Front Mission Evolved backpedals to Sept. 14

Double Helix's third-person shooter spin on Square Enix's decade-old turn-based franchise misses original spring launch window.

Evolution is a time-consuming process, and Square Enix today acknowledged development of Front Mission Evolved was consuming more time than expected. The third-person shooter take on the strategy franchise has been delayed and is now pegged for a September 14 debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PCs, where it will also be available in stereoscopic 3D.

Front Mission Evolved will let players be a wanzer general.

Originally penciled in for a spring 2010 release, Front Mission Evolved is the first title in the franchise's 15-year history that will feature a fundamental change in genre. It will swap turn-based tactical strategy for more action-oriented third-person mechanics, with Irvine, California-based developer Double Helix responsible for the conversion.

In the game, players will assume the role of engineer Dylan Ramsey and take control of two-legged "wanzer" tanks as they fight through the game's single-player experience. Ramsey will use the customizable war machines to thwart a terrorist threat against the government's orbital elevator. In addition to the single-player campaign, players can take the fight online and pit their customized "wanzers" against global opponents.

The Front Mission franchise is not the only turn-based strategy series to experience a dramatic change in genre. Last month, publisher 2K revealed its plans to "reimagine" the turn-based strategy X-Com series as a first-person-shooter for the Xbox 360 and PC.

For more on the newly revamped franchise, check out GameSpot's latest Front Mission Evolved coverage.

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28 comments
wahyudil
wahyudil

Mechwarrior meets Lost Planet ...

richioso
richioso

I've never played front mision, but if this turns out to be a good MechWarrior style game then I'm in. I spent so much time playing MechWarrior 2 and Mercenaries and really want to revisit that style of play and customisation.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

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badtaker
badtaker

thank you SE for bring Front Mission series to PC.:) it would be good if SE brings some of the Jrpg's to PC. The Last Remnant was so awesome on PC :)

stevoqwerty
stevoqwerty

same day as halo reach, wow the xbox version will not sell well

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Ive already heard in some articles that this game looks very disappointing; but I hope of Squnix is changing their turn based franchises into something else, they at least do something with that eyesore tomb raider they picked up and drastically redesign it into some sort of rpg.

vectorman88
vectorman88

This is a good thing- more development time. And on a personal note, itll make a nice birthday gift :)

power-baron
power-baron

"Front Mission Evolved is the first title in the franchise's 15-year history that will feature a fundamental change in genre." I guess Gamespot (and most of the readers here) never heard of FM Gun hazard, Alternative or Online.

Ovirew
Ovirew

This could actually be pretty good if they do a nice job. I'm keeping my eyes on it.

AceJakk
AceJakk

I'm still waiting for a decent game to be released on this date.

Daian
Daian

@Exia2004 No you are not alone my friend, no you are not. Rejoice for there is still hope in the world :P

SpikeJones767
SpikeJones767

This is the only game with the guts to take on Halo reach on day one! I'm sure once the Call of duties, Halo's and Medal of honors start hitting the shelves this fall front mission evolved will be buried six feet under.

Barighm
Barighm

Ouch. Released on the same day as Reach. That's gonna hurt.

luffy11234
luffy11234

lets just hope its not another Gundam Crossfire please

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

i thought halo reach was gonna be released in september?

Archangel3371
Archangel3371

While I'm really looking forward to this take on the Front Mission franchise I think they're crazy to release it on the same day as Halo Reach.

3KindgomsRandy
3KindgomsRandy

I'm still hopeful for this, but I will definitely NOT be buying it without reading an extensive number of reviews. Such a change is unlikely to be made without some serious (fatal?) bumps.

Exia2004
Exia2004

im the only person that dosent care about halo?

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Not too happy bout them turning a classic startegy game into a shooter, but i will withhold my judgement till i can actually play it. Also, who cares if it comes out the same day as Reach, they are 2 totally different genres and only the people on 360 would even be interested in that fact.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

same day as halo, they must be mad

megoxq8
megoxq8

are they nuts halo reach on the same DAY they should take more time to polish it even further.

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

All I hope is that all the customization of the series remains intact and it isn't just some generic shooter that further over-saturates the industry.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I can live with the game coming out in September..... I liked Front Mission 4, I liked the turn based strategy in that game but I'm glad it's being made into a shooter like Armored Core... Seeing as From Software ruined AC during the migration to bigger and better consoles I'm looking forward to Front Mission Evolved........