Gundam has been around for decades. It has greatly impacted the lives of its fans of the franchise across the world. When the anime series first aired, it paved the way for a new genre and changed the way people viewed giant robots. The whole thing became something like a cultural reset. As a result, Gundam is one of the most popular and most well-loved anime series in the world. The franchise celebrated its 40th-anniversary last year, and Bandai Namco commemorated the occasion with various product launches, conventions, and many more surprises throughout the year. Now, all eyes are on Gundam’s latest surprise: Gundam Evolution.
Set in the Gundam universe, Gundam Evolution is a free-to-play, 6v6, first-person shooter game. The two teams will be going up against each other in special battle arenas where they use each mobile suit’s unique weapons and abilities to earn points. Gamers will also be able to use the unique Gundam boost feature to power up their characters. For now, the game has only been announced in Japan, but it will likely be made available to the rest of the world very soon. If you remember, Bandai Namco had spoken out earlier this year about wanting to develop something fit for esports. In line with that, Gundam Evolution is targeted for release in 2022.
While Gundam fans are certainly excited, some have pointed out that Gundam Evolution bears a striking resemblance to the Overwatch game franchise. It seems that Gundam Evolution will be adopting a similar user interface, which is great considering Overwatch has one of the cleanest and easiest to navigate user interfaces of all shooter games. We can likely expect the same ease of use for Gundam Evolution.
To give you a closer look at the game, the official website of Gundam Evolution has a section on the mobile suits that gamers can choose from to form their lineup. Currently, the roster includes Gundam, Sazabi, Zaku II, Gundam Barbatos, Pale Rider, Methuss, GM Sniper II, Asshimar, DOM Trooper, Guntank, GM, and Turn A Gundam. Additionally, the game will have three main game modes: Point Capture, Domination, and Destruction.
In Point Capture, teams can battle it out to control certain spots of the game map. In Domination, on the other hand, teams can try to capture three random spots. However, perhaps the most fun would be Destruction, which sounds like Capture The Flag. in this game mode, one team is designated to protect an object, while the other is tasked to destroy it. If you want to learn more about Gundam Evolution, you can check out the game’s official website here.
We expect to learn more about the game in the coming months, and Gundam Evolution for esports may just be the next big thing. As mentioned, there are only plans for a Japanese release for now. However, a Western release isn’t out of the question. Meanwhile, while waiting for more updates, check out the trailer for the game here.
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