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Everything you need to know about Scarlet Nexus, the next-gen anime game

The future is "Holiday 2020."


As the shift to a new console generation begins, some things change like graphics, performance, and teraflops while other things like Bandai Namco Entertainment routinely releasing anime video games, remains the same.

Scarlet Nexus, a wacky apocalyptic sci-fi game, is the next anime-inspired title that's slated for next-generation consoles.

Here’s everything we know about Scarlet Nexus.

When is the Scarlet Nexus release date?

Scarlet Nexus’ release date is currently unknown, but we can likely assume it’s 2021. If you attempt to pre-order the game from your preferred vendor, the release date says “December 31, 2021.” That’s a placeholder, but it does provide some insight that the release is well into the future. The trailer for Scarlet Nexus describes the game as “Coming Soon,” which is just a more confident way to say, “Now in Development.”

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What platforms will Scarlet Nexus be available on?

It will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Smart Delivery will be available, so you can feel safe purchasing it for Xbox One while waiting to buy an Xbox Series X. It’s unknown if any cross-generational service will be available for PlayStation gamers at this time.

What is Scarlet Nexus’ story?

Scarlet Nexus takes place in the distant future when scientists have discovered a method to grant humans psychokinetic abilities, allowing them to control all sorts of things with their minds from energy to objects. This occurs just as humanity is facing an invasion from mutants known as “Others,” who hail from the sky. Others are immune to conventional weaponry, leaving those with psionic abilities as Earth’s last defense. In response to the invasion, a task force called the Other Suppression Force has been formed. The group is chock full of psychokinetic ability-users who fight to stop the invasion.

You play as a new OSF recruit, Yuito Sumeragi, who while learning about the world, might learn a little about the truth behind these fantastical new abilities.

Is there a trailer for Scarlet Nexus?

Yes! You can watch it below.

From it, we learn that “Others” can come in all shapes and sizes. Some appear to be quite large and they’re not limited to specific rules. One Other in the trailer featured full-on blooming flowers on their anatomy, while that was missing from other characters. We also learn that the others are perhaps aliens.

The trailers gives us an idea of the gameplay, which seems to be quite actiony, similar to a combo-based game like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. Each character has a different close-range attack ability and they each fight in different ways with their various powers.

We also get a look at other abilities. Some characters can multiply, others can create elements like electricity or fire. So the scope of these supernatural abilities appears to be quite vast.

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Who is developing Scarlet Nexus?

Scarlet Nexus is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios, the publisher’s internal team. Specifically, it’s being headed by folks who previously worked on the Tales Of series. Although Scarlet Nexus isn’t a turn-based RPG, this should still provide some confidence in the title.

Does Scarlet Nexus have an English dub or a Japanese voice track?

It has both! The English trailer features dubbed voice-overs, while the Japanese trailer had a corresponding voice. If previous BANDAI NAMCO Studios titles like Code Vein are any indication you should be able to switch between the two through a settings menu once Scarlet Nexus launches.

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