Gundam Versus has been confirmed for the PlayStation 4 in North America, marking the franchise's first home console appearance in the west since Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam back in 2005.
This should be a happy day for fighting game enthusiasts, as Gundam Versus—a mecha fighter that combines elements of Zone of the Enders and Virtual On—is well-regarded among mecha and fighting game enthusiasts in Japan and Asia. It stands out not just for its high-level strategy, which relies on steady accuracy and quick reflexes, but for the teamwork it requires. Matches in Gundam Versus are traditionally two-versus-two, forcing teams to put extra thought into which mech they choose.
Traditionally, Gundam Versus has made its home in the arcades, with more recent versions requiring a Japanese ISP to function. The last true home version was Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost for the PlayStation 3, which was exclusive to Japan. Weirdly enough, a PS Vita port called Gundam Extreme Versus Force did ultimately make its way to the U.S. last year, but was derided by fans for its lack of online multiplayer.
Gundam Versus is a true next-gen release for the series featuring some 90 mobile suits spanning 35 years of Gundam history. And yes, before you ask, Gundam Wing will be in there, too. Aside from a graphical overhaul, it will also be upping the ante with three-versus-combat.
Beyond that, Gundam Versus is also notable for the fact that it's the first version to be released exclusively on home console, highlighting both the rise of the PS4 in Japan and the decline of arcades.
Interestingly, this isn't the only mecha game to get an English release. Lately, Bandai Namco has made a habit of localizing all of its Gundam and Super Robot Wars games, even if they don't make it over to North America. Gundam Versus is just taking things one step further.
Look for it on PlayStation 4 in the fall.