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Gundam hero shooter Gundam Evolution launches globally in 2022

Gundam Evolution will be free to play on PC and console

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Gundam Evolution, the Gundam hero shooter in the vein of Overwatch, will launch sometime in 2022, in North America, Europe and Japan, publisher Bandai Namco announced Wednesday. The free-to-play game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Developed by Bandai Namco Online, Gundam Evolution is a first-person, team-based shooter with 6v6 combat and three objective-based game modes: Point Capture, Domination and Destruction. Players will pilot classic Gundam units, including the RX-78-2 Gundam and the iconic ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos, each with their own offensive and defensive skills. Other mobile suits confirmed for Gundam Evolution include the MSN-04 Sazabi, MS-06 Zaku II, and System-∀99 ∀ Gundam, with others hinted at in an announcement trailer.

Bandai Namco promises a starting roster of 12 units, with additional unlockable mobile suits available through earnable in-game currency or EVO Coins, a real-money purchase. The publisher will also season passes for Gundam Evolution, with unlockable cosmetics, including mobile suit skins, weapon skins, and weapon charms.

A closed network test for Gundam Evolution will take place on PC April 7-12, Bandai Namco said, with a similar test for console coming at an unspecified date. PC players can register for the closed network test via Steam through March 28.