If you’re familiar with the Japanese arcade scene, you may know about Border Break, a popular third-person mecha shooter released in 2009, featuring battles between robots over the network. Today, during a livestream from Tokyo, Sega announced that a new Border Break game is coming to consoles.
To be more precise, the game will be released in Japan for PS4 in 2018. A beta will start in February, and it’ll be playable without the need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus.
It will be a free-to-play game, but it will not include a stamina mechanic. This will allow players to enjoy it at any time, without limitations. Of course, there will be in-game purchases involved as a business model.
The game will feature a story mode and 10 vs. 10 online battles, alongside redesigned characters and additional elements that will let players enjoy the Border Break world.
Battles will see players control mecha named “Blast Runner” competing for the control of plants and aiming to destroy the cores within the enemy base. Each Blast Runner is made of four customizable parts (head, torso, arms, legs), and can be equipped with four weapons.
Quite interestingly, while a DualShock 4 control scheme has been created for the game, mouse controls will also be supported. This is relevant because the original arcade game is controlled via mouse.
Besides the single-player Story Mode, various tiers of online matches will be available, including Beginner Match, Casual Match, and Ranked Match. Sega is working on implementing modes that will allow players without arcade experience to play comfortably.
The Story Mode will feature the main heroine Hattie, the operator Mikoto, and the main rival Marnagar, while many more characters will appear.
The opening theme “Amazing Trees” will be performed by Tielle and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, known for creating themes for anime series like Attack on Titan, Aldnoah.Zero, Seraph of the End, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, and more.
Below you can see the first trailer and the first batch of screenshots, alongside the whole livestream offering more images and footage. At the moment, a western launch has not been announced.