A brand-new RPG franchise from Bandai Namco Studios and lead by former developers of the acclaimed Tales Of series is coming. Titled Scarlet Nexus, the game will hit Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on Steam.
You might have seen the trailer (above) during the recent First Look Xbox Series X Gameplay event by Microsoft, and wondered what Scarlet Nexus is all about. Here’s more info about it from Bandai Namco!
In the game, you take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, and explore the futuristic city of New Himuka to uncover the mysteries of a “Brain Punk” future caught between technology and psychic abilities. It all starts when a psionic hormone was discovered in the human brain, granting people extra-sensory powers, but also attracting deranged mutant Others from outer space, who want to feed on human brains. (And these Others, they be some freaky things.)
The Others are impervious to conventional weapons, and so psychics – those with acute extra-sensory abilities – were the only ones who could destroy the Others and save humanity. Since then, psychics have been recruited to join the Other Suppression Force – the world’s last line of defence.
In Scarlet Nexus, players will “dive into a complex story of bonds, courage and heroism” crafted by the minds behind Tales Of Vesperia. Players will get to use psycho-kinetic powers to lift, break, and hurl pieces of the environment to build attack combos and lay waste to enemies. No word yet on why the Nexus is Scarlet, but I’m sure we’ll find out.
“The next generation of video game home consoles lets the development team realize the full potential of Scarlet Nexus,” said Producer Keita Iizuka from Bandai Namco Entertainment. “Players can expect visuals and psychic battles with high resolution and frame rate along with fully interactive real-time battles with dynamic animation. Utilizing Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X also means players can enjoy the best version of Scarlet Nexus regardless of whether they are playing on the next generation with Xbox Series X or Xbox One.”
“Scarlet Nexus aims to change the way gamers view Japanese RPGs with a powerful futuristic aesthetic as well as a streamlined combat system that balances fast-paced action with strategic planning,” said Hervé Hoerdt, Senior Vice President Marketing, Digital, Content at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe. “Lead by an extremely talented team at Bandai Namco Studios, their combined years of game development experience added in with the power behind the next generation of home console systems will surely deliver on their promise.”
Scarlet Nexus will be available for the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. Release date TBC.