One Piece: World Seeker Game Launches in West on March 15 (Updated)
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe announced on Friday that they will release the One Piece: World Seeker game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 15. The companies also began streaming a new trailer that previews Luffy's Gum Gum abilities, Skill Tree upgrades, and his Fourth Gear form Bound Man.
The Gum Gum Bundle in North America will cost US$129.99 and bundle the game and a Luffy and Devil Fruit figure. The Pirate King Edition in Europe will bundle a Season Pass, Luffy figure, Gum-Gum Devil Fruit figure, and original soundtrack CD.
The game was originally slated to debut this year in Japan and overseas, but Bandai Namco Entertainment confirmed in September that the game is delayed to 2019. The game's developers decided "a bit more time is needed to reach fan expectations for this ambitious title."
Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes the game:
Set sail in an all-new ONE PIECE adventure in ONE PIECE: World Seeker! Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates are back in a new story that puts players' into Luffy's point of view, as he battles and explores an expansive and seamless world. Open landscapes provide many paths for players to experience Luffy's gum-gum abilities and swing into action.
The game will take place on "Prison Island" ("Jail Island"), which is located in the New World. Weekly Shonen Jump magazine previously teased that the game will tell the "truth of a tragic event." The issue featured an image of a man in shadow standing in front of the Holy Land Mariejois on fire.
Characters who will appear in the game include the entire Straw Hat crew, Tashigi, Smoker, Sabo, Rob Lucci, Crocodile, Aokiji, Kizaru, Fujitora, Akainu, and Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji from Germa 66.
The game will feature the talents of One Piece anime producer Hiroki Koyama from Toei Animation, One Piece media supervisor Suguru Sugita from Shueisha, One Piece game supervisor Yuji Suzuki from Shueisha, and One Piece game producer Kōji Nakajima from Bandai Namco Entertainment.
The game is commemorating the 20th anniversary of Eiichiro Oda's original One Piece manga, which launched in 1997.
Update: The game will launch in Japan on March 14. Source: One Piece franchise's website
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