Rukia, Aizen Join Jump Force Crossover Game as Playable Characters
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Rukia Kuchiki and Sosuke Aizen from Tite Kubo's Bleach manga will be playable characters in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Jump Force crossover game. Rukia, Aizen, and Ichigo will appear in the game in costumes from the manga's "Thousand Year Blood War" arc. The magazine also revealed a new Hong Kong stage.
Previously confirmed characters include: Naruto, Goku, Luffy, Frieza, Roronoa Zoro, Sasuke Uchiha, and Ichigo. Light and Ryuk from Death Note will also appear in the game.
Bandai Namco Entertainment describes the game:
Universes collide as legendary manga heroes and villains are transported to our reality. Massive battles fill epic locales as good and evil clashes, while humankind hangs in the balance.
Spike Chunsoft is developing the game, and it will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2019.
The game's producer Kōji Nakajima noted in an interview at E3 that the game will contain characters that will have their first video game appearance. The game will also draw primarily from Weekly Shonen Jump franchises that are based on "heroes" with "superpowers;" Nakajima downplayed the possibility of the appearance of franchises such as The Prince of Tennis and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma.
Spike Chunsoft previously worked on the J-Stars Victory VS+ game. Like Jump Force, that game is also a crossover featuring characters from Weekly Shonen Jump characters. That game shipped in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2014, and in the West for the same platforms as well as the PS4 in 2015. Spike Chunsoft also developed the One Piece: Burning Blood game, which shipped in 2016.
Thanks to Tensai GinAce and theNightster for the news tip.
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 31
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