Game Watch has run a preview of D3 Publisher’s two upcoming Earth Defense Force games, Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair for the PS4 and Earth Defense Force 2 Portable V2 for the PS Vita, building upon details that were only briefly touched upon earlier this week in Famitsu’s own coverage.
With respect to the former, producer Nobuyuki Okajima stated to the publication that although the game is a port of this year’s Earth Defense Force 2025 that was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it will nevertheless feature improved visuals and additional story content not featured in the original edition of the game. Class-wise, the game will retain the same four types as before, meaning that players can chose to fight the alien and insect hordes as a Ranger, Wing Diver, Fencer, or Air Raider.
In the demo that Okajima played at TGS, Game Watch notes that the game this time around features a higher density of people on the screen. While it started off as a standard ant extermination mission, once they were out of the way, Erginus, the giant monster showcased in the TGS trailer that we ran earlier this week, appeared on the stage. Taking on the creature takes more than conventional firepower, resulting in Okajima piloting Baram, the giant mech also featured alongside Erginus in existing preview footage of the game. Baram in this mission lacks anything in the way of firepower, meaning that Erginus has to be punched repeatedly in order to damage it, all while dealing with assaults from a barrage of ants that entered the fray as well. After Baram’s health dropped below half, Okajima prompted ended the demo, citing it was bad PR to keep going any further.
As for Earth Defense Force 2 Portable V2, the PS Vita port of the Earth Defense Force 2, which previously came out on the PlayStation 2 and PSP, in addition to online coop with up to four players, the Air Raider from Earth Defense Force 2025 was implied by Okajima to become a new selectable class as well, supplementing the Ranger and Pale Wing already in the original game. In contrast to the other two classes, the Air Raider’s gameplay focuses more around providing support, able to call in additional firepower from the ground or air to decimate wide swaths of land, as well as buff other players’ offensive stats and heal them.
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair is on track for a 2015 release on PlayStation 4, while Earth Defense Force 2 Portable V2 is set to come out in Japan on November 27 for PS Vita. The going price for Earth Defense Force Portable V2 will be 5200 yen for a single copy or 6980 for two copies.