Announced November 9 by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. ENGAGE (UCE) is an upcoming mobile game to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Gundam video games.
U.C. ENGAGE is a war simulation game that allows users to play through all of Gundam‘s Universal Century works old and new, combining animation with game play. Players can experience Universal Century battlefields firsthand through simple controls and auto-play in powerful 6 vs. 6 battles with realistic 3D mobile suits.
Of the newer Universal Century titles will be Mobile Suit Moon Gundam animated for the first time.
Mobile Suit Moon Gundam began serialization August 2017 penned by Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Narrative‘s Harutoshi Fukui, with art by Takayuki Kosai and mechanical design by Ippei Gyoubu. Set in U.C.0092, within the forgotten colony of Moon Moon, originally depicted in the 1986 Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ series, this ambitious work covers an untouched gap of the Universal Century between Gundam ZZ and Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack. The story follows Moon Moon Light Tribe member Yutta and the hostilities between the Earth Federation’s Londo Bell and Neo Zeon arriving at the doors of the Moon Moon colony.
Next is a new story titled 0079 Gibraltar, depicting the duel in Gibraltar between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable as seen in the Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN manga. Releasing from 2001 to 2011, THE ORIGIN is a retelling of the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, character designer and animation director of the series.
Announced in 2014 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam series, Yasuhiko’s manga was adapted into a six-part OVA series. Released from 2015 to 2018, THE ORIGIN explores the events leading up to the One Year War, detailing the origin of Casval Rem Deikun, who would go on to become the legendary rival and Zeon figure Char Aznable.
Another new story, titled 0079 Nightmare of Solomon, follows Principality of Zeon Ace Anavel Gato.
Anavel Gato served as the main antagonist and rival in the 1991 Mitsuko Kase and Takashi Imanishi-directed Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory series. The year is Universal Century 0083, and three years have passed after the One Year War ended with the Principality of Zeon’s defeat. The Delaz Fleet, a group of Zeon remnants, launched an attack on the Earth Federation’s Torrington Base, leading to Gato stealing the prototype RX-78GP02A Gundam “Physalis”, a mobile suit with nuclear launch capability. Kou Uraki, an Earth Federation test pilot at Torrington Base, is selected as the pilot of the GP02A’s sister unit RX-78GP01 Gundam “Zephyranthes” and joins the Pegasus-class carrier Albion as it pursues the stolen GP02A in order to stop the Delaz Fleet’s ultimate goal: “Operation Stardust”.
Lastly is an original story following Peche Montagne, an original character developed for Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. ENGAGE. Tsukasa Kotobuki serves as the designer for the original characters and mobile suits that appear in the game.
Peche is a sixteen year old Newtype candidate trained at the Flanagan Institute. She volunteered to become a pilot, following in the footsteps of her adoptive father, Captain Orgun, a technical officer in the Zeon forces. However, her mobile suit piloting skills are far from combat level, and her abilities as a Newtype are low.
Peche pilots the titular Gundam Development Test No. 0 (Engage Zero). A prototype mobile suit developed by Anaheim Electronics as an additional plan to the prototype 0 “Blossom” for the Earth Federation Forces’ Gundam Development Project. Its codename is Engage Zero.
Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. ENGAGE is free to play with in-app purchases scheduled to launch in 2021 in the App Store and Google Play. Presently the game is exclusive to Japan.
- Yasunori Fujiwara (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
- Toshikazu Naka (Sunrise)
- Daisaku Fukushima (Sunrise)