Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 2 is set to release this weekend. It was published on May 1, 2019, in other countries on January 16, 2020, and in Taiwan on June 29, 2020. Hypergryph developed this tactical RPG/tower defense mobile game for free. The game is available on Android and iOS platforms and features gacha gameplay. The Arknights: Endfield spin-off game was announced in March 2022 for PC and mobile devices. An anime television series adaptation was announced in October 2022 by Yostar Pictures.
We see in episode 1 that an organization of Rhodes Island operators led by Amiya in Chernobog within the Ursus Empire awakens and rescues the Doctor from a cold sleep in an underground facility in which the Doctor has been trapped. Amiya and Doberman discover the Doctor has amnesia as they help him escape militants from the Reunion Movement.
Ace and his team rescue the Doctor, who learns that the Reunion has taken advantage of a catastrophe storm heading to Chernobog to overthrow it. Because Amiya is infected with Oripathy, she refuses to follow her rescuers despite their help. The Rhodes Islanders and the Doctor save a mother and child from a group of militants from Reunion.
In spite of evidence that physical contact with an Infected will not transmit the disease, many nations fear the Infected due to misinformation, resulting in discrimination against them. According to Amiya, Oripathy is caused by exposure to the valuable Originium mineral.
In contrast to the Reunion Movement, which is seeking to overthrow governments for their harsh treatment of the Infected, Rhodes Island is seeking to cure Oripathy and end discrimination. The Doctor had been researching a cure before they lost their memory. Despite their best efforts to escape, the Rhodes Islanders do not realize that another Reunion unit is watching them as they head to their rendezvous point.
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 1 Review
There has been a significant improvement in the plot. Some have mentioned the decision to reveal the amnesia later, but the logic of the escape as a whole is much better. Getting caught more than once, but having Dobermann and Ace introduce themselves around that shifted exposition to the right moments (i.e., stopping for a break / analyzing the situation) as necessary.
Traveling underground first and then heading aboveground is necessary. Despite amnesia as an excuse, there are still some moments when it feels heavy-handed. Overall, though, it has improved. It was a great first episode for me. There were certain things that weren’t great, but none of them detracted from the experience. It would be interesting for me to see how people who haven’t been corrupted by bias by playing the game almost every day since launch feels about this.
It was a brilliant idea to show Terra’s map in the middle of the episode. The prts interface is cool and a bit cute, given how certain UI assets are reused from the game. Furthermore, the Doctor’s characterization as a strategist could not have been better, as he showed rather than told his abilities. It was hinted at first and then demonstrated outright in the second half. A few points of criticism: Most of the animation was unsatisfactory, with some scenes standing still for way too long.
I thought at one point, “there are almost more animation frames in this game.” Aside from that, art fascinated me. The art direction was great, as one would expect from an Arknights anime, with some fantastic backgrounds. In conclusion, those are the two biggest takeaways I learned in terms of negatives and positives. Overall, I’m very happy with the game. None of my complaints have any effect on my enjoyment. I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes.
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 2 Release Date
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 2 release date is set to release on 5 November 2022, Saturday at 1:23 AM (JST).
- 4 November 2022, Friday at 11:23 PM PDT Central Time (US & Canada),
- 4 November 2022, Friday at 12:23 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada),
- 4 November 2022, Friday at 09:23 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada), and
- 4 November 2022, Friday at 09:53 PM IST Indian Time.
Where To Watch Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 2?
Fans can watch Arknights: Prelude to Dawn Episode 2 on Crunchyroll when it was released. You also can watch previous episodes of Arknights: Prelude to Dawn on the same platform.