Bandai Namco shares Blue Protocol opening with theme song by L’Arc~en~Ciel

Blue Protocol

Publisher Bandai Namco shared the opening animation for Blue Protocol, their hotly anticipated anime MMORPG.

The opening animation shows off various characters from the anime-themed MMO, and features the song “Mirai” from the very excellent Japanese rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel.

Here’s a rundown on the game, plus the opening animation – beware there are potential spoilers in the opening:

Blue Protocol

Developed by Bandai Namco Online & Bandai Namco Studios and published by Amazon Games, Blue Protocol is a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Action RPG where you become the hero of your very own sci-fi fantasy adventure. Explore the beautiful and dangerous world of Regnas in an immersive multiplayer experience with deep character customization and action-packed combat.

A Vast World & Immersive Adventure

You are on a quest to uncover the truth about your origins. On your travels you meet people from many worlds and make new friends with whom you share your adventures. Eventually, you find yourself facing an inescapable destiny that will determine the fate of planet Regnas. The overuse of technology has created a distortion of space-time, which will eventually engulf planet Regnas and cause its destruction. To change that fate, you and your friends must travel to an unknown world in search of the truth and a solution.

Action-Packed Combat

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced player, the action-based combat system features controls that are customizable and able to match any playstyle. Your class is dependent on the weapons you choose, allowing you to adapt to challenges without changing your character. Switch between five different classes, each with unique skills that add damage multipliers, healing, and elemental effects that can be modified and leveled-up. Equip combinations of skills, modifiers, and summon Echoes—mystical creatures derived from the planet’s power that bolster your abilities or aid you in battle—to create a custom hero fit for your play style.

Deep Customization

Your character is an integral part of Blue Protocol. Enhance your adventure by enjoying complete character and combat customization. Control how your character appears with custom facial features, hairstyles, outfits and accessories, and express their personality with gestures and dances to create a true-to-you character representative in game. Explore the vast world with a variety of mounts and craft custom weapons and gear for a truly unique experience.

Multiplayer Adventure

Work together as a team with other players to tackle quests, fight boss battles, and engage in massive online raids against towering monsters. There are three options when entering any Dungeon, Raid or Mission – Solo, Matchmaking, and Recruiting Parties. Solo lets players go it alone. Matchmaking randomly connects you with available players of a similar level. Recruiting Parties lets you browse the Parties who are taking on the same challenge. If you choose to go solo, don’t neglect giving aid to someone in the same area, to get bonus rewards. If you decide to make more formal arrangements, you can expect additional damage and add bonuses, such as HP regen. In addition, players in Parties pool some items that enemies drop, making it easier to complete certain Quests and Adventure Board challenges.

Have a group or find others you want to play with consistently? Join a Team. Teams are like guilds, with a roster of like-minded players who can easily find each other and play together. Teams have leaders, deputies, and assistants who help administrate the Team, and can rank-up.

Blue Protocol is expected to release sometime this year on Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.

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