E3 2017: A look at what Bandai Namco is showing

E3 2017: A look at what Bandai Namco is showing E3 EXPO

Bandai Namco is at full force at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week in Los Angeles.  E3 can be a bit overwhelming with so much being shown and talked about, so here is a short synapsis of what the video game company has on hand during the trade show.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the sequel to the amazing RPG from 2012.  Set to release Nov. 10 for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam), players of the game will yet again get to explore a beautifully crafted world and experience a gripping story.  The game is being developed by Level-5, which has reunited with former Studio Ghibli artist, Yoshiyuki Momose, for character design, and Joe Hisaishi for music composition.  Players of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom enter the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, where cats, mice, and humans once lived in harmony.  After a treacherous coup, Evan, the boy king of Ding Dong Dell gets banished from his kingdom.  The game tells the story of Evan and follows his journey to build his own kingdom and unite the entire world.

Supporting Evan on his adventure are the friends he meets along his journey.  This includes Roland, a visitor from another world, and Tani, the daughter of the leader of sky pirates.  Players will encounter even more characters to join Evan throughout his quest including natural phenomena known as Higgledies.  The Higgledies will provide invaluable support during battles including offensive and defensive buffs, increasing special attack power for Evan and his friends, and assist in attacking enemies.

Bandai Namco is also showing off Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, which is expected out in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Developed by Bandai Namco's in-house Project Aces team and utilizing Unreal Engine® 4, the game brings the franchise's aerial combat action to the current of gaming consoles and PCs to create immersive aerial battlefields.  Bandai Namco says Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will provide an arsenal of ultra-modern and near-future super weapons for players to deploy, while presenting formidable enemies for pilots to vanquish in the air.  The game also marks the return of Sunao Katabuchi as the lead writer behind the fictional storyline that players will experience in the game.  Previously, Katabuchi wrote the storylines for both Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.

Coming in 2018 will be Dragon Ball FighterZ, a fighting game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The game is being developed by Arc System Works, a studio that is well known for a number of 2D fighting games. Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to deliver an explosive, action-packed fighting game experience that combines classic 2D fighting visuals with advanced character models that are designed to look and feel as if they are taken straight out of the Dragon Ball anime series.

The soon-to-launch racing game Project Cars  2, which is expected to come out Sept. 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, is getting a lot of attention at E3.

The game will feature a number of iconic cars from GT and touring cars to endurance prototypes and exotic hypercars.  Furthermore, players will take to the roads as they race under dynamic conditions that are designed to deliver what Bandai Namco says is the most realistic racing experience outside of driving an actual race car.  

During E3, Bandai Namco also released a new trailer for its upcoming game Code Vein.  The action game is currently in development and is expected to come out sometime next year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Finally, Bandai Namco's action/fighting game Gundam Versus is at E3.

Expected to release this autumn for PlayStation 4, the game will be making its American home console debut (it was previously a coin-op arcade game overseas).  Gundam Versus has been built from the ground up exclusively for the console and features Mobile Suits from across the series’ history as well as new features that will be exclusive to the home console release.

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