Earth Defense Force 2025 will release in the West this February, following its Japanese release in July.
The newest installment in the popular alien shooter will release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and follows the narrative of Earth Defense Force 2017, which released in 2007.
In addition to the announcement, SCEA product manager Kaori Takasue detailed a GameStop pre-order incentive in the form of the Air Raiders Weapon Pack, which bundles two bonus weapons.
A number of other pre-order DLC packs are also planned, though it's yet to be determined how these will be distributed. Details below:
The Fencer Weapons Pack
Ifrit - A cannon that launches rockets that will separate and disperse over the sea. Each rocket is equipped with multiple incendiary bombs that will ignite upon contact, causing massive damage.
Blood Storm - A powerful cannon that will separate midair and rain down on the enemy's head and inflict damage on an entire area.
The Wing Diver Weapons Pack
Reflectron Laser - A special laser that fires in two directions and can even shoot through narrow passageways. It's an effective weapon with giant insects, as it can maximize range without obstruction.
Gleipnir - This super weapon silently discharges balls of energy with the ability to launch continuous attacks. Only Wing Divers can use this weapon, as it requires the Psionic Link.
The Ranger Weapons Pack
Volatile Napalm - A military grade discharge device that sets everything ablaze and damages the target and surrounding areas.
Pure Decoy Launcher (Mian) - a weapon that distracts the enemy by discharging a large balloon that takes the shape of an attractive female, but the enemies will meet their fate when the balloon unexpectedly self destructs, destroying everything in its vicinity.
Earth Defense Force 2025 debuted at number one in the Japanese software charts when it released in July.
A series of post-launch DLC packs were issued in Japanese, though it's unconfirmed whether these will be released seperately or bundled with the Western edition.