On firing up the ol’ WellPlayed Australia website to post the news of a release date for Bandai Namco Studios’ Scarlet Nexus, I was take aback by the fact that the game was only announced in May of last year. I’d absolutely had it in my mind that it was earlier, but maybe that’s just because the idea of a game releasing in the ballpark of 12 months after being announced seems ridiculous in the current climate.
At any rate, Scarlet Nexus is coming this June 25th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC!
The anime-inspired action JRPG comes from a team that includes developers who’ve worked on the Tales series, so the genre pedigree is there, but this game takes a more action-oriented approach and wraps it up in an atypical futuristic aesthetic with unsettling creature designs from Masakazu Yamshiro. Bandai Namco made the announcement via a new story trailer featuring the second of the game’s dual protagonists, Kasane Randall. Check that out below:
The game is available to pre-order now, both digitally and physically on console and digital-only on PC as a standard edition, and digitally as a Deluxe Edition.
A special Guardians Edition is also available to pre-order exclusively from the Bandai Namco online store, which ships worldwide, though for Aussies it’ll run up an eye-watering ~A$225 after shipping.
Speaking of anime inspirations, an anime inspired by the anime-inspired Scarlet Nexus is releasing worldwide in the middle of the year, hopefully not far off the launch date of the game, thanks to Funimation. For us here in Australia that means it’ll hit the AnimeLab streaming service. The anime is being produced by SUNRiSE (Cowboy Bebop, Gundam, Tiger & Bunny), so it has exciting potential.
Take a look at the trailer for the Scarlet Nexus anime below: