New Features Invade Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable on PS Vita

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New Features Invade Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable on PS Vita

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for PS Vita

The Earth Defense Force is back, and I’m here to tell you what to expect when it lands on PS Vita this winter! Earth Defense Force 2017 (“EDF3” in Japan) launched in 2007 as a third-person shooter developed by Sandlot and published by D3Publisher.

In Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for PS Vita, the core of the game (the 3D arcade action and the system features) remain the same as in EDF2017, but by adding many additional features the game feels completely transformed and remastered. These additions include an online co-op mode, new missions, enemies and weapons, and a new playable character in Pale Wing.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for PS Vita - Pale Wing

The story is set in the year 2017. The Ravagers — a vile alien race — are coming to Earth, and they have one thing on their minds: the complete destruction of mankind! In Earth Defense Force 2017, you are Earth’s last line of defense. You’ll be dropped into the shoes of a member of the Earth Defense Force. Your mission: stop the Ravagers from conquering Earth.

With the added online play, you can now play a co-op game with up to four players on your PS Vita, without giving up three quarters of your screen. New tactics and strategy are required when playing with friends, bringing a whole new experience to EDF2017 that I think players will love.

Every player can select their weapons, so the key to effective teamwork is to take advantage of each soldier’s attributes. There are also many new weapons that specialize in cooperative gameplay, including tools that assist and revive your fallen allies. You can chat with your friends in multiplayer, so it’s key to keep in contact and make a tactical battle plan. There is also a PvP multiplayer mode where you track your opponent on radar, then make the most of your weapons to go for the win.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for PS Vita

You can also unlock Pale Wing, the flying female playable character, after certain conditions are met. Pale Wing did not exist in the world of EDF2017, but she came flying from EDF2 into EDF3 Portable to help the troops out against the new threat. This character requires you to play the game differently, with her flying ability and new gear, so be prepared! Pale Wing has her own set of gear, such as the rapier and laser rifle, adding even more variation to the game’s 150+ weapons. You can even have all four players play as Pale Wing in multiplayer to create a complete Pale Wing Unit.

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable is packed with new features. I think fans will be most excited about being able to play online with their friends, as EDF has always been a game that players have enjoyed sharing with others. For those new to the EDF world, welcome! I think you will find an over-the-top action arcade experience that will keep you coming back to your PS Vita for more. We look forward to sharing more of the game with you in the future, as we prepare for a PS Vita-exclusive winter launch. Let us know if you’ve played EDF, and which new features you’re most looking forward to!

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  • Awesome, can’t wait!

  • Looking forward to this one anxiously! Thanks for bringing it over!

    On another note, does D3 have any plans to bring over God Eater 2? I know you published the first game in NA and it was awesome so I’d really love to see this one too!

  • Oooooh, caan…can-can…..can I has now?

  • I’ve never played an EDF game before, but this looks like fun. Are there any plans for a demo?

  • I never played a EDF game before. This will be my first.

    • Earth Defense Force is an awesome franchise filled with 100s of insects and tons of explosions everywhere. I’m really excited to reveal more details about Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable in the coming weeks and my favorite Pale Wing!

  • I like the look of this I’ll probably pick it up :). Well depending on the price, do you know the price for it yet?

  • STORM 1!

  • If I didn’t already have a Vita I’d buy one just for this! CANNOT WAIT!!!! <3 EDF!!!!!!!!

  • I’ve been looking forward to this since the Japanese version was announced. Thank you for bringing EDF to the US, D3! 2017 was awesome, can’t wait to play it on my Vita with the enhancements over the original version.

  • I remember reading some reviews of the PS3 version. It seemed to be crazy, over-the-top mindless fun. :)

  • Can I suggest you guys dub (in an intentionally bad way) the Japanese live action promo into English? You know the one.


  • Sorry D3 but after how you guys basically abandoned the WKC2 support in US and thus killed any dreams of any of us outside of Japan playing the new avatar DLC story missions, Ive decided to never buy one of your products again… which isnt saying much since 90% of the products are games based on cartoon network and Nickelodeon shows that Im sure hundreds of thousands of people arent buying anyway.

  • I’ve never played a EDF game before but this looks like fun and 4 co op players is a plus so i think i will be getting it, vita needs more online multiplayer games.

    • Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable is going to be alot of fun for Multiplayer enthusiasts. Bringing EDF to Vita lets players destroy insects wherever they are at and with their friends online.

  • This sounds like a cool game, especially with the online co-op. I will definately have to try it out!

  • EDF! EDF! EDF! Pretty darn excited about this game, I really loved the first 360 game. Hope you guys nail it.

  • not gonna be shocked when i find out this wont be coming to Europe considering sony just see it as meh yeah Europe what ever..

  • i just saw a video of the co op mode in youtube, it looks really fun, im buying it for the 4 co op campaign.

  • let’s see, new female character. Check.

    shooting aliens with a buddy or two…check.

    yep this gonna be fun…

    never played this series before, and now with a Vita…i can… >_<

  • I also never played an EDF before, but I’m willing to give it a try it looks quite fun. Also price (I’m assuming $39.99) and demo info?

  • Will this have the original squad member voices? Their comments made the game for me.

  • Whoops about my #10 comment. It was actually only on the Xbox 360 :P


  • Thank you, D3Publisher. Thank you.

  • Something new for the Vita, always good news, yay!

  • looks interesting.

  • If price is $30 I will most probably buy it. :)

  • I’m glad to see that the PS Vita is getting another sci-fi shooter game!!!

    However, I hope that D3Publisher understands that having a demo is very important to many of us PS Vita owners who simply will not throw away hard-earned money at a game without first being able to play demo.

    Also, it would be very nice if there is some sort of discount for PS Plus members.

  • This game looks pretty cool. Any video footage?

  • Great! I’ll probably pick this up

  • @12 to be fair, is anyone even playing WKCII anymore anyway? It wasn’t that great to begin with.

  • When you say coming Winter does that mean by the end of the year or early next year? I don’t know much about this series but the screenshots look interesting. Hoping to see a gameplay video for it soon.

  • EDF! EDF!

    Haha sorry, I had to do that. I love EDF and can’t wait to play this on my Vita :)

  • For those of you asking for videos. Look up “地球防衛軍3 PORTABLE” on Youtube.

  • Please relaunch and revive the vita. It is dying.

  • Cool! Starship Troopers anyone? That’s what this reminds me of. But this game..hey, I’m interested!

  • I’ve always wanted to try an EDF game. It looks like great fun.

  • Look up the footage on YouTube, people! Really cool looking game!

    @34, three- dying? Get a grip man!! You’re quite the analyst! /s

  • Sweet! I just finished getting the pesticide gun on Insect Armageddon last week, and now this?! I finally have an excuse to buy a Vita!

    • The Pesticide Gun in EDFIA was very powerful and those familiar with the Genocide Gun in Earth Defense Force 2017 will be excited to hear that it is still in Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable where players can level entire city blocks with the pull of the trigger!

  • Miki, i like your new avatar. Any chance we’ll get that on the psn store?

  • Played the original EDF:2017 on my 360 and really enjoyed it, always wished there would have been a release on the PS3, then we got EDF:Insect Armageddon (great fun, if anyone has not at least tried it, give it a go!).

    Now to get the bug killing game on my Vita…SOLD.

    Will Preorder as soon as my local stores get a SKU#.

  • any avatars coming ?!

  • @Ryu
    I don’t know, I feel exactly what DuoMaxwell007 is saying. People say that game wasn’t good, but for me it is probably my favourite RPG of this Gen. It was amazing and the online was too, but the online support wasn’t there so I stopped playing. One of the few games this gen I was able to play non stop for a long time, I liked 1 also, but 2 fixed all 1’s issues and had a better version of number 1 on disc. I’m not happy bout that, but it won’t stop me from getting this, I just hope Level-5 chooses to let Sony Publish all future projects that are exclusive, like Dark Cloud was and so on. D3, is cool though, let’s just hope they learned a about support for online titles

  • 39@ yes Please, It’s will be nice to get avatars

  • Sweet! This goes to the top of the list.
    Can you please release some avatars for this game, specifically one of an ant?

  • Sooooooo glad I got a Vita!

  • Here’s the promo if you don’t know:

  • I’ve never played this series before, but it looks interesting because of jetpack babes in miniskirts.

  • Day one purchase.

  • Totally off topic: D3 will forever be one of my favorite publishers. Why? Three words……

    Mahjong Dream Club

  • Is this the same game that came out for the PS3 and 360 just recently? Like a year or 2 ago? I’ve been dying to play it but skipped on it. I will definitely get it on the Vita!

    • You are thinking of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon that came out in 2011. Earth Defense Force 2017 was developed by Sandlot for Xbox 360 and now we are remastering it for PlayStation Vita with a ton of extras as I mentioned in the blog. If you are a fan of Multiplayer or over the top action, this game is a definite must-play!

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