Namco Bandai Online announced on Friday that it will release a new Mobile Suit Gundam Online game for Microsoft Windows systems in Japan. The game will feature battles with over 100 players — the most players ever available in the franchise.
The game has each player assuming the role of a mobile suit pilot in the world of the first Mobile Suit Gundam television anime series. The player can choose between the Earth Federation or Zeon forces and fight alongside friends in various battlefields. Players can eventually command other pilots and encounter famous pilots from the original anime. Each side of a battle can have up to 52 players, for a grand total of 104 players.
The game will feature not only customizable units and characters from the first anime, but also those from original video anime spinoffs and other projects. The game will also have different game modes and rule settings for players to try out.
The first alpha test period will run from December 16 to 18 in Japan, and the official website is accepting application for testers now. Namco Bandai Online has not set a date for the formal launch of the game.
Sources: Animenewsnetwork, Famitsu, Blog esuteru