Earth Defense Force 5 details Ranger vehicles, more Air Raider vehicles, new alien species

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D3 Publisher has updated the official Japanese website for Earth Defense Force 5 with new screenshots and information about the game’s Ranger vehicles, more Air Raider vehicles, and two new alien species.

Get the details below.

■ Ranger Vehicles

In Earth Defense Force 4, the first entry in the series featuring four army classes, requests for vehicle drops were entrusted to Air Raiders, but in Earth Defense Force 5, the “Bike,” which was exclusive to Rangers until Earth Defense Force 3, and some “Tanks” “Combat Helicopters,” can even be requested and used by Rangers. There is no doubt that the Ranger’s appeal will be spurred by getting mobility (vehicles) and firepower.

Blacker E1

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The Earth Defense Force’s main combat vehicle. It was developed with a somewhat small frame under the assumption that it would be used in urban area battles. For that reason, it can freely navigate through the main roads of town areas and thin alleyways. Its firepower and defense power does not fall behind existing battle vehicles. One person may board.

Freesia 1

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A military use motorcycle developed for use in missions that require speed. Since it is assumed to be made of use on the battlefield, the body is protected entirely by armor. It also has the power to traverse bad roads. Heavy weapons are loaded onto the left and right sides of the vehicle. Quickly speed through the battlefield and exterminate your target with firepower.

N9 Eros

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The Earth Defense Force’s main armed helicopter. It is equipped with two machine guns and missiles. It has very high firepower, as well as extremely good mobility. One person may board.

■ Air Raider Vehicles

Here are more vehicles Air Raiders may use. If you missed the initial report, read up on the first five here.

Epsilon Heavy Armored Rail Gun

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A vehicle equipped with a railgun, a state-of-the-art weapon. Using the power of electromagnetism, it accelerates shells and fires them at high speed. The shells can pierce through objects and deal damage to a great number of enemies. The weapon has tremendous power, but its weakness is that it takes time to recharge after firing. To compensate for this, it has machine guns loaded on the left and right of the railgun. To person sitting in the gunner’s seat can operate the machine guns.

NF31 Nereid

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A ground-to-ground suppression helicopter. It is equipped with an auto-canon that automatically seizes its target. The auto-canon detects the enemy, and automatically aims at and exterminates them. Its ground-to-ground suppression popwer is overwhelming, and it can reliably eliminate the enemies below it. However, since the sensor detection range is limited, its angle of fire is restricted to enemies below, making its weakness that it does not allow attacking the enemies above it.

Depths Crawler

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A depths-of-earth battle-use walking tank. It has four hook arms, and since it moves as if its crawling, it can traverse not just bad roads, but also cave walls. By jumping with the hook arms, you can perform three-dimensional actions such as “jumping to the ceilings and walls.” It is also equipped with a “Large Light” to shine upon the darkness. Since it ensures an wide scope of vision, it seems to play an indispensable support role in supporting the depths-of-earth infiltration team. It was developed for use in the depths of the earth, but it also exhibits high capabilities above ground. Using its hook arms, it can climb the outer walls of buildings and pursue the enemy.

■ Primers (alien invaders, formerly Immigrants)

Aggressive Alien Species γ

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The third type of aggressive species dropped down by the aliens. We call them Species γ. Species γ moves slowly and at first glance appears to be harmless. However, it protects itself from enemies in an amazing way, and it was also confirmed that it has a way to move quickly. That being using its spherical, hard shell to roll over and trample its enemies. The size of Species γ far exceeds that of earthly creatures, and its attacks can be labeled extremely effective and dangerous. But fortunately, our weapons are able to penetrate its shell, making the extermination of Species γ seem by no means impossible.

Winged Aggressive Alien Species

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An alien life-form with the ability to fly. We have been able to confirm clear differences in its appearance and structure compared to previous aggressive species. Also, since some of intelligence can be sensed from its actions, it is presumed to be closer to an alien than to a monster. Although this is only a hypothesis, if we assume the aliens are adults, it can certainly be considered that the the Winged Aggressive Alien Species is equivalent to a larva body. If that is correct, then it’s surprising that a life-form that so closely resembles human beings goes through such a dramatic transformation during their development.

Earth Defense Force 5 is due out for PlayStation 4 this summer in Japan.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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