Fans of the heavily anime-inspired game series rejoice! Bandai Namco announces God Eater: Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst are officially coming to North America.
While many western gamers might not be familiar with the God Eater series, Bandai Namco’s action RPG franchise has quietly become a cult hit in Japan – attracting fans with a combination of anime aesthetic and frenetic, over-the-top combat. Just a few months ago, the publisher released a prologue video for God Eater: Resurrection that featured full illustration from professional Japanese anime studio Ufotable, generating some hype for JRPG fans looking for a title that truly embraces its roots in Japanese culture.
What the prologue video didn’t reveal was the release date for God Eater: Resurrection in North America and Europe, something that Bandai Namco corrected a few days ago when it announced that both God Eater: Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst would be hitting western shores soon. God Eater: Resurrection will launch digitally on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on June 28 in North America, while God Eater 2: Rage Burst will follow both physically and digitally for the PS4, but will be exclusively digital for the PS Vita, on August 30. God Eater: Resurrection will also release on the PC via Steam on August 30.
Those who physically or digitally pre-order God Eater 2: Rage Burst for the PS4 will also receive a digital download code for God Eater: Resurrection, which is essentially a remake of the first game in the series. Those pre-order bundles also come with exclusive sets of DLC costumes that are inspired by popular animes Sword Art Online and Tokyo Ghoul alongside costumes taken from another popular Japanese RPG in Tales of Zestiria. Those costumes might be a nod to the fact that, at least for Japanese console markets, even gaming giants like Nintendo have acknowledged the importance of tying products to anime.
Of course, the God Eater series isn’t the only video game franchise attempting to cash in on the growing popularity of anime worldwide. Final Fantasy 15 recently made headlines when Square Enix announced that it would be producing a five episode anime series about the new game on YouTube, and the under-appreciated and anime-esque Xenoblade Chronicles X cracked a lot of critics’ best RPG lists in 2015.
Whether or not that approach will work for a series like God Eater, which doesn’t have as much traction in western markets as games like Final Fantasy 15 and Xenoblade Chronicles X, remains to be seen, but gamers won’t have to wait long. In what already appeared to be one of the best summers in RPG history, Bandai Namco is contributing yet another strong title into a mix that already involves projects like Persona 5 and Project Setsuna.
Are you already a fan of the God Eater series? Does the game look like something you’ll want to try, even with all the other RPGs coming in the summer months of 2016? Let us know in the comments below.
God Eater: Resurrection and will be available in North America for the PS4 and PS Vita on June 28, with a PC release via Steam following on August 30. God Eater 2: Rage Burst will be available in North America for the PS4, PS Vita, and PC via Steam on August 30.