A new title in the Earth Defense Force series was announced for PS4 at Sony's Japanese press conference earlier today.
The upcoming title has yet to be named, and while D3 is still handling the publishing duties, we don't even know the developer. Sandlot handled 2007's Earth Defense Force 2017 and the upcoming Earth Defense Force 2025 - which came out earlier this summer in Japan - while Matt Hazard studio Vicious Cycle developed the series' last iteration Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon in 2011.
Though no info was given about this PS4 EDF game, we can postulate that it will have more giant bugs, killer robots, and possibly giant killer robot bugs than ever before. In the meantime we'll have to settle for Earth Defense Force 2025 when it comes out on Xbox 360 and PS3 in February.
Crazy, kinetic and, in its own peculiar way, cool - there's been nothing quite like Earth Defence Force 2017 before or after its release, well over five years ago. It's everything a modern video game shouldn't be: unpolished, archaic and aggressively stupid. Yet it's also got all the qualities a video game should aspire to. Boisterous and fun, this is a game with a canny intellect ticking away behind its big dumb grin.
This is low-budget gaming at its best. Sandlot's over-the-top shooters started out in Japan under the Chikyuu Boueigun moniker as part of publisher D3's Simple series. This was the Japanese video game equivalent of the dime paperback or penny dreadful, in which cheap thrills came with a fittingly cheap price-tag.
Low budgets often translate to high spirits, and Sandlot's games share a little of the punky aesthetic of the cinema of Troma. These are games that feel like they've been turned around over three days in a disused back-lot while cast and crew work their way through countless six-packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon and bags of soapy weed. And they're all the better for it.
The Vita version of cult-classic bug massacring shooter Earth Defense Force 2017 is heading to the west at an unspecified point, publisher D3 announced on Facebook.
The headline dictates a North American release, but the publisher confirmed a European release as well in the comments.
The portable version of 2007's fan-favourite will add new features such as four-player online co-op and the ability to play as Pale Wing, a girl with a jetpack from the second game in the series Global Defense Force.
Update: D3 issued the following statement regarding a Western release:
"Unfortunately I have no additional information that I can share about EDF4. The game is being released by D3 Japan and they will be handling the launch of the title in Japan. If more information becomes available to me, I'll be sure to keep you posted."
Original story: The fourth game in the beloved budget bug-shooting Earth Defense Force series has been announced by developer D3.
Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable will allow players to take to the skies as Pale Wing - a girl with a jetpack from Global Defense Force, the second game in the series that saw a small European release in 2007 on PS2.
Earth Defense Force 2017 is coming to Vita on 27th September in Japan, according to a report by Dengeki PlayStation (via Siliconera).
Earth Defense Force 3 Portable will launch on PlayStation Vita later this year in Japan, publisher D3 has revealed.