Bandai Namco has announced a new game in the Gundam Breaker franchise, simply titled NEW GUNDAM BREAKER. As of the press release, it is an exclusive for the PlayStation 4 and will be launched in North America, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia this year.
Since Mobile Suit Gundam first aired in 1979, one of the biggest aspects of Gundam fandom has been the plastic model kits, or “Gunpla”. Like previous entries in the Gundam Breaker franchise, this will revolve around controlling model kits, and upgrading and collecting new parts as you battle other Gunpla.
Bandai Namco has launched a teaser trailer prominently featuring the original RX-78 Gundam. Showcasing the mix and match system, it ends up with the head of a Zaku II, similar to an episode of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Looking at the model boxes in the trailer, we can also see the Gyan from Mobile Suit Gundam, the AGE-2 from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, a variant of the Red Frame from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray, and what appears to be the MSA-0011 S/Iota Gundam from Gundam Sentinel. Like other games, it will be sure to feature a myriad of mobile suits from many series, including series like Gundam Wing, Gundam SEED, and Gundam 00 that are more familiar to American fans.
It’s good to see that Bandai Namco is making another game in this franchise and that they’ve seemingly taken a larger interest in promoting the franchise in North America. Both Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE0096 have aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in the past two years. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt have gotten simultaneous English dub releases. They’ve also released Gundam Versus very shortly after the Japanese release. It’s a good time to be a Gundam fan in North America.