone…) The lightsaber-wielding Hayato, present in Marvel Vs Capcom 2, originates from Star Gladiator. Finally, we have Heihachi from Tekken. Does he really need a refresher course?
This week’s reveals also announced some baddies. Shadow, the black and red figure, is from Space Channel 5 Part 2. If you don’t already know about this character, it’s better you wait until some time when you can play the game! B.B. Hood, from Darkstalkers, is also an antagonist. An interesting choice but I welcome a fresh face, especially since B.B. Hood hasn’t been seen for a long time. Bandai Namco brings two villains: Zagi from Tales of Vesperia, and Azure Kite of the .hack//G.U. series. The Zagi that we see here is from a later portion of Vesperia, and as for Azure Kite it’ll be interesting to see Kite and Azure Kite meet.
This isn’t the end of the roster announcements for Project X Zone 2. We can probably expect more from Tokyo Game Show 2015…which happens to be next week! Hmm.
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