Get ready to slay monsters with the use of psychic abilities this summer. Scarlet Nexus is an exciting new franchise developed by Bandai Namco Studios that’s coming to multiple platforms in just a few months.
Pre-orders are now live for this action-packed new JRPG, and there are a few different editions available for those who want all of the goods being put on offer.
There’s not long to wait for the Scarlet Nexus release date, so here’s what you need to know about the pre-orders and what to expect from the game itself.
Scarlet Nexus release date and pre-order bundles
Not that long ago, very little was known about Scarlet Nexus, but now, Bandai Namco has dropped a release date and lots more information.
Scarlet Nexus will release on 25 June 2021 and will be available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and also PC.
For the consoles, two editions of Scarlet Nexus are now available for pre-order via the Bandai Namco store. Scarlet Nexus Standard Edition is €59.99 (£54.99/$59.99), whether you get it on PS5 or Xbox.
The Standard Edition includes the base game and, if you pre-order it, you will also receive an exclusive costume set, cosmetics, and an attachment set. Further, if you pre-order from Bandai Namco’s store, you will also receive an exclusive EP!C weapon set.
The Deluxe Edition of Scarlet Nexus features extra digital goodies, such as an art book, original soundtrack, the Special Battle Attire Set, SAS plug-ins, and ‘The Other’ cosmetic.
The Guardians Edition, which is exclusive to the Bandai Namco Store, includes the Guardian’s Box, three art prints, an OSF sticker, an exclusive art book, and a steelbook case for the game.
For this edition of Scarlet Nexus, you’re looking at €119.99 (£99.99); as of the time of writing, the Scarlet Nexus Guardians Edition isn’t listed in the United States.
All of the additional goodies that come with the Standard and Deluxe Editions are also included in the Guardians Edition for all platforms. For PC, Standard Edition is €49.99 (£39.99/$49.99), Deluxe €64.99 (£52.99/$64.99) and Guardians €99.99 (£89.99).
What to expect from the Scarlet Nexus gameplay
Fight as a psionic warrior and slay deranged mutants called ‘The Others.’ The monsters in the game are interesting and have unique features, giving many of them a disturbing look.
While you’ll have access to your usual weapon types, like swords, the big thing in this game is the psychic abilities. Use them to manipulate the surroundings, lifting, breaking, and throwing objects to defeat enemies. The combat also looks to be very combo-driven, which will make it even more entertaining.
Both of the protagonists, Kasane and Yuito, have the Psychokinesis power, and their companions have different types of powers, like invisibility and duplication. As combos seem to be key, there is a chance that you will be able to pull-off cool combos together with these companion characters, making your companion choice important, but this is yet to be confirmed.
From the trailers, the action looks great, with crazy monsters and combos to offer a thrilling experience. The addition of special effects, like purple light, during the fights makes combat look spectacular and fun.
What’s the story of Scarlet Nexus?
Scarlet Nexus is a futuristic game, where the discovery of a psionic hormone in the human brain has led to people getting extra-sensory powers, psychic abilities. At the same time, mutants began appearing from the sky, with a hunger for human brains.
These mutants are called ‘Others,’ and regular methods of attack are not effective against them. So, new measures had to be taken, leading to the training of psionic warriors to fight the invaders.
The new Bandai game features a dual story that intertwines through the protagonists, Kasane Randall and Yuito Sumeragi. You will be able to play both of them to experience the full story and to see both characters’ perspective of the unfolding events.
Kasane and Yuito are in the Other Suppression Force (OSF), which is humanity’s last line of defence against the Others. The warriors in OSF all have different psychic abilities, enabling them to combat the invading mutants.
The little information known about Yuito says that he is from a prestigious political family and is an energetic recruit. His father is the leader of the current government, and his brother is also in the OSF.
There is more information about Kasane due to the release of her story trailer, seen below. As the game’s launch nears, there is a high possibility that there will be one for Yuito as well.
While Yuito might be more of a public figure, Kasane is a mysterious scout with a great deal of power and skill who was scouted by the OSF. Her parents were killed by Others when she was young, leading to her being adopted by the Randalls, who runs a big military corporation.
She has several companions with unique abilities helping her out during her journey: to where that is, though, is unclear. It seems that she, for some reason, wants to get rid of Yuito, which is a big part of why their stories intertwine.
Bandai building an expanded franchise
Bandai Namco Studios delivered well with their previous anime-looking game, Code Vein, introducing some new ideas to create an original-feeling experience, and hopefully, Scarlet Nexus will be even better.
To add to the multi-tiered, multi-platform release structure of various editions, there are also plans for an anime series to go with this new Scarlet Nexus franchise.
As relayed by Geek Tyrant, Funimation has announced that the streaming platform will have the Scarlet Nexus anime this summer, potentially tying it in with the release of the game.
Are you going to pick up this visually-stunning action-JRPG this summer? Either way, it’s going to be fun to see what Bandai Namco does with their new franchise going forward.