If you’re a fan of the hit anime series Attack on Titan, rejoice! The new Playstation exclusive game based on the anime is being released this year, and if the news coming out after the Japanese release is any indication, you’re in for a lot of fun.
The new action game shares the same name as the manga and anime - Shingeki no Kyojin, or literally translated, ”Advancing Giants.” The paraphrase translation which has been widely adopted for English is, of course, “Attack on Titan.”
Release DateReleased in Japan on February 18 simultaneously with its official website, NA and Europe to be released sometime in 2016, probably in Spring. Its development may have possibly been delayed due to promotion of Koei Tecmo’s producer, Hisashi Koinuma.
The game has already sold well over 200,000 copies in Japan and seems to be well-received. The first trailer and Collector’s Edition information were released November 6 of last year. Attack on Titan has been licensed by Funimation in the United States, Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia.
The First GameThe previous Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for 3DS didn’t do so hot, and only scored a 46 on Metacritic. Gamers said it had great combat but was way too grindy, with unsatisfying side missions. The whole thing was a bit hard to follow for those who don’t already know the story. Spike Chunsoft’s effort was rated M for graphic violence and an overall disturbing feel. It had sweet attack chaining and a co-op mode available, yet was visually unimpressive. When released there wasn’t yet a second analogue stick, heavily limiting the movement abilities the show/manga rely on.
Attack On TitanAttack on Titan comes to us from the Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors) production team, a subsidiary of Koei Tecmo, the game’s publisher. It is a collaboration with Koei Tecmo’s producer, Hisashi Koinuma (Kessen, Samurai Warriors), and director, Tomoyuki Kitamura (Samurai Warriors, as well as a host of anime series).
The game is based on the original manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama (Heart Break One, Orz) for Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, made into a hit TV show that’s done well in its first season, with Attack on Titan season 2 currently in development.
A parody spinoff manga and subsequent anime began in 2012 in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, featuring young chibi versions of characters from the original story. A Nintendo 3DS game, arcade game, and two live action movies have also been based on Attack on Titan.
While Attack on Titan will be a Playstation exclusive, it will allow cross platforming on PS3, PS4, and PSVita.