Publisher and developer Rocket Panda Games has announced a remastered release of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Ultimate for PC and gaming consoles in 2024. The announcement was made during the weekend of Tokyo Game Show.
The game will be released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and Epic Games. A teaser trailer has also been released.
The company stated that it will remaster the original 2013 Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Ultimate game in Unreal Engine 5. The new version will feature enhanced visuals and improved gameplay mechanics. It will also include co-op and online multiplayer modes, playable enemy characters, a remastered original soundtrack, and an all new opening song performed by the Phantom Breakers characters Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki, Yuzuha and Maestra.
The Phantom Breaker series began as a traditional 2D fighting game developed by MAGES (formerly known as 5pb in 2011). Last March 2022, Rocket Panda Games released Phantom Breaker: Omnia, which is a remaster of Phantom Breaker: Extra — a 2D anime fighting game that features over 20 unique characters from franchises associated with 5pb games. The title featured Kurisu Makise from Steins;Gate and Rimi Sakihata from Chaos;Head as guest characters, as well as two brand new characters created specifically for Phantom Breaker: Omnia.
In June 2022, Rocket Panda Games acquired the Phantom Breaker franchise from MAGES.
Rocket Panda Games describes the synopsis as:
A mysterious man known as the Phantom has awakened and hatches a plan to unseal his dark powers. By giving ancient weapons known as the F.A. (Fu-mension Artifacts) to youths with special abilities, he convinces them to battle each other with the promise to grant the wishes of the victors. However, each time the Fu-mension Artifacts are used in battle, they create a rift between parallel worlds, which will inevitably unseal the Phantom’s powers.
Waka, the daughter of the Kumon Family, a clan tasked with protecting the world from the Phantom, and her friend Mikoto, attempt to stop him. However, in an alternate timeline the Phantom manages to escape and kidnaps Waka’s younger sister, Nagi. Waka and Mikoto, along with Itsuki, self-proclaimed “Arbiter of Justice” and Yuzuha, a ninja unpersuaded by the lure of the Phantom, set off to rescue Nagi and stop his nefarious plan.
Source: press release