Left Alive Gets New Gameplay with Square Enix Producer Shinji Hashimoto

Square Enix revealed new gameplay for Front Mission spinoff Left Alive, featuring Final Fantasy VII Remake troll Shinji Hashimoto.

February 4, 2019

Square Enix published around eight minutes of new gameplay for Left Alive, the upcoming “survival action” game spinoff of the Front Mission series. This time, it’s Square Enix’s Producer Shinji Hashimoto at the controller. The same Hashimoto known worldwide thanks to his famous Final Fantasy 7 remaster on PlayStation 4 announcement in 2014, while many were expecting Final Fantasy 7 Remake instead.

Hashimoto is shown playing one of the first chapters of Left Alive, where players control Olga. As a reminder, each of the game’s chapters puts players at the helm of one of the three protagonists, Mikhail, Olga, and Leonid. Hashimoto starts by finding a civilian and trying to escort them to the nearest shelter. The game has a system letting you tell civilian to follow a specific route you’ve secured.


We also see how once the character’s health falls to zero, if you’re carrying regeneration medicine and do have the time to use it, you can inject yourself with it to get back on your feet. The game also has a “losing blood” status ailment if your character has been severely wounded, making you lose health over time. You can stop that with certain healing items or by using a health restoration station. These have a limited number of uses, however.

The gameplay sequence ends as Hashimoto finds another civilian but fails to escort them to the shelter, leading to their death. Back when Square Enix teased this video with Shinji Hashimoto a few days ago, it was in a comedic way and how he sucked at the game, but he actually handled things pretty well for now. I gotta say the enemies’ AI isn’t very smart either, but that probably changes when you reach later chapters. This is also only the first part of the gameplay videos by Hashimoto, and more will be coming in the following days.

You can find the gameplay below.

Here are the recent and most important stories on Left Alive:

Left Alive releases on PC and PS4 in the west on March 5 after hitting Japan on February 28, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Director Toshifumi Nabeshima also told DualShockers that Square Enix may consider bringing the game to other platforms after its initial launch.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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