Bandai Namco has just announced that it is currently working on a brand-new competitive Gundam title, Gundam Evolution. However, unlike most other PVP Gundam games the company has released before like the Gundam Breaker or Extreme Vs. series (or most Japanese-made shooters) that use a third-person perspective, Gundam Evolution will be a free-to-play first-person shooter instead, releasing on Windows 10 PC sometime in 2022.
Back in June, Bandai Namco has said that it is planning to better develop the Gundam video game series for the ever-growing esports scene. And as seen in the teaser trailer below, the company might’ve taken notes from popular esports games like Overwatch and Valorant — a bit too much if I had to say so myself, though. Especially the user interface. Let’s hope it’s still a work in progress and the developer can make improvements on the UI and a proper “sense of scale” for those towering Mobile Suits.
So far, according to the official site, the game will support three different game modes: Point Capture, where a team has to capture control points while the other defends; Domination, where both teams compete on controlling three control points; and Destruction, where a team has to activate a bomb in two different locations while the other defends. Sounds pretty familiar, right? For the roster, there are 12 Mobile Suits you will be able to use in-game:
- RX-78 Gundam
- RX-80PR Pale Rider
- Zaku II
- Gundam Barbatos
- GM Sniper II
- Turn A Gundam
Along with showing off the gameplay teaser trailer, Bandai Namco also announced that the closed beta for Gundam Evolution will be held on August 8-9 at 18:00-24:00 PM Japan time. Beta testers will be able to claim an exclusive player icon once the game launch in 2022. Oh, and the closed beta is only accepting 5,000 lucky registrants so you better hurry and sign up for the beta test with your Bandai Namco ID. The beta registration period itself is open starting July 15, 2021, 16:00 PM to August 2, 2021, 12:00 PM Japan time.
Still, for those of you who failed to get in, there will be a gameplay live stream on the 17th, featuring popular Japanese cosplayer Moe Iori as the MC as well as Gundam Evolution producer Kazuya Maruyama and battle director Ryota Hogaki. Don’t forget to save the date.
Unfortunately, an English release hasn’t been confirmed. Once it does, do you think it has the potential to compete with Overwatch and Valorant? Are you satisfied with the current roster?