300,000 People Downloaded Namco Bandai’s Free To Play Gundam Game

By Spencer . July 3, 2012 . 11:12pm

gundam1Namco Bandai is dabbling in the free to play market with one of their biggest brands – Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation is an online mecha game where you fight other players in a Gundam or sneak into enemy bases to set explosives sans giant robot.


Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation was released in Japan on June 28 and by July 2 the PlayStation 3 game was downloaded 300,000 times. Downloading the game won’t cost you a dime (or yen!), but Battle Operation limits how much you can play it because each mission you accept costs sortie energy.


Sortie energy restocks over time or you can buy some with real world money. To celebrate, Namco Bandai is running a campaign where 50,000 players can get free sortie energy. The promotion appears to be limited to players in Japan, but anyone can play Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation. All you need is a PlayStation Network account registered in Japan.

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  • Tyler Sedrick

     I love the game even though it’s a little laggy sometimes maybe because I live in the USA

  • Paul Nah

    How does one win the free sortie energy??

    • keithmaxx

       You don’t. It just gets regenerated over time, just like most of the free-to-play mobile/social games these days.

    •  You get a unit of bonus energy every time you level up- that’s the */99 counter over the */3 free energy counter. The free energy regenerates at one unit every two hours.

  • Shogunreaper

    So its free to download, but you have to pay to play?

    Wow, what an amazing concept, i wonder why all games aren’t like this….

    • Sakurazaki

       Not necessarily, you have to pay to keep on playing after a limit.

    • Visa Vang

       More like you get 3 free play sessions and buy extra session time (energy) to play if you don’t want to wait 2 hours to regenerate 1 energy (session).

  • Wait, it’s out already? Didn’t even notice that.

  • Klaus00

    Thanks for heads up *off to download it*

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    .^^ And one of the 300k downloader there is me lol.^^

    SIEG ZEON!!!!

    • Just Tim

      Please don’t tell me there’s already a Zeon guild in-game already… xD

      SIEG ZEON!

      Also, I would love to get this game played …in America, especially when Namco Bandai Games America is in Silicon Valley.

      C’mon now, NBGA, you’re sitting on a goldmine here!  I was pissed when you didn’t cash in on Dragonball Online, back when you were over-prioritizing Dragonball. >_<;

      • miyamoto

        $10 million worth of gold

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    I’m a huge gundam game now i have this Gundam vs gundam ex and sdgo (kr) :3

  • DungeonRPG

    and ~250000 people probably deleted it on the same day too…
    such a shitty game with poor netplay configuration and mechanics…

    Puts Gundam and UC to shame…… 

    • Visa Vang

       I enjoyed it. Thank you.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I enjoyed it too.

        • Guest

           Its okay but its got nothing on 0081 Senki

          • Solomon_Kano

            Never played that one.

          • Guest


            I kinda figured so because if you did, you’d have a completely different opinion on this game because of it. Its one of the best PS3 games hands down.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I can’t imagine that playing it would make this any less fun for me but, if it’s a full title as opposed to this free-to-play deal, then I’d imagine it’s a good deal better.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Well, 0081 senki is great especially with the story inserted there.^^ However, i still think that the battle system is a bit stiff especially when you are playing online and all your foes fire from a very far distant.

            It makes a certain MS that focus on melee become instantly useless._T

          • miyamoto

            This is 10X better than Senki, fortunately for us. he heh heh

            At first I thought not being able to play MS Gundam Crossfire & MS Gundam Senki 0081 was a great loss…this game wiped away my tears and replaced it with tears of joy.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I enjoyed the game lol.^^

    • miyamoto

      Do not troll on our favorite PS3 game, mr clueless!

      After generating US$10 million it is still played TODAY!

  • Visa Vang

    Yup. One of the 300k Gundam otakus out there… I love Zakus….

    • Guest

       I probably killed you once cause I hate Zakus

      • PoweredByHentai

        Not fond of Zakus either.  Much prefer mechs like the Sinanju, Kampfer, NT-1 Alex, Akatsuki Gundam, RGM Hardygun and GM Custom.

        • Visa Vang

           C’mon people. You gotta start from the beginning. Though, I’d jump strait to the Kshatriya anyways.

          • PoweredByHentai

            I did start from the beginning.  I hated the designs of the Zaku I and II and the RGM-79 series, the Guncannons, the Guntanks, and even the original Gundam RX-78 that Amuro piloted.  The only decent mech from the original Gundam series was pretty much the Doms and the Rick-Doms. Furthermore, there’s a reason why the Zaku series don’t get much love, the anime production staff have commented that the Zakus were a play on the word “zako”, which meant “small fry” and are entirely expendable units.

            The good designs really didn’t kick in until Blue Destiny, Gundam RX-78 Ground-Type, and 0080 entered the fray.  The really good designs only started appearing with 0083, namely the Physalis, the Zephyrantes, and the aforementioned GM Customs.  Zeta Gundam introduced the GM Quels (Titans colored GM Customs) and the Hyakushiki.

            The F91, Sazabi, GP02A and Nu Gundams are probably some of the most enduring mechs to ever grace the UC universe.

          • miyamoto

            Nope good designs started with War in the Pocket 0080 by Yutaka Izibuchi of Headgear & Patlabor. His famous designs are Kamfer, Nu Gundam, Sazabi, Gundam Alex, Jegan, GM Command, GM Sniper II, Alpha Ziel, 

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Noo…..Noo……? Love for GOUF??? IT IS NO ZAKU BOY!!! NO ZAKU!!!!!!

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m one of them. Pretty fun.

  • Playing right now, don’t know what’s going on. o.0

  • can you download this game with a PSN account from the USA or do you need a japanese account>??

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Japanese Account.^^

  • Pipiskin99

    i actually got kinda dissappointed, the controls were a bit sluggish, the gameplay is slow and generic and everything is so meh.. well it’s obvious that for a free game it’s ok but oh well :(

    • miyamoto

      Obviously you have a slow internet connection…try to move your PS3 around the house for a better signal

  • I live in bangladesh . if there account like ubisoft= uplay and EA games Origin. it should be better

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