'One Piece: Burning Blood' news: character roster, localization, combat system discussed by developer


BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s newest and upcoming game based on the hit manga and anime “One Piece” is set to be bigger than any other previous games. “One Piece: Burning Blood” will feature, for the first time in any “One Piece” fighting game, a new 3 vs 3 combat system and some new characters.

In a recent interview with PlayStation Lifestyle, series producer Koji Nakajima and game director Hiroyuki Kaneko gave details about the upcoming gamethe storyline approach, the character roster for the initial release version, and the new combat system which aims to balance the gameplay.

The developers wanted “One Piece: Burning Blood” to follow a storyline that is as faithful to the original storyline as possible, recreating key fight scenes by major characters such as the main protagonist Monkey D. Luffy.

As to the total roster of characters that will be coming to the game, nothing is final yet. However, the developers did tease that they will be utilizing a wide array of fighters for the game.

“At the current moment, we can’t announce anything official,” it was said. “But this is a fighting game, so we know that the amount of characters is very important for this genre. We plan to have a big roster, so stay tuned.”

But who can be expected to come in the game? That is for future reveals, as it seemed, as more character reveals were promised, including characters that will mark their debut in a “One Piece” game.

“Actually, we have some characters that [haven’t been unveiled], so it will be a surprise for you. We are also choosing characters that will be making their first appearance in a One Piece title, such as Drake. We will try to draw out the specific abilities and techniques for players to enjoy them in the game.”

Also, the game has been revealed to be only dubbed in the original Japanese voices, to “produce the original atmosphere of the ‘One Piece’ series.”

“One Piece: Burning Blood” will be released in Japan on April 1, 2016 for the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation 4. It will have an English release sometime around this year as well.