Square Enix announce mech game Left Alive

You can learn a lot about someone from their response to a Christmas disaster. When tragedy struck snowy New York in Tom Clancy’s The Division, Ubisoft activated sleeper agents to shoot bad men. A trite and telling reaction. When Mr. Bean got his head stuck in the Christmas turkey, he wrapped a towel round it so his girlfriend wouldn’t find out. That’s classic Bean. When a city goes to heck in Left Alive [official site], Square Enix send in mechs. Heck yes! Announced today, Left Alive is mysterious a “survival action shooter” coming in 2018. Observe:

Divine what you can from that wee teaser. Mostly that it has mechs and buildings and mechs and also mechs (possibly robots? but surely mechs).

All Square Enix have to say about the game is that it’s a “survival action shooter” set in a “dark and gritty world.”

The development team has some strong names, though. Toshifumi Nabeshima, a long-time producer of the Armored Core mech series, is joined by folks including Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders character designer Yoji Shinkawa, and Ghost in the Shell: Arise mech designer Takayuki Yanase. I am hopeful for some cracking mechs and technobits. As for what we’ll actually do with ’em, er, let’s say shoot baddies.

Left Alive is coming to Steam in 2018.


  1. snv says:

    please no zombies, please no zombies, please no zombies,…

  2. darkath says:

    Survival Action Shooter

    Oh wait, not this time.

  3. Jalan says:

    I can’t see that art and not get weepy-eyed about Metal Gear.

    • AutonomyLost says:

      Precisely. I saw the art before reading the title of the article and immediately thought “Metal Gear announcement?!” … It’s carbon-copy MGS concept art.

      • LW says:

        Not really carbon-copy when it’s the same artist. MGS just happens to have his most widely-known designs.

  4. Troubletcat says:

    Finally SOMEBODY is filling the empty niche in the gaming market for a survival game. The fact that they’re going with such an underused setting (a dark and gritty world) is really the cherry on top here.

    • Dogshevik says:

      You are being too negative here. I am sure one day some kind hearted soul is going to revive the “shooter!” idea and slap a fancy title on it (“battle of the royalities” if I may suggest). And sooner or later someone just has to realize that you could spice up your old, boring stroy-driven RPGs by putting them in an open world and adding some action to it.
      From that point on everything will be awesome for everyone at all times.

  5. Phasma Felis says:

    I’m excited for a new mech game but I’m not sure how “mech game” and “survival” go together. I fear this is going to be a “mech game” in the sense that, sometimes, a mech shoots at you.

    • RedViv says:

      Just make it about maintaining your own giant robot as well as yourself. Scavenge for parts, try to switch out to adjust to different upcoming threats and environments. Could imagine something like that.

      • laiwm says:

        God I’d love to play this. Titanfall as a survival game would be ace.

      • Turkey says:

        I’m into it if the end result is that you’re walking around in a wonky looking mech slapped together from 5 different body parts.

        • Ephant says:

          You could already do this in Front Mission and Left Alive is technically a Front Mission spin-off. So that’s that.

      • Harmless Sponge says:

        Methinks this would fit your bill: link to en.wikipedia.org

        Or just wait until next year hnnnnggg: link to mw5mercs.com

        • Darth Gangrel says:

          “hnnnnggg” Is that related to anticipation or constipation or perhaps both?

  6. syndrome says:

    inb4 Left 2 Live

  7. RedViv says:

    That is a really exciting list of names. Though not much else. Hoping for more during actual TGS.

    This and MAYBE a new Armored Core which MAYBE also could come to the PC? Be still, robothirsty heart.

    • RedViv says:

      Oh dear, the Zone of the Enders 2 remake will also be on PC. Good times!

  8. shoptroll says:

    I would’ve preferred a new Front Mission, and definitely not a survival shooter at that.

    • Ephant says:

      Same, but at least it’s set in Front Mission’s world. That’s already confirmed.

  9. Turkey says:

    I was half expecting a “War never changes” at the end there.

    • Bluestormzion says:

      “War never- Oh, shit, Metal Gears? Yeah, it kinda changed this time. Cool.”

  10. DantronLesotho says:

    Ooooooh, there’s some good pedigree here. Color me interested.

  11. Sunjammer says:

    Yoji Shinkawa yesss

  12. racccoon says:

    Good stuff here I liked that hallway, was thinking hmmm resident evil..then booom its gone.