Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain slated for Global release in April

If you’ve been looking for another game in the Earth Defense Force series your wait is almost over.

D3 Publisher Inc., announced the global launch date last Friday for the game developed by YUKE’S.


The launch is scheduled for April 11 if you didn’t pay attention to the earlier .gif bringing new territory, character customization, new characters that focus on one of the strongest military units in EDF and more.

The Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Standard Edition ($59.99 USD) and Ultimate Edition ($89.99 USD) are available today on the PlayStation Store for pre-order. Pre-orders perks for both editions include exclusive customized costumes, enhanced weapons and much more.


In addition to the aforementioned perks, the Ultimate Edition includes a critical weapon and an additional mission scheduled to release shortly after launch.

To learn more about extra content and perks for Standard and Ultimate Edition pre-orders, please visit the official website.

Interested in seeing the new trailer? Look no further.

EDF first launched in 2003 for PlayStation 2 and this rendition is expected to keep it’s reputation going.

This focus on pitting players against an overwhelming force of enemies continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain while introducing exciting new gear and technology for stalwart EDF soldiers and a brand-new separatist faction, the Kindred Rebellion. Players will need all the help they can get as the Aggressor’s alien invasion of giant insects, monsters, and mechs continues to rain down terror around the world.

Meet the New EDF Ground Trooper Unit, Prowl Rider and Ride a Giant Ant into Battle!

Alongside the Trooper, Jet Lifter, and the Heavy Striker unit that players can arm themselves with, the latest Prowl Rider’s PA-Gear is based on a prototype originally developed by the Kindred Rebellion faction and was later analyzed and improved for deployment to the Earth Defense Force.

This gear grants the user astonishing mobility on the battlefield with its wire-powered “E-Needle” ability that allows players to grapple buildings, trees, and even enemies to zip towards their destination. The Prowl Rider’s E-Needle ability can even be used to blast gigantic insects with neural pulse waves, essentially transforming enemies into giant, living tanks.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Key Features: 

Twelve years have been passed since mankind’s first encounter with the alien “Aggressor” invasion that devastated planet Earth. In this time of great despair, the battle to free mankind from the Aggressor’s extended assault continues in Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.

Developed by YUKE’s with the Unreal Engine 4, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is the best-looking EDF to date.

  • Master Four Soldier Classes: Thanks to advances in “PA-Gear” technology, the EDF are on more equal footing with the “Aggressors”. These powered exoskeleton suits can be customized with hundreds of weapon, armament, and item loadout combinations with four unique soldier classes, each with their own critical Over Drive ability to change the tide of battle, including the Trooper, Jet Lifter, Heavy Striker, and most notably, the brand-new Prowl Rider.
  • Multiplayer: Staying true to the series’ roots in arcade action, both online and local multiplayer split-screen modes are available. Online supports up to six player co-op – and the new Mercenary mode, which finds teams competing for Energy Gems hosts up to 8 players.
  • Character customization: For the first time in the series, players will step into the boots of Closer, a decorated war hero who awakens from a seven year coma. Players can customize his or her appearances before diving into the game’s character driven campaign.

About D3 Publisher, Inc.
D3 Publisher, a member of BANDAI NAMCO, is a Japanese video game publisher. Established in 1992, the company has published console and mobile/online games from some of the industries most beloved franchises and series, including Earth Defense Force, Onechanbara, the Simple series, and more. For more information, visit


About YUKE’S. Co., Ltd.
YUKE’S, Co., Ltd. Is a Japanese video game developer. Established in 1993, the company has developed console and online games from some of the industries most beloved franchises and series, including Power Move Pro Wrestling series, WWE series, Rumble Roses, and more. For more information, visit

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