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Earth Defense Force 5 is heading west sometime this year

Rejoice fans of EDF, for D3 Publisher has announced Earth Defense Force 5 will head west this year.

D3 Publisher has announced Earth Defense Force 5 will arrive in North America at some point this year on PlayStation 4.

The third-person shooter was announced during TGS 2016 and released in Japan during December 2017.

News of the localization comes from a video posted on the PlayStation YouTube Channel. A release date of "coming soon" was provided.

Interested parties can pre-order Earth Defense Force 5 from the US PlayStation Store from today (thanks, Gematsu). You'll notice December 31 is listed as the release date, but it's likely a placeholder.

Standard and Deluxe editions are both available for pre-order. Contents of the Digital Deluxe version ($89.99) can be found below.

Earth Defense Force 5 Deluxe Edition Contents

  • Full Game
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus Content 1: EDF5 Theme
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus Content 2: Decoy Launcher [Pale Wing]
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus Content 3: Star Burst
  • 12 variations of additional weapons and support arms that will boost the power of each of the ground troops
  • Two mission packs – Available post launch contains: Additional mission 1: EXTRA Challenge; Additional mission 2: SUPER Challenge

All DLC included in the Deluxe Edition will be released by March 2019.

Pre-orders for either version of the shooter will net players the following:

  • Pure Decoy Launcher 16 variations set - A special decoy which will dance and sing in the battlefield.
  • Volcanic Cracker - You can get the Wing Diver weapon and start using it from the beginning (a pre-order exclusive)
  • Powered Exoskeleton Nix: Gold Coat - A commander machine shining with gold which boarding is admitted only by an early recruit.

Earth Defense Force 5 supports up to two players locally, and Remote Play using PS Vita. Online multiplayer supports up to four players, and will require a PlayStation Plus membership to access online features.

Once a firm release date is provided, we'll let you know.

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