With Gundam Extreme Versus due to be released next month, it would be silly to hope for the fine folks over at Bandai to announce another Gundam game, right?
Well, not this time. A new Gundam game--specifically a Gundam Unicorn game--has just been announced for the Playstation 3. It will cover the first three episodes of the OVA, and will include animated cut-scenes drawn from the OVA series. Players will be able to assume the roles of Marida Cruz, Full Frontal, and (of course) Unicorn's utterly incomprehensible protagonist, Banagher Links.
Check out the first batch of screens, fresh from Famitsu: looks pretty good (though, personally, I would have preferred a more cel-shaded look).
Being limited only to the first three OVA episodes, I worry that the game may be a bit on the short side. Hopefully, the gameplay will make up for it--it's probably too much to hope for to see Gundam Senki's engine return--more likely, given the narrative content (or lack thereof) this game gets to cover, a space-only game similar to Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters In Space (PS2) is more likely. One of the features being touted is a special "fighter" mode of gameplay, to make tranformed mobile suits (just the ReGZ and ReZel as far as I can remember) a bit more interesting to play with. In addition to the apparently in-depth story mode, I ~think~ that Gundam Unicorn (PS3) will also have a multiplayer mode, but that's just a guess on my part (I can't quite make out the kanji).
We do not know the release date for the title at the moment, but--joy of all joys--we do know that there will be downloadable content. At this point, that shouldn't surprise anyone.
Given the limited scope of the game, I worry that we may be getting nothing more than a paltry demo, in the same vein as the Macross Trial Frontier game released on a hybrid disc with the first Macorss Frontier movie last year. Given the fact that we've got Extreme Versus and a Gundam Age game coming up soon... well, it's a hard fear to quash.
Personally, though, I'm hoping for the best. There's a lot of "action" to the Unicorn story that's not really covered in the anime--background stuff that, if well-implemented, could be really cool. Know that sexy, sexy, Sinanju? How cool would it be to take part in the original mission to steal it from AE, back when it was a Feddie Unicorn prototype?
Aw, hell, who am I kidding: I'll be happy so long as I get to play around with a Gear Zulu.