‘Gundam: Bonds Of The Battlefield II’ Is Finally Released In Japanese Arcades This July – Forbes

‘Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield II’ has had a significant graphical makeover compared to the first … [+] game.

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Since the game was announced in October of last year, we’ve all been waiting for more news about Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield II. Well, the game is finally ready for release at the end of this July.

While there will be a few location tests in Tokyo and Osaka in early July, the game will be finally released in Japanese arcades on July 27.

The game itself has been significantly overhauled compared to most sequels. Considering that the original game was released in 2006, this new sequel is running Unreal Engine and looks amazing.

Furthermore, the old spherical cockpit setup has been dropped in favor of three 43-inch HD displays, which is much closer to the actual layout of a typical mobile suit cockpit from the One Year War era, which is when this game is also set.  

While I was expecting Bandai Namco to take more of a virtual reality, or VR, route after I played a Bonds of the Battlefield prototype back in 2017, this rather epic looking three screen setup looks a lot cooler.

Matches are online and can include up to 6 players per team. The going rate to play the game in the arcades will also remain at 500 yen for 2 matches.

Whether this game will come Westward is an interesting question.

The original Bonds of the Battlefield never received an official release in Western arcades, but the cabinet itself was bulky and custom built. This new sequel though looks more modular and could be transported internationally more easily. Plus, Gundam is far more popular and widespread outside of Japan compared to what it was in 2006.

Personally, I hope Bandai Namco takes the plunge with releasing Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield II outside of Japan at some point, but in the meantime I cannot wait to play the game once it is released in Japan on July 27.

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