New Earth Defense Force deploying July 5

D3Publisher confirms Insect Armageddon delay; multiplayer action game now set to swarm Xbox 360, PS3 this summer.

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Gamers eager to enlist in the Earth Defense Force will need to wait a little bit longer. According to the game's official Facebook page, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will miss its previously announced spring release window and is now set for launch July 5.

The EDF doesn't particularly care about collateral damage.

In development at Vicious Cycle Games (Dead Head Fred, Matt Hazard), Insect Armageddon will once again cast players as a member of the Earth Defense Force. When the planet is attacked by alien invasion forces closely resembling giant ants, spiders, and other terrestrial bugs, the vastly outnumbered EDF makes up for a lack of manpower with an abundance of firepower.

To help stave off the invasion, Insect Armageddon will give players access to over 300 weapons and helpful tools like jetpacks and movable turrets. It will also allow up to three players to go through the campaign mode together online, or two players in split-screen cooperative mode. The game also features a separate six-player mode where players battle wave after wave of the alien menace together.

The Earth Defense Force series began life as Chikyuu Boueigun, part of D3Publisher's Japanese line of Simple 2000 budget PlayStation 2 games. While the Xbox 360 offering Earth Defense Force 2017 was the first installment in the series to see release in North America, the previous installments made their way to Europe under the Global Defence Force and Monster Attack names.

For more on Insect Armageddon, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

31 comments
X-RS
X-RS

E.D.F! E.D.F! E.D.F! ive been waiting for this anouncement more than brink!

Electrokah
Electrokah

These games look super sweet! Great "underused" all out hands on alien invasion war scenario where you blow stuff up as you move around the city/world defending it from onslaughts of aliens, as basic a scenario as it is i dont see enough games with this style, if any, just tons of FPSers where you run around inside cramped buildings killing aliens/enemies. I have yet to find the time to buy and play the first one unfortunately, many games on my plate. LoL, Earth Defense Force is also the name of the enemies in red faction: guerrilla, are they of any relation? Its probably a coincidence because that is a simple but awesome name, like something i would make up for the name of my earth defending army if i had one. :D

shooters125
shooters125

@dz99Is Nice try, but it says it right in the article "It will also allow up to three players to go through the campaign mode together online, or two players in split-screen cooperative mode". Trying to retort before you really know anything = mega fail.

justinka777
justinka777

@dz99ls nice try, but its obvious you actualy didnt read it at all

dz99ls
dz99ls

@shooters125 nice try, yes the previous game did. THIS ONE DOESNT online co-op only. Perhaps you should get the full story before commenting, then trying to bash = double fail....

shooters125
shooters125

@dz99ls if you read it at all or played the previous games you would know that it has two player splitscreen co-op. commenting before you think = fail.

TrevasGallant
TrevasGallant

I'm itching to play this game. I loved playing the first one with friends. I'm so glad that split-screen is making a return.

dz99ls
dz99ls

no local co-op = fail

kfjl
kfjl

"EDF EDF EDF!!!" "Follow the captain! Yeaaaah!" "The captain's dead!" "I killed him!" "Are you scared?" "I disagree!" "Let's hurry back and grab a bite to eat!" "We're on a thrilling underground expedition!" "AAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!"

magicalclick
magicalclick

The jetpack seems to be breaking the game.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I might get this game in the summer and I'm still looking for the 2017 one, I might have to grab it off of game on demand fro the market place.

Koushin
Koushin

@Megamanandrew I agree with you about EDF. However, there is good news from D3P. The next entry, EDF4 (planned for the PS3) is still going to be made by the traditional Japanese publisher. Also, EDF2 Portable for the PSP (based from the PS2 game) is planned for a Japanese release on 4/7 (with Ad-Hoc for up to 4 players). So no worries, the series is still in good hands if this game were to unfortunately flop.

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

2017 was such an under-rated game. I love it. I cannot wait for this.

BLAS1AN
BLAS1AN

Glad to see developers provide budget titles like this and pack more goodies

Barighm
Barighm

Said to be stupid fun, and I'm looking forward to the game, but I didn't know the game changed developers. Hopefully the game will still be fun.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

While I'm excited about this game, I'm keeping my expectations low. For some reason, whenever a franchise that was started by a Japanese developer is given to a developer in the West, the Western developer is either usually known for a bunch of crap, or they screw the game up. Case in point, Silent Hill: Homecoming.

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

One of the best games ever!!!! -"EDF!! EDF!!" -Hiper laser shot from a gigantic walking robot- -"AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"

NV27
NV27

Well, at least it will help out with the mostly "no games during summer" drought. EDF!

BoSPaladin
BoSPaladin

Up to 3 players online? Why not 4? Other than that, looks great! :D

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

looking forward to this, loved EDF 2017!

Ovirew
Ovirew

@skullcandy I think you summed it up pretty well.

Lance_Kalzas
Lance_Kalzas

I am very excited for this game. Sounds like there is some huge improvements coming! :)

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

So, many good games in what they call sleeping season?

Halloll
Halloll

sniper rifles sends ants to space

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

The first game is only fun co-op. Predictable but addictive gameplay. This looks mildly better with a lower pricetag.