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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain

Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Developer: YUKE'S
Release Date: April 11, 2019

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'Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain' (PS4) Introduces New Creatures, Mercenary Mode - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 22, 2019 @ 2:10 a.m. PST

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain moves away from its traditional series and into new territory.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a totally new “EDF” project which takes place in a different world settings from the original Earth Defense Force series has started.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain enters new territory, introducing character customization, a new cast of characters focusing on one of the strongest military units in EDF, equipped with even more advanced gear, tech and weaponry – and a brand-new threat facing the Earth Defense Force and citizens of Earth.

Set on planet Earth devastated by war, this new adventure joins the EDF as they continue to battle to save the world.

The Earth Defense Force series has earned a strong reputation for its relentless wave shooter gameplay and co-op fun, featuring swarms of enemies, a wide array of unique classes and weapons -- and charming B-movie dialogue and settings with cities under siege by giant insects, kaiju monsters, and alien invaders.

This focus on pitting players against an overwhelming force of enemies continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain while introducing exciting new gear and technology for stalwart EDF soldiers and a brand-new separatist faction, the Kindred Rebellion. Players will need all the help they can get as the Aggressor’s alien invasion of giant insects, monsters, and mechs continues to rain down terror around the world.

Ultra Humongous Creature "Raznid" appears

An enigmatic mega-giant creature summoned by the Hivecraft. The total height is about 310 meters, and the total length reaches about 1000 meters including the tail. With its sharp claws and fangs, it may look like a wild animal; but, with its rock-like exterior, 6 legs, and elongated spinal tail, this grotesque being bears no resemblance no any organism on Earth. The massive projections from its shoulders instill fear in anyone that gazes upon them.

Hive Crafts which seem to have invaded various planets one after another. They seem to gather the genes of the invaded planet's creatures and make themselves weaponized like Siderosand Beizal. No one knows where this Raznid came from, but Aggressors who were concerned about the progress of the Earth invasion may have thrown this creature as a final and ultimate weapon. If so, Raznidmay have been transferred from the home planet of the Aggressor or a place near by.

Finally, the Aggressors have thrown their last card. Raznid, beyond the wisdom of mankind, does not accept any attack by EDF. Can humanity and EDF eliminate this unprecedented threat? Or will little hope just crumble down?

Mysterious Pillar

A mysterious "Pillar" object that has suddenly appeared in various areas around the world. While thought to be an Aggressor weapon, Pillars never initiate an attack. However, when the EDF attempted to destroy one, the Pillar's defense mechanism responded by releasing a precise electrical attack that obliterated the attacking team. Also, because no EDF weapons have made even a scratch on a Pillar's surface, they are believed to have an extremely durable exterior, or to possess a protective shield.

While still largely a mystery, they emit a very intense heat, and are thought to store immense amounts of energy inside. Many giant creatures and ravagers gather around them, perhaps seeking this energy, reatinga place of social interaction for the Aggressors. The EDF continue to carry out missions to exterminate the enemies gathered around these Pillars, and while it is unknown if these missions are effective, there are some that question this strategy.

Pillars will not move unless they are attacked, but the number of them continues to increase. Eventually, they even appeared in downtown area. So, what are these silent and mysterious pillars…? What are the invaders trying to do?

Scourger Beast

It could be said that the Scourgers released to the world from the beginning of the war are threat to humanity indeed. However, for the current EDF which is well strengthened by mobility and fire power due to the appearance of the new PA Gear, they are not as much a threat as once since they are already well analyzed and therefore considered easy to defeat. But unbelievable new fact has been found. Scourgerswere thought to be slow bipedal weapons in the purpose of invading and destroying cities, but they were confirmed to have a secondary battle form

Scourger Beasts transform themselves into quadrupedal walking type instantaneously and not only their appearance, but their mobility has greatly increased and there is no sign left of the slow bipedal walking type once they transform. Although the output of the beam gun which was on their chest is now restricted, it curves and lifts like a sickle to make an accurate sniper, and at times, they attack by jumping greatly in the air. Even though not using this function until today is a big mystery, because Scourgersare normally very slow and from their nature of stopping when there are no enemies around, they are originally thought to be weapons that can withstand long-term warfare. Because of the fact that the fighting power of the Scourgersrelatively dropped as EDF also introduced new PA Gears and weapons, Scourgerstoo seemed to stop preserving fighting power and exercised its true power. Anyway, it is no exaggeration to say that they have transformed themselves into a terrible wild beast weapons which are specialized for counterattack infantry.

Green Bomb Beetle

A giant creature thought to be a subspecies of the Bomb Beetle. Its mirror-like iridescent armor refracts light, halving damage dealt by optical weapons. Its visually striking exoskeleton is traded on the black market as a luxury item.

Online Versus "Mercenary Mode"

The resources competition by "EDF" and "Kindred Rebellion". A hot, aggressive, and fun mode to play. Up to 8 players can play at the same time. Humanity, fight against each other.

In addition to online co-op mode, "EDF: IR" supports online versus mode which competes for energy gem divided into two teams. The rule is very simple. Join either team "EDF" or team "Kindred Rebellion", collect energy gems by defeating the Aggressors, and deliver them to the yellow recover drones. The team gathering more energy gems within the time limit wins. Also, the team which made ahead of 3 Waves wins.


Key Features:

  • Twelve years have been passed since mankind’s first encounter with the alien “Aggressor” invasion that devastated planet Earth. In this time of great despair, the battle to free mankind from the Aggressor’s extended assault continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.
  • Developed by YUKE’s with the Unreal Engine 4, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is the best-looking EDF to date. Players will see and feel the difference with an overwhelming number of on-screen invaders raining down from the sky in over 50 intense, story driven missions.
  • Master Four Soldier Classes: Thanks to advances in “PA-Gear” technology, the EDF are on more equal footing with the “Aggressors”. These powered exoskeleton suits can be customized with hundreds of weapon, armament, and item loadout combinations with four unique soldier classes, each with their own critical Over Drive ability to change the tide of battle, including the Trooper, Jet Lifter, Heavy Striker, and most notably, the brand-new Prowl Rider.
  • Multiplayer: Staying true to the series’ roots in arcade action, both online and local multiplayer split-screen modes are available. Online supports up to six player co-op – and the new Mercenary mode, which finds teams competing for Energy Gems hosts up to 8 players.
  • Character customization: For the first time in the series, players will step into the boots of Closer, a decorated war hero who awakens from a seven year coma. Players can customize his or her appearances before diving into the game’s character driven campaign.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is scheduled to launch worldwide exclusively for the PS4 on April 11, 2019.

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