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Could Gundam Evolution Be the Next Overwatch?

Gundam Evolution takes the Overwatch formula and applies to Gundam.
Gundam Evolution takes the Overwatch formula and applies to Gundam. / Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco

Could Gundam Evolution be the next Overwatch? The notion is kind of laughable on its face — Gundam hardly has the cultural cache Overwatch wields, especially in the West — but the similarities between the two games have fans' minds reeling with possibility.

Could Gundam Evolution Be the Next Overwatch?

Gundam Evolution is a free-to-play, first-person, class-based shooter featuring six-on-six online matches based around fighting for objectives. The different Gundam suits culled from the franchise's long history, each has its own special abilities, including an ultimate ability.

The game features three game modes: Point Capture, Domination and Destruction. In Point Capture, teams vie for control over certain locations on the map. In Domination, they fight for one of three randomly available points. Finally, in Destruction, one team must destroy an object while the other team protects it. All it's missing is a payload mode.

If somehow that weren't enough to convince you of the similarities between the two games, consider Gundam Evolution's UI. It's nearly identical to the UI from Overwatch.

So will this surprise Gundam game grab Overwatch's crown? Probably not! Bandai Namco has confirmed a PC release for Japan, but it has yet to announce a Western localization of the game. That will make it pretty hard for Evolution to get the kind of exposure it needs to match up against one of the most popular shooters of the last decade.