Namco Bandai has announced that the strategy RPG Project X Zone, which features characters from Namco, Sega, Capcom, is heading to North America summer.

The 3DS title includes more than 50 characters from 29 franchises. Players use pairs of characters to navigate the world, enlisting the help of another character for battle assists. Namco says the game includes solo and support attacks, cross hits, and finishing moves. In the story, a time rift opens up, which offers a somewhat tenuous explanation as to why characters from such a wide variety of games and eras are able to stand next to one another. HIghlighted franchises include Mega Man X, Darkstalkers, Tekken, Shining Force EXA, and many others.

"Project X Zone is the first title to ever combine such a large cast of characters from a varied list of game franchises into one grand adventure,” says Carlson Choi, vice president of marketing at Namco Bandai America. “Developing a cohesive game and storyline to encompass all of these great characters and their battle-styles was a huge challenge that has paid off greatly with the creation of a truly unique and groundbreaking gaming experience.”

The game is set for a summer release on the Nintendo 3DS.

Take a look at our previous story for a look at the game's trailer, which highlights the massive roster.