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Leading video game developer BANDAI NAMCO Online and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced that GUNDAM EVOLUTION will release in 2022 in North America, Europe, and Japan on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One; the title will also simultaneously release on PC by BANDAI NAMCO Online in these same regions as well as across other parts of Asia. The franchise’s first-ever free-to-play hero shooter, GUNDAM EVOLUTION will offer a 6v6 competitive team-play dynamic with playable mobile suits from across the Gundam multiverse.

GUNDAM EVOLUTION is a free-to-play team-based first-person shooter featuring 6v6 PvP combat. The game will offer three objective-based game modes: Point Capture, Domination, and Destruction. The title presents a unique set of challenges that will require teams to craft and execute formidable offensive and defensive strategies to emerge victorious.

Each playable unit in GUNDAM EVOLUTION possesses its own unique combination of offensive, defensive, and/or supportive skills capable of swinging the tides of battle. The starting roster of playable characters will feature 12 units, including the classic RX-78-2 GUNDAM and the iconic ASW-G-08 GUNDAM BARBATOS. Additional mobile suits and customizable items can be unlocked in two ways: Capital Points (CP), which are accumulated in-game through gameplay, or EVO Coins, which will be available for real-world purchase.

Closed Network Tests for GUNDAM EVOLUTION will take place on the PC platform from April 7-12 and for console platforms in the future to test the game’s online servers. Fans eager to suit up and hit the battlefield can register for the PC Network Test by visiting the GUNDAM EVOLUTION Steam® store page between March 9 – March 28 and clicking on “Request Access” under Playtest to apply.

“Rooted in the values of hope, peace, unity, and victory, the essence of the Gundam brand is captured in full by GUNDAM EVOLUTION,” said Kazuya Maruyama, Executive Producer at BANDAI NAMCO Online. “We cannot wait for franchise veterans of all ages–whose Gundam fandom may have sparked at different points in the franchise’s 40-year history–and newcomers alike to unite on the GUNDAM EVOLUTION battlefield and duke it out in their favorite mobile suits from across the Gundam Series and beyond!”

GUNDAM EVOLUTION strives to balance approachability and mastery, making it the perfect shooter for players of all skill levels to enjoy solo or with a group of friends,” said Ryota Hogaki, Gameplay Director at BANDAI NAMCO Online. “With a variety of powerful mobile suits at their disposal, we hope players around the world will latch onto the thrill of epic mecha combat and fall in love with GUNDAM EVOLUTION!”

Players who purchase season passes unlock more cosmetic accessories as they progress, including mobile suit skins, weapon skins, and weapon charms.

GUNDAM EVOLUTION will be officially launched in North America, Europe, Japan, and other regions in Asia on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One in 2022. Specific regional platform availability is as follows:

North America: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam
Europe: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam
Japan: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC
Other parts of Asia: Steam

About BANDAI NAMCO Online

Online games from Japan to the world BANDAI NAMCO Online is a rapidly growing company within the BANDAI NAMCO Group that specializes in the online game business, with a full range of functions from development and operation to publishing. Our company continues to develop a variety of content and services for all devices, such as smartphone games and online PC Games, including our original IP smartphone game “IDOLiSH7”. Further developments are underway for our next-generation flagship titles, including the online action RPG “BLUE PROTOCOL” and the team-based FPS “GUNDAM EVOLUTION”. We are committed to challenging ourselves to create original IPs and online games that will have a significant impact around the world. 

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of the BANDAI NAMCO Group, is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN, GALAGA, TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR, and ACE COMBAT. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime-based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, DRAGON BALL Z, and ONE PIECE. 

About SOTSU・SUNRISE

Sunrise Inc. is a Japanese animation studio founded in September 1972 world-renown for its revolutionary “mecha anime” and spearheading the global franchise GUNDAM. The original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam anime series was made in collaboration with Gundam’s director Yoshiyuki Tomino, animator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and mechanical designer Kunio Okawara. Partnered with Bandai Namco, Gundam has since become one of the most recognizable Japanese brands worldwide with its myriad of entries, rich storytelling and thematics, breathtaking animation, and model kit empire. Sunrise has also garnered acclaim with such works as Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop, City Hunter, Dirty Pair, Sgt. Frog, Gin Tama, Inuyasha, Tiger & Bunny, and the popular Love Live! idol franchise. Over a span of over forty years, Sunrise has created a broad range of visual products, starting with animations, many of which have been completely original creations, and has also created numerous adaptations of acclaimed light novels including Crest of the Stars, Dirty Pair, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere and Accel World, and manga such as City Hunter, Inuyasha, Outlaw Star, Yakitate!! Japan, Planetes, Sgt. Frog, Gin Tama, and Kekkaishi.

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