Muv-Luv franchise developer âge stirred up some excitement earlier in May 2020, as it announced a raftload of new Muv-Luv franchise projects via its livestream. Those announcements included a teaser for an anime adaptation of Muv-Luv Alternative. Unfortunately, the hype was dampened somewhat as technical troubles during the stream reduced trailers for two new spin-off games, titled Project Immortal and Project Mikhail, to low-framerate slideshows. Thankfully, publisher aNCHOR has stepped up and uploaded high-quality versions of the teasers to the official Youtube channel. [Thanks, Twinfinite!]
Muv-Luv is a popular sci-fi visual novel franchise that recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary. It originated, unusually, as a spin-off of âge romantic visual novel Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (aka Rumbling Hearts) and its sequel Akane Maniax, and then developed into its own three-part epic. The main trilogy consists of Muv-Luv Extra, Muv-Luv Unlimited, and Muv-Luv Alternative, and they themselves have spawned their own spin-offs. For example, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken are both animated spin-offs set in the timeline of Alternative. In other words, it’s a whole thing.
Here’s the trailer for Project Immortal, a top-down action-game born from a indie doujin project. It shows players piloting the franchise’s signature TSF mecha against large hordes of BETA aliens.
Project Mikhail aims to put players more directly in the TSF cockpit, since it’s a mecha action game in the vein of various Gundam titles, Armored Core, or Daemon x Machina. Players will be able to customize their TSF’s loadouts, go to battle against the BETA, and experience a narrative via a more traditional adventure game component.
Lastly, a better teaser for the Alternative anime was also on hand to show footage of TSF Takemikazuchi chopping and shooting its way through more BETA:
Project Immortal, Project Mikhail, and Muv-Luv Alternative‘s anime adaptation are tentatively scheduled for a 2021 debut. The main Muv-Luv visual novel trilogy is available on PC via Steam.