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'Gundam Evolution' could be the free-to-play Overwatch-like we need right now

Gundam Evolution
Gundam Evolution (Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • Gundam Evolution is a free-to-play, 6v6, competitive first-person shooter based on the Gundam franchise.
  • It is slated to be released only in Japan at this time for Windows PC.

Gundam is one of the most iconic and influential anime franchises on the planet. The original Mobile Suit Gundam TV show helped pioneer the giant mecha anime genre in the late 1970's and early 1980's with its detailed mecha designs and complex stories of war, politics, and coming of age. Since then, the Gundam franchise has spawned an extraordinary amount of merchandise, TV shows, movies, manga, toys, and of course, videogames.

Today, the owner of the Gundam franchise, Bandai Namco, has announced a new game in the Gundam series, Gundam Evolution. This is a free-to-play, 6v6, competitive, first-person shooter with a gameplay style strikingly akin to Overwatch. It has similar UI, objectives, and the characters have Ultimates at their disposal. However, this game looks like it will be adding its own spin on the formula with over-the-top anime action and mechanics familiar to Gundam fans.

Gundam Evolution Fps

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment (Image credit: Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Here are the PC specs for this game from the Gundam Evolution website.

CategoryGundam Evolution Required PC specs
OSWindows 10 (64-bit)
CPUIntel Core i5-3570 3.40GHz
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB)
HDD/SSD Free Space100GB
Internet ConnectionBroadband Internet Connection
Browser environmentMicrosoft Edge Latest, Google Chrome Latest, Mozilla Firefox Latest
CategoryGundam Evolution Recommended PC specs
OSWindows 10 (64-bit)
CPUIntel Core i7-4790 3.60GHz
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti (6GB)
HDD/SSD Free Space100GB
Internet ConnectionBroadband Internet Connection
Browser environmentMicrosoft Edge Latest, Google Chrome Latest, Mozilla Firefox Latest

As you can see, the requirements are not necessarily high, but it is still recommended you get your hands on one of the best gaming laptops to experience mobile suit warfare at its finest.

Unfortunately, this game is scheduled to be released only in Japan for Windows PC in 2022 at the time of this writing. There will be a closed beta coming soon for Japanese players, and it will be open up to 5000 players. I really hope this game makes it to the west on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S because it looks like it could be a great alternative to Overwatch as we wait for Overwatch 2. Dare I say, it might become one of the best games to play on PC, especially with your friends.

Alexander Cope is a writer for Windows Central and iMore that has been gaming since the 16-bit era.

  • In the meantime, there is Super Mech Warrior, which is on mobile and PC. Unfortunately, the last time I played it, you could not merge PC and mobile accounts. Fun to play and really cool mechs. It also allows you to compete outside of your mech with various weapons you find laying around the open-world environment. I wish the creators would bring it to Xbox One. It looks really cool on PC. I don't know if they've updated it for use with a controller or not.
  • Ugh Waiting for a Gundam wing star citizen mod... You know, the Gundam game we've been waiting for for ever. If someone did a mod like that, it'd be the closest thing we get to the game we've always dreamed of