Sega, Kotobukiya Create Largest Mecha Model Ever in Shinjuku Station
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Shinjuku subway station is massive. It is, with no exaggeration, the world's busiest transport hub with over three million commuters passing through daily. That's a lot of feet and a lot of eyeballs which might explain why various parts of the station are regularly transformed into advertisements for new anime, manga, and television shows. Netflix "hijacked" an area earlier this year to show off its anime streaming offerings and last year artwork by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida went on display. The train station has featured Kingdom Hearts, Attack on Titan, Terraformars, Psycho-Pass, Dragon Quest, and [email protected] displays, many interactive.
A new attraction went up on July 1, and it might be one of the biggest ones yet. Sega and figure production company Kotobukiya worked together to create a 1/1-scale plastic model of the mecha from PlayStation 4 video game Border Break prior to the game's release on August 2. The giant model is shown as individual pieces, like those from a modeling kit. According to Kotobukiya, the plastic model is the largest ever made.
The pieces are on display on the promenade leading to the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line until July 8. A cut-off event will be held on July 4 when a worker will remove individual pieces from the wall.
The game's official YouTube video is streaming a teaser for the display with a few peeks at how it was all made.
The mecha action game Border Break will launch for PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play game with in-game purchases on August 2. It will also have a physical release and special download edition bonuses. Open beta testing began in February.
SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle, part of the vocal project by composer Hiroyuki Sawano, is performing the theme song "Amazing Trees."
The multiplayer game allows up to 10 players to team up and fight against an opposing 10-player team in various maps. Players are able to customize their mechs (called Blast Runners), in both appearance and weaponry. The game supports both the DualShock 4 controller and a mouse for controls.
The game will also have a story mode. That cast stars Reina Ueda as Hati, Rie Takahashi as Mikoto, and Shunsuke Takeuchi as Managar.
Sega's AM2 division launched Border Break in 2009 as a fast-paced multi-player 3D shooter game with mecha. The game was an early showcase for Sega's RingEdge arcade hardware architecture.