A few months ago we got our hands on a gallery of screenshots for a new Godzilla game, one that seemed timed to capitalize on the success of this year's Godzilla film which already earned a sequel (and helped its director, Gareth Edwards, land a gig directing a Star Wars spinoff). The game went under the radar and we haven't heard an update until Bandai Namco brought it to The Game Awards last night.
Godzilla: The Game is designed for "Western Godzilla Fans" and while we already knew the title would feature a battle between classic Godzilla and modern Godzilla, we didn't know it was coming exclusive to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Godzilla: The Game is developed by Japanese developer Natsume Atari and lets players take control of the iconic monster as they destroy cities on a quest to smash their Energy Generators to collect "as much G-Energy as possible" which seems to be a spin on the movie showing the monsters seeking out radiation as food. This energy is used to power-up Godzilla, make him larger, and add enhance his skills.
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And yes, players will of course against battle against classic monsters Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Mechagodzilla, among others, across 20+ levels and multiple modes:
- Mission Mode - "Wreak mayhem through more than 20 different stages"
- Diorama Mode - "Place Godzilla in different settings to capture epic photos."
- King of Monsters Mode - "Fight through the franchises most famous enemies to reach the top of the monster hierarchy"
Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bandai Namco:
"Godzilla has had a long history and is one of Japan’s most famous pop culture exports that have entertained millions of people for generations in the West. We’re excited to continue this great history by bringing the GODZILLA videogame for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 to excited fans. Let the countdown to monstrous destruction and epic battles begin!"
When news of the game and its development first hit, most figured it was a Japanese-exclusive but now that it's coming to North America, we're unsure of whether it's a downloadable or full retail release. It's hard to gauge from the stylized trailer but the graphics do not impress at all from the screenshots, nor do the descriptions of the modes and objectives. It's giving us that mobile movie tie-in feeling and will need to do a lot more to prove otherwise.
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Godzilla: The Game comes to PS3 and PS4 in summer 2015.