December 8 might as well as be renamed Earth Defense Force day as not one, but two new entries in the series will be released. Both PlayStation 4 and Vita owners will be pleased to know that Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair and Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space will be out for their respective consoles early next month

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair marks the first time that the series has landed on PlayStation 4, and is a “reimagining” of Earth Defnse Force 2025 in the main series. Sporting enhanced graphics, a solid frame rate, and addition content, Earth Defense Force 4.1 is the definitive version of the game. Players can pick from four different character classes, and battle as many giant bugs that the PlayStation 4 can handle.

Players won’t have to battle the giant enemies alone, though, as the game supports both local and online cooperative play. Two players can play local campaign missions, and even battle each other in the game’s versus mode. Online co-op, on the other hand, supports up to four players. Online play also has 9 exclusive missions, which raises the total to 98 different challenges. That’s a lot of content for a game that is launching at $49.99.

Vita owners will be treated to Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space, which is the first time that the second installment in the series has made its way stateside. There are plenty of improvements on the Vita, including English voiceovers. Also included in the $29.99 package is new content, cooperative play, and competitive multiplayer.

Similar to the PlayStation 4 release, Earth Defense Force 2 will feature both local and online play. Players can select multiple levels of difficulty to customize their cooperative experience. Also making co-op feel different from the base game is that there will be unique weapon selections.

It’s a bit of a risky strategy releasing two games for the same niche audience on the same day, but XSEED Games must be confident that fans will pick up both titles. While both games will cost less than $80 combined, it’s still asking a lot of dedicated Earth Defense Force fans. We’ll find out if this dual-release on December 8 is successful or not soon enough.

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be picking up either of the Earth Defense Force games that are launching on December 8!

Tyler has enjoyed video games, both large and small, ever since he was a child with a Sega Genesis controller in hand. When he isn’t playing through strange retro games like Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular, he can be found meditating under a waterfall to grow his beard or eating pizza. Probably the latter.