Oh, So This Is Front Mission Evolved’s Story

By Spencer . January 20, 2010 . 9:31am

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Front Mission, at least the strategy RPG games, had plots usually revolving around one nation’s plans for world domination. Tucked between the Wanzer vs. Wanzer and Wanzer vs. guy with rocket launcher battles Front Mission Evolved has a story too.

 

This is how Square Enix describes the plot.

 

In the future, the world is a changed place. Technology has advanced. Countries have merged into massive geopolitical blocks. But one thing, sadly, remains the same – humanity’s appetite for war. When a terrorist attack destroys one of the U.C.S.’s prized orbital elevators, the military is mobilised to eliminate the threat.

 

Dylan Ramsey, a young engineer, finds himself quickly caught in a swirl of destruction, conspiracies and crumbling alliances. Experience his story in this high-octane third-person shooter.

 

Double Helix isn’t throwing Front Mission’s mythology entirely out the window. The U.C.S., a combination of North America and South America, was in of past works.

 

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  • BK0000

    Front Mission is dead to me.

    • Pesmerga00

      Likewise.

      “Third-person Shooter” Ugh :(

      • thebanditking

        Yes it is quite sad to see S-E ruin and waterdown their best franchises all for the sake of Western market sales. Funny thing is I dont think that strategy will net them any more money. In fact I think that S-E will likely see its games sales sink the more western their games become.

        • Pesmerga00

          Yeah. The established Western fan-base for Front Mission enjoys and expects a SRPG. They also expect a distinctly Japanese product with an in-depth tactical battle system. All this will do is alienate an already niche group, in hopes of attracting a wider audience. Which would probably prefer the familiar Armored Core for a Third-person Mech shooter.

          We can always hope for a traditional Front Mission 6.

          • Hraesvelgr

            Considering the declining sales of the series, I can see why they’d go for something like this. They’re probably thinking it’s better to try and bring in lots of new fans than to stick with the few that are starting to lose interest. Sad, but you have to look at these things from a business standpoint for them to make sense.

            Also, if this game tanks, you should be hoping that they’ll release another Front Mission, period. Square Enix has been giving a lot of series the axe lately and I’m sure this will be the next unless it achieves some level of success. Eventually, they’re going to be left with nothing but Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.

          • Pesmerga00

            “Eventually, they’re going to be left with nothing but Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.”

            Sadly, at this point I think SE would be just fine with that. Knowing them they could probably pull a profit too. If it’s one thing SE isn’t afraid of its sequels/remakes.

          • thebanditking

            To true, I just wonder how long its going to take them to realize that they have traded a shrinking ship (JRPG market) for a sinking one (western centric games). S-E is just not capable of making 3rd and first person shooters, much like Namco who also has no clue what they are doing any more/

  • Trotmeister

    Playing through fan-translated Front Mission 5 right now. How the hell could Square Enix throw such deep, engaging, polished game system out of the window? I just don’t get it.

    On the other hand, Evolved’s story is the least of my concerns. With Grimnir arc (FM 2089, 1, 2, 5 and partly 3) finally over, whatever they’ll come up with for Evolved is gonna be completely new and unrelated to previous developments. Pretty much impossible to screw anything up.

    • ReturnOfSomeDude

      My only real wish was that they reworked some of the AI, and that the surrender/salvage system from 3 was there. But, yeah, 5 is a great game.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Well, hopefully the story will be at least halfway decent. I mean, people can complain about the gameplay changes all they want, but honestly, the best thing about the series has been the storyline.

      Don’t get me wrong, I would greatly prefer it to remain a TRPG, but I’m going to wait until I get the chance to play it before I say it’s a terrible change.

  • nyobzoo

    well with AC5 coming out this year also, I’ll probably skip this game and get the faster paced mech game

  • Hraesvelgr

    Hopefully the boring enemy AI will be fixed by the time the game releases. I can’t even imagine why they put out a video of enemies just standing around, letting themselves be shot to pieces to advertise the game.

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