Anime fans definitely lost their minds during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 press conference!
Bandai Namco Entertainment dropped an announcement trailer for their upcoming arena fighter. Developed by Spike Chunsoft, Jump Force features a bevy of anime’s most popular characters in an explosive crossover brawler. The reveal trailer featured Naruto, Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece, and Goku and Frieza from Dragon Ball in the middle of a destroyed Times Square as they tore into each other with super powered attacks. Plenty of other environments were put on display, as well as some familiar items from each anime franchise (Frieza’s Spaceship and the Straw Hat Pirates’ ship made an appearance).
During the final moments of the trailer, more anime icons popped up – Light Yagami and Ryuk from Death Note! But during an interview with Gamespot, game producer Koji Nakajima made sure to note that neither of those characters will be playable:
This game is going to feature a story around this unique situation, and that’s where Death Note comes into play. To kind of weave the story together. So, Death Note is not [going to have] a fighting game character.
Also revealed during some extra gameplay footage were Roronoa Zoro from One Piece and Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto. You can view even more gameplay and see just how chaotic the game’s battles are in the videos posted below.
Jump Force looks to be a welcome successor to the PS4 and PS Vita fighter, J-Stars Victory Vs. Its 3v3 combat, bombastic battles, and seemingly epic story mode looks like it’ll be well worth the wait. Jump Force is slated to release sometime in 2019 on Xbox One and Xbox One X. It’s also planned for release on PS4 and PC.