E3 06: Gundam 360 named, detailed

Namco Bandai confirms Mobile Ops: The One Year War to hit US shelves by the end of the year.

At the Japanese Xbox Summit 2005 last July, Bandai announced that it was working on an exclusive Xbox 360 game, a first-person shooter set in the Gundam universe. During his unveiling of the game, Bandai president Shin Unozawa explained that the Gundam name hasn't been widely accepted in America and that this game was intended to change that. Bandai has since undergone a number of changes (including a merger with fellow Japanese publisher Namco), but that goal has apparently remained the same.

Namco Bandai today formally unveiled the game to US audiences as Mobile Ops: The One Year War. Developed by Dimps, the studio behind many of the publisher's Dragon Ball Z titles, The One Year War is set at the dawn of the Gundam universe, just as the age of giant robot "mobile suits" is beginning. Players are sent to the front lines of the war to fight the good fight on foot, in various vehicles, and of course at the controls of terrifyingly powerful mobile suits.

Aside from the standard HD treatment required for Xbox 360 games, Namco Bandai is including support for online play. The number of players allowed in online battles hasn't been determined yet. However, Unozawa did say last year that he wanted the game to have a similar atmosphere to Electronic Arts' Battlefield 1942, which supports up to 64 players online. The game will also let players customize the mobile suits they take into battle, from their arsenal of beam sabers and heat hawks to their array of sensor equipment.

Mobile Ops: The One Year War is scheduled to arrive in stores this coming holiday season. No price information was announced. Expect to see more about the title in GameSpot's coverage of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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area51xxmars
area51xxmars

P S 3 FANS U S|U|C|K loooool the way the 360 is doing now ps3 may never catch up if u hve a ps3 ur gonna wish that all the games coming out for the 360 would be on ur system :P

ErikB0869
ErikB0869

When is this game coming to the 360? There's been, like, no word on it at all since E3 it seems. I hope the game is still a "go."

big_fat_bum
big_fat_bum

so far all the gundam games that are out are with the ps2. . . AND THEY ALL SUCK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

big_fat_bum
big_fat_bum

i want this game, my brother thinks the mobile suits move as slow as the mech assault robots but i think it is just fine. this looks like its shaping up pretty good. if i had to choose between crossfire and this, screw cross fire i want this!!!. i wonder if they are gonna make a GOOD gundam game for the wii, and when i say good, i dont mean that crapy ass SD gundam game

HSYOON_1
HSYOON_1

ROCKINGFOOL says "um ok ill name few finafantasy,dragon quest,kindom hearts,grandia, suikoden,chrono trigger and chrono chros and many many games to come so plz HSYOON_1 dont say japanes rpg and pathetic oh yes did i mention xeanogears" yeah those are great games. I never said anything about NON ONLINE, NON-MMO Japanese games. if you read my post, you would see that i said that PSO and FFXI were PATHETIC when compared to WOW or Guild Wars. and yes, i do agree that those JapRPG franchises you mention are indeed AWESOME.

cyrax_smetsers
cyrax_smetsers

( Kaos-Angel(nerd) It's okay doomsoth, you can keep hoping that the Japanese will buy the 360 version over the PS3 version. You can hope that the 360 outsells the PS3. Do you honestly think Namco will spend more time on the 360 version over the PS3 version? If it keeps you sleeping at night, so be it. However, you'll have to wake up to the absurd reality that the Japanese control the Video Game Industry. Because of this, the PS3 version will be better...again how many Japaneses will own PS3s over 360s next year? ) Lol no Offence u sound like a nerd,dude Most Japanese Devlopers got Americans mixed up with the Devlopment of the games,and you really think Ps3 is going to be so much better??!?!?!?!?looool get a life u oversized Teletuby,ps3 wil have a few really cool games(Microsoft Xbox360 Will have L O A D S of Great games that even the Ps3 Fanboys wish they would make em on Ps3) :( shame that never gonna happen loool,Ninja Gaiden 2 X360 Turok X360 Gears Of War X360 Saints Row X360 Oh Yeah and Capcom(aint they SOOOOOO japanese?!?!?) how about LOST PLANET? X360(Xclusive) Ouch have a nice life dreaming

troakun
troakun

Cool, something for Japan on the 360. Hopefully the first of many.

TraiklinX3
TraiklinX3

the way this sounds is like it's a sequal to the Dreamcast Gundam game that was released WAY WAY back. Still the best gundam game to this date, it was a FPS that was ALWAYS in the cockpit and the machines moved and acted like they were giant machines. To bad Bandai could never replicate that game on any system, hopefully this will change.

samekila
samekila

cant wait hahah someone didn't read first sentence

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Well from what I've seen so far the demo for PS3 Gundam game looked more impressive than this one so far. Just have to wait for further report from the E3 I suppose. It des look pretty nice though. As funny as it may sound Gundam games do sell here in Japan but I doubt it's going to make X360 exponentially more popular all of a sudden as PS3 will be expect a Gundam game as well. Anyhow I must say this game's title sounds vaguely similar to the Namco' Project Pegasus MSGundam: One Year War game for PS2 that was release on PS2 in March 05 here in Japan. I wonder if it's just a remake of that (which was a pretty good game). Anyhoo.....

minerl99
minerl99

What's the OVER UNDER BET on how many PS3 fan boys will post the "PS3 VERSION WILL BE BETTER"...? So far we stand at 2 posts with Kaos-Angel and Paul the Great leading the way... The articles clearly states in the first sentence, it's an Xbox 360 Exclusive... "At the Japanese Xbox Summit 2005 last July, Bandai announced that it was working on an EXCLUSIVE Xbox 360 game, " I'm betting the over under is about 2 1/2 and I'll take the OVER... ;-)

schm177y
schm177y

Sorry for the double post, but why must everything turn into a 360 vs PS3 discussion? It's a freakin video game console!

schm177y
schm177y

I've always liked Gundam shows since about 4th grade (In 9th now) but was never interested in any other anime. I hope this gives the series justice because I can't wait to be able able to design my own Gundam, then use it online

Drevan
Drevan

finally a plethoria of mech games on the xbox platform... This Gundam game, Zegapain, Lost Planet, Chromehounds, and Armored Core 4, I can't wait! Now all we need is a Steel Battalion 2.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

more gundams, I hope this one is really good.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

hopefully a good gundam game will be made

Writeous
Writeous

Bo0-o0o0o0o0o a FPS..?~??~?~?~!??!?! Bo0o0o0o...

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

um ok ill name few finafantasy,dragon quest,kindom hearts,grandia, suikoden,chrono trigger and chrono chros and many many games to come so plz HSYOON_1 dont say japanes rpg and pathetic oh yes did i mention xeanogears :)

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

swwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettt

DevKaz
DevKaz

Poor BANDAI, why they make a game for this garbage machine, their craft will be FLOP, poor, they should make it for PS3 or PS2 at least .... what a waste.

HSYOON_1
HSYOON_1

The best RPGs don't ALL come from Japan. Oblivion anyone?? Kotor series? Anything from BIOWARE. How many Japanese MMOs are successfull? FFXI and PSO are PATHETIC; let me say again PATHETIC, when compared to games like WOW, Guild Wars, and so on. Did everyone here forget that PC gaming is still flourishing, and almost all of it doesn't have anything to do with JAPAN.

swordmagnet
swordmagnet

ok forget about selling my 360 now :)

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

all ican say that the best rpg games are made from japan which everyone will agree with me :) and even if the xbox360 cant dominate the japenes market i think europe and america will do just fine :)

DevJin
DevJin

Poor bandai they handcraft will be wasted in this rubbish console from money $oft, poor kid .........

mickel_darmawan
mickel_darmawan

That game will be wasted if they release it on that CRAP machine, poor BANDAI.

HSYOON_1
HSYOON_1

Kaos-Angel, Japan does NOT OWN the videogame industry. Some of the largest Videogame developers and publishers aren't Japanese. God, your mentality is so 1999. Besides SquareEnix, Crapcom, Konami, what other POWER-houses do you see in Japan. And some of the BEST PS2 games were from SONY OF AMERICA, DIP****. Including GOD OF WAR, Jak Series, and Racket Series, and the Sly series. They are all AMERICAN made. Now, Look at non-japanese companies. EA, Ubisoft, Bioware, Bungie, Naughty Dog, Insomiac, DICE, etc, etc. Videogames didn't originate in Japan, and i see a shift in the industry where it's no longer dominated by Japan.

moohan
moohan

"Kaos-Angel, did you miss the part where this is 360 exclusive? " HAH!.....apparently not...he was too overcome by his fanboy-ness that he didn't even bother to read the first sentence of the article.... what a shame... once again True Gamers - 1..... Fanboys - 0....

mentalmarco
mentalmarco

Hopefully this will be better than past Gundam games.

sonic86
sonic86

Looks interesting, lets hope its good.

Reetesh
Reetesh

The Trailer made me think if such things were possible lets just wait and see.

BTW NOTHING came even Close to being as Good as ZOE in Mech fighting Games IMO

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Kaos-Angel You just hit the nail on the head...how many Japanese are going to own a PS3 compared to North Americans. Maybe ion 18 months from now you'll have a PS3. Of course if I get one first I

Incognito
Incognito

Kaos-Angel, did you miss the part where this is 360 exclusive?

Kaos-Angel
Kaos-Angel

It's okay doomsoth, you can keep hoping that the Japanese will buy the 360 version over the PS3 version. You can hope that the 360 outsells the PS3. Do you honestly think Namco will spend more time on the 360 version over the PS3 version? If it keeps you sleeping at night, so be it. However, you'll have to wake up to the absurd reality that the Japanese control the Video Game Industry. Because of this, the PS3 version will be better...again how many Japaneses will own PS3s over 360s next year?

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

LOL...It's really the PS3 vs (X360 + PC)...it's a money and market decision for developers. Plus ever since they cancled Mech Warrior and Mech Assault serries we could use a *good* mech game

k9kris
k9kris

Too short of development period... it will be crap (nice looking crap, but still crap).

doomsoth
doomsoth

It's ok Kaos-Angel, you can take your PS3 to a board where it is being mentioned. Anyway, hopefully the development team will stray away from the typically tv show to horrible videogame trap. Many of the get the license and never do the tv show justice. I'm not a fan of the series, but they could do a lot to appeal to even those who are not typically interested in anime programs.

Kaos-Angel
Kaos-Angel

PS3 Gundam game will be better...they'll make more profit from the PS3 version.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i believe that this game could work, but it will require alot, and if it falls short it falls along way.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Sounds pretty interesting. hope more info pops up at E3.

Monroe1
Monroe1

Going to have to check this one out

invader_luj
invader_luj

i will be watching this one...so far so good