The Super Robot Wars franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary over the weekend with the announcement of the Moon Dwellers saga in the OG series, as well as Super Robot Wars V as the new entry into the main series. Of particular note is the fact that SRW V is getting an English release in Southeast Asia. This marks the first time that a entry into the main SRW series is being released in English.
Super Robot Wars (SRW) franchise composes of a series of tactical role playing games that are produced by Bandai Namco and features crossovers from a variety of mecha series.
Here is the PV that was posted:
The series debuting in the game are:
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash
- Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Skull Heart
- Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Steel Seven
- Yūsha Tokkyū Might Gaine
- Shin Mazinger Zero vs. Great General of Darkness
- Space Battleship Yamato 2199
- CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon
- Muteki Kōjin Daitarn 3
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
- Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
- Mobile Suit Gundam UC
- Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness
- Getter Robo: Armageddon
- Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!
- Full Metal Panic! (anime and original novel)
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
- Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone
- Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance
- Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
Based on this list, it is pretty easy to see how Bandai managed to get the English release. The main issue is that the Macross series, which was a mainstay in Super Robot Wars, is not included in this release, and as such, the game avoids the copyright quagmire with Harmony Gold regarding the global rights to Macross. Another point of interest is the lack of variety in terms of franchises, which makes it easier to license. For example, Bandai owns the global rights to the entire Gundam universe, and almost half the roster list being from Gundam, making it easier for the game to get a global release.
Overall, I am sad about the lack of Macross, though the basic concept can be replaced by Cross Ange (another Bandai property). In addition, I was disappointed with the omission of Code Geass, as I had hoped that Akito the Exiled would manage to squeeze into a SRW game at some point.
Anyways, here is hoping that the game is awesome as most main SRW series games, that we actually get to see an image of the Full metal panic novel finale (unlike in SRW Z3), and that soon, Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans and Macross Delta would be added to Super Robot Wars.
Finally, the game is slated to be released sometime in 2017