Earth Defense Force 6 has been officially revealed by series publisher D3, with the game expected to launch in 2021. Alongside that, a voxel-based spin-off, Earth Defense Force: World Brothers is also on the way.The 2021 date suggests that Earth Defense Force 6 will land on next-generation consoles, which launch this holiday season, but no official platforms for the game have been announced just yet.
The game’s website doesn’t offer much information beyond a suite of screenshots (below), which as you might expect, include massive bugs terrorizing an urban landscape. It looks very much like an Earth Defense Force game, where a team of humans (often in co-op groups) must flesh out character builds and fight to rid the world of a bug scourge with increasingly absurd weaponry.
Earth Defense Force 6 Screenshots
As well as EDF 6, a voxel-based Earth Defence Force game has been revealed, titled Earth Defense Force: World Brothers.
The change in art style looks like a great fit, and according to its website, the predicament facing the World Brothers is that “Earth has become a square?” The game features characters from across the entire EDF series, and it will land on Nintendo Switch and PS4 at some point this year.
Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Images
Neither game has so far been announced for western release. The EDF series has traditionally featured long gaps between Japanese release and a western release, but spin-off Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain launched simultaneously worldwide, which might offer some hope to fans of giant bug slaughter.
Check out IGN’s review of Iron Rain from April 2019, where we called the last entry in the series “a more-than-pleasant experiment, a game that feels like it was made by fans of the series with their own ideas”.
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