Square Enix is working on a new mech shooter called Left Alive, which shares certain elements with the Front Mission universe. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, producer Shinji Hashimoto stated that “We wanted to make a Front Mission with a new lineup. We started this new title to see Front Mission in a slightly different perspective.”
In that same article, Square Enix members noted that Left Alive takes place in the year 2127. That means it occurs sometime between the events of Front Mission 5 and Front Mission Evolved. Additionally, the studio said that Left Alive will feature three playable characters that players will bounce between at certain points in the game’s story and that the mechs from Front Mission – called Wanzers – will be featured throughout the game.
Still, it doesn’t sound like Left Alive is going to be a classic Front Mission experience. The developers noted that it’s more of a third-person shooter that allows individual players to dictate a style of gameplay – as well as the direction of the story – through tactical choices. If anything, the game seems takes more gameplay cues from recent survival titles than it does from the original Front Mission games.
However, the biggest news regarding Left Alive is the team that Square Enix has assembled to work on the project. Metal Gear Solid series artist Yoji Shinkawa has signed on as Left Alive‘s character designer and has already contributed some comfortably familiar characters as part of the game’s promotional materials. Meanwhile, Toshifumi Nabeshima (Armored Core, Chromehounds) has been brought on to direct. It’s also been noted that some members of the Front Mission development team have been brought in to work on this new project.
For those keeping count at home, that means that Square Enix has brought in ringers from studios like Konami and From Software to work on this already compelling title.
Here’s everything else we know about the game:
Left Alive Release Date
Square Enix has confirmed that Left Alive will be released on March 5, 2019. It will be available for PlayStation 4 and Windows via Steam.
Left Alive Trailer
Here’s the release date trailer for Left Alive.
A new trailer has arrived for Left Alive ahead of Tokyo Game Show. Watch it below:
This next trailer is largely a cinematic preview, but the ending shots contain just the briefest hint of what the gameplay might look like.
Left Alive is billed as a survival action shooter that seems to feature some kind of mech-based combat based on a previous teaser Square released a few months back.
Here’s the debut trailer:
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