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. JKjoker says:

    why are square and capcom so interested in pc these days after writing us off all these years ? ps3 and xbox not working out for them ? i smell a conspiracy!

  2. destroy.all.monsters says:

    From what I’ve read FM DS did pretty well so they knew there was a western market. I suppose they figured that since Armored Core did well they should go that direction? It’d be nice if we could get a statement from one of the FM heads at Squeenix.

  3. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    @destroy.all.monsters

    It’d be nice if they brought FM5 over one of these days. Even as a PSN download. (I’d probably cave in on my no-consoles budget policy and buy a PS3 for that.)

  4. Dominic White says:

    Dorian: The FM5 fan-translation is about 95% complete already. You can download and patch a PS2 copy, if you’re willing to play without the dialogue around the bases between missions. The final patch is due out in a month or two.

  5. Hulk Hogan says:

    Cedge: They handed it off to one of those devs who specialise in ruining sequals?

    Fuck. It’s going to be like Front Mission fan fiction.

  6. Erlam says:

    Am I the only one who wants a damn FPS mech game? I want to know what it looks like inside an Urbanmech while I fight my way through legions of Vultures.

    Sadface.

    Also, I know I’m probably one of the only people in the world who’d care, but that assault rifle clip would hold about 8 rounds given the size of those shell casings…

  7. Guhndahb says:

    @KP: Thanks KP, I’ll definitely have a look. I adored them going all the way back to Mechwarrior in 1989.

  8. Heliocentric says:

    Urbanmech? *shudders* just play the Wall-E game, if i had an fps mech game that would entail being able to get out of a mech, wire the surrounding terrain with explosives and blow up the enemy salvage vehicle while it tries to take your mech and them calling in artillary to destroy the rest of the local forces, get back in my mech and wipe out the other local support units and then retreat back into enemy territory away from the collapsing enemy front line.

  9. Max says:

    I liked the Frontmission on SNES, but I don’t see what that has to do with this game. I have no reason to expect anything exciting from it.

    Frankly I’m amazed that they’re releasing it on PC at all. It sounds like a generic console shooter through and through.

  10. Psychopomp says:

    At first I was thinking “Oh shit,” about Double Helix making it.

    Then it hit me.

    Front Mission doesn’t have a decade of story, hints, and wild mass guessing to shit all over.

  11. Cedge says:

    @Erlam:
    Check out Gundam Operation: Troy on the Xbox 360. It’s basically Battlefield: Gundam.

    It’s currently Japan-only, but it’s still supposedly scheduled for a release outside of Japan, as “Mobile Ops: The One Year War.”

  12. Mort says:

    Hmmm I have problems with the japanese take on giant robots in games (save those cool platformers in the SNES). I much prefer the western approach, and I do miss a good Mechwarrior or Heavy Gear game :'(.

    However, since this is being developed by a western studio, I´ll give them some credit and hope they won´t end up making it more consolistic than it has to be.

  13. Dominic White says:

    I take it you’ve never played a Front Mission game before, Mort? They’re quite low-tech, set in the nearish future. There’s a lot of depth and detail, and an excellent mech-lab, and no screaming attack names or flying kung-fu. It’s all very Battletech.

    You guys need to stop turning their nose up at anything vaguely Japanese, because misconceptions and assumptions are often wildly innacurate.

  14. Rei Onryou says:

    Wanzers: Like angry houses. With legs.

  15. Markoff Chaney says:

    Excellent news indeed, assuming we get a nice tactical SRPG like the originals. Front Mission 3 is one of the standouts from my PS1 collection. Oh wait, it’s a third person shooter that shares a naming convention with an awesome tactical RPG with over a decade long pedigree? It’s like there’s a joke somewhere in there waiting to get out, but I’m not the one laughing…

  16. Serondal says:

    lmao, I just talked to someone named Mr Wanzer at work! SO aparently this is now a real name as well as a fantasy robot tank.

    I approve of 3rd person shooty game as long as the game is semi-simulation like. I did enjoy those Mech-warrior games on X-box (can’t remember what they called them MechStorm or something?) They weren’t as good as REAL mechwarrior games but they weren’t so bad either.

    Like as said above Front Mission is not Gundam Wing , the robots don’t fly around and stuff.

  17. Psychopomp says:

    I agree with Dominic.

  18. Wooly says:

    A question: did the old SNES Front Mission ever get translated into English? If so, it sounds like something I may have to check out.

  19. Yawners says:

    They ripped off the Starcraft 2 building a marine trailer and poorly.

  20. D says:

    Front Mission evolved = Front Mission Armored Core? I do like Front Mission, I do like Armored Core, but two good things combined usually makes something horrible. I pray this isn’t the case for FM Evolved.

  21. destroy.all.monsters says:

    to Wooly: yes there’s been a romhack for it for ages as a download. Plus the current DS version is essentially the same as the SNES version with few things added.

  22. Diogo Ribeiro says:

    Late for the party as always, but I just wanted to say I have a fair share of expectations for this. While Front Mission has been mostly known for its turn-based combat model, there have been action titles in the series. Front Mission Online being one, the other being an oft neglected – due to its Japan-only release, but there’s an awesome translation patch for the curious – side-scrolling RPG/Shooter/Platformer thingamajing called Front Mission: Gun Hazard.

    I’m probably in the minority but I think Gun Hazard remains one of the best in the series. It’s an example of the odd one out, the spin-off if you will, that was actually far better than the original FM for the Super NES. The characters were more well-rounded, the story – while typically shrouded in the pitfalls of the genre and the studio (think emo ecoterrorists/freedom fighters against shadow corporations in the style of Final Fantasies but with less posturing) – was far more interesting, and combat was certainly meatier: not only because of the more arcade nature of the game, but also due to some well put together set-pieces and variety of mechs and weapons. And ultragigantor bosses, natch.

    If this comes any close to it, I’ll be a happy man.

  23. LeatherNeck says:

    @ Dorian

    It was Wanderung Panzer or WanderPanzer, can’t remember at this point, but gets shortened to Wanzer somewhere along the way. Wandering Tank. Anyhow…

    I got both excited and punched in the gut on what details are out for this at the moment. First, I’m excited about a new Front Mission as I haven’t played a Front Mission since FM4 on the PS2 (iirc), which I thought was not as good as FM3, but definitely still better than Armored Core.

    I’ll say I did enjoy Mech Assault, even though I loved MechWarrior much better. The AC on PSOne and Sega Saturn (Wasn’t AC, but called something else even though it was AC) as it become more of the same. So, I will at least rent it even if it’s not TBS even though I’d prefer it to be.

    As far as having a developer that is meh at best working on it? Well, I’m just hoping it’s the exception rather than the rule on these guys and we get a nice little gem of a game. If not, well we at least expected it to suck.

  24. Gamernator says:

    Even if this is already a dead thread. Since the SNES-Versions received realy good fan-translations I’ve quite big expectations for this game. The actual trailer shows decent action scenes and mentions the elevator to to space. So chances are high, its plot and gameplay is heavily related to FM Gun Hazard for the Super NES. In my opinion the japan exclusive Gun Hazard isn’t only the most underrated but in general one of the finest video games ever created. Thanks to the fans for emulating and translating this masterpeace and THANKS to Square-Enix for releasing the next entry officially worldwide and even officially to all systems. Like I said before, my expectations are big :-)