Left Alive is probably the most intriguing game to come out of TGS 2017. We still don’t know a lot about it, but initial details are starting to emerge as the convention rolls on.
When Square Enix announced the game, we learned that former Armored Core Front Mission, and Metal Gear Solid developers are involved. That was pretty much it, until today.
Thanks to the game’s new gameplay trailer, we now know Left Alive takes place in Russia, where you fight giant mechs. However, more details were revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu (via Gematsu), and they tell us a little bit more than that.
Left Alive belongs in the same universe as the Front Mission series. Chronologically, it takes place between Front Mission 5 and Front Mission Evolved. According to the devs, It’s basically Front Mission “with a new lineup”.
You’ll play as 3 different protagonists, all trapped in a ruined Russian town after “The One Day Incident”. These are the people you see in the game’s official art. Since they are isolated from each other, you’ll switch between protagonists at certain points in the story.
Since this is the same world, the mechs are called Wanzers and you’ll mostly be fighting them. You’ll also be able to take control of enemy mechs, and use them as weapons. There will be no Wanzer customization, but there is a crafting system in place.
The developers also emphasize how progression is completely up to the player. While the game is separated into stages, you get to choose how to advance in each one. The way you play will change the ending of each protagonist, although the game has only one main ending.
The new details did not reveal an official release date. So for now Left Alive is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018.