Chaos Ensues: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Gets an “Endless Eclipse” Mode


Koei Tecmo has shared new information for the Omega Force-developed action game, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

The game will be getting an “Endless Eclipse” mode, which pits the player against an “endless swarm of enemies” while also completing various missions – in the hopes of overcoming the infamous Eclipse.

Here’s a rundown on the new mode, via Koei Tecmo:

An endless swarm of enemies awaits those brave enough to take on the game’s Endless Eclipse Mode, where players can prove their worth as they go toe to toe with countless enemies in the formidable Eclipse dimension. Offering a unique and challenging respite from the main story, the new mode has players fighting for their life as they rush to complete various missions to overcome the deadly Eclipse. Slashing their way through this realm will gradually present them with stronger opponents and harder missions pushing players’ skills to their limits. Success comes with rewards however, and those who manage to withstand the challenge will find themselves better equipped to tackle the main game mode.

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk also features exciting new battle mechanics and sub-weapons to diversify combat and provide greater immersion into the dark fantasy universe. Alongside his or her weapon of choice, each character wields a potent sub-weapon offering unique abilities and effects, allowing players to gain the upper hand in tight situations. However, the extra boost of power comes at a price – unlike standard weaponry, sub-weapons become temporarily unavailable after use.

For example, alongside his Dragonslayer, Guts wields a crossbow and an artificial arm cannon allowing for quick-fire or explosive long-range attacks which clear all enemies in sight, whereas the fearsome apostle Zodd can perform brutal rush attacks to clear enemies from his path. Meanwhile the young witch, Schierke, has the ability to cast powerful spells and deal great damage to enemies while afar, as well as summon companions to aid her in combat, making the magic conjurer a useful companion on the battlefield.

You can find a new batch of screenshots for the game below:

A new gameplay trailer was also revealed, this time introducing the playable character Schierke.

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is set for an October 27th release in Japan on PS4, PS3, and Vita, with a western release coming in February on PS4, PS Vita, and PC. North America will get the game on the 21st, while Europe will get it on the 24th. In case you missed it, you can read up on the game’s various pre-order bonuses here.

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  1. Madbrainbox
    December 2, 2016 at 11:30 am

    “Endless Eclipse”.Great way to miss the point of what the Eclipse is.I’m getting less and less enthusiastic about this game and I hope a proper game will be made for Berserk in time.And a proper anime.

  2. goodbyejojo
    December 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    poor casca

  3. Grey Mind
    Grey Mind
    December 2, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Having already imported a copy, the Infinite Eclipse (or Endless Eclipse) mode isn’t so much endless enemies as it is tons of missions down various branching paths through a 100 floor “Eclipse”. It’s tons of fun and has loads of variety throughout the different scenarios so it helps stave off that eventual Musou fatigue. It’s a nice mode to give you more variety than Story (which is almost exclusively Guts) and the obligatory Free Mode.

  4. Smug
    December 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    There is hoping the PC port is better handled than One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

  5. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    December 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Wasn’t that one of the better ports?

  6. Smug
    December 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Nope, the PC port of OPPW3 was advertised as the PS4 version on Steam, but the graphic quality was bugged to hell (washed out colors from the Vita version, field distance was low, impossible to max out settings, logia users had their bodies completely disappearing when transforming, etc.). The PC port also has disabled online.

    Some mods tried to fix the graphic quality but I think the biggest offense is that Bandai Namco never bothered to do anything.

  7. Mr0303
    December 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds like a typical survival mode with some rewards. The secondary weapon system could give the combat good rhythm.

  8. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    December 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    To be fair, some of their more recent ports have used the PS4 versions like DQ Heroes and Attack on Titan. Their not good ports my any means, but at least somewhat competent.

    The thing to worry about most for this particular game is if the framerate is going to be locked at 30 since it’s locked like that on the PS4 edition and if it does get locked on PC too, then the speed will likely be fucked if you try and tamper it.

  9. Feniks
    December 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    God I loved the anime adaptation. Evil wins, your friends are all slaughtered by demons and watch your waifu get raped by your ex hero turned satan.

    Happy endings are for massage parlours.