Earth Defense Force 2 and 4.1 release date announced
XSEED Games recently confirmed a launch date for D3 Publisher’s latest entries in the renowned third-person action series, Earth Defense Force. These titles, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space on PlayStation Vita, and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair on PlayStation 4, will arrive on December 8, 2015, in both physical and digital formats. They will be priced at $29.99 and $49.99 respectively.
In celebration of going gold, XSEED has launched the official website, which features links to each of the respective product sites, which shows of much more detail for their respective games. Here are quick summaries of each, as presented on the official press release:
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
Considered by series fans as the “definitive” entry in the franchise, the release of the PlayStation®Vita system version of this classic title marks the first time that Earth Defense Force 2 will be available in North America. For its western debut, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space will launch with massive improvements worthy of its pedigree, including English voiceovers to keep players focused on the game’s nonstop action, new content, and a choice of four-player co-op and versus modes served up either online or via local ad-hoc connection, with each method providing varying levels of difficulty for co-op as well as unique weapon selections.
In Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space, players take on the role of the Infantryman, a military soldier armed with conventional weaponry, the Pale Wing, a special ops soldier equipped with a jetpack and armed with energy weapons, and new to this version, the Air Raider, who fights indirectly through the strategic placement and dispatch of trip mines, sentry guns, airstrikes, and more. Whether alone or with up to three friends, players must fend off the spacefaring invaders through frenetic real-time combat in a variety of mission areas, many of them inspired by real-life locations.
Developed by D3 Publisher and Sandlot and published by XSEED Games, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space will launch in North America exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita system. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
The wild sci-fi action of the Earth Defense Force series comes to the PS4™ system for the first time as Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair, a complete reimagining of Earth Defense Force 2025 (known in Japan as Earth Defense Force 4) complete with silky-smooth framerates, beefed-up graphics, and tons of new and rearranged content. After selecting from one of four unique playable classes and customizing a loadout from hundreds of weapons, players will lead NPC troops into city-wide battles against hordes of seemingly endless giant bugs, robots, and other colossal enemies.
In Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair, players will take on extraterrestrial invaders as the versatile Ranger, the aerial Wing Diver, the vehicle-summoning Air Raider, or the armored Fencer. Call in airstrikes, commandeer tanks, operate giant robots and more to obliterate alien scum. Two players can enjoy local campaign co-op and head-to-head versus modes, while online co-op features 98 total missions (9 exclusive to online play) with support for up to four players to increase the odds against this gargantuan incursion.
Developed by D3 Publisher and Sandlot and published by XSEED Games, Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair will launch in North America exclusively for the PlayStation®4 system. This title has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB.