Sometimes when a studio drops a mysterious teaser trailer with no specific project name we can take a guess at or even completely identify the game in question. Other times they release a trailer so obscure, so shrouded in mystery we can't even remotely take a guess. The latter is the case with the trailer Bandai Namco just dropped for a called they're tentatively titling Projekt 1514. Seriously guys, you got any ideas? Because we're stumped.
The teaser shows a city in ruins, possibly post-apocalyptic or maybe just the result of an intense battle - and if so, it must've been a truly epic one. Guns can be heard firing in the distance, and bullets strike the logo at the end suggesting that this is some sort of shooter or action game. The mysterious logo doesn't seem to correspond with any particular franchise, suggesting that this could be a new IP - backed up by one of the few credits calling it "a new project". They're calling it 'Projekt 1514', with a 'K' spelling that suggests a Russian setting.
The developer DIMPS doesn't help, since they're mostly known for anime, Sonic The Hedgehog and Dragon Ball games. However one game on their list stands out: Freedom Wars, an Action RPG exclusive to the PS Vita handheld. It came out in 2014 and was set in a distant, dark future where the surface world lies in ruins and humans live in underground city-prisons called Panopticons where the very act of being born is considered a crime. These Panopticons wage war with each other and criminals are sent to fight giant monster robots (did I mention DIMPS are Japanese?) on the surface.
Seriously, look at a shot from the trailer next to a screenshot for Freedom Wars:
Very similar. The premise certainly livens up Projekt 1514, as a shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world sounds the least exciting game concept ever. Boasting local and online multiplayer, there was definitely some similarity to the Monster Hunter series but by stubbornly keeping Freedom Wars on the Vita it meant that very few people these days have heard of the franchise. A wider release of a sequel would be very interesting. Hopefully it's not just a remastered version of the Vita game. Those never work out well.
Is Namco Bandai's mysterious Projekt 1514 a sequel to Vita title Freedom Wars?
14 August 2017 | By Chris J Capel