First Preview for Earth Defense Force 5 Reveals its “Immigrant” Invaders


D3 Publisher has shared (via 4Gamer) a wealth of information and screenshots featuring many of the basic details for Earth Defense Force 5.

The game, as always, will feature the Earth Defense Force as they face off against a large swarm of encroaching alien invaders, this time known as “Immigrants.”

The game will at least begin on an EDF base, where an attack has already begun with the base in danger of being completely overrun. With the masses of weaponry the EDF has on hand, however, they’ll be able to fight back against the alien invaders.

The Earth Defense Force

This new information has revealed two playable styles of soldiers from the EDF. First is the Ranger; a typical well rounded soldier with training in a massive array of weaponry. They may be the most common soldier, but they are nonetheless essential for victory. And second is the Wing Diver; a female-exclusive class of soldier who use flight units to fly about the battle field, equipped with energy-based weaponry. Though they are quite a bit squishier than the Ranger, the Wing Divers use their vastly superior mobility and strong weaponry to make up for it.


The number of attacking Immigrants is high, and they come in a variety of forms. The most basic of these is the “Aggressive Alien Species α”. They are agile and dangerous, using both fangs and their ability to release a very potent acid to attack. Second is the “Aggressive Alien Species β”. Though they are not as agile as the α, these aliens are still dangerous.

They seem to have a stronger aptitude for combat overall, and have caused more direct damage than the α species. Also shown were the Red Variant of the Aggressive Alien Species α, which features a tougher shell that is more resistant to bullets. In exchange for the armor, however, they seem to have lost the ability to produce acid.

Immigrant Technology

The Immigrants have put quite a variety of technology to use in their favor. For starters, they began to attack through the use of Teleportation Anchors; large structures that appear to work as a one-way transport of matter, allowing them to attack easily from any anchor they drop. Alongside the attacking alien forces, you’ll be sure to see Battle Drones; large, unmanned drones ready for battle. They extend about 15 meters across, and appear to be quite dangerous.

Also seen are Teleportation Ships, which are used to bring in the more dangerous of the alien species. They are tougher to take out than the Anchors, as they feature some kind of energy shield, but need to be shot down on sight. And finally are Landing Ships, which have been used to drop off the Humanoid-type invaders. These ships have particular powerful barriers, and have not been able to be shot down – however, they don’t appear to have armaments either, and are only used to drop off invaders.

Humanoid Invaders

Alongside the more monstrous species, a few Humanoid invaders have been spotted. Colonists have already begun forming groups after the start of the invasion, and are able to survive in Earth’s atmosphere without aid.

These Humanoid creatures are presumed to be very dangerous. Cosmonauts, on the other hand, are known to be fierce and incredibly dangerous combatants. These Humanoid invaders appear to be robotic in nature, and may even be capable of speech.

Earth Defense Force 5 is set for a 2017 release in Japan on PS4, with no known plans for a western release.



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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    September 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    So we got PEPE the frog and describing the aliens as immigrants.

    Meme magic in gaming is truly at it’s finest moment.

  2. Cy
    September 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Can you build a wall, though?

  3. Gigaknight
    September 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Tell me–which localization group has the balls to keep the designation “Immigrants” in the game?

  4. Jack
    September 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    wait a minute that posting style
    this is like Play Asia all over again
    EDF 5 might just be one of the best selling EDFs, calling it now

  5. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    September 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Holy fuck D3 is not giving any shits.

  6. Mr0303
    September 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Build a space wall!

  7. Mr0303
    September 22, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    The 2 most recent games were localised by PQube and they are very short on fucks if Gal Gun and Valkyrie Drive are any indication. I mean look at this trailer:


  8. chaoguy
    September 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Only if people post about it and support it.

  9. Para-Medic
    September 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    For people who like to rail against “oppression” so much, they sure seem eager to oppress anything they don’t like.

  10. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    September 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    LMAO is this faggot serious?

  11. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    September 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    If XSEED picks this up, I don’t think they’d change it. Immigrants is a pun after all.

  12. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    September 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I can’t believe this piece of shit is being serious. It’s not even a game that’s released outside of Japan.

  13. Jack
    September 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    they just want control, not equality or anything else

  14. BROKEN R.Hoffmann
    BROKEN R.Hoffmann
    September 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    We need a new party. The AFD

    Alternative For Defense

  15. Will3316
    September 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Hope this gets localized for a US release. I do hope that they expand the roster of playable classes.

  16. Kakaku
    September 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Read about this on this on a couple other sites. Too many kneejerk reactions about the name “immigrant”. Obviously the game is refering to extraterrestrials.

  17. PenguinPlayer
    September 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm


    Wait, what happened to the “Ravagers”? Did they really just fuck off when we destroyed the brain? One would think they would have a backup plan or more ships considering the size of their force.

    I suppose the tatics haven’t changed though, just shoot it until it goes away, that’ll do just fine.

  18. Shinobu
    September 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    So says the white guilt ridden single nu-male as he feverishly posts from his iMac via NeoFAG.com.

  19. scemar
    September 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm


  20. scemar
    September 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    the “oppressed” are given license to become oppressors in the backwards justice of the regressive left

  21. Neojames82
    September 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I’d like to think this is just troll/shit posting, but then I remember it is from NeoGAF so no, this is probably fully legit.

    Also, yeah I’m sure that D3 is going to be in dire straights and be shut down because this one little pussy is offened over nothing.

  22. scemar
    September 22, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    the correct term is refugees shitlord

  23. CrimsonColossus
    September 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Giving the term “illegal aliens” a whole new meaning.

  24. Tin o Beans
    Tin o Beans
    September 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    XSeed, I know you’re reading this.

    Don’t even think of changing their name, you will give yourself the biggest promotional campaign ever, FOR FREE.

  25. Anonymoose
    September 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Had a blast with 4.1. Will buy 5 (if it works) should they put it on PC. Pissing off liberals is a bonus.

  26. Robot Maid
    Robot Maid
    September 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    According to the trailer, it takes place in 2022 (EDF 4.1 takes place in 2025). So if this is a “canon” game, then the Immigrants clearly were not much of a threat.

  27. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    September 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm


  28. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    September 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    That is one if the best trailers i’ve ever seen (for a western release)

  29. sanic
    September 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I’ll take 7 to make up for the people who pretend they would have bought it.

  30. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    September 23, 2016 at 1:14 am

    it’s called “foreena” in japanese. ravagers is english localization

  31. SiliconNooB
    September 23, 2016 at 1:26 am


  32. SiliconNooB
    September 23, 2016 at 1:27 am

    We need to thwart them with a big, beautiful wall! ^_^

  33. SiliconNooB
    September 23, 2016 at 2:52 am

    EDF EDF EDF!!!

  34. catazxy
    September 23, 2016 at 6:10 am

    That trailer is AMAZING!!

  35. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    September 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Its been confirmed to be a different timeline

  36. DrearierSpider
    September 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    We’re going to build an EDF base and the immigrants are going to pay for it.

  37. DrearierSpider
    September 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Honestly, this is a fucking brilliant marketing move on Sandlot’s part. I seriously doubt a move like this will drive away existing fans, but it’s sure to make headlines in our SJW infested outlets, potentially giving the series some much needed (and deserved) attention. If GTA and even Trump himself have shown anything, it’s that controversy sells.

    Personally, the PS4 version of EDF 4.1 had enough frame drops that I won’t be buying it for consoles anymore, but if/when a PC version comes along it’s easily a day 1 buy.

  38. Kev Lew
    Kev Lew
    September 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    good enough trailer I may buy just to keep the localisers in business. Assuming the game ever lands on PC.

  39. alterku
    September 23, 2016 at 11:10 am

    All of my this.

  40. alterku
    September 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

    So far all they’ve described are the wing divers and rangers. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them stick with 4 which honestly is good enough.

  41. alterku
    September 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Sandlot redpilled as fuck. Blast those violent false immigrants back to the hole they crawled out of.

  42. PixelBuff
    September 23, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Kek. In before SJWs have a complete meltdown and try to ban the game/shame the devs into changing it.

    Playing 4.1 through Hard mode with 4 friends right now and it’s a blast, I hope they introduce new weapons to this too. Also a new system for obtaining weapons would be nice; I’m not sure why 4.1 even lists when it get duplicate weapons, at the end of a mission you just get a huge list of shit you already have. Would be nice to only list new weapons, or to be able to sell or do something with duplicates.

  43. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    September 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Well, next week we’re going to get Gal*Gun Double Peace on PC. I think that there’s a high chance for this game too

  44. Chris Mendivil
    Chris Mendivil
    September 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    that profile picture for “Loomer” just says everything you need to know about her xD

  45. Chris Mendivil
    Chris Mendivil
    September 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    So, what we need to build a wall along the border between the Earth’s atmousphere and outer space.

  46. Qmish
    September 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    ..but they are immigrants from space :(

  47. Qmish
    September 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    still fun to play edf2 on ps2 with friends on “nostalgia parties” :D

  48. John27
    September 23, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    In 2016 pissing off SJWs means guaranteed free advertising and increased sales. The more politically incorrect a product is the more I want to buy it, because fück you that’s why.

  49. Gaijin-
    September 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Pretty much reflects how the Japanese feel about immigrants. Or foreigners, for that matter.