The latest installment in the tactical RPG series Super Robot Wars, which features characters and robots from a variety of mecha anime, will get a worldwide release through Steam in a rare move for the franchise.
In honor of the series 30th anniversary, publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment is bringing Super Robot Wars 30 overseas to the global market. A true worldwide release on PC marks a first for the series, with prior English releases limited to Asia.
Moreover, the video game was only announced during Nintendo Japan’s E3 presentation in June 2021, which led fans to believe that it would not get a Western release similar to the series’ earlier installments. This is due to the circumstances of crossover games, especially licensing restrictions and region-locking, that results in only a few games being released outside Japan or even in English.
Gamers everywhere can now expect an all-star mecha series crossover with at least 22 different titles—including five new entries—promising action-packed attack animations and the chance to upgrade their favorite machines and pilots.
Series featured in the game include Super Electromagnetic Robot Combattler V, Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, Z-MSV, Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack, M-MSV, Mobile Suit V Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative), Heavy Metal L-Gaim, The Brave Police J-Decker, The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL, The King of Kings: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III – Glorification, Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection, Getter Robo Armageddon, Mazinger Z: Infinity, Mazinkaiser (INFINITISM), Magic Knight Rayearth, Gun X Sword, Majestic Prince, Knight’s & Magic, and SSSS.GRIDMAN.
Super Robot Wars 30 will be released on Steam on October 28 this year. Pre-orders for the digital version of the game have been available starting July 14. Pre-purchasing the game as well as its digital deluxe and ultimate editions unlocks additional content for players. (Related: Here’s what you need to know about Valve’s Steam Deck)
Bonus content includes the “Spirit of Steel” and “Elemental Lord” missions, the Special Starter Pack, and the Pre-Order Bonus Enhancement Pack.
The price of the game ranges from P2,599.95 (roughly $50) for the regular version to P4,799.95 (roughly $95) for the ultimate edition.
According to the game’s Steam page, only Japanese audio will be available. However, the interface and subtitles will come with English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese options.
Gameplay involves taking control of giant robots on a battle map and commanding them to defeat their enemies. The battle switches between ally and enemy phases. After the player has moved and attacked with their robots, the enemy takes their turn.
Once all the enemies have been defeated, the game proceeds to an Intermission, where players can use resources earned in battle to train pilots, upgrade robots, and earn bonuses for their army.
The Windows version of the game requires at minimum a 64-bit processor and operating system, Windows 10, Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor, 4 GB RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GT 320 (1 GB) or AMD Radeon HD 6670 (1 GB) GPU.
Aside from Steam, the game will be released on the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4.
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