We reported a few days ago that Earth Defense Force 5 was likely to get announced during TGS. Just like we expected, D3 Publisher has announced that Earth Defense Force 5 will be coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan, sometime next year. Although the game’s trailer doesn’t seem to tell us too much, the title appears to be running on the same engine as last year’s Earth Defense Force 4.1. In addition, some new enemies – like Giant Space Frogs With Guns – will debut in the title, alongside the return of series staples such as Giant Freaking Spiders and Giant Mutant Alien Space Bees. D3 Publisher has created a site for the new title, and has uploaded the TGS trailer to Youtube. (embedded below)
For now, the title is exclusive to PlayStation 4, and is only announced for Japan. That said, following Earth Defense Force 4.1‘s success in the west, it should only be a matter of time before the title gets confirmed for a western release. In any case; EDF! EDF! EDF! There’s always more room for more Giant Mutant Alien Insect on Earth Defense Force action. Hopefully, we get more information on the game’s new mechanics and additions soon.
Not that today’s announcement should surprise anyone after the earlier leak that seemed to point towards this game’s existence, it’s still great that we got confirmation that the game is indeed in development. It’s interesting to note that although the game is only announced for Japan, the game’s trailer has an English description. At this point, I’d be more surprised if an EDF game DIDN’T come to the west, so it should be interesting to see how long we’re going to have to wait for a western release announcement. If I were a betting man, I’d say it might even come before the end of the year.