Kadokawa Games’ Post-Apocalyptic RPG Metal Max Xeno Launches April 19, 2018 in Japan

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Kadokawa Games upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG Metal Max Xeno has a release date in Japan.

The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita RPG will launch on April 19th, 2018 in Japan. Featured above, a new trailer was shared alongside the game’s release date announcement.

Here’s a look at the game’s box art:

Kadokawa Games also revealed new characters Dylan and Maria:

Dylan (voice by Yoshiaki Kawabata)

Aged 20, he’s described as a rebellious gangster that comes off like a brother. He’s the leader of a gang of thieves known for causing ruckus around the edges of the main base. When fighting to avenge one of his minions (killed by the main enemy), the protagonist saves him – he’s still exiled.


Maria (voice by Chiaki Takahashi)

Aged 29, she’s described an an immortal female soldier. She was born in a city quite close to the main base. Despite being on a training expedition, she returned with her comrades after hearing her hometown was being assaulted. Her comrades were wiped out, and yet she fights on alone.

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  • InfectedAI

    Barely? Hasn’t this game been in development for a good while?

  • Rough

    That artstyle… Is that…

  • John Smith
  • sanic

    I’d buy that.

  • Shoahvanist

    Hard to get excited when the game has zero chance of coming west.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    story of a JRPG fan…

  • BFG

    Actually, that’s pretty much every japanese media in a nutshell

  • Mr0303

    I really like the character designs. The whole game somewhat reminds me of Freedom Wars.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Damn, I still need to learn english, and thats the only language I speak.

  • BFG

    What I meant is that if you feel passionate towards a specific foreign media, learning the language is more useful. That’s what I did for english and japanese.

    It takes some time sure (though “incomplete learning” is also a thing, such as for instance, focusing more on reading than speaking), but it pays off in terms of outcomes.

  • Ninjagai

    Or on the the correct platform, which is PC.

  • BFG

    Or on my favorite platform, which is PC.


  • Ninjagai

    The platform everyone on this forum has, what 99.99% of people who would post online to talk about jrpgs would already own.

    You know, so people don’t have to spend hundreds of extra dollars on inferior hardware to play a particular game.

  • BFG

    A platform that has a niche market on Japan, you know, the country where the JRPGs came from. Also calling the consoles as “inferior hardwares” is not only pretentious (good game design doesnt require fancy requirements or high specs), but also the equivalent of biting the hand that feed you, the PC user.

    I still get to wonder where this hate towards anything non-personal computer related come from, despite I’ve been using a computer for a little more than 20 years. Then again, I’ve been an idort too.

  • Ninjagai

    You are correct that good games don’t require high specs. That also makes it more likely that it would be easier to get running on any PC someone has (like the one you’re using right now), or the PC any Japanese developer would use to make the game, or the PC any Japanese gamer would use to talk about JRPGs.

    Also, the barrier to entry for making PC games is much lower than console games, which require dev-kits.

    The issue here isn’t hate towards consoles, it’s Japanese dev’s snobbery towards putting games on PC.

    I have tons of consoles, (every playstation, and most Nintendo systems), but ultimately, it’s shitty to say that someone should have to buy all those systems to play all those games.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    idk, I’d love to know Japanese, but It would probably take like 5 years until I could learn it good enough to get through a JRPG.

  • BFG

    The issue here isn’t hate towards consoles, it’s Japanese dev’s snobbery towards putting games on PC.

    Because it’s again a niche market (used mostly by eroge/doujin enthusiasts and the westaboos), that has nowhere the popularity present in the West. I find quite baffling to see western people trying to impose their values to a wholly different culture.

    Consoles and the games are also insanely cheap to find in Japan in the second-hand market, while we have to deal this plague of scalpers, and in case of Europe, custom taxes for imports. In that sense, I dont blame people here just relying on emulation or porting in PC (or using the real hardware but pirating too)

  • BFG

    Depends more of the learning source materials you’re using tbh, which is quite difficult because a lot of them are ineffective due of either not wanting to scare off the learners and treating the japanese language as you would teach english, french, spanish, etc. Tae Kim, Imabi, and Jisho are good ressources.

    Depends also of the conviction and free time given too (though I recall learning the language at work during breaks). Writing notes can also help.

  • I came to say exactly this. The game does look interesting.

  • Qwaserzero

    I likes what I see.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    keep in mind the above picture is an android

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    >needs footwear to run, climb and jump
    >across muddy, rocky, sandy and generally wastelandish terrain
    >high heels
    this triggers me like a tumblirette
    how the fuck do women even walk on those things

  • Kuraudo

    you can do it in under 6 months if you’re not trying to be conversationally fluent; best of all, half of that time will be using jrpgs with voice and text to hone your reading. Japanese is surprisingly easy compared to, say, spanish.

  • Kuraudo

    I look at games not being also announced for nintendo switch and i similarly shake my head in wonder.

  • Kuraudo

    I dont think you can be a pc fanboy; valve fanboy surd, but nit pc fanboy.

  • porkbun

    Another Japan exclusive series.

  • Bitterbear

    The only problem with Spanish is more pronouns and adjectives than what a Tumblrite can handle.

    Japanese on the other hand is annoying as fuck because on top of having to deal with Yoda-like grammar, nuance rules supreme because a sentence has a different meaning depending on the place, time, social hierarchy, the moon’s gravitational tidal pull, gender, latitude, longitude, altitude, voice tone, clothing style, and whether it’s been said on a private and/or/xor/nor/sin/cos/tan public building .

  • ProxyDoug

    Looks pretty good, like a mix of 7th Dragon and Hokuto no Ken.

  • Grampy_Bone
  • BFG

    Each language has its fair share of bullshit. Japanese is no exception.

    From my own experience, it was mostly
    -the onyomi/kunyomi pronounciations of kanji (basically how a kanji should be pronounced depending if it’s written in-between kana/alone or alongside other kanji). Add the fact there are exceptions to the rules in the way they’re pronounced too, and the simple-looking kanji tend to have the biggest amount of pronounciations, each used in a certain context.
    -counting and counters (the main thing that really scare off the learners, and I know I still have a personal issue with it)
    -the nuances of words with similar meanings in apparence. For instance “being good at” which has three words, うまい, とくい, じょうず. You should say とくい if you refer to yourself, as うまい and じょうず are used to describe someone’s else ability. Using those latter two to refer yourself will make you quite pretentious. うまい also mean “delicious” (or to praise someone’s cooking) for another context.

    Language is also wholly based on context hence why sentences can easily omit certain words that would if the context has been defined well enough or instead, to confuse the listener in case of comedic plays.

    Then again, it’s just about practising regularly

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    You’re jumping the gun dude. At least one of the girls must have clamps or piercings to confirm it.

  • Rough

    “At least one of the girls must have clamps or piercings to confirm it.”
    This ain’t shadman, dude, and IIRC she(?) almost never draws those on her(?) girls.

  • Sir Sog Muffin

    This looks charmingly low-rent. Like a forgotten PS2 gem. Which btw what is even the deal with Japan and their PS2-tier graphics. I dont mind it, but when are they finally gonna upgrade.

  • Hilda

    …even better

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    Not that it matters, always assumed it was a guy. Personal experience usually ends with a clamp on something. The new bunnies by BINDing come to mind. Not linking for reasons…