Fans of the seminal anime series have had to be patient as they await the arrival of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 -- the last in the Rebuild of Evangelion series. As the studio apologizes, a mobile phone game offers a taste of Evangelion-style action and exclusive features.

'Evangelion 3.0+1.0' – updates

Evangelion, or Neon Genesis Evangelion as the series is known, has been a hugely successful franchise virtually from the moment it debuted two decades ago with the ever popular premise of teens saving the universe by battling monsters with futuristic robots in a dystopian landscape.

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Dragon Ball Super fans can complain after a week without a fix of their beloved anime, but lovers of the Rebuild movies, a series reboot which debuted in 2007, have been waiting for the next installment since 2012 and the release of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The third movie of the series broke box office records in Japan when it opened in 2012 and garnered about $60 million USD in box office earnings. Spun out over TV series, movies, manga, and Video Games, the Evangelion franchise is considered one of the most influential anime series ever.

Series creator Hideaki Anno even went the extra step of publicly apologizing to fans for the long wait and a series of delays. It turns out Anno is tied up with the Godzilla Resurgence film that is creating a huge buzz in Japan, an involvement which has put Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 on the back burner.

The Evangelion Unison League Collaboration

In the meantime, the Evangelion franchise comes alive on smartphones. Pokémon GO has become the mobile app craze of the summer, but Japan-based Ateam Inc., the maker of Unison League, is hoping they can tap into at least some of that market with a collaboration with the Evangelion franchise.

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The free to play Unison League RPG was first launched in December 2014 and involves battling enemies alongside other players – a natural fit for the Evangelion story, in other words. The mobile app game collaboration features an aesthetic inspired by the Evangelion series and its iconic characters, including Spawns and Angels. Any of the other Unison League characters can be given an Evangelion-style look along with attack animations inspired by the manga and anime films.

The Evangelion influence extends beyond the look of the game, however.

The package of new content includes a new story line that takes place chapter by chapter over a two week period. The Evangelion Unison League collaboration includes exclusive new quests and characters like Eva-04 – the first time the mecha has appeared in a smart phone game. Exclusive spawns let players become popular Evangelion protagonists like Shinji and Kaworu. Rei Ayanami in a sexy racer suit comes as a log-in bonus for game players too.

And as for Rebuild of Evangelion 4.0? A release date for 3.0+1.0 is still in the works.

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