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Famitsu Reveals PS3 Exclusive Mech Sequel, "ACE R"

Mech games are often hit or miss and they're also more popular in Japan. However, if we're talking about a PlayStation 3 exclusive, it could manage to entice more people.

The latest Famitsu edition, as noted by Andriasang, has apparently lifted the lid on Another Century Episode R. Known as "ACE," the first was developed as a collaborative PS2 project between Banpresto (Super Robot Wars) and From Software (Armored Core). A total of three entries came from Banpresto, the last of which arrived back in the fall of 2007. As for this evident sequel, "ACE R" is in development only for the PS3 and is set to be produced by Namco Bandai some time this summer. From Software is at the helm with the Super Robot Taisen production team handling the planning and premise/scenario aspects. As for the anime mech franchises that will appear in the game, the list is fairly extensive:

  • Super Dimension Century Orguss (new)
  • Z Gundam
  • Gundam: Char's Counterattack
  • Crossbone Gundam (new)
  • Gundam Seed Destiny
  • Overman King Gainer
  • Full Metal Panic (new)
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (new)
  • Genesis of Aquarion (new)
  • Macross Zero (new)
  • Macross F (new)

The reason why it says "new" next to some of those is because it's the first time we'll be seeing those franchises in the ACE series. Famitsu also turns us onto details of the storyline, characters and setting, so read up on those through the link above. It sounds like a good idea, provided we don't get anything like Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire, one of the single worse PS3 games to date. We'll also have to find out if ACE R will be distributed outside of Japan...

Related Game(s): Another Century Episode R

4/8/2010 10:48:46 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

main_event05
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:10:17 AM
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This seems pretty impressive.

But, the only Mech-Type sequel I wanna see is Omega Boost.

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main_event05
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:17:49 AM

Also, are they ever gonna make a Zoids game?

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sunspider13
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 3:19:14 PM

Yes love the idea of another Omega Boost!

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TEG3SH
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 5:47:20 PM

not even zone of the enders ???

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main_event05
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 9:03:08 PM

I believe a ZOE sequel has been confirmed. Omega Boost hasn't.

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johnld
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 5:45:21 AM

i have a zoids game but its for my gamecube, zoids battle legend. its pretty good. i saw them make a couple ps2 zoids games but never made it to US. gotta love ps3 region free games. now whatever they make i can play, except i have to learn japanese first.

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rell
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 8:22:50 PM

@TEG3SH zone enders 3 would be awesome if it cameout on the ps3, day one buy for me.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:13:12 AM
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Looks good, you can't beat a good mech fight. I'll keep an eye out for this one.

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vicious54
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:30:57 AM
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Wonder if it will be announced for the US as well. I would import it but don't speak Japanese.

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Naga
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 6:09:00 PM

Or read? rather prefer english text than speech I sometimes hate English voiceovers from a couple of Japanese games I had played it just doesn't fit in.

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godsman
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:31:50 AM
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Yea if it's games to appeal Japanese gamers, it only makes sense to make it on PS3.

I kind of like nintendo this generation. They aren't stealing exclusives and third party developers from other platforms. It's up to the 3rd party to make the choices. Microsoft should learn something from them.

This is because they are completely satisfied with first party exclusives and console sales alone. Each one of their first party game sell as much as MW2 for PS3 + Xbox!

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 12:23:37 PM

Exclusive games tend to spark a little more of an interest when they are announced for one of the consoles IMO. For me exclusives genuine value to them.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 1:51:08 PM

@godsman and Shadowscorpio,
Isn't it funny how console exclusives are once again driving the industry, and multi-platform games are less important? I remember a year or two ago when multi-platform games were supposedly killing the PS3 because of the inferior ports. Then the PS3 exclusives began to bite.

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NightHawk17
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 3:13:15 PM

Nintendo are stealing my ONE PIECE GAMES!
*shakes fist in air

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 11:54:10 AM
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Big O FTW

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 1:33:34 PM

Big O rocks big time.

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firehahahahaha
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 12:02:22 AM

Needs a season 3.

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tridon
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 12:30:13 PM
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I've never really been a fan of mech games... unless they have the words "Zone" and "of the Enders" in the title, of course.

Speaking of mech games, this story brings back old memories of when I bought a Xbox just so I could play 'Steel Battalion'. My final realization was, "wow, I totally just wasted $550" ($200 for the game, $250 for the system). Yeah... good times.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 10:06:19 PM

@Tridon,
I bought that Steel Battalion controller brand new from Japan about 4 years ago for only $130 total. (but it came with the 2nd game in the series, "SB:Line of Contact", & not the 1st one that I thought it would have).

So once I opened it & got it all set up, I found out I STILL had to pick up the 1st gamejust to play it, because SB:LOC was multi-player only, and I don't do MP.(BTW, did manage to find it for $10 used)

Anyways, finally got the 2st game & it wound up being fun, but I really sucked at trying to maintain all my mech's functions with that huge 40 button controller, LOL

And that gigantic monstrosity of a controller with it's separate foot pedals take up way too damned much space on my collection shelves(not that I'm complaining, mind ya).

BTW, I got lucky & was able to get the more rare "blue" buttoned one. Which did you get, the green button, or the blue button one??


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tridon
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 6:20:44 AM

Hmm, in all honesty, I don't really remember which colour combination the buttons were. I'm thinking it may have also been the blue buttons but I'm not entirely sure. I bought it right at launch but I sold it about two weeks later for almost what I paid for it (since they were quite scarce).

I remember finding it quite difficult and quite slow. Just wasn't really my cup of tea. Plus I didn't really have a tabletop to put the "dashboard" on so I had to lay it across my lap while I played. This, of course, became quite difficult considering how my legs were constantly moving on the pedal controls. LOL. Not too fun of a time.

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kraygen
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 3:36:54 PM
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I'm not a big fan of mech games, due to the fact that the majority of them are just horrific.

Even some of the better mech games still just feel like a 3rd person shooter where your character is a giant, clumsy, stiff legged, immobile, slug.

It would feel like playing uncharted if Drake was 500 pounds and had a broken leg.

It's not that I don't like the idea of a mech games, mechs are uber awesome. Just haven't seen them well implemented in video games.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, April 10, 2010 @ 12:56:49 AM

Tridon,
Yeah, i know what you mean about trying to hold it up, had mine on a TV tray when using it, but I always though the weight of it would wind up collapsing the flimsy tray.

And I agree about the difficulty, but since it was a one & only true mech simulator.
And there was such a huge learning curve to it, & that just so much to do with all those 40 buttons, joysticks, shifters, & foot pedals that the game itself always seemed to just get away from me.

Hell, took me two days before I was able to get my mech to move out of the hanger. I thought I had all of those sequence down, but just kept missing that 1 tiny inconspicuous step that completed the mech's whole start-up & move program.

As for my controller(& since I'm a collector too), I'll never get rid of it & it's the centerpiece(not to mention, being a conversation piece too)out of all my gaming collections.

BTW, this guy at the E3 2002 show tested it out for the readers.And he had the same trouble getting used to all the buttons too, LOL
http://xbox.ign.com/articles/360/360487p1.html

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Naztycuts
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 5:47:54 PM
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I loved the 1st Armored Core back in the PS1 days, and From Software did that. I enjoyed the challenge of Demon's Souls which was another From Software title. I just hope they don't decide to bring that level of difficulty to the mech game, it would be way more frustrating inside of a robot than running about with a dagger and a loincloth. Maybe we'll get lucky and Atlus will send it stateside, even though I've never heard of any of the mechs besides Gundam. I really don't hear much about mech games so when one has a shot at being awesome it's worth a look for me.

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Alienange
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 6:44:33 PM

There's daggers and a loincloths in DS? Maybe I should get that game after all...

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Naztycuts
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 1:39:36 AM

If you pick it up it let me know, we can co op if we're within 20 soul levels. Demon's Souls is definitely the game I can say I'm the proudest for beating so far this gen.

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Alienange
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 6:45:28 PM
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Crossbone Gundam! YES!

I love anything mech. I sit on my Gundam collection when I play games. Lots of drool on those boxes.

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johnld
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 5:48:19 AM

did you buy dynasty warriors gundam games? i just realized i put in 180 hours in dwg 2. i got platinum though. i never spent that much on a campaign unless its an rpg.

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Alienange
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 12:30:22 PM

I don't have DWG2. I really wish I did and one day it WILL be mine.

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F302Pilot
Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 7:26:47 PM
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for future ACE games i would like to see

Fang of the Sun Dougram
Victory Gundam
ZZ Gundam
Panzer World Galient

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johnld
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 5:49:56 AM

i want them to put gundam wing endless waltz gundams in addition to the regular ones. regular wing zero looks kinda plain compared to endless waltz zero. although regular zero can turn into a plane.

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firehahahahaha
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 12:03:17 AM
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The pic looks like the Nirvash from Eureka 7

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___________
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 2:48:49 AM
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so this is going to be like armed core?
mmmmmmm, interesting havent had many games like that this gen.
oh, wait are we actually getting a announcement thats not a FPS or TPS?
*faints, than falls into a 6 month coma!*

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Naztycuts
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 8:26:30 AM

Arent mech games TPS?

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___________
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 9:11:00 AM

well, technically yes but they hardly have the same gameplay style.

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johnld
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 5:43:50 AM
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that picture looks like the nirvash in that anime Eureke 7. i liked the show so i bought the ps2 games. wouldve been great if they tighten the combat mechanics.

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Snaaaake
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 7:04:45 AM
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Makurosu!!!!!
I'm drooling on this one........oh damn, time to dig out my Macross Frontier DVD!!!

Know what would be better?
A properly developed "One Piece" video game.....god that would be a dream come true as I'm a huge One Piece fan.

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Orvisman
Friday, April 09, 2010 @ 9:01:08 AM
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I imported the first three ACE games for the PS2.

Highly recommended!

The best thing this gen is you don't need a Japanese PS2 to import this game.

Anyway, if you read the original article, the original writer says based on the quality of the screens he'd be surprised if this doesn't make it overseas.

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