Kadokawa Games has released the first trailer, information, and screenshots of Metal Max Xeno, its newly announced PlayStation 4 and PS Vita entry in the long-running Metal Max RPG series.
Get the details below.
■ About Metal Max Xeno
Since the release of the original Metal Max for Super Famicom in 1992, the Metal Max series has won praise as a unique RPG set in a “devastated near future” different from the “worlds of swords and magic” featured in traditional RPGs.
Metal Max Xeno is “another Metal Max” with a new history and setting. The series’ historical setting has been rebuilt based on future predictions proposed by the latest science, including “technological singularity.”
The setting is 209X, the “true end of the century.” In “Death Tokio,” a wasteland of death in which mankind’s destruction draws near, the story of the protagonist Talis, who swears revenge against superdreadnought monster, and steel partners known as “Tanks” will unfold.
■ A Tank and Human True End of Century RPG
The “Tank” is an essential partner to survive in a world where dangerous monsters wander about. By acquiring, strengthening, and modding tanks, the humans that remain can fight against their cruel fate.
The iconic tank of the Metal Max series, which has appeared since the original Metal Max in 1992. It is a bright red tank made in the image of the Merkava mkII.
In the original Metal Max, it appeared as the partner tank of the Red Wolf, “the strongest monster and hunter” feared by villains as the “Red Demon.” Succeeding the Red Wolf after his untimely downfall, the protagonist himself becomes the second generation “Red Demon.” That was the backstory of the original Metal Max, and the R-Wolf tank itself is a special existence that symbolizes the story.
In Metal Max Xeno, continuing from previous titles, the R-Wolf is a tank equipped with asymmetrical turrets designed by Atsuji Yamamoto. Its nickname is “Red Avenger.”
■ New Feature #1: “Shooting”
Shooting is a feature that enables preemptive attacks on monsters that appear on the field. By shooting on the field, you can bring down enemies with a single blow, or start battles against strong enemies with a preemptive strike.
■ New Feature #2: “ET Shield”
The ET Shield is a system that protects the tank by deploying the tank’s remaining energy as a shield. If you lose all of your shields during battle, each part of the tank will take direct damage, causing a risk of breakage.
- Age: 20
- Race: Human (half-machine body)
Human (half-machine body). A young man burning with revenge against a super-class monster who massacred his friends and real mother, and drove his Hunter foster father Zeed to death. At the end of his journey seeking its whereabouts, he arrives at the Iron Base. For some reason, the part of his body that includes his left arm is mechanized.
- Age: 18
- Race: Human
The daughter of a trader who settled down in the Iron Base after drifting there several years ago. When the Iron Base was attacked, she tried to escape the town with her father, but her father died and only she survived. After being saved by the protagonist from a critical situation, she now sticks by his side.
- Age: 21
- Race: Human
A survivor found as a war orphan and raised in the Iron Base. He is a mechanic who has loved to mess with machines since he was a kid, and has trained in repairing and maintenance engineering. He has a faint love for Toni, who was once is neighbor in the Iron Base, but thought that she died.
■ SoNs: Sons of NOA
Unlike other monsters, SoNS are a new race of a different nature with the clear intention of eradicating mankind. These vicious monsters turned Death Tokio into a wasteland of death. Some of them understand human language, and unlike other monsters, they appear to be acting under a unified system of instruction.
Metal Max Xeno is due out for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in Japan in spring 2018.
Watch the trailer below. View the screenshots in high-res at the gallery.