Project × Zone 2 (プロジェクト クロスゾーン2：ブレイブニューワールド Purojekuto Kurosu Zōn 2: Bureibu Nyū Wārudo , Pronounced Project Cross Zone 2 Brave New World) is a tactical role-playing game developed by Bandai Namco Games. Released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, the game is a sequel to Project × Zone and part of Namco's Cross series of crossover games. Although the game is primarily a crossover between Capcom, Namco and Sega as with the previous installment, characters from Nintendo's Fire Emblem: Awakening and Xenoblade Chronicles also make an appearance. The game was released on November 12, 2015 in Japan, February 16, 2016 in North America and released February 19, 2016 in Europe.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Like its predecessor, Project × Zone 2 is a tactical role-playing game in which players strategically maneuver their characters across a field to battle with the enemy. Characters are paired up into "Pair Units", with "Solo Units" consisting of a single character able to assist them when linked together. In battle, players use well-timed attacks and combos to do as much damage to the opponent as possible before their turn ends.
Story[edit | edit source]
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The story is a continuation of Namco × Capcom's plot, and focus on the conflict between the secret agency Shinra and the chaos-spreading Ouma organization. The story begins with Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu traveling to Shibuya to investigate a set of mysterious "Golden Chains" that have suddenly appeared, and it soon becomes apparent that Ouma is involved when Saya and Sheath (from Ouma's American branch) make their appearance. As Reiji and Xiaomu, helped by Dr. Chizuru Urashima and her dimension-hopping vehicle the Dragonturtle Mk.1, travel across worlds and meet allies both old and new, it is revealed that Ouma's plan involves the gathering of the fragments of "99", the final boss from Namco × Capcom, and the mysterious "101 Embryo Plan".
Characters[edit | edit source]
The game features pairs of characters from all three participating companies (Capcom, Namco and Sega), as well as solo characters who can provide assist attacks during combat. Making an appearance for the first time are Nintendo characters; Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening, and Fiora and Metal Face from Xenoblade Chronicles. The game has also another new original character, Chizuru Urashima (voiced by Mariko Kouda).
Pair Units[edit | edit source]
|Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine||Resident Evil||Capcom|
|Chun-Li and Ling Xiaoyu||Street Fighter and Tekken||Capcom / Bandai Namco|
|Dante and Vergil||Devil May Cry||Capcom|
|Demitri Maximoff and Morrigan||Darkstalkers||Capcom|
|Hiryu and Hotsuma||Strider and Shinobi||Capcom / Sega|
|Ryu and Ken Masters||Street Fighter||Capcom|
|X and Zero||Mega Man X||Capcom|
|Ciel Alencon and Nana Kouzuki||God Eater||Bandai Namco|
|Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima||Tekken||Bandai Namco|
|Kite and Haseo||.hack||Bandai Namco|
|KOS-MOS and Fiora||Xenosaga and Xenoblade Chronicles||Bandai Namco / Nintendo|
|Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu||Namco X Capcom||Bandai Namco|
|Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo||Tales of Vesperia||Bandai Namco|
|Akira Yuki and Kage-Maru||Virtua Fighter||Sega|
|Ichirō Ōgami and Erica Fontaine||Sakura Wars||Sega|
|Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima||Yakuza||Sega|
|Sakura Shinguji and Gemini Sunrise||Sakura Wars||Sega|
|Zephyr and Vashyron||Resonance of Fate||Sega|
|Chrom and Lucina||Fire Emblem: Awakening||Nintendo|
Solo Units[edit | edit source]
|Captain Commando||Captain Commando||Capcom|
|Ingrid||Capcom Fighting Evolution/Street Fighter||Capcom|
|Leon S. Kennedy||Resident Evil||Capcom|
|Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey||Ace Attorney||Capcom|
|Alisa Illinichina Amiella||God Eater||Bandai Namco|
|Aty||Summon Night||Bandai Namco|
|Estelle||Tales of Vesperia||Bandai Namco|
|Heihachi Mishima||Tekken||Bandai Namco|
|Natsu||Soulcalibur series||Bandai Namco|
|Valkyrie||The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key||Bandai Namco|
|Axel Stone||Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle||Sega|
|Leanne||Resonance of Fate||Sega|
|Pai Chan||Virtua Fighter||Sega|
|Segata Sanshiro||Sega Saturn Advertisments||Sega|
|Ulala||Space Channel 5||Sega|
Rival Units[edit | edit source]
The following is a list of non-playable characters that appear as major enemies throughout the game.
Cameos[edit | edit source]
Some Solo Units and Rival Units summon other characters as part of their attacks:
Capcom[edit | edit source]
- Captain Commando summons Michelle Heart from Legendary Wings, Colonel Issue from Exed Exes, and Cyber Blue from Battle Circuit.
- Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey summon Steel Samurai and Pink Princess from their game series.
- Baby Bonnie Hood summons the Mobilesuits Alpha and Beta from Side Arms: Hyper Dyne when she performs her Cool Hunting attack as opposed to the hunters she summons in the Darkstalkers series. Previously the Side Arms mechs were summoned by the characters from Forgotten Worlds in Namco x Capcom and Devilotte in the original Project X Zone.
Namco[edit | edit source]
- Valkyrie summons Pino and Acha from Toy Pop, Wagan from the Wagan Land series, and Solvalou from Xevious.
Sega[edit | edit source]
- Ulala summons Opa-Opa from Fantasy Zone, Alex Kidd from Alex Kidd, and the Roman centurion main character from Altered Beast.
Event-only Characters[edit | edit source]
- Sylphie from Forgotten Worlds (voiced by Rie Tanaka) and Miyuki-chan from Ordyne (voiced by Fumiko Orikasa) appear as shopkeepers.
- Miles Edgeworth, from Ace Attorney, appears in a courtroom stage.
- Fire Emblem character Tiki, in her Fire Emblem: Awakening attire, appears in front of a huge tree.
- Cardinal Garigliano from Resonance of Fate.
- Tarosuke and Otohime from Shadow Land.
- Aura from .hack.
Development[edit | edit source]
On April 8, 2015, Japanese game magazine Famitsu launched a teaser website with a countdown that would expire in five days, revealing a secret project from Bandai Namco Entertainment. Before its expiration, Project × Zone 2 was announced early to attendees of Bandai Namco's "Level Up" press event in Milan, Italy on April 10, which was prematurely posted on Italian news website E-duesse before being retracted.
The game was officially revealed to the public three days later. It was stated in an interview that the game would address the criticisms of its predecessor (such as the story) and that there would be some "surprise" announcements, which later turned out to be the inclusion of Nintendo characters. The game was originally going to have a simultaneous worldwide release, but the North American and European releases were later delayed to early 2016. Unlike the previous game, the western versions features no altered content from the Japanese version and are in multiple languages.
Former Capcom member, and original Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya stated that he was approached about having Sega character Bayonetta (the titular protagonist of Platinum Games' 3D action game series published by Sega) included in Project × Zone 2, to which he refused as he wanted Bayonetta and Devil May Cry protagonist Dante to meet "on his own terms". He later stated that he regretted this decision, due to realizing how the fans would have loved the two interacting, and that he would approve of Bayonetta's inclusion for a third game in the series.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Project X Zone 2 received mixed to positive reviews, receiving a score of 73/100 on Metacritic, with critics praising the game's cast of characters and improvements to issues present in the first game, but criticizing the game's easy difficulty and the fact that many assets were reused from the first game. The game received a 32/40 from Famitsu. Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4/5 saying "Project X Zone 2 is a funny, charming and amusing title. It sets out to entertain video game fans of all stripes and allows the player to jump from world to world to get a taste of other titles they may have been missing. Just based on the built-in “Crosspedia” encyclopedia database, the stack of games that I really want to try out has grown (Resonance of Fate, in particular). It’s not challenging, but it was never meant to be. The gameplay is simply the vehicle to deliver the true focus of this title: dumb fun. Players who don’t need everything to bristle with a dark malevolence will find a great time in this one."
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Sequel[edit | edit source]
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