Bandai Namco has announced a new Action JRPG called Scarlet Nexus. The title promises a deep story-driven experience that is crafted by the minds behind the iconic Tales of Vesperia and produced by the same team behind Code Vein. In this article, we’ll discuss the information known and things we expect of this title, given Bandai’s previous work with other futuristic and post-apocalyptic series.
Scarlet Nexus: Next-Gen Code Vein, sign me up!
We greatly enjoyed Bandai Namco’s last ARPG souls-like game Code Vein, and we can’t wait to see if the studio decides on a sequel, but in the meantime it seems we are taking a detour to yet another New IP, coming to both current and next gen consoles. According to Scarlet Nexus‘ producer Keita Iizuka, who was also the producer of Code Vein:
The next generation of video game home consoles lets the development team realize the full potential of Scarlet Nexus and players can expect visuals and psychic battles with high resolution and frame rate along with fully interactive real-time battles with dynamic animation. Utilizing Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X also means players can enjoy the best version of Scarlet Nexus regardless of whether they are playing on the next generation with Xbox Series X or Xbox One.
- Name: Scarlet Nexus
- Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X
- Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Release Date: Unknown
- Genre: ARPG (JRPG)
Scarlet Nexus Setting
The Bandai team is fond of futuristic and post-apocalyptic dark fantasy, with successful titles like God Eater, where humans are enhanced to battle god like creatures, or Code Vein, where people have been turned into vampires and seek to stop the spread of disease.
In Scarlet Nexus, players will find themselves in a re-imagined and futuristic Japanese city called New Himuka stylized to merge Anime and Western Science Fiction. Science in New Himuka has advanced to discover a “psionic hormone” that gives people extra-sensory powers and abilities. This amazing advancement is put to an unexpected use, as an invasion of mutants descends upon the world with a hunger for brains. These mutated creatures pose a dire threat to humanity, as they are highly resistant to any sort of physical damage.
Humans with “Extra-Sensory Abilities” or “Psionics” soon realize they can attack and damage the “Others”, and thus a militia called “Other Suppresion Force (OSF) is created and staffed with elite Psionic Soldiers to defend the world from the mutant threat.
Players will thus take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, who is a new recruit for the OSF capable of using psycho-kinesis to unleash powerful attacks with his mind. His aim? Is to rise up to the ranks and to become an elite psionic just like the one who saved him when he was a child.
Scarlet Nexus Gameplay
We have seen but a glimpse of what Scarlet Nexus may bring, and it appears to still be in development, however we do make some conclusions from what has been shown. For starters, there’s a single named protagonist, meaning that those of us looking for a deep character creator like Code Vein spoiled us with may be in for a significant disappointment. It is possible that appearance is customizable regardless, as this seems to be running on the same engine as Code Vein, however the extent of your changes may not go that far this time around, making you unable to change gender, perhaps, as Yuito is a male name. It’s probably noteworthy to mention anime is infamous for gender swapping names so there’s still some hope.
Although the game revolves around Yuito Sumeragi, companions can be speculated to be included in the game, as they have previously been an integral part of Bandai Namco’s games. Code Vein’s companions and buddy system were a great addition to the game, and added volume and content to the lore, giving players sidequests and side stories to delve into. This likelyhood is furthered by the fact that the team behind Scarlet Nexus has also worked on Tales of Vesperia. ToV is a well-received and story-focused JRPG with a great supporting cast.
The game is currently listed as a single player experience. This might change by release time, or it might include asynchronous features, but for now it looks like we are heading for a solo story-driven adventure.
How About the Combat?
Combat seems to heavily focus on its key feature: the use of “Psycho-Kinetic Abilities”. Since “Others” are “highly resistant to conventional attack methods and defenses.”, Psionic attacks are the best approach, and thus the trailer treated us to a variety of flashy, fast and super-human combos. Using psycho-kinetic abilities, the world around you becomes your greatest weapon. Lift, break and throw pieces of your environment to build your attack combos and lay waste to your enemies. This means that you won’t just be attacking with your energy-infused sword, but may also chose to hurl an entire train at a boss.
If the game follows the lead of Code Vein, and other games such as Godeater, its common combat mechanics such as stamina consumption, dodging, and parrying and RPG elements like equipment upgrades and crafting should still be an integral part of the basics of the game, but what makes Scarlet Nexus stand out from them is a seemingly faster paced combat, allowing players to combine attacks and skills with their environment.
The gameplay shown on the trailer reminds me of several other games, including Nier: Automata, Devil May Cry, and Control. This could turn out to be a very interesting approach, and we would have to see how the Code Vein engine (if it’s the same one) handles this faster tempo. Further, the ability to interact with the environment and use it as weapons should give a new and unique flair to each of the encounters you undertake – just imagine the different ways of how you can execute combos and finish off enemies in style.
Equipment & Progression Mechanics?
Equipment and progression are core to the RPG experience, and in the trailer it looks like the protagonist wields a special type of katana – possibly crafted to combat these unique enemies. There may be different weapons that will be showcased sooner or later, as we see another NPC has a dagger instead. We are hoping to see Firearms, Heavy Swords, Pole Weapons, and similar categories of those that we enjoyed during Code Vein. As for armor, we could speculate that there are sets of clothing that the player can equip that both grants defensive properties and physically changes the appearance. As shown in the trailer, there are other members of the OSF that wear different types of clothing or armor and their masks have different designs on it. We’ll just have to wait for the next news or trailer to learn more about this.
The other feature we are eager to learn about is how this game handles classes and progression. Code Vein’s Blood Code system was a brilliant way to allow varied builds and approaches to the game, and with the same team working on this we are extremely interested to see what they come up with!
Scarlet Nexus Release Date
We are still waiting for announcement for the release date for Scarlet Nexus, but since it has been confirmed that it will be available on current, next-gen consoles and on PC, we are likely looking at a Holiday 2020 / Spring 2021 window. Code Vein had several delays from its original announcement, so it’s possible that we may see some particularly given the current slew of delays hitting the industry, but we’ll keep you up to date and informed on the wiki or via Fextralife news.
If you are up for a game that has a deep and complex narrative, combined with a refreshing take of combat, and enjoy the Anime aesthetic, then you should have Scarlet Nexus firmly in your radar!
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