Sunrise and Bandai Namco Entertainment recently opened an official website for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) project, which was teased earlier last year. The website revealed that the new project will be a new smartphone app, which will be titled, “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt).”
The staff from the original anime series will be returning to work on this project. The spinoff is set in the year P.D. 323, which coincides with the timeline set in the original anime series. The game will be a free to play title for both iOS and Android devices and will also feature some in game purchases.
For those who are not aware, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans was the latest televised main series based on the Gundam franchise (outside of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Re: 0096 ). The series premiered in 2015 and was simulcast on Daisuki, Gundam.info, and Hulu. The series is also available on Crunchyroll, which includes both the original Japanese version with English subtitles as well as the English dub. The series later aired on Toonami in June 2016.
An official four panel manga based on Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will also launch on the official app’s website. The manga will feature the main characters, Mikazuki and Orga.
Bandai Namco also provided a trailer for the spin-off on their official Youtube channel.
The returning staff includes:
- Tatsuyuki Nagai: Director
- Yu Ito, Michinori Chiba: Character Designers
- Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyōbu, Kenji Teraoka, Tamotsu Shinohara: Mechanical Designers
- Masaru Yokoyama: Music Composer
- Hajime Kamoshida (Originally series script writer): Script Supervisor
- Kusanagi: Production
The official website provided an description for the game.
The spinoff’s story is set in the year P.D. 323, the same year as the television anime’s story. Gjallarhorn’s political intervention in the Arbrau Central Parliament escalated into an armed conflict using mobile suits. The incident was brought to an end by Tekkadan, a group of youths who came from Mars.
Word of Tekkadan’s exploits even reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. Venus, which lost a terraforming rivalry with Mars, is a remote planet for which even the four major economic blocs has shown little interest. The inhabitants do not even carry IDs, and the planet is just used as a place to exile criminals.
Wistario wishes to change the status quo of his birthplace — and then, appearing before him, is a girl who claims to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt.
The official website also provided a visual for the game, which features the Gundam Hajiroboshi.
The characters featured in the game include:
- Wistario Afram: A boy who lives in the Radonista Colony, which floats above Venus. His parents passed away when he was young and in turn inherits the the “vestiges of the colony management company Afam Equipment.” He is said to be cheerful and strives to help Venus become a tourist spot.
- Demunaa Kitako Junior: Wistario’s appointed teacher and caretaker. Although he appears strict he has the tendency to spoil Wistario. He also secretly serves as the caretaker to the Gundam Hajiroboshi.
- Korunaru Kōsa: A mysterious girl who soon appears to Wistario and proclaims as the main guide to Urðr-Hunt. She acts proper among others and tends to speak in a calm tone. She also tends maintains her expression making it hard for others to see her emotions. She is also known for liking to brew tea.
- Gundam Hajiriboshi: A mobile suit hidden deep within the power section of the Radonista Colony. Demunaa inherited the Gundam from his late grandfather and he continues to maintain it. Due to an attack on the colony, Wistario manages to awaken the Gundam from its long sleep.