Bandai Namco’s anime online action RPG Blue Protocol will let you cosplay using NPC costumes, new screenshots showing off customization.
On October 15, Bandai Namco shared a new update for its upcoming anime style, PC online action RPG, Blue Protocol, focusing on costumes. New screenshots were shared on Twitter, and show player characters dressed as shop clerks of Astellize, the starter city. This is basically cosplaying as existing ingame NPCs. This is one of the many features the development team previously teased.
The tweet mentions more NPC costumes will be available in Blue Protocol.
— BLUE PROTOCOL (@BLUEPROTOCOL_JP) October 16, 2020
The latest Blue Protocol stream happened on October 12, it most notably showed a new desert settlement called Salamzart Oasis, and some new gameplay. We also learned players inexperienced with action games will be able to ask NPCs for help. The development team also teased a new fifth Class will be available at launch. Check our summary of the October stream here. We also have summaries for the past streams: The first stream was on February 13, 2020. Stream 2 was on February 20, 2020 and most notably had a Blue Protocol Q&A. The third stream on February 27 was when the devs teased the Blue Protocol global release. The fourth stream, which happened on June 18, had a full report of the Blue Protocol Closed Beta Test.
Blue Protocol Latest Trailer
Blue Protocol has no release date yet. The development team also stressed out they’ll carefully test the game, so it’s not releasing anytime soon. Judging from job listings, it won’t launch before April 2021. While only announced for PC, still judging from job listings, it’s possible the game will come to PS5 or Xbox Series X as well. Last but not least, while no official confirmation happened yet, it’s very likely Hiroyuki Sawano (Xenoblade X, Gundam Unicorn) is the composer on Blue Protocol. All the OST tracks revealed so far reeks of Sawano doing Sawano-isms. Overall, it’s definitely one of the games any anime aficionados should keep their eyes on.
Blue Protocol will have a Matching Test on November 7. This will purely be to test the new automatic party matching system for dungeons, and players will be asked to follow very specific instructions. Taking this into account, I wouldn’t recommend trying to register for it unless you understand Japanese.