Microids has revealed the first assets for its video game revival of UFO Robo Grendizer, one of the classic 'super robot' manga and anime series from the 1970s.
Created by Kiyoshi Nagai – better known as Go Nagai – UFO Robo Grendizer (or just plain old 'Grendizer' in the case of this new game) was released in North America under the title Force Five: Grandizer, and the series found a receptive audience in other parts of the world, including France, Canada, Italy and the Middle East.
Development is being handled by Endroad, a studio comprised partly of former Ubisoft and Amplitude Studios staff. Creative director Laurent Cluzel (Fable, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands) is part of the team, as is Philippe "Golgoth71" Dessoly (Mr Nutz).
Stéphane Longeard, CEO of Microids, had this to say about the news:
We are delighted to finally share the first screens from Grendizer. Endroad is a very talented studio and we are confident in their expertise to transcribe the universe created by Go Nagai in a great video game. We cannot wait to share more about the title’s gameplay!
Colomban Cicéron, Game Director and co-founder of Endroad, added:
We have been working fervently on the Grendizer project, aiming at the highest quality to please the fans and the newcomers alike that didn’t get the chance to be introduced to Duke Fleed (Daisuke Umon in Japan) and his friends. This is such an abounding universe that deserves the most focused attention to detail. We are all fans of this IP we grew up with and we’re fully dedicated in providing players the game they’ve been dreaming about for decades. We are exceedingly grateful to be able to work on this IP and will do our very best to deliver an exceptional gaming experience.
Grendizer is expected to launch in 2023 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.