Fans of anime will be happy to know that “One Piece: Burning Blood” will be coming to the West next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita. The game will once again be published by Bandai Namco and will be developed by Spike Chunsoft.
Unlike most of the “One Piece” video games that have come out recently, “Burning Blood” appears to be a one on one fighting game. Previous “One Piece” games -- most notably the “Pirate Warriors” games -- were developed by Omega Force and played like the “Dynasty Warriors” games from Koei Tecmo.
According to Gematsu, the game will have an “advanced battle system” that will replicate the Devil Fruit abilities and Haki techniques that are seen in the anime and manga. These abilities can power up characters, nullify attacks and much more, which should be interesting to witness.
From what can be seen in the minute long trailer, “Burning Blood” looks very similar to the “Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm” fighting games developed by Cyberconnect 2. While the cel-shaded visuals look more like the “One Piece” anime, the fast-paced gameplay and 3D environments bear plenty of similarities to the “Ultimate Ninja Storm” games.
Of course, Bandai Namco is publishing both games so this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Since the developer is different there’s a chance that the game controls differently from “Ultimate Ninja Storm”.
IGN has confirmed that Luffy, Ace, Crocodile, Sabo, Bartolomeo, Enel and Doflamingo will be playable characters in “Burning Blood”. Fans can expect more characters to be announced as the game reaches its release date sometime next year.
“One Piece: Burning Blood” was originally announced during the Sony conference in the Tokyo Game Show (TGS). It was originally announced for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but it will now be coming to the Xbox One as well.
While the game will come out on 2016, no definitive release date for the game has been announced. In the mean time, fans of “One Piece” can pick up “One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3” for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PC.