Bandai Namco’s anime-inspired free-to-play MMO Blue Protocol will launch on PS5 in the second half of 2023, as confirmed during The Game Awards today. Interestingly, the project – which was originally only announced for PC in Japan – has been picked up by Amazon Games, which will help bring the product to the Western market.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons here to Genshin Impact, which quickly became one of the world’s biggest and most successful games with its vibrant cel-shaded art style and gacha game mechanics. But while Amazon Games says there will be in-game microtransactions for cosmetics and other trinkets, it stressed that its goal is to make sure the release is fair for everyone.
Also, despite being an MMO, it’s important to underline that you’ll be able to play solo if you prefer. Online co-op will also be available for those who want to join in, including raids for up to 30 players.
“Blue Protocol takes players on a heroic journey through Regnas, a world teetering on the brink of destruction after thousands of years of conflict and overuse of technology,” the press release states. “Players must unite and use a mysterious light called Flux to defeat powerful enemies. Players can fully customize their character, and choose from five unique classes at launch: the strong Blade Warden, the brave Twin Striker, the versatile Keen Strider, the versatile Spell Weaver, or the damage-dealing Foe Breaker. Aided by Echoes, mysterious summoned creatures with powerful attacks, players will unlock their memories and fight to save the world. “
Executive producer Sokiichi Shimuka stated that Bandai Namco is using Amazon Games’ experience with online titles such as the lost boat And new world To help develop Blue Protocol: “The Amazon Games team’s deep expertise in running multiplayer games, combined with Amazon’s publishing resources and transmedia opportunities, made them the ideal publisher for Blue Protocol in the West. We are excited to work together to provide players with an amazing experience.
It sounds promising, doesn’t it? There will be a PC exclusive closed beta early next year, with more details on the PlayStation port to follow.
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