Today Kadokawa Games revealed the first official trailer, the first direct-feed screenshots and a batch of information of Metal Max Xeno, which was originally teased last week by Sony Interactive Entertainment, and then leaked a couple of days ago. I also totally called it, which I’m rather proud of.
The game is the successor of the old and glorious Metal Max franchise, that counts a lot of open world RPGs in Japan, but came to the west only with Metal Saga: Chain of Sandstorm for PS2 in 2005.
It will be directed by the series’ original creator Hiroshi Miyaoka. Production Supervision will be done by Kadokawa Games President Yoshimi Yasuda, while Production will be handled by Juntaro Kouno. The soundtrack will be created by the series’ original Composer Satoshi Kadokura, and Artist Atsuji Yamamoto will also return as Monster Designer. Interestingly, fresh blood is provided by Character Designer Oda Non, well known for his alluring ladies.
The game will prompt players to acquire, control and customize a variety of vehicles, including the iconic red tank Red Wolf (also designed by Atsuji Yamamoto), which appeared in many previous Metal Max games. This time around it will be nicknamed “Red Avenger.”
A couple of new features have also been revealed. While in the previous games it was possible to attack the enemies only during each encounter, in Metal Max Xeno you’ll be able to shoot them from afar before you actually engage them, either eliminating them in one blow or delivering a devastating preemptive strike.
The ET Field is a shield protecting your vehicles. Once it’s depleted, attacks will start affecting your parts, with risk of actual damage.
Said enemies are the SoNs, or Sons of NOA. They’re a heterogeneous race of sentient machines hell-bent on eradicating humanity. Some actually understand our language and can operate in an organized fashion.
Talis, 20 years old, is human, but his body is partly mechanical. He is burning with revenge against the SoNs, who killed his real mother and then the adoptive parents who raised him. He reached Iron Base, one of the last bastions of humanity, after long wandering.
Toni, 18 years old, is the daughter of a merchant who had to escape a town close to Iron Base when it was attacked. Her father died, and she only survived, rescued by Talis.
Yokky, 21 years old, was raised by the people of Iron Base after losing his parents. He has been good at messing with machines since his early childhood and is now in charge of repairs and maintenance.
Metal Max Xeno will release in Japan for PS4 and PS Vita in spring 2018. At the moment, there is no announcement for a western release.
You can check out the trailer and all the screenshots below.