How many hours have I poured into Earth Defense Force 2017 and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Probably more than most people would consider healthy. So it is with great sadness that I tell you that Earth Defense Force 4 still doesn’t have a North American release date. However, what it does have is a debut trailer and some fresh gameplay details courtesy of Famitsu (via Destructoid).
The fourth official game in the series takes place in 2025, eight years after the events of EDF 2017. The Ravagers left a little surprise for humanity after a lone soldier kicked their alien asses. A colony of giant bugs has been growing beneath the Earth’s surface and now they’re ready to strike!
But humanity has a few new tricks of their own. The EDF has been outfitted with weaponry scavenged from the Ravagers previous attack including the jetpack squadron known as “Wing Divers” with their “Foreigner” guns. And taking a page from Insect Armageddon, developer Sandlot also plans to expand on the online multiplayer offerings in EDF4.
Earth Defense Force 4 is in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and will be available in Japan next year. Let’s hope D3 announces a US release date soon or I might just be forced to unleash a real swarm of giant ants and spiders on the world to get my EDF fix.