Squenix Announce Front Mission Evolved

By Jim Rossignol on May 31st, 2009 at 9:33 am.


Robots! Squenix seem to be making some serious inroads to newish (or at least refreshed) gaming territory, with their most recently announced title being a mech-based third person shooter called Front Mission Evolved, of this lineage. The robots in question are called “Wanzers”, which made me snigger a bit, but I’m sure they’ll satisfy a few robo-porn-hungry gamers out there. Clearly it’s going to be action-tastic, rather than a Battletech type robo-sim, but that could be okay. Not much other info at present, other than it’s being developed by Double Helix Games, a California-based spin off from Shiny Entertainment. Perhaps we’ll find out a bit more at E3. Early CGI robo-trailer beneath the click.

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  1. Ashurbanipal says:

    Front Mission! And on PC?!

    That game was freaking awesome on the SNES. Well, the SNES emulator. I’m not sure if it was even released outside of Japan.

  2. markcocjin says:

    Ah yes, leave it to the Japanese to give us some bizarre title that’s likely a literal Japanese translation. It makes no sense at all.

  3. Noc says:

    Given that it’s a sequel, Markcocjin (or a reboot or what-have-you), the title makes rather more sense. It’s just missing the customary colon.

    And it’s not like this isn’t a common western naming convention either. (See: Bionic Commando: Rearmed) Not that bizarre Japanese naming conventions aren’t bizarre, or that shoddy localizations aren’t shoddy . . . but I don’t think this is an example of either.

  4. StenL says:

    Wanzer comes from Walking Panzer I believe. Shame they didn’t go with Walking Tank.

  5. Ashurbanipal says:

    Noc,

    I don’t know, but I think markcocjin could be more puzzled about what a front mission is supposed to mean.

    “We being forerunner supervision for complete front mission of the basis of the enemy re-go!”

    Presumably it’s suupposed to mean something like Frontal Assault or something.

  6. Noc says:

    I assumed it just meant a mission that happened on a front. Since wars have fronts, and involve missions.

    Or maybe I’m just thinking of the next WWII RTS, “Front of War.”

  7. Kits says:

    Front Mission 3 is one of my favorite games, and can’t go wrong with the concept of fully customisable mechs..but I’m a little unsure about it going from a strategy game to a full blown shooter, I get the feeling it would detract quite a bit from what made the Front Mission games great.
    Shame they arent giving us the latest playstation Front Mission instead, that looked fun.

  8. Hulk Hogan says:

    Is it me or is Square-Enix becoming really awesome these days?

  9. Sinnerman says:

    @Kits; The tabletop Battletech franchise eventually ended up as MechAssault which is an action game that was not universally loathed. You have to give those poor action gamers something to play as turn based tactics and fictional vehicle simulation fans are so spoilt for choice these days.

  10. Hulk Hogan says:

    HEAR THAT SQUEENIX?! I SAID YOU’RE DOING GOOD WORK HERE BROTHER! I’D PAT YOU ON THE BACK IF MY GODLIKE STRENGTH WOULDN’T BREAK YOUR NERDY VIDEO GAME DEVELOPER SPINE! RELEASE HULK HOGAN RPG 2: WRATH OF THE SPIDER GOD OUTSIDE OF JAPAN!!!

  11. Psychopomp says:

    >>recently announced title being a mech-based third person shooter
    >>mech-based third person shooter
    >>Third person shooter

    Fail. This isn’t Front Mission.

    Edit:”You have to give those poor action gamers something to play as turn based tactics and fictional vehicle simulation fans are so spoilt for choice these days.”

    Please tell me that was a joke.

  12. blacktick says:

    I love the FM games…can’t wait to play FM5 once the final translation patch is released. :D

    But I smell a big pile of crap from this,though I hope I’m wrong.
    At first I was excited about FM coming to pc,but then I read the word shooter and lost interest for the time being.
    It actually sounds like armored core which sucked IMO.

    Waiting for some gameplay videos before even considering to try this.

  13. Hulk Hogan says:

    SOME CHOICE EXCERPTS

    SOLDIER: YOU’RE FINALLY HERE HULK HOGAN!!! OUR WEAPONS ARE USELESS AGAINST THIS SPIDER-WIZARDS ONLY A BODY SLAM CAN SAVE US NOW!
    TUTORIAL: TO BODY SLAM THE SPIDER WIZARDS DO A BODY SLAM IN REAL LIFE IT WILL REGISTER IN GAME I PROMISE
    TUT: HAHAHA YOU ACTUALLY TRIED IT YOU BROKE SOME BONES I BET OR KILLED A SIBLING.

    NOT SO DEAD SOLDIER: HULK HOGAN I CANT GO ON A SPIDER-STING-RAY STINGER IS LODGED IN MY HEART
    OPTION 1: REMOVE STINGER AND FORCE HEAL SOLDIER (MOVE TOWARDS GOOD
    OPTION 2: FART IN SOLDIERS FACE IN POUR SALT ON HIS WOUNDS (MOVE TOWARDS BEING AN ASSHOLE)

  14. Psychopomp says:

    “ONLY A BODY SLAM CAN SAVE US NOW!”

    I demand that be a title bar.

  15. Jim Rossignol says:

    StenL: Yes, very funny.

  16. Nick says:

    I was happy till I saw the bit about it being a third person action game.

    Here I was hoping for another turn based strategy game for the PC.

  17. Sinnerman says:

    @Psychopomp; I’m using irony to stay positive and upbeat, sir. I wouldn’t want to be the one to give the RPS greek chorus another chance to do the AIM chant.

  18. Daniel Purvis says:

    I was addicted to Front Mission 3 on PS1 and be damned if this news doesn’t make me excited.

  19. Psychopomp says:

    @Sinner

    OK, fair enough.
    You never know :D

  20. Riaktion says:

    When I saw this headline it took me a second to click it on it as I my greasy fingers struggled to manipulate the touch pad on the laptop quick enough. I own front mission 3 for the PSone and although I haven’t finished it, really enjoyed it, and thus was hoping for some more turn based action.. however on reading we have a third person action game. Of course its probably not going to be awful or anything, but I wanted a modern turn based version of this game seen as the PS2 version never got released over here. Ah well… maybe one day it will be available..

  21. Hulk Hogan says:

    If you play the game on a really really weak machine it’ll be so slow you’ll feel like you’re playing a TBS.

  22. Jim Rossignol says:

    Some sites were reporting this as a strategy, but it says “third person shooter” on Squenix’s release etc.

  23. Dominic White says:

    Just reminding people that the pronounciation of Wanzer is meant to be German, so it’s more ‘Vahnzer’, which sounds pretty hardcore.

    Anyway, the Front Mission series is pretty awesome. Relatively low-tech mech warfare. Even the SNES action spinoff Gun Hazard (now THERE’s a silly name for you) was pretty great.

    Front Mission 5 never got an official English translation though, but it’s currently in the final phases of fan-translation, so fans will be able to play that soon as well.

    http://www.frontmission.info/

    Good on Square for branching out, at least. Just hope that the team they gave the lisence to has the skills.

    @Kobzon – even the Japanese-only Front Mission Online MMO was more Mechwarrior than Armored Core. The setting pretty much demands it, as it’s meant to be only near-future tech.

  24. Jim Rossignol says:

    “Just reminding people that the pronounciation of Wanzer is meant to be German.”

    I know how I’ll be pronouncing it.

  25. Nick says:

    The only one I played was on the DS, it was great.. assuming it was a re-release of one of the snes ones that never got translated. I assume/hope the second DS Front Mission will get an official release for the DS in english as well.

  26. PHeMoX says:

    “I assumed it just meant a mission that happened on a front. Since wars have fronts, and involve missions.”

    Makes sense, but the literal Japanese translation definitely means Frontal Assault Evolved. Of course, Front Mission Evolved sounds a tiny bit better even.

    @Jim Rossignol: Yeah, whilst blowing them apart. Another Wanker down! :P

  27. Zerimski says:

    A quick look at Double Helix’s pedigree will do nothing to allay the fears of the fans.

  28. destroy.all.monsters says:

    I view this with great trepidation. I was extremely disappointed when neither FM5 or Online were released here – and what this appears to be is a half-baked Armored Core clone. So the question is – why?

    A re-release of FM1 and FM3 for the PSP might make more sense if they’re trying to hook the US market.

  29. demonarm says:

    @Dominic White
    Just a shame “Wanze” is german for “bug”.

  30. Psychopomp says:

    @Demonarm

    Oh god
    You have no idea how much I lol’d.

  31. feffrey says:

    You had me at robots.
    Yes I am this desperate for robots, and I can’t get my dose of robots in Eve sadly.
    (the pos fuel “robotics” does not count)

  32. Little Green Man says:

    Actually with German “z” is pronounced with a “t” so it would sound more like Vantsehr (slight “teh” sound before the ser part).

  33. Derek K. says:

    I am of two minds about this.

    Front Mission: AWESOME.
    Shooter: Aren’t there enough mech shooter franchises to milk? Keep my damn Wanzers turn based!

    We’ll see.

  34. sigma83 says:

    Forget this guff, where’s my MechWarrior???????

  35. linfosoma says:

    Well, the first Front Mission came out for the SNES and it was a turn-based strategy game.
    There was a second FM for the same console which was an awesome 2D platform action game so I guess that what Im trying to say is that this is not that far away from the game´s origins.

    Is it confirmed that it´s coming to PC?

  36. sigma83 says:

    linfosoma: The trailer above had the PC logo on it.

  37. Cabbs says:

    I had no idea that the Frontline franchise even existed. But the last first/third-person shooty-robot game I ever played was Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries.

    Aside from the token shooty-robot sections of various other not-strictly-shooty-robot games (FEAR 2, quake 4 etc), my shooty-robot quota has not been met in a number of years.

    So I approve of this shooty-robot game.

  38. RamblingThoughts says:

    Last mech game I played was MW 4 as well. For some reason I don’t get the sense of scale of piloting a two story death robot in strictly shooty robot games like I do in the non-strictly shooty robot games. MW 4 felt like playing Quake 3 where you have to pretend the objects in the world are large scaled things.

    I haven’t played Shogo or UT3 Titan mode but I imagine the illusion of scale in those games would work better for me than pure mech games.

  39. Heliocentric says:

    What a bunch of wanzers curr’s, thats right pirate slang, in a robot game.

  40. Derek K. says:

    Front Mission 3 and 4 were turn based. FM DS was turn based, even tho it was a remake. FM 5 is, I believe, turn based. So the weight of history is on turn based.

    Y’all go play Armored Core, or Chromehounds, or Mech Assault or whatever for fps.

  41. Vinraith says:

    A non-TBS Front Mission? What’s the point of that?

  42. pkt-zer0 says:

    Well, Front Mission: Gun Hazard was nice, so this could work out well enough.

  43. ChaosTheory says:

    Derek K:

    Front Mission 3 and 4 were turn based. FM DS was turn based, even tho it was a remake. FM 5 is, I believe, turn based. So the weight of history is on turn based.

    Front Mission Online, however, was a Third Person Action Shooter, AND on PC, so it’s not like this is completely without president.

    Granted, I would have preferred a TBS game, but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep an eye out for this one.

  44. Guhndahb says:

    I so miss “Battletech type robo-sim”s :(

  45. KP says:

    Guhndahb:
    They’re still out there if you’re looking hard enough. :)
    http://mektek.net/ Assault Tech 1
    http://www.virtualcommander.com/ Battletech Simulator

    Also I loved the Front Mission games. I played them “co-op” with a friend. We’d split up the units and discuss our strategy, it was so fun.

  46. sigma83 says:

    Personally I felt MW4 had insufficient scale because of the tech limitations. Fighting in an open desert doesn’t do much for the sense of being huge; crushing tanks underfoot as you rumble through city streets’ll do that though.

  47. Cedge says:

    Arg. Damn it all. This is being developed by the same American hacks who butchered Silent Hill, with the wretched Silent Hill: Homecoming. So, apparently, they’re attempting to build a reputation as a Western developer who gets handed very, very intrinsically Japanese properties to work with, and then proceeds to ruin them.

    Pity, as I love Front Mission. As if the disappointments of Front Mission 5 and Front Mission Online not making it westward weren’t enough, now the series is at the mercy of these guys. Blah.

    By the way, for accuracy’s sake, Double Helix isn’t really a “spin-off” of (the once-great) Shiny. It’s the result of a full merger between Shiny, and The Collective. Just to be precise.

  48. mandrill says:

    @ChaosTheory: So this has the endorsement of Barak ‘The One’ Obama? Maybe its a cover for a secret US military program to test out software for controlling giant robot tanks, piloted remotely by unsuspecting gamers. Maybe, but I doubt it.

  49. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    I thought Wanzer meant “Wanderung Panzer.”