This morning, Bandai Namco released a new trailer for Super Robot Wars V, the latest in the twenty-five-year-old tactical RPG series. For the unaware, Super Robot Wars V is exactly what it sounds like – a series based around mecha combat. While there have been English releases of the series in the past (Such as Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers), Super Robot Wars V will be the first game featuring a cast made up of established mecha properties (Including the likes of Mobile Suit Gundam, Getter Robo, and Code Geass) receiving an Asian English release. And boy, does it have a cast.
The trailer revealed a plethora of new characters hailing from the previously-confirmed series, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Asuka Langly and ZZ Gundam‘s Elepo Puru. Much like the announcement trailer earlier this year, we were also treated to a lengthy montage of their attack animations – all of which cram as much glorious fanservice and impressive animation as possible into the short attacks. We also got a good look at a host of original characters, all of which have unique designs paying tribute to tried and true mecha archtypes.
Once the cast was laid out, the trailer finished with another montage – including some blink and you’ll miss it appearances of boss characters along with playable units such as the Mazinger Z and the series first Space Opera representative – the Space Battleship Yamamoto. Also present during this montage, is what we can safely assume to be the game’s theme – THE EXCEEDER by Jam Project, who has also done the themes for the Super Robot Wars Alpha and Super Robot Wars Z series.
Super Robot Wars V will release for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on February 23rd next year.
Listen, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still a little disappointed at the lack of Armored Trooper VOTOMS and Mobile Police Patlabor representatives, but what we’ve got is certainly impressive. At the end of the day, what really matters is that I’ll finally be able to play and fully appreciate a crossover Super Robot Wars game soon. And that’s more than enough for me.