Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight offers more details on the seven (Update: we've added info on the Obsidian Fury) new Jaegers fans will see in the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's original sci-fi epic. While appearing (in a formal military costume, mind you, saluting the audience) at the Madison Square Gardens theater for the Pacific Rim Uprising New York Comic Con panel, the writer-director couldn't hide his enthusiasm for what's new in the followup and how much he appreciate the work del Toro put into launching this franchise - one he hopes can continue in a big way.
First-look images and some interview snippets from earlier this week revealed the names and some basic details of four of the Jaeger mechs constructed in the 10 years since the first Pacific Rim film, and now we know there are two more - one of them arguably the most unique addition to the lore.
The Kaiju are much more lethal and intelligent in the sequel, and so the Jaegers - now a function of a global unified fighting force and not country-based, have substantially "better upgrades" to defend humanity against the next apocalypse. Here are the details we know so far on all of the Pacific Rim Uprising Jaegers revealed so far:
1. Gipsy Avenger
Embracing the iconic and familiar design to the main Jaeger of Pacific Rim 1, the Gipsy Avenger is the successor to Gipsy Danger. This Jaeger still operates on a two-pilot drift system but the cockpit tech has changed significant with operator feet no longer locked into place, and holographic displays that mirror the action and weapons on the pilot. This new way to visualize the combat from pilot to mech is demonstrated with a variety of weapons and Jaegers in the Pacific Rim Uprising trailer unveiled during NYCC.
The Gipsy Avenger has a new weapon called the Gravity Sling which allows it to lift up buildings and cars and launch them at Kaiju enemies. This Jaeger is the most challenging to operate but the strongest.
"Gipsy Avenger honors the heroic legacy of her namesake as the flagship leader of the Mark VI fleet. More than just a Jaeger, she is a symbol of hope to millions."
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018