Q&A: Gundam: Mobile Suit devs

Okamoto Yoshihiro and Hirofumi Inagaki focus in on PS3 mech shooter based on the famous anime series; discuss the new game's pursuit of realism.

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Although the Gundam anime series has spawned numerous game tie-ins, Bandai Entertainment's Gundam: Mobile Suit for the PlayStation 3 tries to distinguish itself by striving for a realistic, rather than animelike, feel. In the August 18 Weekly Famitsu, Bandai Entertainment production producer Okamoto Yoshihiro and Hirofumi Inagaki, a producer at Bandai Namco Games, discussed the game in detail.

The first 3D Mobile Suit Gundam game appeared in 1995 on the Sony PlayStation, followed by an updated PlayStation 2 version in 2000. The stories of both games were set during the first series of the anime and starred Amuro Ray as the main character. But, according to Inagaki, "This time around, things will be a bit different...[The player] will belong to and fight for either the Zeon or Earth Federation."

The graphics have been brought up to next-generation standards. "The modeling of the Mobile Suits is quite detailed," Okamoto said. "We also made the environments very detailed, so that the graphics look consistent." Inagaki added that cutscenes are a thing of the past in this title. "Until now, you made models for use in the game and [separate] models for the cutscenes," he said. "Anything you couldn't render in game you covered with the cutscene movies. This time, however, we haven't done this at all...We're able to render fairly realistic objects [on the PS3]."

The game will also feature a localized damage model, allowing parts of the Mobile Suits to be destroyed; Famitsu ran several shots of mechs missing hands and arms. "We don't want players to just randomly attack," Okamoto said. "We want them to think about where they should target while playing. Also, if a Mobile Suit gets an arm blown off, the player will have to decide whether to continue fighting with a damaged mech or retreat. This is one of the ways we are using to pursue realism."

Similarly, environmental objects such as buildings can be destroyed. "This aspect also came out of our pursuit of realism. In actual war, destruction of buildings affects the state of the battlefield greatly...For example, destroying bridges prevents tanks from rolling across them...The user will have to rethink his or her strategy for each situation in real time."

The appeal of the game, Inagaki conceded, is part nostalgia. "Our main target is the people who watched Mobile Suit Gundam when they were in elementary or middle school...We are making a gaming that will not fall short of their memories."

Discussion

49 comments
Dasc00
Dasc00

Holy crap this game is going to be realistic... I'm gonna get a ****ing ps3.

thesethcohen
thesethcohen

who cares about what should and shouldnt be there im just excited about blowing apart all the enemies so so so so damn excited

Nulify
Nulify

the other PS3's secret weapon

Camboy_89
Camboy_89

I definitly can't wait to get my hands on this one.. this is going to be a classic no doubt about it.. and it's going to put a REALLY good anime series on the map for a future generation! ^________________________________^

gundamwarrior2
gundamwarrior2

Angrytacoz its not coming to 360 what are you talking about. mobile ops is coming out for the 360 but its a different game. its a gundam game yes but its not this one.

coltACP
coltACP

''farily realistic'' and we added extra detail in the environments to keep consistent, is it me or is the translation so gormless it makes you think that the graphics aren't actually going to be all that great, and yes a developer with ahalf a brain could have done gmae engine cutscenes back in 1995-the N64 proved it, and some of those had alot more character than half the inane FMV sequences around at the time, they really make some mornic comments on games sometimes. If this game is actually going to use the power of either PS3 or Xbox360, i would be very very suprised.

bored88
bored88

The most realistic giant fighting mechs ever! Because we all know how real those are!

og8440
og8440

Anything beyond UC that I have seen blows. My favorite Gundam series has to be 08th MS Team. Simply b/c to me it was the more realistic series. Gundams were actually treated as weapons and tools instead of stealing the spotlight and treated with god-like status. Kudos to Bandai on what they are trying to accomplish with both Gundam games on PS3 and 360. I can't wait to play them...

deepankar_arya
deepankar_arya

"CG quality graphics with PS3" Gundam and PS3 rule!! Yeppiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!

Aksarafrezz
Aksarafrezz

i hope this game will take the height higher in our gaming industry

kidokoro
kidokoro

It seems like they're actually going to try on this Gundam game instead of producing the same stuff under a different name. I'm looking foward to it

lionheart2000
lionheart2000

Nice news to hear, hope they don't get so focused on the reality issue that they get derived totally from the anime feel. I liked the original gundam as we all did, the wing was relatively good(cool at parts and so lame at others) and I liked the seed destiny most of all nearly over the orignal, it's nearly flawless(the graphics, the design, oh!! the music and specially story wise it kicks ass). It's so well done that it makes the wing looks like crap sometimes. For me when judging a serie, I like to be a little prepective, I don't care who came on first or what impression I created about one good serie simply cos I saw it first and afterward I couldn't see any better( wich obviously happens for all of us all the time) impressions should change over time. And if not, I don't think this kind of judging is fair at all. Seriously for all of you guys who saw the SEED and did'nt like it , I recommend seeing the SEED DESTINY it 'll totaly change your opinion. One more thing, We all love the classic gundams but seriously, when the hell are we going to GET OUT the original gundam circle???!!!. Can't the devolopers make a descent game based on other than the original??. Someguys say the destiny and wing are emo crap.Oh please!!, although each serie stands fot it's own, but truth to be told the wing was the one responsible for making the the whole gundam name that widely popular and everyone liked it, and the SEED DESTINY was the one reponsible for resurecting the series after all that time so it kept popular enough for anybody to make a game about it !!!, it reched the hearts of so many people that they made a new mini serie called: Gundam Seed Destiny: Star Gazer airing one episode per month on bandai tv started the last month( you can watch it online if you want), taking place after thr Junious seven disaster and featuring among the new gundams the Strike Noir( our new death god) all in Hi-Res. For all the judgmental persons reading this, although I respect everybody's personal opinions but this crap has got so far, SHUTT UP and get some perspective, and before you judge art at least own some sort of vision for god sake!!!.

williamwu1985
williamwu1985

OMG, seed should be the first one, all other gundam cartoon are oldie tech

superkoolstud
superkoolstud

I love the MSG Series and have seen every Series/OVA/Movie released. I like 0079, Zeta, and Victory the most. The rest are alright except for G Gundam worse anime eva! Although Wing is good I found it rather boring in the begining like ZZ. I wish they would make a game like this, but it includes all of the Gundams as Unlockabels so you could Piolt your Favorite. The 360 Gundam game looks awesome as well. Hopefully Bandi will take both of their new Gundam games and port them to the other system ala PS3 Gundam to 360 and 360 Gundam to PS3.

Angrytacoz
Angrytacoz

Its coming to the 360 also cant wait

epy0nkaru
epy0nkaru

-_-;; wow so many wing haters. G Gundam has it's own games though, actually, it has it's own official one for SNES, and Battle Assault 2 was tilted toward G Gundam. We need a new Battle Assault game NAO (that doesn't resemble battle assault 3 in the slightest)

nestea_king
nestea_king

This is the most amazing game I have heard of for PS3!

solidusScott
solidusScott

ok, im tired of beating and seeing zeon lose! i hope they can atleast make it to where if you play as zeon, you can actually win the war. shake it up a bit damn it! oh and gundam seed sucks.

dee_unlm1t3d
dee_unlm1t3d

The only thing that I am dissappointed about this game is that it takes place in the One Year War. Why not during the Zeta Gundam timeline? Is it so much to ask? As much love I have playing the classic mobile suits, I really prefer the mobile suits in the Zeta Timeline more. If it plays anything like Federation vs Zeon DX than no doubt it wil be a game I will enjoy. I just hope the controls are more refined though, because that will make or break the game. Oh G Gundam is pale imitation of Dragonball Z with mobile suits instead. Super Saiyan Gundam anyone? I think not. (I don't like DBZ that much, and the fact that I am calling G Gundam crap compared to it shows how much i hate G Gundam.) Speaking of G Gundam it is the worst Gundam Series to make a video game out of, unless you count G-Savior a part of the Gundam series.

ShiftDriftDream
ShiftDriftDream

1.Gundam Wing 2 Gundam 0083 (maybe... it was the short like 11 episode series) 3 The original Gundam 4 G- gundam 5 Gundam Seed (holy crap that was lame... it was like pokemon with good animation.) ---- Are you serious? G Gundam shouldn't even be on there! And if you hated SEED, why is it even on there? Now I've seen all Gundam available in the US (I'll admit, I'm not a big enough fan to see fansubbed ZZ, V, or Turn A Gundam). But that list is just heinous. It should read (and usually does): 1. Gundam 0079 (First Gundam) 2. Zeta Gundam 3. 08th MS Team 4. Gundam Wing 5. Char's Counterattack Even then, Zeta and First Gundam are interchangeable. The only reason Gundam Wing makes it to the top of most American fans' lists is because of the nostalgia it has. It was the first Gundam series to be mainstreamed in the US. Not to mention the fact that it came out when most of us were still in middle school.

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

Oh please make this game actually playable!!!

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

sounds like this game will kick butt!!!!.. Gundam rules!!!

RX-78GP02A
RX-78GP02A

icey05 Kimahrii ur a fool, i bet u wouldnt know wat an emo was if it hit u in the face! seed was not emo! i played a mobile suit gundam game on dreamcast once, 0083 i think it was. i loved that game, if its anything lyk that, i think i can deal with it --------------- Way to try to make fun of somebody else while looking like an idiot, great job. The game your talking about was not in 0083..it was a side story in 0079. When your trying to make fun of someone, please don't act the way you just did. Gundam SEED is also pure garbage and MSG pwns all over it. SEED is Emo, deal with it. I can't wait for this game!

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

If you're a fan of Gundam games, definately check out Gundam SEED: Federation vs ZAFT. It's currently only in Japan, but you can import it. It's pretty sweet, even though I didn't like the SEED show at all.

ryanduvall
ryanduvall

IMHO the best gundam series goes in order of Best to worst in this order: 1.Gundam Wing 2 Gundam 0083 (maybe... it was the short like 11 episode series) 3 The original Gundam 4 G- gundam 5 Gundam Seed (holy crap that was lame... it was like pokemon with good animation.)

Blitz1027
Blitz1027

I wish they would make a game based on wing instead of the original. Almost Every game they have made was based on U.C. and I would like to Deathscythe kicking Oz butt

ukpet_anime
ukpet_anime

I just hope it gets a European release. We've missed out alot on the gundam universe game-wise :(

faridmon
faridmon

i hate gundam, they all are overated, if you want mech anime, rexhaphon or even full metal panic.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I'm most intrigued about what they could do with the multiplayer aspect of it for online.

icey05
icey05

Kimahrii ur a fool, i bet u wouldnt know wat an emo was if it hit u in the face! seed was not emo! i played a mobile suit gundam game on dreamcast once, 0083 i think it was. i loved that game, if its anything lyk that, i think i can deal with it

eiru
eiru

this game is chromehound's nightmare. Kickass game!!!

IrenicApollyon
IrenicApollyon

you know what i hate, gundam wing. that, along with a lot of the other gundam sidestories, are a terrible disgrace to the uc timeline.

Destroyeron13
Destroyeron13

Gundam Wing was my first anime, I loved it...

spacemartian79
spacemartian79

For those who don't know, this game DOES NOT take place in the Gundam SEED, G, or Wing timelines. This will be based off the original UC timeline, deal with it!

Reddsk
Reddsk

I'm not a big Gundam fan, but I can't wait to pilot one of these things around!

hazuki
hazuki

Gosh there are gundam games for the colony wars, gundam wing, and gundam seed. Though there are no G Gundam games. Those would be awesome if made!

HarlockJC
HarlockJC moderator

Ok I have seen almost all Gundams...All most all of them even Z.....The first was the best true, but even thought Wing was not well liked in Japan it was a great Gundam to.

Spartan4001
Spartan4001

A Gundam Wing setting would be better for combat.

Kimahriii
Kimahriii

Glad the game is based on the original Gundam series and not the lame emo crap like SEED and Wing. Game looks promising, hope it stays on track.

Xanog1
Xanog1

It seems like the game is heading in a good direction, and I look forward to playing it.

yoh2o
yoh2o

Cool, cant wait for it to come out. I want it to be more like Gundam SEED and Wing battle orientated. Freedom FTW w/ its Aimboting splash damage attack.

fireblazer236
fireblazer236

Well of course the graphics are going to be good because it is the PS3 but making this game realistic will only severe it's fan base. I really like the idea of riding around in a Gundam but I don't want to a Steel Battalion game. I want it to have faster gameplay, and be more like the battles in Gundam Wing.

-Zaku-
-Zaku-

I can't wait for this game. :D IGN also has an interview up. The Japan and US versions will release at the same time.

downlink
downlink

Yea, I saw the scans, the graphics look good

omgwtfsonofab
omgwtfsonofab

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