Set to release July 2018, SEGA and Type-Moon's upcoming Fate/Grand Order Arcade is looking to be one of the most promising arcade titles of the year.
Whenever the topic of Type-Moon's massively-popular Fate/Grand Order comes to my attention, it's not something I can simply dismiss. Arguably one of the biggest games in Japan right now, the spinoff from the original Fate/Stay Night visual novel has gone on to build an entire empire of its own. So when word of an arcade release of the game from the team at SEGA came to light, I had been left on the edge of my seat waiting for new information. Well, now that I've seen and enjoyed the aptly-titled Fate/Grand Order Arcade, the upcoming action rump is arguably all that's on my mind.
Featuring a similar design to the already-striking Kantai Collection Arcade machines, the Fate/Grand Order Arcade setup was certainly an eye-catcher. With a relatively simple interface, the machines sport a pair of larger buttons, a joy-con with an additional two buttons and a touchscreen display. To the right of your seat, you'll see a printing station where players will be collecting their various gatcha pulls, again akin to pre-existing SEGA arcade titles like Kantai Collection Arcade.
Set to be released during Summer 2018, players will want to start lining up at their local arcade when the game launches in July during their break. There's not a doubt in my mind that, much like Kantai Collection Arcade before it, Fate/Grand Order Arcade will become the must-play arcade title throughout 2018. While there's little chance of an international release, you'll definitely want to give the game a go if you're in Japan and have a few extra 100 yen coins to spend.
Gameplay is absolutely one of the games strongest suits, pulling queues from a number of titles to flip Fate/Grand Order's traditional combat system into an action-packed rumble worthy of King Arthur. The 3v3 arena title will launch with roughly 10% of the mobile games 200+ servants, counting in at 20 during launch. This number won't stay that small for long, however, with the creators mentioning they'd like to incorporate the full mobile roster eventually.
Players will be switching between three characters of their choosing and will be placed into teams of three different players. There will also be a single player aspect to the game, which was a feature added by popular demand during initial testings of the game in Akihabara. If it works systematically anything like Kantai Collection Arcade, expect extended play sessions and a lot of coins being dropped. You can check out gameplay of the title below: