One of the most surprising reveals during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference came in the form of Jump Force and its trailer. The crossover fighting game's shocking reveal trailer featured some of the biggest names in all of anime as characters from Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto all appeared in the span of a few seconds. The 3D arena brawler will allow for players to create teams of three characters to battle it out, and is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This isn't the first fighting game to bring together various character from Weekly Shonen Jump. The Nintendo DS famously received several Smash Bros.-style games under the Jump Super Stars name featuring anime characters, although these games never made their way out of Japan due to licensing issues. Most recently, J-Stars Victory VS was released for PlayStation platforms, and it wound up surprisingly coming out stateside. It clearly set the framework that Jump Force will look to follow.
Rather appropriately, the premise behind Jump Force is almost straight out of a manga itself as the real world and entertainment has been mysteriously blurred. This allows for characters such as Monkey D. Luffy, Goku, and Naruto to cross over into Earth, and they must battle against various forces of evil. Levels in the three-on-three fighting game will be based off various landmarks such as New York City's Time Square and the Matterhorn mountain in the Alps.
"With Jump Force, we are thrilled to bring to life Shueisha’s deep catalogue of beloved franchises that has produced some of the most popular pop culture characters to ever come from Japan," said Bandai Namco Vice President of Marketing Eric Hartness. He then went on to explain why the company views the game as having a worldwide appeal. "Jump Force gives fans of manga and anime a dream opportunity to see their favorite heroes come to life in our world in a globetrotting adventure filled with explosive battles of epic proportions."
Past Jump fighting games that have come stateside have had all-star casts but flawed fighting systems. The trailer for Jump Force looks mighty impressive, and it's clear that Bandai Namco is looking to build upon the success they found earlier in the year with Dragon Ball FighterZ. If they can deliver their end of the bargain from a gameplay perspective, then fans will be in for something really special.
Source: Bandai Namco
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