Attack on Titan has become one of the most popular and acclaimed anime franchises worldwide. Known for its gripping story, complex characters, and frenetic action sequences, it has garnered a massive global following. As such, there has been much excitement and speculation surrounding Attack on Titan 3, the upcoming third video game adaptation of the iconic series.
In this article, we will take a closer look at what fans can expect from the highly anticipated Attack on Titan 3 in terms of gameplay, release date, and the latest news and updates.
About Attack on Titan
It first debuted as a manga series in 2009, created by Hajime Isayama. It was later adapted into an anime series by Wit Studio in 2013. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the remnants of humanity live inside cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect them from gigantic humanoid Titans that eat humans.
The plot follows Eren Yeager’s quest to retake the world from the Titans after they breach the walls and destroy his hometown.
Popularity and impact
With its complex narrative, high-stakes action, and thought-provoking themes, it quickly became a global phenomenon. As of 2022, the manga has over 100 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series ever.
The anime has also been hugely popular, ranked among the most-watched in the United States and Japan. Attack on Titan has permeated pop culture and inspired countless tributes and parodies.
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Attack on Titan video games
The Attack on Titan franchise has already spawned two video game adaptations, with a third game now in development.
Attack on Titan (2016)
The first AOT game was released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. It was an action hack-and-slash game developed by Omega Force. Players battled through various missions fighting Titans as characters like Eren and Mikasa. It received mixed reviews and was criticized for repetitive gameplay.
Attack on Titan 2 (2018)
AOT 2 was built on the first game and released in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. It featured improved combat mechanics and a deeper story campaign that retold events from the anime. The game was much better received for its expanded content and customization options.
Attack on Titan 3
While full details have not yet been revealed, here is what we know so far about the third AOT game currently in development:
What we know so far
- It was developed again by Omega Force for Koei Tecmo.
- It will cover new story content from the anime’s Return to Shiganshina arc.
- Promises upgraded graphics and visuals.
- It will feature new playable characters like Reiner and Zeke.
AOT 3 will likely build on the combat and gameplay foundations of the previous two games:
- Fast-paced action against Titans in open 3D environments.
- Ability to grapple and maneuver using Omni-Directional Mobility gear.
- Various offensive options, such as blades and firearms.
- RPG elements like skills trees and crafting systems.
- Multiplayer co-op and PvP modes.
Potential release date
While not confirmed, a tentative release window seems to be late 2023 or early 2024. The timing would coincide with the final anime season now in production.
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Latest news and updates
As of October 2022, details are still scarce. Koei Tecmo has not revealed much officially, though some leaks and rumors have emerged:
- Job listings referencing an AOT project suggest development is underway.
- Alleged industry insider claims the 2023 release is planned for all major platforms.
- The supposed leaked art shows visual improvements over previous games.
Overall, information is limited, but fans are eager to hear more concrete news soon.
What can fans expect from AOT 3?
Based on the previous two games and the exciting potential of new-gen hardware, Attack on Titan fans have plenty to look forward to when the third game launches.
Improved graphics and engine
As a cross-generation title will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, it is expected to make major graphical leaps over its predecessors. The new hardware should allow for more realistic environments, better Titan models, smoother animations, and enhanced physics and destruction effects.
More playable characters
The massive AOT cast provides an opportunity to make more characters playable, such as Levi, Hange, Reiner, and Zeke. Fans hope to be able to play their favorite characters from the show.
Expanded story mode
Whereas the first two games covered early anime seasons, AOT 3 will adapt later seasons featuring massive revelations, character deaths, and shocking plot twists. The story mode should provide an entirely new campaign for fans to experience.
New gameplay modes
Previous installments included extra modes like Another Mode with branching paths. The third game could bring creative new modes, co-op options, multiplayer variances, and reasons to replay.
Creating original characters and customizing their look, gear, and skills has been a popular feature. The third season will likely expand the character creator with more options for personalized Titan-slaying action.
The Season 3 Trailer
Check out the official trailer of Attack on Titan 3 here.
Why fans are excited
For fans, Attack on Titan 3 represents a chance to immerse themselves in the captivating world of the iconic series like never before.
High-quality anime game adaptation
The AOT games have set a new bar for anime licensing games. The third season promises to uphold that level of quality and care for the source material.
Exploration of expanded AOT universe
The chance to explore later anime seasons not yet covered by games has fans thrilled to see what the developers create.
Opportunity to play favorite characters
Playing as Eren and Mikasa has been great, but fans are eager to control other beloved characters who will surely be playable.
A fresh take on the AOT story
Even though fans know the story, experiencing key events firsthand via interactive gameplay will allow a new perspective on the narrative.
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With incredible source material to draw from, refined gameplay, and powerful hardware, Attack on Titan 3 has the potential to deliver an exceptional adaptation that lives up to fan expectations. As more details emerge, anticipation will continue building for what could become one of the most impressive anime-to-game conversions yet.
When it eventually releases, AOT fans will be ready to immerse themselves in the action-packed world of the Titans like never before.
Q: What platforms will AOT 3 be released for?
A: Platforms are not yet confirmed, but PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC are likely targets.
Q: Will AOT 3 have online multiplayer?
A: Multiplayer modes will likely be included as they were in previous games, potentially with cross-play support.
Q: How closely will it follow the anime storyline?
A: The story mode should closely adapt key events, battles, and arcs from the later anime seasons it covers.
Q: Will the third season be open world?
A: An open-world format seems unlikely, given the previous games’ more mission-based structure, though some expanded exploration features could be possible.
Q: Is Attack on Titan finished or still ongoing?
A: The manga finished releasing chapters in 2021. The anime is airing its fourth and final season, which is set to conclude in 2023.