Naruto Online PC MMORPG Launches in the West on July 20
posted on by Karen Ressler
Smartphone game designer and publisher Oasis Games announced on Wednesday that it will publish NARUTO Online, the online role-playing browser game based on the Naruto manga and developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and Tencent Games. The game is free-to-play on PC and is slated for launch on July 20. Players can register on the game's official website.
Oasis Games describes the game as "the very first and only Online Naruto RPG game in the world to be officially licensed from Bandai Namco Entertainment." Viz confirmed with ANN that this is the officially licensed online game by Bandai Namco/Tencent.
Oasis Games describes more of the game:
While the game faithfully follows the story portrayed in the anime series, NARUTO Online is the only game you can continue the tale. Additionally, five brand-new characters that represent the elements of earth, water, fire, wind and lightning will be introduced. Players can choose to become one of these characters and start a new adventure, gaining experience in a variety of different types of quests and gameplay modes.
Players assemble a party of characters that appear in the original Naruto manga and use them in turn-based combat. Players can match characters on their team using a "Naruto Bonds-system" which can enhance their abilities. The game has a single-player mode, as well as multiplayer dungeons, and worldboss battles.
The game adapts nine arcs of the original story, with familiar locations such as Village Hidden in the Sand and the Valley of the End available for players to explore. The game will also portray scenes from the original story. Oasis Games states that the game will have "the original voices of the characters."
The game launched in China in 2013. Tencent Games developed the game with Namco Bandai Games (now Bandai Namco Entertainment), with cooperation from Naruto Ultimate game series developer CyberConnect2.