Earth Defense Force 4.1: Shadow of a New Despair isn’t shy about reminding its fans that they can get their hands on it soon. Today’s reminder of the April 4th Japanese release date comes in the form of an epic nine-minute trailer filled with bugs, weapons, explosions, giant rock-’em sock-’em robots, destruction, carnage, bug guts, and all the other wonderful things that have made EDF so much fun. Each character class gets its own moment in the spotlight, and for some reason the Fencer wants to seduce you into drinking a nice can of coffee. Try as you might to resist the come-hither head-cock or gentle caress of his abdomen, there’s no resisting his armored gaze. If that isn’t quite odd enough, there’s a stirring rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic at the video’s tail end. Earth Defense Force has always had its tongue firmly in cheek, never once promising anything close to normal, and with the new trailer it’s clear this won’t be changing any time soon.
As for a US version, patience. While nothing has been mentioned yet there’s bound to be news relatively soon.