Following off up on details Famitsu ran last week, Bandai Namco has released a new press release for God Eater 2: Rage Burst. While explicitly new revelations are far and few between here, explanations for the new details that were reviewed are plentiful, especially with respect to the new faces and gameplay systems set to be introduced in the expansion. Catch our translation below.
PlayStation 4 Version Technical Breakdown
With the introduction of a new platform for God Eater 2: Rage Burst comes a host of technical upgrades that make the experience on hand better than it’s ever been. Here are some of the biggest improvements you can expect when picking up the PlayStation 4 version:
- High definition visuals that give you an even more striking, detailed view of battle than ever before. Not only that, the extra screen real estate allows you to concentrate on fighting without UI elements getting in the way of your center of vision!
- Support for the DualShock 4’s speaker for Operator messages. While you can still have NPC chatter appear directly on the screen like before, we suggest giving your DualShock 4 a shot and having them piped through its speakers, as it’s sure to heighten immersion!
- 5.1 surround sound for positional audio. From support characters speaking up behind you to Aragami rampaging all around, the game’s audio will come out of different speakers depending on their in-game position, heightening your ability to stay in touch with battlefield conditions intuitively at all times!
Isaac Feldman (voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto)
Height: 190 cm. (approximately 6’3″)
Isaac is chief of intelligence management at Fenrir, in charge of public relations and information control as it relates to Fenrir. He’s sent to the far eat base from Fenrir’s headquarters in an attempt to clamp down on the Spiral Tree and monitor it. Upon discovering Livie’s latent talent for using a wide array of God Arcs, he recruits her to take down God Arc users who have become Aragami.
The Spiral Tree’s Many Explorable Fields
Rage Burst‘s new story content takes place in an area known as the “Spiral tree.” Though it’s all contained under one overarching banner, the Spiral Tree itself is host to dozens of fields that players will traverse as they go about their missions. The members of Blood are as such tasked with reclaiming these areas one by one as they make their way up to the top levels. Read below for a sampling of a few places players can expect to encounter during their travels.
- The Outer Edges. An area that gives off an almost uniquely sacred vibe, the Outer Edges are a quiet part of the Spiral Tree that’s bathed in beams of soft sunlight. In the roots of the innumerable trees stick out remnants of man-made artifacts, a testament of the sheer enormity of the Spiral Tree as it works to claim the land for itself.
- The Bottom Level. In contrast to the serene beauty of the Outer Edges, the Bottom Level has a distinctly eerie air about it. A blue substance can be seen propagating in spots, indicating that the Spiral Tree itself may in fact be falling victim to a disease of some sort.
- The Middle Layer. The farther up along the Spiral Tree Blood heads, the less the tree appears to be a product of nature, as evidenced by the Middle Layer’s grounding becoming mineralized. A desolate area all around, little of note can be found other than the waterfalls that flow down through it.
The Silky is a floating-type Aragami that came under observation in the far east. Its name coming from the cape that it wears on its back, the Silky is able to shoot out balls of blue fire thanks to an oracle that still lingers within the fields of the Spiral Tree, as well as tear things up with its long claws, making it a dangerous opponent to go up against. It’s bound to appear time and again as the members of Blood explore the Spiral Tree.
Survival Missions and Camping Scenes
As is par for the course, Rage Burst has Survival Missions that players can partake in, particular throughout the Spiral Tree. New for the expansion, however, are Camping Scenes that take place in-between strings of fights where players can not only get ready for what’s to come, but also catch small glimpses of the cast doing various things as they take their breaks. It’s worth noting, though, that during these segments, players can’t refill on expendable items while out on Survival Missions, even during Camping Scenes, so careful planning must be made in advance.
Additionally, Survival Missions in Rage Burst have a stat that’s known as “Endurance.” Applied to every member in a combat party, Endurance is an important thing to keep an eye on because as characters are downed and have to be respawned, it’ll go down and should it run out completely, they’ll be taken out of battle completely. Should this happen to the player character, they’ll fail the mission. Since Survival Missions take place over the course of a series of fights, paying attention to characters’ Endurance is of the utmost importance.
New Gameplay System: Personal Abilities
The Personal Ability system is a new way for players to more finely tune their NPC allies so that they develop just how they like. This is accomplished by spending Ability Points that each character gets by going on missions that can be spent unlocking Personal Abilities, thereby learning new skills and boosting existing parameters that can then be exploited in battle. What each character picks up in the end is entirely up to the player!
New Character Creator Parts and Outfits
Like much of Rage Burst, the character creator has seen some expansion, bringing with it new faces, hairstyles, accessories, and more. Similarly, a number of new wearable outfits have been added on top of all of the ones from the base game that will be carried over. As your choice in outfits doesn’t influence your stats or skills one way or another, you can feel free to dress up how you like without worrying about any consequences!
God Eater 2: Rage Burst is due out for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on February 19 in Japan. As per usual, you can catch a host of new screenshots and artwork at the gallery here.