After launching on the PlayStation 4 in December 2017 (Japan) / December 2018 (worldwide), Earth Defense Force 5 will finally be available on PC on 11th July 2019. At the time of writing, that’s just three days away.

This comes as a bit of a surprise but Japanese game outlet Gematsu has broken the news together with hosting a short trailer on their YouTube channel (embedded below).

The announcement also comes with a Steam page for the title which gives it basically outline and allows you to wishlist the title, though no pricing (or pre-orders) are available right now.

If you’ve never played an Earth Defense Force (EDF) game before the premise is pretty simple: you’re a soldier protecting the planet from an alien invasion with many of them looking like giant insects.

The game all follow this basic conceit with 5 offering “more missions and weapons than any before it”.

If you’d like a taster of what this game is offering the previous one on PC – Earth Defense Force 4.1 – is discounted by 50 percent in the Steam Summer Sale right now. It’s a good way to see if you’d like this type of game as even though a third person shooter where you kill giant bugs sounds pretty straightforward, this series has many quirks that may turn people away.

The large emphasis on co-op is also a consideration here and we of course recommend waiting for reviews of this PC port before parting ways with any money.

It’s also worth looking at the system requirements for this title, as the EDF franchise is known for sub-par performance and intense slowdowns given that the alien invasions can see hundreds of enemies swarming a level.

It looks like both the minimum and recommended specs here are higher than 4.1, which came out in 2016. This is expected but, again, wait a bit to see what the performance is like irrespective of these lists –

Minimum requirements: 

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4440 3.10GHz/AMD A10-7850K 3.70GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 sound device
  • Additional Notes: XInput Controller

Recommended requirements: 

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit, Windows 8.1 64bit Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 3.40GHz/AMD Ryzen5 1400 3.20GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 sound device
  • Additional Notes: XInput Controller