Freedom Wars: PS Vita exclusive previewed in Famitsu, 8-player battles confirmed

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 11:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Freedom Wars developer Sony Japan Studio has discussed the ins and outs of its PS Vita exclusive with Famitsu. The game formally known as ‘Panopticon’ will support eight-player squads and a slew of augmented reality functions.

You can watch the game’s official reveal trailer here, which confirms a 2014 release date.

Reporting on the pages of Famitsu, Polygon confirmed that Freedom Wars is set in a dystopian future where humans live in walled-off ‘Panopticon’ cities, where they must live out a million-year prison sentence from birth, as a way of controlling population numbers.

To reduce their sentence and earn penance, citizens must help save other humans from beasts known as Abductors, and together you and a customisable robot sidekick – called an ‘Accessory’ – must fight to earn your freedom. An Accessory is a lot like a Pawn in Dragon’s Dogma, and it can be tailored ot fit your play-style and strategies.

Battles take place in a similar real-time fashion to Monster Hunter or Soul Sacrifice, and the emphasis is on saving humans, rather than simply slaying monsters. Augmented reality will also play some part in the fights, but it’s not yet clear how.

What do you think? Sounding good? Let us know below.



  1. CyberMarco

    Let’s hope it will see the light of day in the West.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. YoungZer0

    That does sound very interesting, still looks like a school drama anime though.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Lord Gremlin

    @3 Soul Sacrifice is one of top sellers on Vita in the West. Why would it not release in the West?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. NinjaHart

    This seems interesting. Vits is suppose to get about 100 titles in 2013, so with this and Soul Sacrifice, I think they are off to a good start.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DrDamn


    #5 1 year ago
  6. Lengendaryboss

    Such a tease, but Sony Can’t afford to have a poor lineup in 2014 its bad enough one EA franchise debut was cancelled.
    Personally i thought this was funny:

    #6 1 year ago

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