Attack on Titan is a globally popular manga and anime franchise made by Hajime Isayama. In a dystopian world, humanity found out they’re not on the top of the food chain anymore. Huge, humanoid creatures called Titans suddenly appeared, and seemingly without any reason exterminated most of humanity. Remaining humans gathered in cities that are surrounded by giant 50-meter walls, built in concentric circles. And for around a hundred years, people lived in peace. And then everything changed when the Colossal Titan appeared out of nowhere and kicked a hole in the outer Maria Wall. The other smaller Titans followed him and made a total massacre of the people inside. One of the victims of the attack was the mother of two main characters, Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman. The two of them swore revenge, and together with their friend Armin, they joined the army with the goal of making it to the Scout Troops and killing the Titans in the world outside the walls. They are soon joined by fellow soldiers Armin Arlert, Sasha Braus, Connie Springer, Jean Kirstein, Annie Leonhardt, Bertholdt Hoover, Reiner Braun, and many more in the mission to defend the Wall Maria from Titans and remove the looming threat of extermination for humanity.
Now, after a couple of games for consoles and a lot of fan-made games, Attack on Titan will get a mobile game too. The job is given to the GameSamba, a publisher and developer of free-to-play and mobile games, with studios in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company’s mission is, quote, “to bring high-quality titles to a global audience”. Therefore, Funimation, GameSamba, and NGames Interactive announced their strategic partnership to create mobile and web games in January 2016. GameSamba currently publishes Star Trek™: Alien Domain, Tokyo Ghoul: Dark War, 18: Dream World, and has upcoming titles including Fairy Tail: Hero’s Journey, and two mobile games based on Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan. As we can see, they already have the experience of making anime games based on popular titles.
“Attack on Titan: Assault” will allow players and fans to battle titans on their mobile devices. It will combine elements of RPG and runner features in order to replicate the fast-paced action of the titan battles from the anime series. The character moves automatically, but the player can influence his behavior and activate attacks and stunts by using various gestures. Players will need to use careful planning and quick reactions to survive. The foundation of this game is fighting opponents that are much bigger than you, and that can be killed by cutting a small area on the nape of their necks. There will also be deeper, persistent elements to the game, including multiplayer features, which we’re still waiting to hear about.
You start the game at your base inside the Maria Wall, as the one of the Scout Troops (which will probably be Eren or Levi), and you get your orders from various commanding figures. In the demo we played, that was Commander Keith Shadis. In order to deploy to the mission, you select your companions from available characters and then go to Erwin Smith, who will brief you about your mission and send you to the map screen to choose the starting point of the mission. You’ll appear on the map inspired by some location from manga or anime, like the city inside of Wall Maria, or wilderness outside of the city. When the Titans appear, your character will move automatically, and avoid Titans’ attack, until a button with the character’s face appears somewhere on the Titan. If you press it in time, your character will perform an attack on Titan (duh) and cut that body part. If you have more than one character, various faces will appear and you have to choose the right order of attacking, so that you can slay the Titans successfully using the combined forces of your troops. Upon finishing missions, you’ll get rewards in the form of cards which will give you the chance to unlock new characters and add them to your squad. Except for characters, you’ll also obtain special moves you could use during combat.
With the limited information and lack of gameplay footage, it’s hard to say if Attack on Titan: Assault will be a good game or a cash-in, but it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re a fan of the series. It’s pretty much the only way you can enjoy some titan battling action on the go.
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