Former Imageepoch Staff Are Working on Earth Wars, a 2D Action Game for PS4 and XB1

Former Imageepoch staff Komura Issei and Kuroki Takashi formed a new development studio called One or Eight.

While they only number five total staff, their first game, Earth Wars, is coming out on Playstation 4 some time this summer, with an Xbox One version coming some time later. Featured above, you can view the debut trailer for the game, as well as find screenshots (via Gamer.ne.jp) below:

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Players will be able to defend Earth from an invading force known only as the E.B.E., in the near 2020 future. While the game is a 2D action game, you’ll be fighting through hordes of the monsters that have wiped out most of the countries in the world. You can play as a man or a woman fighting in the special military unit A.N.T.I., a task force designed to combat the invaders.

You can customize your character, although the male character plays differently from the female character in that he is more heavy and armored, and utilizes missiles, and a sword for melee combat. The female character is faster and more adept at maneuvering around her enemies, and she uses both a rifle and a sword.

Dashing in game lets you avoid damage, and you’ll also be able to juggle your enemies in the air, and even finish them off with various special moves. As you progress through levels, you can make new weapons and upgrade your characters.

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Brandon Orselli


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  1. Mr0303
    July 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    The art is beautiful, but the animations look a bit stiff. I’m a sucker for beat-em-up games, so I’ll probably try it out.

  2. Nonscpo
    July 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Is it just me or does that head not go with that art style?

  3. daggot △
    daggot △
    July 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    it ends up making things look a bit weird

  4. Siveon
    July 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    The animations and music make me want to kill myself, but everything else looks alright.

  5. Ippiki Okami
    Ippiki Okami
    July 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Heads the size of watermelons!

  6. Jose Felix Gomez
    Jose Felix Gomez
    July 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Why is the article tagged as “Vita”?

  7. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Apologies – it’s a habitual thing as lots of the games recently have been confirmed for PS4/Vita. Fixed!

  8. Jose Felix Gomez
    Jose Felix Gomez
    July 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Fair enough. Still had hopes :(.

  9. ogopogo
    July 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Not going to bash this game but this just goes to show how amazing Vanillaware’s sprites and animation quality are; they’re truly master of their craft.

  10. TheCynicalReaper
    July 20, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Wait…so the gameplay isn’t just Rock, Paper, Scissors?
    …Are you sure former Imageepoch people are working on this?

  11. TheCynicalReaper
    July 20, 2015 at 1:15 am

    “a bit stiff”
    That’s a very kindly way to put it. I’d say “paper cut-outs sliding around the screen with fixed spinning joints”, but you say “a bit stiff”.
    You must be a very nice person. I mean that sincerely.

    Honestly I can dig it too. It’s certainly interesting.

  12. TheCynicalReaper
    July 20, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Exactly, mate.

  13. Mr0303
    July 20, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Why thank you for the compliment. In real life I’m a borderline misanthrope, but I guess I allow myself to be a bit more positive about my hobby.

    Plus I’m not sure if what we’re seeing is a final version of the product. Quite a few assets are added at later stages of the development and that usually includes animations. It is still a failing of the trailer to generate positive buzz, because the visual style and movement of the game is what people are going to take away from this. In any case I do hope they have a feedback loop.