[KRBWG] Playable Cast

Kamen Rider Battride War: Genesis’ official website has finally unveiled what many fans have been waiting for (despite being more-or-less confirmed many times prior): the game’s cast of playable characters! The Character hub of the page displays the list of represented Kamen Rider series. Each clickable logo loads a still image of selectable Riders from a given series.

Select Your Rider!
Select Your Rider!

As we know, the Showa-era Riders (1970s-late 1980s) are confirmed. Let’s take a look at their renders!

Takeshi Hongou (Kamen Rider #1) Hayato Ichimonji (Kamen Rider #2)
Takeshi Hongou (Kamen Rider #1)
Hayato Ichimonji (Kamen Rider #2)
Shirou Kazami (Kamen Rider V3)
Shirou Kazami (Kamen Rider V3)
Jin Keisuke (Kamen Rider X)
Jin Keisuke (Kamen Rider X)
Daisuke Yamamoto (Kamen Rider Amazon)
Daisuke Yamamoto (Kamen Rider Amazon)
Shigeru Jou (Kamen Rider Stronger)
Shigeru Jou (Kamen Rider Stronger)
Hiroshi Tsukuba (Kamen Rider SkyRider)
Hiroshi Tsukuba (Kamen Rider SkyRider)
Kazuya Oki (Kamen Rider Super-1)
Kazuya Oki (Kamen Rider Super-1)
Koutarou Minami (Kamen Rider BLACK)
Koutarou Minami (Kamen Rider BLACK)
Koutarou Minami (Kamen Rider BLACK RX)
Koutarou Minami (Kamen Rider BLACK RX)

Most will notice that Kamen Riders Shin, ZX, ZO and J are not present among the list, due to the fact that they’re one-off Riders from TV specials and movies. That’s a shame, because a Rider like ZX seems like he would be perfect for a Musou-style game environment. Imagine Xu Shu from Dynasty Warriors, only MORE ninja-like and MORE explosions.

Of course, the Heisei-era Kamen Riders are also available. At first glance, they don’t look that much different from their PS3 renders. However, there is some improvement in the textures of the suits. They look a little cleaner, a little shinier.

Yuusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Yuusuke Godai (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Shouichi Tsugami (Kamen Rider Agito) Makoto Hikawa (Kamen Rider G3-X)
Shouichi Tsugami (Kamen Rider Agito)
Makoto Hikawa (Kamen Rider G3-X)
Shinji Kido (Kamen Rider Ryuki) Ren Akiyama (Kamen Rider Knight)
Shinji Kido (Kamen Rider Ryuki)
Ren Akiyama (Kamen Rider Knight)
Takumi Inui (Kamen Rider Faiz) Masato Kusaka (Kamen Rider Kaixa)
Takumi Inui (Kamen Rider Faiz)
Masato Kusaka (Kamen Rider Kaixa)
Kazuma Kenzaki (Kamen Rider Blade) Sakuya Tachibana (Kamen Rider Garren)
Kazuma Kenzaki (Kamen Rider Blade)
Sakuya Tachibana (Kamen Rider Garren)
Hibiki (Kamen Rider Hibiki) Ibuki (Kamen Rider Ibuki)
Hibiki (Kamen Rider Hibiki)
Ibuki (Kamen Rider Ibuki)
Souji Tendou (Kamen Rider Kabuto) Arata Kagami (Kamen Rider Gatack)
Souji Tendou (Kamen Rider Kabuto)
Arata Kagami (Kamen Rider Gatack)
Ryoutarou Nogami (Kamen Rider Den-O) Yuuto Sakurai (Kamen Rider Zeronos)
Ryoutarou Nogami (Kamen Rider Den-O)
Yuuto Sakurai (Kamen Rider Zeronos)
Wataru Kurenai (Kamen Rider Kiva) Keisuke Nago (Kamen Rider IXA)
Wataru Kurenai (Kamen Rider Kiva)
Keisuke Nago (Kamen Rider IXA)
Tsukasa Kadoya (Kamen Rider Decade) Daiki Kaitou (Kamen Rider Diend) Yuusuke Onodera (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Tsukasa Kadoya (Kamen Rider Decade)
Daiki Kaitou (Kamen Rider Diend)
Yuusuke Onodera (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Shotaro Hidari & Philip (Kamen Rider W) Ryuu Terui (Kamen Rider Accel) Shotaro Hidari (Kamen Rider Joker) Katsumi Daido (Kamen Rider Eternal)
Shotaro Hidari & Philip (Kamen Rider W)
Ryuu Terui (Kamen Rider Accel)
Shotaro Hidari (Kamen Rider Joker)
Katsumi Daido (Kamen Rider Eternal)
Eiji Hino (Kamen Rider OOO) Akira Date (Kamen Rider Birth)
Eiji Hino (Kamen Rider OOO)
Akira Date (Kamen Rider Birth)
Gentarou Kisaragi (Kamen Rider Fourze) Ryuusei Sakuta (Kamen Rider Meteor)
Gentarou Kisaragi (Kamen Rider Fourze)
Ryuusei Sakuta (Kamen Rider Meteor)
Haruto Souma (Kamen Rider Wizard) Kousuke Nitou (Kamen Rider Beast)
Haruto Souma (Kamen Rider Wizard)
Kousuke Nitou (Kamen Rider Beast)
Kouta Kazuraba (Kamen Rider Gaim) Kaitou Kumon (Kamen Rider Baron) Takatora Kureshima (Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin)
Kouta Kazuraba (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Kaitou Kumon (Kamen Rider Baron)
Takatora Kureshima (Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin)
Shinnosuke Tomari (Kamen Rider Drive) Gou Shijima (Kamen Rider Mach)
Shinnosuke Tomari (Kamen Rider Drive)
Gou Shijima (Kamen Rider Mach)
Takeru Tenkuuji (Kamen Rider Ghost)
Takeru Tenkuuji (Kamen Rider Ghost)

Promotional stills they are, but damn it if it isn’t exciting seeing the Riders ready to return. Considering the breadth of the character pool this game can take from, there’s a considerable number of tertiary and extra Riders that aren’t in this list. Are they planning on releasing extra Riders as free DLC again? Or are they vying for the paid route? Players have been pretty lucky with receiving free DLC characters for the previous games. Let’s see if that sticks for the new iteration next year.

Kamen Rider Battride War: Genesis is set to release on Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita consoles in 2016.

Image Source: Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis Official Site (Characters)

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