The original storyline for the game is being written by Ukyo Kodachi, whom some of you may recognize as the man responsible for writing "Macross: The Ride" (Also known as "Macross R"), a light novel duology serving as a prologue for the Macross Frontier series. Ukyo also penned the novelization of the Macross anime itself, so he's certainly familiar with the franchise. Will he be able to muster up a decent Macross story that doesn't rely on the works of others? Well, that remains to be seen--but with Shoji Kawamori himself supervising his work with Macross 30, I think it's safe to say that the game is in very good hands. With luck, it will be as good or better than Gundam's own 30th anniversary game, Record U.C. 0081.
Famitsu.com has released an early preview of the upcoming Playstation 3 Macross game, Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe, or Macross 30: The Song that Crosses the Galaxy. The preview includes around 50 screenshots of the game, which I've included with my translation.
Macross 30 will feature an all-original storyline, which consists of the usual crossover fare: a mysterious force pulls characters from across space and time to a single location where, for some reason, they must fight. Whether or not this original game narrative will exist at the exclusion of anime-based missions remains to be seen. It's possible that this original storyline will serve as Macross 30's version of Macross Triangle Frontier's Academy Mode, as material on the game indicates that it will have "RPG elements." The full translation of Famitsu.com's preview follows:
"The action game celebrating the 30th anniversary of Macross is here!"
November 8's Weekly Famitsu (Released 25. October 2012) details the latest information about Macross 30: The Song that Crosses the Galaxy, to be released in February 2013. In the following article, we will detail the latest information gleaned from the contents of that article.
The Macross anime managed to incorporate the three disparate elements of variable fighters [mech combat], music and a love triangle, and turn them into an enormous hit. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Super Dimensional Macross' first televised airing, and marks the announcement of the memorial PS3 game, Macross 30. Although this title was initially revealed at the Tokyo Game Show 2012, held in Chiba back in September, this is the first time we've seen details of the game. The game is richly crafted, featuring beautifully drawn animated cut-scenes, fast-paced combat, dense battlefields, and RPG elements. It improves greatly on [Artdink's] previous Macross titles, and brings true innovation to the [game] series.
The Macross Frontier television anime series first aired in 2008. Set in 2059 A.D., Macross Frontier tells the tale of the 25th New Macross-class Colonial Fleet. The story focuses on Saotome Alto, a rookie pilot, and as well as pop singer Sheryl Nome and Ranka, a young girl hoping to follow in the former's footsteps.
Saotome Alto. Pilot in the SMS Skull Squadron. On the planet Ouroboros, he strives to protect Sheryl Nome from the Vajra that appeared in the vicinity of the archipelago.
VF-25F Messiah (Alto Custom) equipped with Super Pack. The Macross Frontier's new escort fighter, the VF-25 was designed specifically to defend the fleet. It can equip the Super Pack to greatly enhance both its firepower and mobility.
The Macross Seven television anime first aired in 1994. Set in 2045 A.D., Macross Seven tells the tale Basara, lead singer for the Fire Bomber band, as he sings his heart out on the battlefield during attacks from a mysterious force. By singing his heart out, Basara performance changes the galaxy!
Nekki Basara. Lead vocalist of the the rock band "Fire Bomber," he has many fans in this age. He starts singing in the archipelago region, but has someone noticed his performance?
VF-19 Custom Fire Valkyrie. A machine converted from the state-of-the-art VF-19 in the slums of the Macross 7 Fleet. It weaponizes speakers to deliver song to the ears of its enemies.
The Macross Plus television anime was produced in 1994, at the same time as Macross 7. Set in 2040 A.D. in the skies of the planet Eden, ten light years away from Earth, fly two Valkryies--the YF-21 and YF-19. In the cockpit of one machine is Guld Goa Bowman; in the cockpit of the other is Isamu Alva Dyson as they compete against each other to decide which will become the next mainstay Variable Fighter....
Isamu Dyson. Test pilot of the YF-19. What does he seek more than freedom!?
YF-19 Isamu Custom, equipped with FAST Pack. A prototype for the Macross 7 Fleet, it boasts extremely high performance but is difficult to pilot.
The Macross Zero Original Video Animation [OVA] first aired in 2002. This milestone work was made to commemorate Macross' 20th anniversary. Set on the Mayan Island in 2008 A.D., Macross Zero chronicles events prior the original Super Dimensional Fortress Macross anime series. The unfolding story tells the tale of the pilot of the VF-0, and the two sisters he meets on the island, Sara and Mao.
Shin Kudo. In this story, are the Anti-U.N. forces ace pilots, Ivanov and Nora, still his enemy!?
Shin's VF-0A equipped with a Ghost Booster. A prototype of the VF-1 Valkyrie. It can attach a QF-2200A Ghost--an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft--to act as a booster, greatly increasing its output.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
The television anime that originally premiered in 1982, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross was the first work in the series. In the year 2009 A.D., it fires its main cannon suddenly and without warning, igniting an all-out war with the alien Zentraedi... who are a race of giants. The Zentraedi and humans fight over the fate of the Earth as Lynn Minmay's song shapes history!
Ichijo Hikaru. In this story, he is surrounded by celebrity and drama. He seems to be searching for Minmay and Misa.
VF-1S Unit 1, equipped with a Strike Pack. A Variable Fighter produced using technology reverse-engineered from the enormous alien starship [the SDF-1 Macross], it can equip Strike Packs on its back to increase its firepower, mobility and speed.
The setting of the game: Planet Ouroboros
The Planet Ourobors [named after mythical symbol of all-consuming greed: a serpent devouring itself] serves as the stage for Macross 30's original narrative. Fold space around the planet is extremely unstable, and the resulting Fold Fault completely isolates Ouroboros from the rest of the galaxy. The instabilities in Fold Space have warped the planet's natural terrain, creating extreme environments including "glaciers," "deserts," and "floating islands." How was it that so many people crossed space and time to arrive at this strange place?
What is the Hunter Guild?
Development of the planet Ouroboros is not yet complete, and it has little in the way of security. Outlaws calling themselves the "Banded" use their Valkyries to terrorize the planet. "Hunters" seek to protect the peace on behalf of the military. The player assumes the role of a Hunter and joins in the battle.
*For more information, check out the November 8th, 2012 issue of Weekly Famitsu.
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Release Date: February 2013
Genre: RPG/Anime Robot
Developer: Studio Artdink