The Gaming Titans Come Together
Capcom, SEGA, and Namco Bandai are collaborating to release a brand new strategy RPG crossover for the 3DS. The game is called Project X Zone and will feature characters from all three companies. The trio has tapped Monolith Soft to develop the game, a company that is best known for the Xenosaga series of games. Not much is known about this game States-side, but we do know that the game will be fully voice-acted, with plenty of dialogue before and after battles, meaning that players should look forward to a coherent story that explains how all the characters ended up in a situation together.
Project X Zone will utilize what is being dubbed as a Cross Active Battle System, which will work a little like games such as Shining Force or Front Mission, where there is a grid for players to strategize on, but when combat is initiated, a fully-realized 2D battle screen will take over the action. While playing in this scenario players can press the D-Pad and "A" button to make the characters execute special combo attacks. Character progression will be a part of the game to some degree as well, with players starting off with two or three special abilities and gaining up to a total of five by the games end. One of the features the game will offer is the reward system for utilizing all of a characters abilities to work as a deterrent to button-mashing.
The last bit of info available about Project X Zone at this time is something called the Cross Point gauge, a meter that will appear onscreen. The meter builds as the player attacks, and once full, it allows for special attacks and even defensive moves to be executed. The early Japanese trailer displays a game that looks very promising. Unfortunately, the only characters I recognized were the Capcom roster of Ken and Ryu, Mega Man, and Chris Redfield, for starters. The game looks incredible, at any rate, with lots of cool graphic cuts and a healthy fight system that reminds the player of classic fighting game conventions.
The only sad news about Project X Zone is that there have been no reports of this game coming to any other system, which is a shame, and there isn't word on a possible release in North America and/or Europe either. Stay tuned to GameDynamo for more info, which will hopefully come up during E3.
|Dante' R. Maddox
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