Bandai Namco has published the first trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam: Arsenal Base. The upcoming card-based arcade game will feature real-time strategy battles conducted on a touchscreen. This trailer also fulfilled the promise made by the company to publish new information in March 2021, when the game was initially revealed on January 28, 2021. [Thanks, Game Watch!]
Arsenal Base will have a completely different gameplay system to Gundam Try Age, the outgoing predecessor. Try Age had players field three sets of Mobile Suits and Pilots with button-based prompts. In Arsenal Base, the player will only have to place five sets of Mobile Suit and Pilot cards on the cabinet. Each card has a Cost value that determines the total Cost of the unit set’s ability used in the game. During the battle, players gradually accumulate Cost that they can spend to activate a unit’s ability.
After registering the squad cards, the Mobile Suits will appear with cel-shaded graphics on the game’s battlefield. Players will mostly control the units and activate abilities in real-time with the touchscreen. The player will not know the opponent’s Mobile Suits until one of their own units has visually spotted them. The ultimate objective of the battle is to attack or even destroy the opponent’s warship stationed at the edge of the map. You can view the new trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam: Arsenal Base below.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Arsenal Base will be available in Japanese arcades in 2021.