A surprise demo of Bandai Namco’s upcoming Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle shows up at New York Comic-Con, and is given an official announcement and trailer.
It’s Morphin’ Time! In a very odd strategy by Bandai Namco, a demo of a new beat-em-up, co-op brawler Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle popped up on the show floor of this year’s New York Comic-Con with absolutely no official announcement from its publisher beforehand. That didn’t stop attendees from jumping right in and engaging in some nostalgic bliss, however.
Following this revelation, various news outlets attempted to reach out to Bandai Namco for answers, which prompted the company to confirm that, obviously, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle was officially in the works. The company also released a trailer that highlights some of the gameplay and just how closely connected the game is to the original Saban television show.
The trailer looks, sounds, and feels like a commercial for the show; even narrated by Power Ranger mentor Zordon. It features all of the original five teenagers with attitude, plus the Green Ranger for good measure. Players will be facing off against classic villains such as Rita Repulsa and, as hinted by the trailer, Lord Zed.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle will feature local co-op and include levels and enemies inspired by the television show. The art style is a crisp, clean 2D animation style, which fits the Power Rangers universe well.
While the bulk of the game appears to be the standard beat-em-up formula — linear level progression and the endless pummeling of enemies — characters also have the ability to call their Zords to assist in boss battles. How these gigantic monster battles play out is a mystery at this point, but, thanks to some video from fan site Power Rangers Now, a brief video clip from inside the demo booth shows the controls that make up the majority of the gameplay.
As far as the moves are concerned, the basic block, throw, and dodge roll are all there. Additionally, players can switch weapons, initiate a ranged attack and, best of all, morph Rangers into a their more powerful forms — i.e. the colorful, spandex outfits.
More information on the game should roll out in the coming months, such as price, gameplay features, and the like, but so far the game looks promising. It certainly isn’t the Power Rangers MMO hinted at ages ago, but it will do nicely for fans of the original show.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle will release sometime in January 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.