Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation is a free to play downloadable Gundam game… but you’re limited to, at most, twelve plays a day. Each time you exit for a mission you need to spend "sortie energy" and you get at most 12 units for each 24 hour period. Players can stock up to three units of sortie energy and after those are used up you have to wait for the energy to recover.
Let’s say you want to jump right in because Amuro Ray sent a text begging for you to save him. Well, you can, but you have to purchase sortie energy with real world money. Namco Bandai will sell sortie energy in bundles which have a cheaper price per unit.
1 unit: 100 yen ($1.25)
6 units: 480 yen ($6)
13 units: 950 yen ($12)
27 units: 1,850 yen ($23)
Gundam level up in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation, which lets players use better parts. You can also pay to break level limits and equip stronger parts right away. Using all Mobile Suits costs 300 yen ($3.78), access to the entire arsenal of weapons is 200 yen ($2.52), and all custom parts costs 200 yen ($2.52).
While you have to search for blueprints, all of the weapons in the game will be available for free players. Namco Bandai will not sell any extra Gundam equipment right now.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation comes out on June 28. You can register for the title right now and get GM Light Armor and Zaku II FS suits as a bonus.