Last week, Famitsu teased a huge scoop for their next issue, and during last night’s weekly Famitsu leak, it was revealed that Another Century’s Episode R is in development for PlayStation 3. Today we bring you details from the reveal.
For those that don’t know, Another Century’s Episode is an enormously popular mecha-game franchise in Japan. The series has had three releases on PS2 under Banpresto’s publishing. The games are known for their fast-paced combat featuring robots from various different animes. The last game, Another Century’s Episode 3, hit PS2 in September 2007.
With the announcement of Another Century’s Episode R, Namco Bandai’s taking the role of publisher, and From Software and the Super Robot Taisen production team are taking the role as developer.
So far, Famitsu has confirmed the following anime franchises to be featured in A.C.E. R (items marked “new” are first-time appearances for the series):
- Super Dimension Century Orguss (new)
- Z Gundam
- Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
- Crossbone Gundam (new)
- Gundam Seed Destiny
- Overman King Gainer
- Full Metal Panic (new)
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (new)
- Genesis of Aquarion (new)
- Macross Zero (new)
- Macross F (new)
A.C.E. R takes the series to a completely new scenario and world. Set on planet Eria, the world looks similar to Earth, and Famitsu speculates that there may be a connection between the civilizations of the two planets. The game starts as the game’s characters move to Eria – where they end up facing an unknown enemy.
The game’s producer Takenobu Terada told Famitsu that gameplay from the previous A.C.E. titles will be inherited and improved upon. New systems will be added, as well.
Another Century’s Episode R development is currently seventy percent complete. The screenshots featured in the Famitsu scans (see here) show off some gameplay and computer-generated images.