Konami unveil Bombergirl, an exclusive arcade game, at JAEPO 2017
At the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) over the weekend, Konami unveiled a spinoff for its long-running Bomberman franchise in the form of arcade-only game Bombergirl.
It has been more than 20 years since Konami released a Bomberman game for the arcades and now it is bringing gamers Bombergirl.
Bombergirl is a co-op arcade game that pits players in four-on-four battles.
Konami described the Bomberman spinoff as "an enjoyable new title with new game elements that is not only fun to play; it is also fun to watch".
Konami’s description of the game:
"As Bombergirl, not Bomberman, this is an enjoyable new title with new game elements that is not only fun to play; it is also fun to watch.
"Based on the block-destroying gameplay of Bomberman, Bombergirl tasks players with destroying the opposing team’s base before the other team in four-versus-four cooperative battles.
"By adding new game properties such as this, it is not only fun to play, it is also fun to watch. And with the button that pops out at the end, a match of Bombergirl is a sight worth seeing.
"By raising strong and cute Bombergirls, you can make use of not only bombs, but various other skills. You can proceed through the match with the upper hand by strategically using skills.
"Bombergirl will have exciting matches that you can’t take your eyes off until the very end."
In Bombergirl, players have the franchise's familiar ability of placing bombs to destroy blocks and beat enemies.
However, in place of Bomberman himself, players will be using anime girls as their playable characters.
The first four characters revealed for Bombergirl are:
Shiro, the bomber in a schoolgirl outfit who is capable of placing plenty of bombs on the battlefield;
Momoko, the blocker in the cute pink dress who has the ability to create blocks;
Oren, the attacker who can move at high speeds; and
Emera, the robotic-looking long-range shooter who can attack enemies from a distance.
Each of the four characters has her own skills, and as they gain levels during a match, they will be able to unlock special attacks that include a flaming sword and a laser beam weapon, in addition to powering up the bombs that they place on the battlefield.
Teams will be using their bombs and the skills of the characters to destroy the base of their opponents.
Konami said that there will be a button that pops out at the end of each match in the game, though it is unclear what the button means and what it will be used for.
Also, at the end of each match, members of the losing team will see their characters displayed with shredded clothing, which is a consolation for players who are into that sort of thing.
The release date of Bombergirl in Japanese arcades has not yet been revealed.
It is also unclear when the game will be released in the United States, or whether it will even be released outside of Japan.
Earlier this week, it has been revealed that Netflix will be releasing an animated series this year based on Konami's Castlevania franchise, and that it will be highly violent similar to Game of Thrones.