First look at Judas Code for PS Vita
posted on 07.16.14 at 11:39 AM EDT by (@salromano)
tri-Ace's 'triple-A' free-to-play dramatic battlefield RPG.

Judas Code

Famitsu has gone up with its online preview for tri-Ace’s newly announced ‘triple-A’ free-to-play Judas Code for PS Vita.

The “dramatic battlefield RPG” is a combination gun-action and card battle game, with the former being used in single-player and the latter in multiplayer.

The game’s story is set during World War III, during which a mysterious pillar from space known as “Longinus” eroded the planet. Players begin in Tokyo and will progress by completing missions in cities throughout the world. You’ll earn rewards for clearing missions, which can be used in the gacha lottery to obtain cards for your deck and strengthen your forces.

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Here are some gameplay systems:

  • Main Quest – This is the main mode where you clear quests to advance the story. The gun gameplay offers simple controls.
  • Class Mission – Each mission has its own task, such as “Get X number of head shots.” Clear these missions to earn a reward.
  • Card Synthesis – Using rewards earned in battle, you can strengthen your cards. Enhance your cards and use them in battle.

And now, the characters:

Hero / Heroine (Male voice: Hiroki Maeda, Female voice: Mariko Higashiuchi)

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A mercenary without a single relative who fights in Japan’s Mercenary Corps. S/he’s involved in an accident caused by the “Calamity Branch,” and therefore becomes a “Regenerator.” S/he has a strong sense of justice, but is usually silent.

Mysterious Girl (voiced by Kana Hanazawa)

A mysterious girl who the hero encounters. She doesn’t speak many words, and has no will of her own, but with the hero’s help, she changes little by little.

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Judas Code is due out in Japan this summer.

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  • nice design hopefully it sells well and get psvita ver

    • David Norman

      Did you even read the article? It’s FREE and is for VITA.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      It’s on Free-To-Play so it can’t really sell well, and it’s already on PS Vita. ;p

      • huh I thought it was mobile only… cuz I was tired when I read the title.

  • I-e-on

    Wow. This is the nicest looking F2P game I’ve ever seen right next to PSO2

    • Zackasaur

      Let’s not forget Deep Down. :P

      Or are we just talking about the Vita, here?

  • InsaneChronos

    Sounds cool. Reminds me of Valkyria Chronicles.

  • Nesther

    Interesting title.

  • Yaro

    Yep, this might be cool. I’m desperate for another tri ace game…

  • Demolish

    tri-ace is back :D

    • Budgiecat

      not funny mang

  • 武神水樹

    Looks blah

  • zakou

    Looks like Resonance of Fate that just had sex with Valkyria Chronicle and this is their baby.

    I’m all in as long as it gets released outside of Japan.

    • Guest

      unfortunately, the baby was born with serious genetic diseases called “Free-To-Play Syndrome” and “Microtransaction disorder” …

      • gulabjamal

        LMAO well said!

    • gulabjamal

      YES!! My thoughts exactly. I see the gun icons and damage font are all Resonance of Fate assets which is a great thing. That game went too far under the radar but it was great! Also never got to play Valkyria Chronicles but heard good things.

      (what I would do for a Star Ocean 5 though…)

      • zakou

        I would let someone rape me for SO5.

        Btw i never finished ROF i need help with it kinda, im at like the last chapter but there were some big elephant monsters later in the game that kill me no problem, i’m kinda high lvl but there is something missing i dont know what -_-

        I must be doing something wrong, but how can i when im at the last chapter of the game (probably)

  • Budgiecat

    Gears of Microtransactions

  • fyi1191

    The card battle is seriously not needed.

  • Lara Croft

    Looks good. But the artwork is OK.

  • rekka_zan

    VC lookalike, card battle, gatcha microtransactions, Hanazawa Kana… Seeing all these somehow I’m thinking that “they know what they’re doing”.

    • Solomon_Kano

      > VC lookalike

      How so? It doesn’t have VC’s whole turn-based strategy deal, it’s just a 3rd person shooter.

      • rekka_zan

        It’s a 3rd person shooter with cover system starring anime-styled characters with VN-styled dialogue. It looks like VC. It’s an opinion.

        • desponent

          Vc isn’t a 3rd person shooter, opinion can be wrong too and I think you’re wrong.

          But oh it’s a japanese game with anime-like character with GUNS, must be VC clone.

          • rekka_zan

            It is a game where you shoot enemies and your character is shown from a third person perspective. Therefore it’s a “third person shooter”. It does have tactical elements, and it has melee and sorcery, so you can also call it “third person tactical fantasy action shooter” or whatever if you like it better. By the way, when I said “it’s a 3rd person shooter” in my previous comment, I wasn’t referring to VC. I was referring to Judas Code.

            I didn’t say it’s a VC clone, I didn’t even say it plays like VC. Hell, I don’t even know how this game plays. I only said it looks like VC, because from the screenshots that we have here, it does visually look like VC.

            • kiri25

              I understand where u are coming from, when i 1st saw these screenshots i literally thought VC. Just gave off the VC look/feel when i 1st saw the screenshots

        • Solomon_Kano

          Nobody said it wasn’t an opinion. It’s rather apparent that it’s an opinion, so that was unnecessary.

          What was said was that Valkyria Chronicles had a strategic bent to its gameplay that this game does not, by all appearances. There’s 3rd person shooting in VC, but it’s a tactical RPG at its core.

          Anime inspired art style? Sure, fair enough. But if guns and cover alone make VC, well…

          • rekka_zan

            We don’t know anything about this game’s gameplay yet except the little bits in description and screenshots. I didn’t say this game plays similar to VC. I only said that this game looks like VC, and by “looks like”, I mean it’s a comparison by visuals only.

      • ShadowFang

        ^^ this.

        Looks more like 3rd Birthday to me. With a more pushed-in, Gears of War style over-the-shoulder camera.

    • Guest

      Just like @PrinceHeir:disqus says this game is more like The 3rd Birthday rather than VC IMO

  • badmoogle

    Who’s the publisher?

    • ShadowFang

      Probably Tri-Ace. Most developers just self-publish online titles because… y’know, they’re online titles. No need for marketing or printing discs or nothing.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    Looks pretty impressive.

  • michel

    In Tri-Ace we trust.

  • Spectacularity

    I dig, but I prefer it to just be a shooter, as in take out the card battle sections, but who knows, maybe it’ll grow on me.

  • Warboss Aohd

    it looks ok.

    …..though did we REALLY need to invoke the ‘Mysterious Amnesiac Girl Who Helps the Protagonist’ schtick AGAIN?

  • desponent

    Looks too good for a f2p game, pls make a full game out of this tri-ace. :(

    • ShadowFang

      Man, you gotta check in with f2p games more often if you think they’re not “full games”. Because stuff like Vindictus, Team Fortress 2, Warframe, Archeblade, TERA, Defiance, etc. all want to disagree strongly with that sentiment ;)

      • desponent

        Most of them are instance based game with minimal storyline, what am I missing exactly?

  • 罪罰

    F2P? on Vita? its like they want it to fail.

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Yeah, I hear PSO2 has been such a bust. Oh wait, it did so well that Phantasy Star Nova was greenlight. Who’s developing that again? Tri-Ace.

      • ShadowFang

        First off, “greenlit”. You can’t say, “was Greenlight”.

        Secondly, PSN could’ve been greenlit for a number of reasons. I mean, it started off as a way for Sega to recycle their PSO2 Vita assets into another game – very efficient usage, and one that also says, “Let’s not lose money on this thing”. Then Tri-Ace went and remade everything anyway :P

        Maybe they also just decided to explore another single-player Phantasy Star game using recycled elements from the online ones? But instead of making a muddy, unfocused, disappointing mess a la Phantasy Star Universe again, they rightly separated the projects.

        You can’t just toss out your theory like a fact. Go link an interview or sales numbers or something to back up what you say. PSO2 Vita could be a bomb – it’s not like anyone outside of Sega really knows how many Vita players are active in Japan right now.

      • 罪罰

        good luck getting it here, keyboard warrior.

  • Syn

    ahhh yes, the scantly dressed mystery girl, who wouldve guessed -_-

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Hmm… looks good. would like to see a trailer.

  • ShadowFang

    Gotta love Japan sometimes. “The game’s story is set during World War III, during which a mysterious pillar from space known as “Longinus” eroded the planet.” — only Japanese devs would say, “WWIII isn’t a strong enough backdrop for a shooter. We still need something from space here!” ( ^ – ^ )

    • DukeVerde

      Space Nazis, that *always* works.

  • tubers

    Reminds me of those F2P covershooter type games on Android/iOS :(

  • shogunknight

    I dont know about you guys but im almost sold on this. Mysterious girl looks awesome, localize and thats it

  • Comandante Bushido

    Mysterious girl… Sold

  • PrinceHeir

    It’s actually a TPS?

    I thought it was a Strategy turrn based like Valkyria Chronicles.

    It does look like The Third Birthday, especially the menu and camera angles.

    • Hidayat246

      LOL you right
      that why the UI is so familiar for me

  • Kevadu

    “The “dramatic battlefield RPG” is a combination gun-action and card battle game”

    Some things were never meant to be combined…

    • Sal Romano

      Haha, yeah, I thought the same thing. It would’ve been better off just using the gun action part. IMO, at least. Haven’t been interested in card games in a while.

  • Lightthrower

    We’re far from Valkyrie Profile or Star Ocean here :-(

    • Thomas FROEHLICHER

      actually I think this is Resonance of Fate lineage

      • ShadowFang

        Crazy thing is, you’re both right. :)

  • Vayne

    I’ll wait for the retail version soon.

  • natchu96

    There is always “that one girl voiced by Kana Hanazawa” these days.

    How does she find time to voice all the stuff she plays? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but really.

    • Alex TSi

      Just like Troy Baker voiced almost 90% all games now.


    Those are some upper-class Vita graphics, not bad for a F2P. Art style suits me too. Sold

  • Sai

    Based Nagi Ryou

  • Shinsua

    That is one helluva HUD.

  • SOLOmio

    WWIII? then I don’t wanna be part of Japan, cause Japan have the baddest luck when they are in WW’s!