Cooperative kaiju beat ’em up game Dawn of the Monsters will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC via Steam, and Stadia in March, publisher WayForward and developer 13AM Games announced.
WayForward also shared more information on the game’s story, including a new trailer, and artist collaborations. Get the details below.
Beyond its awe-inspiring playable behemoths, two-player local co-op action, and more than 35 missions, Dawn of the Monsters will also provide players with a gripping story and compelling characters.
The Dawn of the Monsters saga begins in 2036 when enormous creatures known as the Nephilim invade Earth, leaving calamity in their wake. To counter the threat, a global task force known as DAWN (Defense Alliance Worldwide Network) is established, but it isn’t until three decades later that humanity can properly strike back. With four gargantuan guardians at its command—Megadon, the living volcano; Ganira, the colossal crustacean; Aegis Prime, a superhuman warrior; and Tempest Galahad, a massive mech—DAWN prepares to reclaim the planet.
For the developers at 13AM Games, Dawn of the Monsters is a passion project that stems from their love of all things kaiju. But in addition to the internal creative crew, an incredible team of collaborative artists is lending their talents to bring Dawn of the Monsters to life, both in-game and for promotional purposes. The list includes:
- Shinji Nishikawa – This world-renowned kaiju designer who worked on the Godzilla film series and SSSS.Gridman designed the flame Nephilim, Agnitor.
- Matt Frank – A comic book artist known for his work on IDW’s Godzilla comics, Arrow Films’ Gamera: The Complete Collection box set, and the Redman comic series, Matt Frank designed the Bakudon and Inazudon Nephilim. He also created a piece of key art and illustrations for the game’s physical collector’s edition.
- Yuji Kaida – One of the most well-known kaiju artists living today, Yuji Kaida has created illustrations for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla, Gamera, and Ultraman, as well as video games such as Monster Hunter and more. He created the painting that will adorn the game’s physical collector’s edition.
- Zander Cannon – An Eisner Award-winning comic book artist famous for his ongoing comic series Kaijumax from Oni Press, Zander Cannon created one of the game’s promotional illustrations.
- EJ Su – Known for his work on Marvel’s Rise of Ultraman and IDW’s Godzilla Rivals and Transformers comic books, EJ Su produced numerous pieces of art for the game, including key art, character illustrations, and promotional comic illustrations.
- Kim Jacinto – With work seen in numerous Marvel comics, including Rise of Ultraman and Shang Chi, Kim Jacinto provided the game’s alternative cover art.
- DJ Crumrine – This animator and storyboard artist at Titmouse who worked on Animaniacs is also a huge kaiju fan. He created one of the game’s promotional illustrations.
- Zedd – An incredibly talented illustrator and animator known for his kaiju and Monster Hunter art, Zedd worked on the cutscenes for Dawn of the Monsters.
- Robo7 (Jon Belotti Jr.) – An artist who loves illustrating giant monsters, Robo7 has done work for G-Fan, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Alien. He provided header card art for Seismic Toys’ Megadon and Ganira figures.
- Caroline “Luka” Bromley – A concept artist and merchandise designer for the RWBY series who also loves kaiju and helped spearhead “Kaiju Monster March” on social media. She created chibi illustrations of the Dawn of the Monsters cast.
- Ninsai Kato – A kaiju artist from Japan, Ninsai Kato lent her talents with a promotional Megadon brush-ink illustration.
- Powerhouse Animation – Known for animated series such as Castlevania, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and the upcoming Skull Island, Powerhouse Animation created the phenomenal opening animation for Dawn of the Monsters.
Watch the story trailer below.