Riders from across history battle in a clash of the ages
Kamen Rider fans unite! Bandai Namco announced a PlayStation 4 exclusive fighting game featuring the iconic characters from the famed Japanese franchise titled, Kamen Rider Climax Fighters. The announcement trailer was first shown during the broadcast of its most recent series, Kamen Raider Build. The trailer holds mostly pre-rendered cutscenes but there is a brief glimpse of gameplay at the very end. Based on the small showcase of gameplay, it appears to be a for player arena-based fighter.
Whether the title is going to have four players fighting simultaneously or two players battling with two partners similar to J-Stars Victory VS or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven has yet to be seen. Everything is speculation at this point, but this appears to be a diversion from the more traditional 1v1 style from the earlier Kamen Rider Climax Heroes titles.
For those less aware of the Kamen Rider franchise, it all began 46 years ago when Cyborg 009 creator, Shotaro Ishinomori developed the series for Japanese television. Kamen Rider focused on more personal plots with a singular main character as opposed to the group based structure of the Super Sentai series. The series has spawned multiple seasons and is featured in a variety of media.
An American adaption of Kamen Rider Black RX was released in 1996 called Masked Rider and ran for a total of 40 episodes. The series was produced by Saban Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd, the same companies behind the massively popular Power Rangers series which adapts content from the Japanese Super Sentai franchise. Kamen Rider saw a brief revival in 2008 with the independently produced, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. This series was adapted from Kamen Rider Ryuki and also lasted for 40 episodes but was not enough to ignite massive western interest like the Power Rangers.
It would be great to see more Kamen Rider content in the west, so here’s to hope that the game sees localization. Watch the announcement trailer below and brush up on your Kamen Rider knowledge to get the most out of the upcoming title! Henshin!