A press conference about the online FPS PC game, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Online was held at Nicofarre, in Roppongi, Tokyo. The game is based on the popular anime series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
■Teaser Trailer Event Exclusive
At the start of the conference, Owen Mahoney, the president and CEO of Nexon, introduced the game.
Neople, known for Dungeon Fighter Online, is in charge of the development. It’s a high quality FPS reproducing the world view and the characters of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Mahoney commented that he was honored to provide the game to its IP country, Japan, as he himself is a big fan of the Ghost in the Shell series.
■About the Game
Yuu Murashita, the operational product manager, and DustelBox, a pro-gamer from “DetonatioN”, talked about the game system and its features:
・Game mode and Areas
There will be three game modes: “Team Death Match”, “Demolition”, and “Conquest”. Each mode will have its own rules and strategies. The combat areas include settings that appeared in the original story. The world of the anime will be used in additional game areas in the future.
“Team Death Match” mode has classic FPS rules. It will feature teams up to eight people.
On “Demolition” mode, there is base you will either have to conquer as the attack team or defend as a defense team
On “Conquest” mode, your team wins by conquering the majority of the bases on the map.
・Characters and skills
The most appealing and distinctive part of the game is that you can choose your favorite characters from the anime.
Each character has different skills, allowing players to have a more complex strategic performance. You don’t have to know the original story to enjoy the game.
The game system “Skill Sync” is very important. You can share your own character’s skill with your teammates to use it at the same time. Since you can use multiple skills, you can come up with many different ways to fight, such as forming a special close-attack melee team with a combo of “Therm-Optic Camo” and “Hyper Sprint”.
Motoko Kusanagi’s skill is “Therm-Optic Camo”. It enables your body to become transparent. But since it doesn’t make you completely invisible, there is a risk to be noticed by enemies especially while in motion.
The “Arm Launcher” skill by Batou fires missiles that cause huge damage to the enemy. DustelBox commented that having Batou as your teammate would be reassuring, but very threatening to see one in the enemy team.
Togusa’s skill “Seeker Drone” summons an AI robot that auto-targets an enemy. You can use it not only for attacking, but also for diversion. So, you can have more tactic options depending on how you use the skill.
Saito’s skill “Heat Sensor” can grasp the location of enemies through a wall. It may sound a little overpowered, but it doesn’t always work 100%. Your opponent may use it against you to their advantage.
Ishikawa has a skill called “Sentry Gun” that sets a turret. It’s stationary and auto-fires at enemies within its range. Once you salvage it, you can set it at another location.
Borma’s skill “Nano-Gel Armor” can recover HP temporarily, and also increases max HP.
Paz’s skill “Hyper Sprint” improves his speed and jumping power. You can move with blistering speed across the map.
‘Skill Sync’ is a unique system that allows you to have many different tactics depending on the combinations you choose.
At the end of the conference, they made an announcement about the future development of Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. Online. The summary is as follows:
○September 15 (Thurs) to 18 (Sun): Tokyo Game Show 2016 e-Sports stage 【Touch & Try (trial play) booth】
○November 2 (Wed): Open beta testing scheduled.
○End of November: Official release scheduled.
■Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese media franchise, originally published as a manga by Masamune Shirow. It was adapted as an anime film in 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshii. It won the first place of the Billboard video charts in the following year and has influenced many Hollywood movies since then.
Seven years after the success of the film, its TV anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was released illustrating an independent parallel world, directed by Kenji Kamiyama.
■Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. Online
Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. Online is an online FPS game on PC developed by NEOPLE Inc., a consolidated subsidiary of Nexon. It is based on the popular anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and it is set in a world where information networks developed with increasing speed and the society is filled with complicated crimes. Players can enjoy Cyber-Brain wars as they play as a member of Public Security Section 9, an elite warfare and investigation unit utilizing their high quality cyborg bodies to fight cyber-terrorists in future Japan.
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