D3 Publisher Inc., a leading Japanese games publisher, has put out a call to all willing and able-bodied players worldwide to enlist in the EDF today with the global launch of Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, the latest chapter in the beloved Earth Defense Force series.
Developed by YUKE’S and out now exclusively for the PlayStation®4 system today, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain enters new territory, introducing character customization, a new cast of characters focusing on one of the strongest military units in EDF, equipped with even more advanced gear, tech and weaponry – and a brand-new threat facing the Earth Defense Force and citizens of Earth.
The Earth Defense Force: Iron RainStandard Edition ($59.99 USD / €59.99 EUR) and Ultimate Edition ($89.99 USD / €89.99 EUR) are available today on the PlayStation Store for new recruits ready to enlist. Pre-order perks for both editions include exclusive customized costumes, enhanced weapons, and much more. In addition, the Ultimate Edition includes a critical weapon and an additional mission scheduled to release shortly after launch.
Since it first launched in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 console, the Earth Defense Force series has earned a strong reputation for its relentless wave shooter gameplay and co-op fun, featuring swarms of enemies, a wide array of unique classes and weapons — and charming B-movie dialogue and settings with cities under siege by giant insects, kaiju monsters, and alien invaders.
This focus on pitting players against an overwhelming force of enemies continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain while introducing exciting new gear and technology for stalwart EDF soldiers and a brand-new separatist faction, the Kindred Rebellion. Players will need all the help they can get as the Aggressor’s alien invasion of giant insects, monsters, and mechs continues to rain down terror around the world.
“On behalf of D3 Publisher and creators, I would like to thank EDF fans around the world for their continued support. With Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, we wanted to create an EDF experience that can be enjoyed by both newcomers and veterans alike – and hope everyone enjoys the next chapter in the fight to save our mother Earth!”Nobuyuki Okajima, Producer at D3 Publisher and Creator of the EDF series
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Key Features:
Twelve years have been passed since mankind’s first encounter with the alien “Aggressor” invasion that devastated planet Earth. In this time of great despair, the battle to free mankind from the Aggressor’s extended assault continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.
Developed by YUKE’s with the Unreal Engine 4, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is the best-looking EDF to date. Players will see and feel the difference with an overwhelming number of on-screen invaders raining down from the sky in over 50 intense, story driven missions.
- Master Four Soldier Classes: Thanks to advances in “PA-Gear” technology, the EDF are on more equal footing with the “Aggressors.” These powered exoskeleton suits can be customized with hundreds of weapon, armament, and item loadout combinations with four unique soldier classes, each with their own critical Over Drive ability to change the tide of battle, including the Trooper, Jet Lifter, Heavy Striker, and most notably, the brand-new Prowl Rider.
- Multiplayer: Staying true to the series’ roots in arcade action, both online and local multiplayer split-screen modes are available. Online supports up to six player co-op – and the new Mercenary mode, which finds teams competing for Energy Gems hosts up to 8 players.
- Character customization: For the first time in the series, players will step into the boots of Closer, a decorated war hero who awakens from a seven-year coma. Players can customize his or her appearances before diving into the game’s character driven campaign.
In this time of great peril and despair, we invite you to join us in the fabled EDF battle hymn, which soldiers sing to bolster their morale and spirits:
To save our mother Earth from any alien attackFrom vicious giant insects who have once again come backWe’ll unleash all our forcesWe won’t cut them any slackThe EDF deploys!