There is quite a bit of crossover between people who love playing video games and the people who love watching anime. Both mediums utilize fantastical worlds and larger than life characters in an exercise in wish fulfillment. Personally, I haven’t had much experience watching anime, but something that’s always stuck out to me is the beautiful art style.
So naturally Bandai Namco’s upcoming game ‘Blue Protocol’, which basically looks like a playable anime show has got me enticed. Read on to find out everything we know about ‘Blue Protocol’.
What Can We Expect From Blue Protocol
The first thing you notice when you look at ‘Blue Protocol’ is the stunning anime art style. Created in the Unreal Engine 4, the cell shaded, hand drawn aesthetic of the game feels like your favorite Japanese anime show brought to life in a game world you are free to explore from corner to corner. The trailer for ‘Blue Protocol’ shows off expansive fields and bustling cities that you can navigate using the game’s fluid movement system, which even allows you to leap off buildings.
The description for the game reads: “The world is on the brink of devastation, now is the time to unite,” reads the game’s description. “March on with friends and strangers, and defeat foes beyond your might. Travel through space and time, to change the future beyond this fight!”
The game is set on the Planet Regnus, which is littered with ruins of an ancient civilization that possessed the power of the Mystical Light. As the protagonist, you will try to uncover the mysteries of the Engram, the mystical Magical Light and the ominous sounding Planetary Beast that eventually annihilated them all. The setting sounds like fairly standard Role Playing Games fare, but the world differentiates itself with its unique aesthetic and Monster Hunter type beasts that populate the region.
To fend off these monsters you are going to be engaging in combat, and ‘Blue Protocol’ features an action combat system based around a character class system. So far, four classes confirmed to be in the game are the Aegis Fighter, Twin Striker, Blast Archer and Spellcaster, with more classes to come later.
‘Blue Protocol’ is going to be an online action Role Playing Game, or quite possibly an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) with a focus on team play, particularly in battle. The class system is set up to take advantage of class synergies in order to gain an advantage in battle. There is also a robust character creation system that has been shown off by the developers via their Twitter account.
Blue Protocol Developers: Who Are The People Behind It?
‘Blue Protocol’ is being developed by Bandai Namco Online in collaboration with Bandai Namco Studios, both of which are first party subsidiaries of Bandai Namco Entertainment. They are best known for popular franchises such as ‘Tekken’, ‘Pac-Man’, ‘Soulcalibur’ and ‘Ace Combat’. The combined team in charge of this project is code named Project Sky Blue.
The developers already have some experience in crafting beautiful anime like video game experiences, having worked on the gorgeous Role Playing Game ‘Ni no Kuni 2’.
Blue Protocol Release Date: When And Where Can I Play It?
Although currently there is no set date for the release of ‘Blue Protocol’, the game underwent a closed alpha on July 26, 2019. The game will be available exclusively for PC.
Speaking of exclusivity, ‘Blue Patrol’ will also be a Japan only exclusive at the time of launch, whenever that it. However, a Western release with English voice overs is also a distinct possibility sometime in the future. At this point of time, our best guess is that Blue Protocol will most likely release sometime in December 2020 or later.
Blue Protocol Trailer
You can watch the glorious trailer for ‘Blue Protocol’ right here:
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