Gundam Area Wars uses camera, gyros, GPS to display robots in real world, set up battles
Bandai Namco Games released Gundam Area Wars, an augmented-reality online game based on the Gundam robot anime franchise, as a Japanese app for the Apple iPhone and iPad devices on Friday. In this simulation game, a player carries out missions to defeat enemy mobile suits and take over their bases — and thus upgrade and expand his or her own forces.
The game uses the iPhone's camera and gyroscopic sensors to display the opposing mobile suits as "life-size" 3D models against the player's landscape in the real world. The game can also use the iPhone or iPad's Global Positioning System to set up different missions and mobile suit battles, depending on where the player is in the real world.
As the player progresses through missions and collect more mobile suits, he or she can display tabletop "digital figures" of the mobile suits by placing printable AR markers in the real world.
The main game itself is free, but various mission orders and add-ons are in-app purchases. Bandai Namco Games will be hosting monthly Federation vs. Zeon team battles.
In case you missed it, which is unlikely, the latest Trailer for Gundam UC Episode 4 was released yesterday as well.
The official Twitter account for the Mobile Suit Gundam UC video anime series announced on Saturday that voice actor Ken Narita will assume the role of Bright Noa in the anime. Bandai Visual held a Saturday screening and live event for the fourth Gundam UC episode, which marked the first anime appearance of Bright Noa in 23 years. Hirotaka Suzuoki, the original voice of the character, passed away in 2006.
Bright Noa served as the commanding officer for the first three Gundam pilots in the robot anime franchise: Amuro Ray (first Gundam series), Kamille Bidan (Zeta Gundam), and Judau Ashta (Gundam ZZ). Bright Noa later appeared in the 1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, but has not appeared in other anime projects until now. Bright Noa does appear in the novel Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway (Mobile Suit Gundam: Flash's Hathaway) by original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, and he also appears in the Gundam UC novels that inspired the anime.
The anime's website announced that the new musical act earthmind is performing the fourth episode's theme song "B-Bird." It also began streaming the latest promotional video for the anime, although the video is limited to users with Japanese Internet Protocol addresses.