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The Nintendo 3DS's Project X Zone released to Japanese markets in late 2012, but at a recent Namco Bandai event, the publisher announced that the Sega, Capcom, Namco Bandai crossover will be coming to the US shores. The tactical RPG is a massive culmination of characters from multiple series, including more than 50 characters from the Resident Evil, Darkstalkers, Sakura Wars, Tales of Vesperia, and Tekken franchises. 

Characters from the series will encounter one another as all of their respective worlds converge. A mysterious evil force is mashing their universes together, and it will be up to your heroes to discover how to stop it. The crossover premise creates some interesting encounters between the famous game characters and forces them to work together in designated pair groups.

The gameplay works similarly to a traditional tactical RPG. You'll position your characters on a grid while combating various enemies. The characters are grouped together as pairs or as special single units. For example, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are one team, Mega Man X and Zero form another, and characters like Arthur (Ghosts 'n Goblins) or Valkyrie are single units. The single units can be added to any pair group, which adds a bit of variety to your squads. So, Arthur can join up with Ryu and Ken to create a unique fighting unit.

When one of your unit's enters a battle, whether attacking or defending, you'll have a variety of tactical options to choose from. If you are attacking, you'll choose three attacks from your set. Timing your attacks appropriately awards you certain bonuses like critical hits and combo chains as you bounce enemies off stage walls and juggle them in the air. If you have a single unit attached to your pair group, you can also call that unit into the battle at any time, essentially having three characters attacking simultaneously. Also, if you placed two of your units directly adjacent to one another on the tactical grid, the second team will be able to assist the other in battle. So you could have up to five characters attacking an enemy at one time.

The developers have focused on bringing a huge amount of fan service to Project X Zone. Although the US version will not feature full voice-over dialogue in english (dialogue will be Japanese with English subtitles), each of the characters are said to retain their unique personalities. Most of the fun is seeing how the well known personalities mesh through the dialogue. Outside of the hero characters, you'll also encounter and battle villains from the various franchises as well, including Vile from the Mega Man X series, and Nemesis from the Resident Evil games. It will be interesting to see how those characters react to say, Frank West (Dead Rising), when the game releases for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013.

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22 comments

  • Fhiend - January 22, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    Three great companies come together with awesome characters? Cool. Keeping the voices in japanese with english subs? Awesome. All in 2d? Excellent! So glad I own a 3ds. May just get an xl for this game. Long live 2d!!!
  • winner2 - January 22, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    I'd play it but I don't have my own 3ds. Wish it was for vita.
  • miles-koehler - January 22, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    too bad its coming out on the stupid 3DS instead of the vita, which would be way better.
  • gohanrules2 - January 22, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    i respect your opinion even though its wrong
  • BladedFalcon - January 22, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Complain Sony and the publishing companies for that. They are the ones to blame that not many worthwhile games are coming to the Vita.
  • DeathbyFira - January 22, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    I am stoked please someone pinch me this is not real its a dream and i don't wanna wake up from it ^^
  • TVGR5000 - January 22, 2013 12:20 a.m.

    ALL OF MY FUCK YES
  • TheDudeFromNowhere - January 21, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    Alright! I thought the game was going to end up like Namco X Capcom, but this is fantastic news. Getting this game on DAY ONE! So much fan service with all those characters.
  • tehtimeisnow - January 21, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    stuped gane for littel kids nitedno fales yet agian ha ah i just stick 2 the superier steet fighter 4 on ipohne
  • Rhymenocerous - January 22, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Too obvious - excessively bad grammar. But lol anyway.
  • RebornKusabi - January 21, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    After sinking so many hours into Persona 4 Golden over the Christmas break, I might keep this game in mind.
  • taokaka - January 21, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    despite the fact that I only know six of the characters I'd most likely get this if it was also heading to Australia and Europe.
  • WaffleLeech - January 21, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    Wow, I know a lot of people that swore we would never see this over here. Quite a pleasant surprise!
  • J-Fid - January 21, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    WOOT!
  • shawksta - January 21, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    DAMN DAT ARTHUR
  • Corsair89 - January 21, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    Wow. I never imagined to see this game outside of Japan. Oh yeah, the main characters of Valkyria Chronicles III appear in this game. Interestingly, Valkyria Chronicles III will likely never see the light of day in the States, and yet the main characters appear in this game and the huge VC3 art book is being released over here. Well, it's something I guess.
  • jumpnoyr - January 22, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    Yes, yes, we get it. You're an avid VC fan and you're spewing your knowledge of it all over this announcement. Faggot.
  • profile0000 - January 22, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    Wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, buddy?
  • Firepunch - January 21, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    Please come to South Africa pretty please. I find it sad that I lack a tactical RPG with a cast from ton of different Japanese games in my gaming library
  • n00b - January 21, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    yay

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