Front Mission Evolves on 360/PS3/PC, Nier revealed

E3 2009: Double Helix-developed revamp of tactical mech franchise leads Square Enix's Western push; Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games get release windows.

While a full slate of Final Fantasy games will no doubt dominate the Square Enix booth at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the publisher today made clear that its ambitions stretch far beyond the flagship role-playing franchise. Continuing its emphasis on working with developers from all over the world, Square Enix today announced a slate of E3 games expanding beyond its traditional comfort zone.

ED-209's older, meaner brother.

First on the list is Front Mission Evolved for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, the title Square Enix teased earlier this month. Developed by Irvine, California-based Double Helix Games (Silent Hill: Homecoming, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Front Mission Evolved brings the turn-based tactical strategy series into uncharted territory as an "action-packed third-person shooter" with online multiplayer action as well as a single-player campaign mode. Despite those significant changes to the formula, the series' distinctive mechanized war machines (pictured) will return.

Front Mission Evolved isn't the only action-centric title in Square Enix's lineup. The publisher also enlisted Cavia, developer of Bullet Witch and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, to create the action adventure Nier for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nier tells the story of a determined father trying to find a cure for a world-threatening plague called the Black Scrawl virus. At the moment, Nier is relatively far from release, with Square Enix pegging a 2010 launch window.

The publisher will also feature a pair of Western-developed real-time strategy games at its booth, with Supreme Commander 2 from Redmond, Washington-based Gas Powered Games and Order of War from London-based studio Wargaming.net. Developed for the PC and Xbox 360, Supreme Commander 2 will build on the large-scale sci-fi action of the original, while the PC exclusive Order of War will allow players to relive--or reshape--a decisive series of World War II battles from 1944.

Back on familiar ground, Square Enix will also be showcasing a handful of titles from its core franchises. Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will command the lion's share of attention, but the publisher will also be showing Dissidia Final Fantasy for the PSP, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers for the Wii, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord for WiiWare.

Two more listings from the publisher narrowed down release dates for anticipated titles. The first episode of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will arrive on the North American WiiWare service as E3 kicks off June 1, while the DS debut Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will arrive this fall.

For more from the show, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2009.

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132 comments
OniMarkLenders
OniMarkLenders

why they kill a good turn based mecha RPG in a TPS??? i always buyed all the title from FM3 on...but i don't think i'll buy this one =(...It'll have the same destiny as Dirge of Cerberus = Flop!!!

bluesumm
bluesumm

All I read was Silent Hill Homecoming, G.I. Joe, and Bullet Witch.

Blue_Abyss
Blue_Abyss

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SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

I never played such a game, maybe I will try this one

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I am going to pass on this.

Kill_ZONE2
Kill_ZONE2

What? Might as well name it another armored core game. If theres going to be a new Front Mission game it better well damn be a strategy game.

trollkind
trollkind

We have more than enough action titles in the making. I won't buy a second rate Armored Core (which in itself isn't that good), I would buy an old style Front Mission game. So many games would just need a graphics update and some modern comfort to be hits. *sigh*

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Double Helix? Dammit, FM deserves way way better than them. Why couldn't they be bothered with developing the Terminator movie tie-in instead?

gmax
gmax

News, news, news. Sounds kinda routine.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Aw man, I was hoping for Turn Based Strategy Front Mission. :|

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

Where's the info on this "mysterious MMO" they have kept mouthing off about. They keep saying a successor to FFXI is in the works, but they haven't revealed any info about it in 4-5 years. Is it me, or SE become the king/queen of taking their sweet jolly time to make a game thats still subpar?

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

What the holy crap. Front Mission going action and wasting time on multiplayer crap? Thank you Sqaure-Enix for first screwing americans out of Front Mission 5 for the ps2 and now for turning the series into CRAP. I guess you guys have money to throw away on stupid decisions.

azngamer09
azngamer09

This should be interesting... Gonna wait for more.

packiwack
packiwack

OH SWEET GOD YES! i still have front mission 3 on the ps1. One of my favorite games of all time.

toothofymir
toothofymir

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toothofymir
toothofymir

I really, really, really, REALLY, hope that Square Enix doesn't mess up Supreme Commander 2. The first game was so much fun to play.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Nice...Finally a Front Mission for the current-gen consoles. Not to mock Gundam, but frankly there's hardly a good mecha-themed game this era, so I hope this one feeds me up. That's IMO of course.

Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

I kinda liked Front Mission 4 but the graphics were really dull and lacked the visual prowess of previous SE games, i wonder how this game will turn out now that its more of an action adventure rather than turn based strategy.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

What ever happened to simultaneous release for FFXIII? :? Should've known it was a load of bs. :(

shinian
shinian

Never played any Front Mission game but I may give it a shot.

SniperFox-
SniperFox-

When I red "Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games get release windows." I got so excited. I actually thought for a moment they were coming to windows. What a bummer. Still hope they will do it now or later.

thausael
thausael

wow! a front mission game on pc? i've played old versions on psx and i will try this when i'll be released.

ognen
ognen

I don't like this.

Naedeslus
Naedeslus

They're turning it into an action game? Eh.. why? Seriously the Front Mission series is really the only S-RPGs I've ever enjoyed. I don't understand the logic here.

Naedeslus
Naedeslus

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ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

dear gamenothing,tell me what the f**k u doing here if u dont like front mission series?Go f**k yourself!

MrFinalFantasy
MrFinalFantasy

wha? oh my god! sigh. I love Front Mission 3. and if this was to be Action Oriented. then. sigh. i don't think so. if i want to play an action oriented Mecha game. i would go for Armored Core. Front Mission has always been Tactical. to change it into action. it will probably destroy the franchise.

bat725
bat725

Didn't Nintendo Power report that KH3 was coming to Wii?

l3erserker
l3erserker

They just destroyed the continuance of a great tactical mech game...why?

corkyhookahking
corkyhookahking

I liked the old games but i think Mecha games are better when you get the fell like your a pilot so i will give this a try

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

@ terryble85 PC gamers would get more games if they didn't pirate every game that came out on it. seriously look at what happened with spore.

phase4illini
phase4illini

Not a fan of this idea. FM should remain a tactical mech game.

grove12345
grove12345

Stick to the formula of FM 3. I avoided FM4, since it looked crappy. And wished i could play the JPN only version of FM 5. Which looks amazing This new dev might ruin the series. One of the last good mech games out there.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Front Mission as a shooter? Do we really need MORE shooters? I loved the tactics RPG gameplay.

jalexbrown
jalexbrown

Front Mission seems to be just another franchise falling into some sort of deadly change after the Square/Enix merger. It took long enough, though; I was starting to figure Front Mission was another great series forgotten about. That's not to say I'm not interested in what Square Enix has going on, because I'm fanatical about the things they publis. I'm looking foreword to seeing what they've got on the new Kingdom Hearts games, Final Fantasy XIII, and I'd personally love to see some new stuff on the Parasite Eve game for PSP.

oKiRe
oKiRe

Front Mission Alternative anyone?

HoverB
HoverB

Its been a while since a good PC mech game came out i hope this is good, i reeEEEeealy do.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Supreme Commander 2 is going to be a great game! I really do hope that Supreme Command 2 gets the attention and media coverage it deserves. I'm glad it's receiving hype at this stage in its development. I'm glad that the Real-Time Strategy genre has gained so much popularity as a result of the Xbox 360 and all the RTS games it has.

terryble85
terryble85

finally front mission on PC...and finally SE realise the importance pc gamers...!!

naka_kun
naka_kun

oh man........mecha third person shooter.....armored core! Front Mission is a turn based RPG!!! Please don't change that!!!! ;_; Plus....Double Helix???? Silent Hill Homecoming???? Oh no..... they destroyed that game....so many bugs....

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

IMHO... they should stick to turn based strategy... we have plenty 3rd person shooters... meh