Square-Enix Launches Front Mission Evolved This September

The news just keeps pouring in.  Square-Enix has just revealed that they will be bringing over Front Mission Evolved to the Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC on September 14th, 2010.  For the first time ever the franchise will be coming to you as a third person action adventure instead of the typical RTS the series has been known for.  If you’re interested, check out the press release below.  Hopefully we’ll be able to get some hands-on time with the game at E3 next month.

MISSION EVOLVED ADVANCES TO NORTH AMERICA ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

Landmark Franchise Evolves Into a Third-Person Shooter This Fall

LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2010) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that the North American launch date forFRONT MISSION EVOLVED™ has been updated to September 14, 2010. Developed in collaboration by Double Helix Games and Square Enix, the riveting third-person shooter will be available on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and in stereoscopic 3D for Windows PC.

FRONT MISSION EVOVLED breaks the mold of the franchise, delivering the action-packed experience of a third-person shooter within the distinct aesthetic of the FRONT MISSION® universe. Set in a world full of destruction, conspiracy and crumbling alliances, players will take on the role of Dylan Ramsey to face enemy armies while in control of a giant, customizable, bipedal tank known as a wanzer. Every wanzer is outfitted with extreme firepower, and players must fight through critical battles across a world on the brink of total war. As they make their way through metropolises such as New York City over 150 years in the future, FRONT MISSION EVOLVED will embed players in heart-pounding, large-scale action unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

In addition to the single-player campaign, four different multiplayer modes allow players to enter a new battlefield solo or in a team. Players will be able to pit their highly customized wanzers against opponents from around the world so they may prove the superiority of their own war machines.

“Both Square Enix and Double Helix Games are committed to delivering the ultimate, evolved FRONT MISSION experience,” said Ami Blaire, Vice President, Marketing of Square Enix, Inc. “This installment advances the franchise into the third-person shooter genre, and come fall, fans will be blown away by the high-octane action that FRONT MISSION EVOLVED offers.”

For more information, please visit www.frontmissionevolved.com and the official Facebook page. Additionally, keep up with the all the latest insider news from the team through the official development blog: http://member.square-enix.com/na/features/fme/.

Story

In the future, the world is a changed place. Technology has advanced. Countries have merged into massive geopolitical blocks. But one thing, sadly, remains the same — humanity’s appetite for war. When a terrorist attack destroys one of the U.C.S.’s prized orbital elevators, the military is mobilized to eliminate the threat.

Dylan Ramsey, a young engineer, finds himself quickly caught in a swirl of destruction, conspiracies and crumbling alliances. Experience his story in this high-octane third-person shooter.

Choose from dozens of weapons and parts, including weapons that can be equipped on both hands and shoulders, to customize your wanzer and blast your way to victory.

When you think you’re ready for a new challenge, join the ranks of online pilots for intense multiplayer battles!

Features:

  • Engage enemies amidst the concrete of labyrinthine cities, across the frozen wastes of the Antarctic and a host of other unique battlefields. Master the speed, firepower and adaptability of the multipurpose wanzer to ensure survival and success
  • Choose from dozens of weapons and parts, including weapons that can be equipped on both hands and shoulders to build a war machine suited to any play style
  • Equip weapons ranging from standard-issue machine guns to high-powered rifles and heavy-hitting, shoulder-mounted rocket launchers to administer widespread destruction
  • Optimize wanzer mobility for any type of terrain with specialized leg parts
  • After trashing enemies in single-player mode, enter a new battlefield online — solo or in a team — and match skills against other players fielding their own, highly customized wanzers
  • Become immersed in a rich story crafted by the storytelling masterminds at Square Enix
  • Experience the full force of battle in stereoscopic 3D for Windows PC through NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology

FRONT MISSION EVOLVED is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. FRONT MISSION EVOLVED will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $59.99 for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360, and $49.99 for Windows PC.

FRONT MISSION EVOLVED will also be available for PC users via download, including through Valve’s Steam® platform for digital content distribution.

One thought on “Square-Enix Launches Front Mission Evolved This September”

  1. Kind of on-the-fence with this one. Front Mission is such a niche series, so this installment may look like a stab in the back to fans who appreciated the strategy/RPG-style. I can understand S-E’s decision to make it more mainstream though…the mecha influences are really popular elements with huge potential but for some reason there haven’t been any games that really took it to the next level aside from Armored Core. So an action game may be a logical next step for Front Mission, but they better keep some of the RPG elements like equipment and leveling up intact at least.

    I LOVED Front Mission 3 back in the PS1 days…Square was on a role back then so I basically bought almost every single game that had Squaresoft on the box. Haven’t played any other installments in the series though. How about you, Jarrod?

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