Gundam Versus closed beta detailed, 10 minutes of gameplay [Update]

The latest on the upcoming beta test.

Gundam Versus

Bandai Namco shared new gameplay and information on the Gundam Versus closed beta, as well as more details about the final game, during the fourth “Gundam Festival” live stream today.

Clsoed beta applications are currently available for download on the Japanese PlayStation Store until February 28. The closed beta will be held in three phases on March 10, 18, and 19, respectively, from 19:00 to 22:00 JST on each day. Downloading a beta application does not guarantee entry into the beta. You’ll receive an e-mail on March 9 if your application is accepted, and depending on the the state of the test, additional e-mails may go out between March 13 and 17.

Get the new information below:

■ Playable Units

Closed Beta: 38 Units Across 11 Works

While a total of 38 units will be playable across all three phases of the beta, only 20 units will be playable during each phase.

  • Works
    • Mobile Suit Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
    • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
    • Turn-A Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
  • Confirmed Units
    • Turn A Gundam
    • Jesta
    • The-O
    • Gundam Throne Zwei
    • Jagd Doga
    • Gundam Sandrock Kai
    • Z Gundam
    • ZZ Gundam
    • V2 Gundam
    • GN-X
    • Union Flag Custom
    • Full Armor Gundam
    • Gundam Barbatos
    • Gundam Kyrios
    • Gundam Exia
    • Sinanju
    • Unicorn Gundam
    • Tallgeese
    • Wing Gundam Zero
    • v-Gundam
    • Gouf
    • Guncannon
    • Gundam

Final Game: More than 90 Units Across 17 Works

  • Works
    • Mobile Suit Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
    • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
    • Turn-A Gundam
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (First Season)
    • Gundam Reconguista in G
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
    • Mobile Suit Gundam F91
    • Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam
  • Confirmed Units
    • Only the units also available in the closed beta have been confirmed so far.

■ Strikers

  • You can choose one Striker unit before battle that can called upon during battle as support.
  • In the final game, each unit has a unique level based on the extent of extra stuff that you do. By leveling up, you can unlock various items such as Strikers. By spending in-game currency called “GP,” you can acquire unlocked items, and enable selections and settings.
  • In the closed beta, you can select 48 Striker units from the beginning. (In the final version, three times more Strikers can be unlocked and obtained.) There are no unique levels based on the extent of extra stuff that you do, nor are there unlockable items.

■ Modes

Player Match

  • Create and search for rooms with various, freely-set conditions. In the closed beta, only limited conditions may be set.
  • A maximum of 18 players can join a room to participate in online two-on-two battles.
  • You can create rooms to play with players from other countries. You can also limit oyur room to just your own country.
  • You can search for rooms with preferred conditions or that your friends may be in.
  • In the final version, you can create and search for rooms with more detailed conditions than in the closed beta.

Ultimate Battle

  • Aim to clear the course by defeating the enemy units that appear while upgrading your unit. Your unit upgrades will remain until the course is cleared. In the closed beta, a single type of exclusive course is being prepared.
  • As you continue to defeat enemies, a special rule known as an “Extra Battle” will occur. When this happens, you can choose between “Solo Play” or “Online Play.” If you choose Online Play, a maximum of six players can participate in the Extra Battle.
  • In the final game, you’ll be able to select from courses of multiple difficulties. In the most difficult course planned to be unlocked after release, the number of waves you surpass is ranked and you can compete with players all over the world. You can also play cooperatively with friends online.

Trial Battle

  • A single-player-only mode where you select your favorite unit and battle against CPU units to clear routes. In the closed beta, a single type of exclusive route is being prepared.
  • This mode is good for training more practical fighting.
  • In the final version, you can select from several routes that use each Gundam work that appears in the game as a theme. A post-launch update will add even more routes.

Free Battle

  • A single-player mode where players can freely set units, teams, stages, and other various conditions, adjust the difficulty, and battle against CPU units.
  • This can be used as a practice mode to master Gundam Versus‘ battle systems such as “Strikers” and “Boost Dives.”
  • In the final version, you’ll be able to freely select the in-game background music. This feature is not supported in the closed beta.
  • There is no split-screen play. In order to keep the game running at 60 frames per second, none of the game modes will support split-screen.

A release date for Gundam Versus has yet to be announced. In addition to a Japanese release, an Asian English release is also planned.

Watch the new gameplay footage below.

  • Player Match – 1:09:34 to 1:11:36
  • Ultimate Battle – 1:12:34 to 1:15:06
  • Ultimate Battle: Extra Battle – 1:16:49 to 1:20:49

Update 02/27/17 at 8:00 a.m.: Bandai Namco has released some new screenshots from the closed beta. View the set at the gallery.

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