Earth Defense Force 5 (地球防衛軍5 Chikyū Bōeigun Faibu) is the fifth main installment in the series and eighth overall including Global Defense Force Tactics, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, and Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter. Developed by Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher, the game was released for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 6, 2017. Release dates for Europe and North America have not yet been announced. Earth Defense Force 5 departs from the continuity established by Earth Defense Force 2017 and Earth Defense Force 2025/4.1, and is set in a new continuity where the Earth Defense Force is a private military corporation and sees action for the first time in the year 2022.
What we know Edit
The Japanese reveal trailer showcases classes which are similar to the previous game's Ranger and Wing Diver (it was initially stated the latter class was returning to the name Pale Wing, at least in Japan, but the latest trailer uses "Wing Diver"), a spindly mech resembling the old BM03 Vegalta, and a new main battle tank design based on the German Leopard 2 rather than the old Abrams-derived E551 Gigantus.
A new Fencer class has also been confirmed. A special Fencer unit called the "Grim Reapers" has been mentioned, as well as some rather curious images showing Fencer-derived hardware being used by civilian construction workers, perhaps implying that it will be possible to recruit civilian fighters as allies in the new game. From the description, the game will also have a more complex plot for the main characters, since it is stated that "one of the protagonists" is a civilian worker who becomes a Fencer during the course of the game's events. Similarly, the official website's page on EDF soldiers (click the four tabs) shows the Wing Diver with three different outfits, one a pink suit with a simplistic jetpack, one an outfit similar to a Pale Wing and one close to the 2025 Wing Diver suit, and the Ranger seems to start out as a security guard at a military base.
The Air Raider has now also been confirmed as a class, with the character starting out as a talented civilian engineer called to the EDF base to repair a vehicle. The description of the Air Raider's role given in the linked article implies he is a type of soldier referred to in real life as a "Forward Air Controller." There have been numerous refinements to his equipment which are probably why he was the last to be revealed, including the ability to designate air strikes by placing the marker directly in an isometric view instead of throwing a grenade. It has also been revealed that at least one type of strike, Autocannon A, uses a 15-second reload timer instead of Reload Credits: this does not require it to be equipped. The EMC tanks seen in one preview mission are confirmed to be usable vehicles, and a new version of the Caravan Armored Vehicle has also been shown. The Vegalta-style mech is called the Nyx, and appears to be largely the same: in one livestreamed preview session it had no collision detection with scenery such as lampposts passing straight through it, but this is probably because the game is unfinished.
The new Ranger can now sprint as well as roll, and the Wing Diver is said to have gained an evasive boost move like the one the Fencer had in the 2025 games.
Ants, Crimson Ants and Spiders all look like their 4.1 incarnations, though more recent videos have shown black Ants being capable of destroying buildings with enough acid spray attacks, an ability they have never had before: their attacks also create paintball-like splat decals where they land. There is a different aesthetic to Ravager vehicles this time, with their primary color being yellow. Transport Ships, now called Teleportation Ships have been seen with a new design, along with some type of missile device called a Teleport Anchor that appears to act like a Tunnel Exit. Bipedal soldiers resembling frogs called Colonists and Gray-like alien soldiers called Cosmonauts, which might actually be the Ravagers themselves, have also been shown, along with small UFO-like craft called Battle Drones and a massive new craft resembling the Mothership of Monster Attack and Global Defence Force. In the most recent trailer the aliens are referred to as "Invaders" as they were in Global Defence Force, though this may change in the translation.
The Colonists and Cosmonauts are subject to new dismemberment mechanics, with destruction of individual limbs reducing their mobility or firepower. The recent trailer also shows Crimson Ants with dark green wound decals on their bodies, implying this mechanic will also apply to some degree to familiar enemies. Like acid, blood from enemies (or possibly hemolymph for the giant insects, though it is best not to question their biology) creates splat decals on surfaces it lands on.
Weather effects are seen in the trailer, specifically rain.
The date given in the trailer is 2022, and it has been confirmed that this is a reboot of the series and it means that humanity is encountering alien invaders, this time called "Primers," for the first time all over again. This would mean it is a remake of Monster Attack much as 2017 was.
So far the only announced format is PS4. A localization has not yet been confirmed.
A release date for Japan has been confirmed as December 7th.
Curiously, the of the recent trailers calls the game EDF 4.4. It is not clear why.
|Main series and remakes||Monster Attack • Global Defence Force / Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space • Earth Defense Force 2017 / Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable • Earth Defense Force 2025 / Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair • Earth Defense Force 5|
|Spin-offs||Global Defense Force Tactics • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon • TapWars: Earth Defense Force 4.1 • Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter • Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain|