Attack on Titan has 10 playable characters, Free Mode, Outside the Walls Investigation Mode, more
posted on 12.30.15 at 12:20 PM EDT by (@salromano)
New interview with producer Hisashi Koinuma and director Tomoyuki Kitamuta.

Attack on Titan

Famitsu recently posted a new interview with Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan producer Hisashi Koinuma and director Tomoyuki Kitamuta.

Here’s the rundown of new information:

  • There are ten playable characters: Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Krista, Sasha, Connie, Jean, Levi, Hange, and Erwin.
  • The story is intended to let users experience the first season of the anime from beginning to end. Depending on where the story is, the character you control will change.
  • Scenes from the original work, highlights for each character, and so on are being created as proper events.
  • The story has been produced well enough people who don’t know of the original work to understand the story of Attack on Titan.
  • There will be original episodes not featured in the original work by the original author and supervising editor that shed the spotlight on characters.
  • In addition to the story mode, there is an “Investigation Outside the Walls Mode” where you can go about various missions playing as your favorite character. This mode can be used for character development, finding weapon materials, and gathering funds.
  • After clearing the story mode, a Warriors-style “Free Mode” unlocks where you can play stages with your favorite characters.
  • During battles, you’ll move along and fight throughout the stage to achieve the stated goal. In the middle, sub-missions like “Save So-and-So from a Dilemma” will occur. There are also hidden missions.
  • Players can also battle titans by themselves, but in order to inflict immediate damage, it’s important to fight alongside allies.
  • Players can give basic instructions to their allies while fighting against the titans. Based on the character, there are even situations where you can give direct orders.
  • While moving around on the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear, you can go any place freely so long as the wire can hit it. The Square button is to shoot the wire and X is to boost.
  • You’ll automatically shoot to the place where the wire hooks. While flying through the air, you can designate the direction you want to go with the left stick.
  • Given the sense of the speed while moving around with the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear, there were some 3D motion sickness problems, but Koei Tecmo says it was able to successfully resolve them.
  • Characters have a movement mode and a combat mode. You can switch to combat mode with the R1 button as you approach a titan. During combat mode, your wire shots are devoted to the titan rather than to general movement.
  • The pendulum-like movement of the wire shots from the original work will be reproduced in the game. Also, given that you’ll fight while almost never touching the ground, the game will remain faithful to the setup of the original work.
  • When piercing the titans with the wire, you can move around the titan. Because your attack damage is decided based on speed and timing, to kill the enemy with a single blow, you should use the X button to boost and follow up with the Triangle button to attack.
  • The blades and gas of the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear will use up. And the distance that the wire can be shot depend on the weapon equipped.
  • Players will be able to customize their weapons’ durability, sharpness, gas capacity, wire shot range, and movement speed based on their play style.
  • There are a large number of original weapons, including Japanese sword-style blades.
  • When you defeat a titan, there are times you can get items or a swallowed soldier will come out.
  • Sometimes, you’ll be able to recover resources from titans. You can use these resources to forge and develop new weapons.
  • The nape is a titan’s weakness, but there is a good reward for those who destroy all of its parts, like its arms and legs.
  • As you use each character and increase the amount of time you practice, new skills will unlock.
  • Almost all the buildings in the city can be destroyed.

If you missed it, catch the latest footage here.

Attack on Titan is due out for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita on February 18 in Japan, and next year in North America and Europe.

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  • Budgiecat

    not a single mention of the online co-op play which is one of the more interesting and unique parts..

    as said before, hopefully they increase the challenge of the A.I. enemies and reduce texture load in issues…

    • Zatekuyo

      I may believe they might get onto the challenge increasement of said A.I. enemies and bosses (If it has any in progresses) and reducing the texture load issues if we demand for it and ask them.

      It’ll help them alot, and oh let’s not forget about the subtitle for Attack on Titan.

    • Tommy

      True. Though as someone who follows the Warriors franchise for awhile, from my experience, the company involved in the making of this game (and the Warriors games) showcase their games on the lowest possible setting to display whatever it is they are showing. Now on any Warriors game, easy is not even a challenge, the A.I is practically lifeless and do nothing. However, I can’t say how far they will take the difficulty up. On Xtreme Legends versions of their games of late, there has been a Nightmare mode which (without proper equipment) can be pretty brutal seeing as how the A.I is really aggressive in comparison to easy mode. Still though, no where near as hard as any souls game. But if they don’t implement something like or even harder than their own Nightmare mode in Xtreme Legends inclusions of the Warriors game, then I would be disappointed. Though, if they don’t, their next highest is usually Chaos which isn’t as hard as Nightmare but again, without the right equipment, can be pretty difficult. I can’t say how well the A.I will be, all I can do is compare it to other works done by the group. Though hopefully, like you said, I hope the A.I proves challenging and aggressive

      • Budgiecat

        yeah I find with Warriors games, when you up the difficulty, it doesnt up the intelligence of the enemy A.I., just increases their damage output and the amount of times they attack (as opposed to the standard ‘stand there and wait to get attacked’) which is why it cant be put on the level of a Souls game, DMC game on higher difficulty, or a Ninja Gaiden game.

        • Tommy

          That’s pretty much Koei’s WArriors A.I right though. Hopefully the A.I will be more smarter. Though titans (regular) are pretty brainless as is, like the Warriors A.I haha

          • Budgiecat

            even still, in the Anime the Titans do chase you. Even if you hide in a building.
            If the Titans in the game end up just standing there, it’ll be poops….

  • easedpaladin

    I can’t wait

  • Zero

    It sounds so good. I’m excited for it.

  • TomatoDragon

    Ok…this is sounding sweet.

  • TRUndercover

    Very intriguing indeed…. This game gets better and better with each new tidbit of information

  • Cael

    No playable Annie? Preorder cancelled.

    • Tommy

      Annie is playable

  • Fourwinds

    I wonder why Koei dont have plans on porting it to PC, even if they made a ”normal” port.

  • Kenny

    BloodiOS’s Annie is missing lol Luckily my fav characters Levi and Hange is there :P


    This just keep getting better and better every time they talk about it

  • Yuntu

    Day 1 for me, unless they completly fail do deliver. Which we will thankfully notice before it releases over here.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    I’m probably going to use Mikasa as much as possible.

    Also, no multiplayer? Would have ben nice to take down titans with online co-op.

    • freestylinyoshi

      There is co-op

    • Tommy

      There should be online and offline coop considering this is the company that makes the Warriors games.

      • Marco Tinè

        These are the same guys who made Dragon Quest Heroes, which inexplicably lacked any form of co-op play. Typically, the first entries of their branded products have barebone features to establish the core gameplay, while the following episodes expands with new modes, characters etc..

  • KazeJoestar

    No Annie? No Reiner? Dropped.

    • Platinal

      >wanting to play as titan scum

      • Crimrui

        Yet Eren is playable… tsk tsk..

    • Tommy

      Annie and Reiner are playable

      • Matthew

        Annie and Reiner aren’t on the list…….

  • Alkaid

    No Annie or Ymir playable?!? D: Damn.. and no co-op, well that is super sad. Damn that would’ve been so cool, I wanted to hunt with my friends…

    • freestylinyoshi

      There is co-open that was said a while back

      • Alkaid

        yeah well Ymir and Annie were listed a while back as characters as well so… I’m cautious… regarding expectations now. Plus wouldn’t be the first time that they drop an online mode.

    • Backlog10121

      Ymir will probably be playable in season 2 of the game which’ll likely come out next year after s2 of the anime finishes (sense ymir has a lot more screen time after the first season ends)

      • Alkaid

        Hm okay, thanks for the information. Tbh I didn’t watch the anime. I only know the manga. But Annie should at least be playable, she had quite some scenes at the start… too bad, can’t have em all… or so.

    • Platinal

      It’s bad enough Krista is playable, why would you want to play as YET ANOTHER TRAITOR?

      • Alkaid

        Even in the manga we don’t know frickin anything about the objective yet and if a certain someone decides to “do their own thing” I’m sure they have their reason. We’ll see about that.

  • Sunny11

    Day 1

  • Gintoki313

    Jean being playable was all I needed to know. I’ll give this game a try.

    • Crimrui

      Yup, probably gonna be my main. Wanted Annie as well but… eh…

  • ayanami-chan

    There will be original episodes not featured in the original work by the
    original author and supervising editor that shed the spotlight on

    excellent excellent

    • miyamoto

      excited excited

  • miyamoto


  • Zeria

    …yeah, I don’t think I’ll be getting this now until it drops in price.

  • Backlog10121

    I get to be both Mikasa and potato muncher? Day one :V

  • Cerberus Batista

    After playing a game like yakuza 5 I see how much can you do with so little, and by what they said this game will be really short or you will do more of the same over and over again (yeah I’m looking at you pw3).

    • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

      Pirate Warriors 1 was pretty different though.

  • zetsu9269

    Oh man, this game keeps sounding better. Need to play it.

  • Ruggarell

    PS4 is on fire with the anime games this year my god. Thank god I bought one.

  • TomatoDragon

    I’m….exited. :)
    I think the bulk of my ps4 library this gen is going to contain japanese games.

  • sadnovurdim

    Vita is on fire with the anime games this year, my God. thank God I bought one.

  • Mirikku

    Sounds nice! I’ll be maining Sasha whenever I can.

  • Jansen

    Alright! FW 2 better step your game up!
    I’m liking what I’m seeing already.

  • PuppetMaster

    Sounds good. Can’t wait to kick Annie ass!

    • Romancer Ecclesia

      Maybe you play as Annie and kill people? :>

      • PuppetMaster

        Maybe you can play as a horse running from the Titans? :>

        • Romancer Ecclesia

          But titans don’t kill horses until later on in the manga when they get smart.

          • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos


    • Kenny

      It would cool that if she being super hard boss lol

  • Revorse

    Did they name this game yet?

    • Sal Romano

      In Japan, it’s just called Shingeki no Kyojin. Here, it’s still “Attack on Titan (Tentative).” Koei Tecmo filed a trademark for “Godseekers” a while back. Maybe that’ll be it’s subtitle, but I’m not sure how it relates to the Attack on Titan universe (if anyone knows how it somehow does relate, please don’t explain it to me).

  • benzene

    Is there “what’s on the basement?” mode?

  • Glittering Crux

    Is there a mode where you create your own character? I can’t say I have any desire to play through the anime’s scenario, but the “World Mode” in the 3DS game was easily the best example of what could be done with adapting the IP into a game, and it’d be great to see it revisited in this.

  • Valkyrine

    Attack on Titans looks cool but my only concern is story and repetitive game play.

  • drtoszi

    Little said about no character customization, but hey potato girl’s still in so I’m good!

    Might also be funny to play as Krista if they make the models different. She’s like one of the smallest right?

  • fyi1191

    10 playable characters they say, how many of them are clones again?

    • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

      If they’re only 10 characters, I’m expecting none of them to be clones, but I dont know how this game’ll work.

    • Mattey

      Usually there are hardly any clone characters in the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors series, so there should be none. But they all use the same weapon so it probably is cloned with maybe some unique skills each character has that will slightly alter how you

  • MrKappa

    So I’ve never been too good with names in series like this but who the hell is Krista?

    • Bobby Jennings/GodlessChaos

      small girl with blond hair. Looks similar to Annie except Annie’s is in a ponytail.

      She hangs around Reiner

    • maujogador

      Sorry for the potato quality.

  • Zero

    Please be careful with spoilers in here. I’ve put in our tags on a few posts. When posting a comment with spoilers, please copy+paste this pastebin.

  • SOLOmio

    my mistery is how black people or chinese or native american survived! especially this being kinda Victorian steampuk era type of setting!! anything logic in regard!?

  • Noel

    Kristaaaaaa!!!! <3