We’ve known about a new Front Mission game for a while now, but Squeenix spilled the beans today, releasing a whole mess of details about the upcoming mech-based third-person shooter from developer Double Helix Games. They tout the game as “featuring Hollywood style production values” and a deep, imersive story – both of which are staples for games either developed or published by the juggernaut company. Do I believe them? Perhaps, but unless you can reach FFXIII-level visuals, it’s all a bunch of hot air, and I highly doubt Front Mission Evolved has the same budget as their flagship franchise.
Needless to say, graphics aren’t everything, and this game actually sounds pretty sweet. The story revolves around an Earth of the future, where countries have merged into huge geo-political blocks instead of individual nations. Things start off bad – with none other than a terrorist attack on an orbital elevator – and only get worse. A young engineer by the name of Dylan Ramsey gets himself caught up in all this mess (and by “mess” I mean death, destruction, conspiracies, crumbling alliances and just general all-around mayhem).
Here’s a list of some of the game’s features:
- Third-Person Shooter Action: Fast-paced action awaits as players battle enemies in the concrete mazes of cities, the frozen wastes of the Antarctic and a host of unique locations.
- Customization Options (my favorite!): Players can choose from dozens of weapons, shoulder attachments and wanzer parts to bu ild a war machine that suits their play style.
- Online Multiplayer: When done trashing enemies in-game, a whole new world of online play awaits. Players can go it alone or in teams, testing their skills in battle against other players with their own, highly customized wanzers.
Let me be the first to say that I think the word “wanzer” to describe a huge, mechanized, robotic machine is pretty lame. Who comes up with these things? I mean, I know that’s what they were called in earlier titles of the franchise, but c’mon.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand! Front Mission Evolved is looking to hit North America this spring for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, if the press release is to be believed. For more information, you would do well to check out the game’s official site.