The game is inspired by the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs., a series that is very popular in Japanese arcades, and designed by developers that have previously worked on the Gundam games, as well as titles in the SoulCalibur and Tekken series.
Rise of Incarnates takes place in a world where an event referred to as the "cube phenomenon" transforms the world when meteorites fall from the sky to cause drastic changes in the planet's geography and climate.
At the same time super-powered beings known as "Incarnates" walk the Earth. These people are possessed by "daimons, who could draw special powers from gods, demons, and monsters present in ancient mythology".
When a voice tells the Incarnates "to avoid certain destruction, you must defeat the Sovereign of this era" a war erupts, with each Incarnate interpreting the message differently.
"Some took it as a revelation, others thought it was merely some sort of hallucination. There were those who took it as a sign of ill omen for the future, while others still tried to use the situation to their advantage and fulfill their innate desires. But regardless of their varying reactions, not a one among them knew what the "Sovereign of this era" was supposed to mean. With their own interpretations and reasons for fighting, the incarnates enter the fray."
Rise of Incarnates pits players against each other in two-versus-two battles in arenas set in post apocalyptic versions real-world locations such as New York. Success in battle hinges on strategy, synergy with teammates and effective use of movement as well as special abilities.
Players pick between a roster of four characters, which will be expanded following launch:
Rise of Incarnates is expected to be released exclusively on PC through Valve's Steam platform later this year. Bandai Namco is currently accepting sign-ups for the alpha testing phase at the official Rise of Incarnates website.