They may not be a pop culture sensation in America, but anyone in Japan can easily and excitedly identify what Kamen Rider is for you. The high-octane live-action series about various heroes in glowing spandex outfits fighting a weekly variety of grotesque villains shares a lot of DNA with Super Sentai, the Japanese television series that inspires the iconic Power Rangers series in America. Just as Power Rangers is an ultra-iconic kids series that has gone on to inspire an endless amount of spin-offs, adaptations, and games, Kamen Rider has inspired a wide variety of video games in Japan. While most of them end up being arena brawlers or side-scrolling beat-em-ups, though, newly announced character action game Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez looks to be one of the most impressive video game outings for the series yet.
Described as a “hero chain action” game by publisher Bandai Namco, Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez sees you playing as three specific heroes from across the decades-long franchise. You’ll be able to control 2009’s Kamen Rider W in his Cyclone Joker Form, 2011’s Kamen Rider OOO in his Tatoba Combo form, and the protagonist of currently airing series Kamen Rider Zero-One in his Rising Hopper form. Each hero, who is voiced by their respective live-action actors, can perform basic attack combos using meaty punches and kicks. The real fun, though, comes from the Chain Action system that lets you change between each hero’s various forms on the fly to chain together unique combos.
Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez is slated to arrive in Japan on October 29 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. A western release hasn’t been confirmed, but while Kamen Rider games usually don’t make it overseas, the big-budget of this game seems like a solid reason for Bandi Namco to try for a global release.