After several weeks’ build-up to a teased important Btooom! announcement, yesterday’s release of the manga’s 20th volume made the big reveal. Those hoping for a new anime might be disappointed, but there’s still the potentially exciting prospect of an iOS and Android app. The online game, whose key image and first screenshot can be seen below, promises multiplayer battle action in a full-scale 3D world, and Japanese online game company Asobimo has confirmed that it will  feature the series’ cast and BIM weapons. But otherwise, no further details have been announced.

Junya Inoue’s manga originally launched in Shinchosha’s Weekly Comic Bunch in 2009, before moving to Monthly Comic Bunch in 2011, has been in its final arc since April 2014. Published in English by Yen Press, they released the 13th volume on February 23rd, and the Kotone Watanabe-directed anime adaptation was streamed by Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan in 2012. The streaming service describes the anime’s story:

Sakamoto Ryota still has no job at age 22, and leads a rather dull life. But in the online game, BTOOOM!, he’s stronger and more highly respected than anyone else. However, the game he’s playing now is no longer virtual, but real. He’s been sent to a deserted island with only a BIM supply and no clue why he’s being coerced into fighting and killing. The players are now stuck in a real life version of BTOOOM!, not even knowing the reason why.

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The Otaku Judge

Sigh, more episodes would have been nice. I have lost count of how many announcements tend to be a disappointing mobile game.