During last night’s The Game Awards, publisher Bandai Namco showcased more details on its upcoming cross-gen action RPG Scarlet Nexus as well as provided a release window of summer 2021. The company first revealed the game back in May at Microsoft’s Xbox 20/20 event. Since then, information about the game has appeared bit by bit.
Though Scarlet Nexus’ initial reveal and information focused around a single protagonist, Yuito Sumeragi, the game actually features another playable character, Kasane Randall. Players will have the choice to take either one, both of whom set in the middle of a distant future narrative wherein a psionic hormone found in the human brain changes the course of history. Bandai Namco Studios, the team known for the long-running Tales franchise, is currently developing the new game along with director Kenji Anabuki as well as producer Keita Iizuka leading the project.
Amidst a few of The Game Awards 2020’s massive announcements, Bandai Namco unveiled a new trailer for Scarlet Nexus. The fresh gameplay video runs just under two minutes, giving a deeper look at the game’s dual protagonist gameplay and story.
A single narrative will guide fans along in the game while providing two unique perspectives, each of which will “connect as one.” As previously noted, the game’s newest trailer also provided a release window.
Bandai Namco expects to launch the game on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on an undefined date in summer 2021. A “Smart Delivery” tag during the end of the Microsoft-tainted video implies the game will be backward compatible on the current and next-gen consoles.
The reveal rounds up a huge year for Bandai Namco’s publishing branches in both Japan and North America. In the case of new releases, earlier this year saw the publisher release high-quality games like Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris and Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. In the previous months, Bandai Namco also launched Project Cars 3 and The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope.
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In the meantime, Dontnod’s recently released Twin Mirror is helping close out this particularly busy year of games. If Elden Ring from FromSoftware releases next year, Bandai Namco will have more than Scarlet Nexus to keep them busy throughout 2021.
Of course, Scarlet Nexus isn’t the only game whose development received an update during the recently concluded The Game Awards. More details about Hoods: Outlaws and Legends stood in the spotlight as well as a quick glance at the upcoming new season of Fall Guys.