History Lesson: A Look Back at the ‘Gundam Vs’ Series

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History Lesson: A Look Back at the ‘Gundam Vs’ Series

With Gundam Versus launching September 29, we look back at the history of the series.

Hi guys! Brett from AnimEVO here on behalf of Bandai Namco. With all the excitement surrounding Gundam Versus for the PS4, we wanted to let people know about the history behind this franchise. A breathtaking game in and of its own, much of the excitement with Gundam Versus’ upcoming US release revolves around its role as the newest in a long running arcade franchise dating back to 2001. So, let’s take a brief look at the history of the Gundam VS series.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon

Developed by Capcom and published by Bandai, Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon was first released in arcades in 2001, and established many mechanics that would define the VS series, such as 2-on-2 gameplay, a cost system, and the boost gauge. Federation vs Zeon Deluxe (DX) would soon follow, along with a PS2 console port both in Japan as well as in the US.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Zeta Gundam

While the sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam: AEUG vs Titans (2003) would eventually receive a console port for Japan and the US in the form of Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Zeta Gundam in 2005, it would be the last Western release for many years, forcing fans of the series to import each game in order to keep up.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS

Arcade and PS2 console releases continued for 5 years with additions such as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Rengou vs ZAFT, and Gundam vs Gundam, slowly refining and innovating mechanics leading up to Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS for arcades in 2010.

Extreme VS pushed the game forward from a competitive angle, introducing monthly balance patches and Live Replay monitors. It quickly rose to be one of the most popular arcades games at the time.

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When PS3 launched in 2011, it introduced competitive online play for the first time with a ranking system and player lobbies. While still inaccessible outside of importing, this release would introduce access to that core competitive experience, and alongside its popularity in Japan, brought an influx of new players to the West.

If the first era for Gundam VS fans in the US was a fringe group regulated to those PS2 imports, Extreme VS ushered in a second era introducing competitive play at the forefront. With it’s newfound audience, the first push for a tournament scene was created, which attracted players from other competitive games.

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Gundam Versus

The English release of Gundam Versus marks the first major localization in over a decade, and with improved online play, new mechanics, and veteran players armed with resources, the series is more ready than ever to open the flood gates to new players. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and pilot your favorite mobile suit against your rivals and friends! Plus, if you preorder now you’ll get access to the exclusive preorder bonus Hot Scramble mobile suit + two additional mobile suits that will be featured as DLC down the road.

Gundam Versus Pre-order Bonuses

Bandai also has provided fans with a digital preorder bonus, which includes an exclusive theme of the awesome four key art vote pieces + the mobile suits mentioned above.

Gundam Versus Pre-order - Digital Bonuses

As we approach the US release, one can’t help but be excited for what will surely become a new era for Gundam in the West. Check out this exclusive character trailer for mobile suits in the Victory series and we’ll see you online when Gundam Versus launches September 29th!

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  • The beta made this a Day 1 purchase for me. Plus it’ll be my first Gundam game since Battle Assault 2 on PS1. That was 15 years ago.

    Also PLEASE tell me that G Gundam, Seed Destiny, Endless Waltz and 00 Season 2 will make it in at some point. The list of Gundams is huge but it doesn’t make sense to leave these out.

    • We’re so excited for you to play on September 29th! We are looking into adding additional suits for DLC, so please stay tuned to our social channels for more information on which are included.

    • Really? The beta made me change my mind and decide not to get this. The controls made no sense to me and I could barely even move. There was nothing in the beta that showed you how to play. A real shame, because I was looking forward to this.

    • I am Really glad you guys did the Beta That way I knew not to buy this game… I liked Federation Vs Zeon and I Loved Gundam Vs Zeta Gundam For its branching paths. It saddens me that a game series i enjoyed was turned into some Pseudo Fighter to cash in on the E Sports craze Just give us a good third Person Shooter gundam game again.

  • Looking forward to playing this one (Did my preorder a month ago), as before this, I was only limited to paying Extreme VS and Extreme VS Full Boost (JP only releases in the Gundam Versus series), and before that, Gundam VS Gundam NEXT PLUS for PSP. After checking out the beta weeks ago, I can’t be any excited for Gundam Versus!

  • I loved Federation Vs Zeon can’t wait for this one.

    • Glad to hear you’re excited! Federation vs Zeon and a lot of the other older titles really have this nice gritty feel to them that’s pretty refreshing. Maybe the newly announced Gundam Battle Operation 2 will be something to look forward to for the same reason.

  • I’m so excited, this is going to be my first VS game! I hope it has a good tutorial for us newbs. :D

    • There’s an in-game tutorial as well as various resources by players in the community, so you’re in good hands! Players including myself are also always open to answering questions.

    • FIIIIINALLY A GUNDAM GAME THAT’S NOT DYNASTY WARRIORS COMMING WEST I WAS PRAYING THEY WOULD BRING THIS WEST ESPECIALLY SINCE PS4 HAS BEEN DOING BEYOND WELL OVER HERE!!! (Was sad at how bad crossword damaged gundams rep) I ALWAYS SAID IF THEY BROUGHT THIS OVER IT WOULD DO WELL! SERIOUSLY BEEN LACKING MECH GAMES TO! As a long die hard gundam fan this is beyond exciting, tomorrow’s the day!!! Can’t wait to wreck ppl with Barbatos Lupus!!! In some communities ready to play As WELL! I prey battle operations w gets a chance to shine over here since its a more realistic rather then arcade style gundam game!!! So pumped come on 29th!!! 6 hours to go!!!

  • Lookin forward to it! I STILL play gundam v gundam next PLUS on my PSP at least once or twice a week.
    I loved the beta, and man am I looking forward to getting the opportunity to stomp with the man, the myth, the legend(ary gundam): Char’s zaku 2.

    • Glad you enjoyed the beta – Char’s Zaku is pretty rad! NEXT was pretty huge for the series gameplay wise! Definitely one of the most influential versions of the game.

  • Thanks for the history lesson.
    But you guys skipped over the entirety of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS series.

    * Kidou Senshi = Mobile Suit

    1. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS (PS3, Arcade)
    2. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3, Arcade)
    3. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS Maxi Boost (PS3, Arcade)
    4. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS Maxi Boost ON (Arcade Only)
    5. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS Force (Vita only)

    I am very excited that ‘Gundam Versus’ is getting a US release and coming out on disc since FORCE came out as a digital only download for the US and that game was decent but not really that great.

    • Good catch! I did indeed omit mentioning the followup versions of EXVS, but most of it can generally be lumped together for the most part. Thanks for clarifying for folks!

    • @Brett Young
      Thanks for the response.

      Oh and we can’t forget about the Musou series:

      – Gundam Musou … Dynasty Warriors Gundam
      – Gundam Musou 2 … Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2
      – Gundam Musou 3 … Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3
      – Shin Gundam Musou … … Dynasty Warriors Gundam: Reborn

      I honestly think it would be cool if we got a new entry exclusive to the PS4 that is like a reboot of the Gundam Musou series sort of like how GUNDAM VERSUS is a reboot for the Gundam Extreme Vs series.

      There have been a lot of additional Gundam entries made since Shin Gundam Musou came out.

      If we do get one, I hope it has Japanese voices.

  • Imported Vs Full Boost on PS3 years ago, and loved it.
    Although someone mentioned Battle Assault, any chance we will ever see a new entry in that series (maybe contract Arc Sys to do it after DBZF?)

    • Oh man. I totally forgot about that series.
      I remember I had bought the Battle Assault games and play the PS1 versions on the PS2 with the ‘smooth’ option and was blown away at how much of an improvement the graphics were.
      Granted this was years ago…LOL…so they probably don’t look so good now.

      But yea.
      There was:

      – Gundam: Battle Assault (PS1)
      – Gundam: Battle Assault 2 (PS1)
      – Gundam: Battle Assault 3: Featuring Gundam Seed (or just Battle Assault 3: Featuring Gundam Seed as printed on the cover). (PS2)

      FYI, Gundam: Battle Assault that we got in the US is a modified version of Gundam: The Battle Master that came out in the US.

      Imagine if we got a new Gundam Battle Assault game on the PS4?
      HD, 2D graphics, and maybe like 3 vs 3 tag team battles??

  • I’ve definitely have been counting the days until the US release. I was all set to import this one but I’m more than happy to have waited the extra few months to support this release. Hopefully the sales are good enough that we can see future Gundam titles brought over with as much fanfare as this one.

    I know I’m going to be doing some lab work that weekend before I hope to go online again. The neutral game is a lot different compared to Full Boost and I need to train myself out of old FB habits.

    Can’t wait to get this game in my hands on the 29th.

    • Thanks for supporting the US release! Good on you for planning on some lab work, but don’t be too shy about online play – there’s a Quick Play mode for fast games if you’re intimidated by Ranked / Lobbies!

    • It’s definitely great that you held off on importing like I did.
      I was so excited to hear when they announced this was coming to the US and getting a physical disc release since after Force on the Vita was digital only, I wasn’t expecting a disc release for Gundam Versus on PS4.

      I also like how it has Japanese voices.

      It might be nit picky, but I never liked how GF13-017NJII God Gundam is translated in the US as GF13-017NJII Burning Gundam, JDG-00X Devil Gundam translated to JDG-00X Dark Gundam, and GF13-021NG Gundam Spiegel was translated to GF13-021NG Shadow Gundam.

      I understand the whole censoring due to religious references thing, but still…

  • First Gundam game period. Can’t believe I got into this series by buying a Model Kit for Gundam Exia in a store in Canada at one point on accident. Fell in love with Gundam 00 since that was also my first anime period cuz of Gundam Exia. And now getting an actual competitive Gundam game here in the U.S. Man what a crazy dream. Really hope the S2 Gundams from Gundam 00 and possibly the movie are in this at some point, but I’m pretty content with the 00 Season 1 roster and getting Virtue for free as a preorder bonus. Can’t wait to play once my exam season is over from college.

  • Thank you for bringing this game to this side of the world, I’ve been a Gundam fan ever since I watched Gundam Wing when I was just a kid. I made the pre-ordered with PSN as soon as it was released, can’t wait to play with Gundam Providence and Kshatriya for example, I’m so in love with those type of mobile suits with fangs and everything!!

    Quick question: Will the game come with the original soundtrack from the anime series or just original in-game BGM?? I suppose this is related to the licenses of each song but that would be awesome, in any case I can’t wait to put my hands on my favorite Mobile Suits!

  • I’ll wait for gundam battle operation 2

  • Gundam VS will be my first Gundam game. I’ve always liked the series but never had a chance to play past titles. After playing the open Beta my hyped was confirmed. I have started up a community on PS4 called, “Gundam Versus Newbie Newtype Community.” All newbie newtype pilots, please feel free join. Brett, I have also directed my members to your online wiki. It really helped me out during the Beta, thanks!!

    • Thanks for your support man! That community you’re making sounds awesome. Please feel free to tweet me at @HellaBrett if you need a signal boost.

  • Been dying for a non-Japanese Gundam game. Dynasty Warriors:Gundam is the most recent I’ve played. From the article it seems like 2 different offers. Do we have to pick and choose and if so where do we go for each? I see the link to the PS Store, just don’t want to miss out on something.

  • This is a lazy blog post. I expected the “history” to at least include images of the games being talked about, but instead it is all just pictures of the newest game….

  • I’ve been a diehard Gundam fan since Gundam Wing first aired on Toonami in 2000. I absolutely loved the PS2-era Gundam games. I was sad to see the series leave the West last generation, not including of the Dynasty Warriors spinoff.

    I am buying a PS4 and I already pre-ordered Gundam VS just to support Gundam coming back to the West. I’m also hoping Gundam Battle Operation 2 gets localized, as I’m more of a fan of the simulator Gundam games than the arcade fighters.

    Please, Bandai Namco. Don’t let me down.

  • I already know I’m going to get the game, but considering some people got reactions from Bandai Namco people I’ll try asking my question here.
    Why were G Gundam, Gundam SEED Destiny, Gundam X, Gundam AGE and Blue Destiny cut from the game? You already had the models and they’ve been in previous games so you had the movesets already, so I can’t think of a logical reason to cut them. Can someone from Bandai Namco shed some light on this?

    • Probably not a satisfying answer, but it most likely just comes down to time a resources. And they maybe watched the metrics from the last few games and found those series the least popular from the last games so lowered their priority.

      Even if they have the old models and movesets, it still takes time to implement them in the game, and as much time to test them and balance them against new Gundams being added. You will probably see them in DLC. Especially G Gundam.

    • Those are less popular series, not to mention Bandai Namco always cycles through various mobile suits. Plenty will be added via DLC, provided you want to pay the price.

  • Can’t wait!! I love the series so much I still play the original PS2 games from time to time. Especially like using mass produced MS mpdelas like Hizzacks and Rick-Dias. Also love the Gundam SEED vs. imports on PS2 and PSP.

    Any chance of bringing Federation vs. Zeon and Gundam vs Zeta Gundam to PS4 as HD Remasters or PS2 Classics?

    • I doubt it. Those games were developed by Capcom. To my knowledge, Capcom hasn’t made a Gundam game in many years. Honestly, Gundam Battle Operation 2 looks like the next best thing.

  • Bought and liked Gundam Extreme VS Force for PS Vita, but will pass on this one due to the multiplayer focus of the game and the lacking roster for some series (such as ZZ).

    On the other hand, I’m hoping that Gundam Battle Operation 2 comes to the west: I liked the original despite having little understanding of the menus.

    • In fairness, if you want Gundam Battle Operation 2 to come to the West, you probably should support Gundam VS. While you might not be pleased with the current roster or focus on multiplayer, it’s the first non-Dynasty Warriors Gundam game to be localized in over a decade. This might be our last chance to prove to Bandai Namco we actually care about Gundam. If Gundam VS bombs, there’s no way GBO2 will likely be localized.

    • @Pax_Augusta01 I’m afraid you’re wrong: Gundam Extreme VS Force was the first non-Dynasty Warriors Gundam game to be localized in over a decade, and that I did support while many other Gundam fans said they wouldn’t for issues such as it being a PS Vita game or lack of multiplayer options.

      At least that gam had a single player campaign and plenty of Universal Century units, including grunts, ships and other support mechas. Also, all the game’s DLC was included for free.

      As it stands even if ZZ MS are eventually added to Gundam Versus, they will cost a fortune if each one is around 6 USD, which is more or less what each DLC MS costs in yen. The last game had like 35 DLC MS, so we could be looking at around 200 USD worth just in DLC MS units.

      I don’t like this game, nor do I want it, so I will not buy it nor support it.

    • @Hakumen__ Not really. Gundam Etreme VS Force was a half-baked VS game that was pseudo-localized (only available for digital download) on a platform that barely anyone has in North America (PS Vita). This is truly the first real Gundam game to get legitimate support on a platform consumers actually own.

      No point in speculating about DLC pricing until it happens. Those kinds of practices work in Japan, but I doubt Bandai Namco will try to replicate them overseas. Regardless, if we don’t support this game, we might not get anything else. That’s on you if you don’t want to buy this game, but don’t come crying to me if future Gundam games never get localized.

    • @Pax_Augusta01 Based on what I’ve seen so far, Extreme VS Force is a much better game than Gundam Versus, specially for those like me not interested on multiplayer centric games.

      While I do would like to grant the benefit of the doubt on what Bandai Namco may end up doing with the DLC, it is barely starting to come out for the game in Japan and I doubt they will risk pissing off their local customers by offering DLC at much cheaper prices in other countries.

      Supporting bad practices like this, as well supporting bad games (in Amazon.jp the game has an average review score of 2 out of 5 stars), is a terrible idea.

      Let me remind you that Extreme VS Force was localized after all the DLC was released in Japan, thus not only allowing it to have all the DLC included, but also the revised/improved version: the game also had similarly bad reviews at launch, which led to the game being patched soon afterwards and improved over time. The product that was localized in the west was the improved and corrected version, unlike Gundam Versus.

      Therefore I sustain my decision of not supporting this game.

    • I won’t judge Gundam VS until I play it. Sure, it doesn’t have a story mode. However, even story mode did not save Extreme VS Force from being a bad game. The DLC is not an issue as that’s a bonus. I’m unlikely to buy every mobile suit anyway, as the main ones are already in the base game.

      Again, I still doubt DLC prices will be the same in NA/EU as they are in Japan. Everything in Japan is almost always more expensive. Japan has a dedicated fan base, so they’ll buy the DLC regardless of the price.

      This is not about supporting “bad games” or “bad practices.” This is about supporting Gundam. Your logic is the reason Crossfire bombed and Gundam stopped getting ported overseas to start. We can’t afford that kind of mentality if we want Gundam to remain.

      Since you don’t seem to like multiplayer, I think it’s worth pointing out that’s all Gundam Battle Operation 2 is. F2P team-based multiplayer and nothing else. Gundam VS actually has a single player, even if there is no story.

    • @Pax_Augusta01 We will have to agree to disagree: you think Gundam Versus is a good and Extreme VS Force is bad, while I think the opposite. GV only includes most of the main Gundams from the series it has, but is severely lacking in non-Gundam units, which are the ones that interest me.

      We now know that DLC MS cost $5 USD, so a similar amount of DLC as the previous entry would amount to $175 USD.

      Your logic is flawed: thanks to Crossfire being poorly received, 0081, one of the best Gundam game in years, came to be. If people had blindly bought Crossfire, BN would consider that such half-hearted efforts pay off and continue that path resulting in more games like Crossfire or Godzilla.

      I disliked the fact that GBO was multiplayer only, but in its case the pros outweighed the cons:

      -Gameplay had its flaws, but caught the feeling of real mechas.
      -There were clear differences between both sides, leading to asymmetrical battles.
      -Roster started small, but ended up having over 60 MS per side.
      -Situation mode was one of my favorite additions.
      -Extras such as using tanks and Wappas, as well as fighting as a human soldiers were the icing for the cake.

    • It’s no surprise the mobile suits you wanted aren’t included if they are largely non-gundam units…

      You aren’t required to purchase every single mobile suit. The idea is to pick and choose what you want. You already stated you don’t care about most of the mobile suits in the game.

      Except, you are 100% wrong. Crossfire was poorly received in the US, not in Japan. 0081 was going to happen regardless. The only thing Crossfire did was prevent 0081 from ever being localized. Crossfire was not a bad game (0081 is almost the same exact experience with more polish and features). It simply was rushed in order to be a launch title for a system that was way overpriced, which ended up harming Crossfire’s sales.

      GBO was an unbalanced mess. Not to mention, Situation mode was the only mode worth playing. Every other mode was horribly broken and unbalanced due to veterans having the best, upgraded mobile suits. GBO also had the worst F2P system, forcing you to buy “energy” in order to play more than a couple matches a day.

      I’m personally looking forward to GBO2 and hopefully it gets localized. That being said, I don’t see it being a massive evolution of GBO1. Gundam VS will likely still have better gameplay and balance.

  • I was a big fan of the single player campaign in federation vs zeon on PS2. is there anything like that in the new one?

    • No. There is no single player campaign that follows the One Year War or any of the timelines from any Gundam series. That was strictly a feature of the Capcom-developed Gundam VS games from the PS2 era.

      Gundam VS will just have a single player arcade mode, which will pit you against other mobile suits in an arena. It’s much less a brawler, like the old games, and much more a fighting game.

  • After playing the open beta, I can say for certain that this game is a must have. Also is perfect for playing with an arcade stick, like the Razer Panthera. Day one, can’t wait!!

  • Will this game handle dlc the same way as full boost? In which you could earn gp points to rent the suits before you buy them

  • FIIIIINALLY A GUNDAM GAME THAT’S NOT DYNASTY WARRIORS COMMING WEST I WAS PRAYING THEY WOULD BRING THIS WEST ESPECIALLY SINCE PS4 HAS BEEN DOING BEYOND WELL OVER HERE!!! (Was sad at how bad crossword damaged gundams rep) I ALWAYS SAID IF THEY BROUGHT THIS OVER IT WOULD DO WELL! SERIOUSLY BEEN LACKING MECH GAMES TO! As a long die hard gundam fan this is beyond exciting, tomorrow’s the day!!! Can’t wait to wreck ppl with Barbatos Lupus!!! In some communities ready to play As WELL! I prey battle operations w gets a chance to shine over here since its a more realistic rather then arcade style gundam game!!! So pumped come on 29th!!! 6 hours to go!!!

  • NamcoBandai why would you block gameplay Broadcasting and Capture on Gundam Versus? I”m enjoying the game but the Share feature restrictions make Gundam Versus one of the biggest gaming disappointments of the year. Please reconsider your decision, it is regressive and a detriment to your relationship with your fans. I won’t be so eager to buy NamcoBandai titles in the future if these kind of restrictions are found in your games.

  • Does this game allow for streaming straight from PS4 without needed an external capture card?

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