Sega has updated the website to their upcoming arcade mech title (which runs off of their new arcade hardware, Ringedge) Border Break and with it, a rundown of how the cabinet works. As interested as I have been in the game itself, I was really curious to see how the cabinet worked since Sega said it would use a touch screen and it had a sort of mouse-like controller as well. In addition to that, they have included a headphone jack (a feature that is certainly not used often enough) and overall the cabinet looks pretty cool thanks to the lighting.
After watching the video below, I am convinced that the mouse controller is pretty cool and if it became standard in arcades then I think it would open the doors for FPS titles to be tried again (anyone up for an OutTriggers update?). at the same time it almost seems like the touch screen in this game isn’t incredibly useful since the mouse could work easily for menu functions and a wheel on the mouse could do things like switch weapons. Either way it looks like an intensely fun game that in one way the style of play reminds me of Star Wars: Battlefront. A Battlefront-like game could certainly work in arcades although this one seems to be a bit complicated for many Western arcade goers. What do you think?