Gundam Evolution opens invitations for closed network testing

It’s time to dress up for Gundam Evolutionthe free-to-play, multiplayer-focused first-person shooter that aims to merge the giant robots of anime fame with Blizzard-like game modes and style Surveillance. A closed network test will run from June 23 to June 28, allowing players on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 to choose their favorite mobile suit and team up with five other mechs in a six-on-six tag team competition. Registration for the test is now open and those selected to gain access to the game will be notified on June 16 and 17.

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It is not known how much content of Gundam Evolution will be part of the multiplayer test, but the full game aims to satisfy fans of all ages. Mechs from all over the history of the anime’s many incarnations will be available, including those outside of Universal Century’s main timeline. Bandai Namco has already confirmed over 10 suits from the final game, ranging from the expected original Gundam and Zaku II to the more modern Gundam Exia and Gundam Barbatos. They have different abilities and weapons like the heroes of Surveillancea hard comparison not to make, especially when looking at the game Surveillance-like the HUD.

Executive producer Kazuya Maruyama took to the game’s website to learn more about the test. Although intended to eliminate bugs, this specific test also allows the team to test console-specific features such as aim assist and gamepad controls. The last test was on PC and changes from this test will not be in this next console. The console test also won’t have in-game voice chat, but the full game will.

Three modes are set for the final game, namely Point Capture, Domination, and Destruction. All three should be familiar to first-person shooter faithful, with Destruction and Point Capture featuring an attacking and defensive team pursuing objectives across the map. The only twist comes in the scale of the battle, with players unleashing ultimate moves as giant robots navigating massive facilities rather than human-sized warriors on city streets.

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Despite its obvious influences, Gundam Evolution is certainly unique, especially since games based on anime franchises usually take on the fighting or musou genres rather than something as competitive as the space shooter. It’s a new combination, and Bandai Namco has decades of history to mine for new mechs and map locations.

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