In the kind of news that is likely to make noise, the very recent announcement from Bandai Namco will set an example: the Japanese publisher has just formalized the release in 2022 of One Piece Odysseya brand new game adapted from the famous eponymous manga, planned for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
If we no longer count the various adaptations of Luffy’s adventures in video games, this latest project has the particularity of being an RPG, which will drastically change from the usual beat’em’all that the license has served us for several years now. . A first trailer is available and allows you to see the Straw Hats band in this new big budget title.
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One Piece is getting into the JRPG era
One Piece Odyssey is therefore the next adaptation of the work of Eiichiro Oda in video games. the manga artist will be particularly involved for this new project: in addition to designing new characters and monsters exclusive to the title, he will also be at work on the original scenario.
The latter will bring Luffy, Nami, Robin, Sanji and the whole gang to a still unexplored island sheltering mysterious ruins. The perfect excuse to stage dungeons, quests and all the usual antics of the JRPG genre. It’s the first time that One Piece sees itself adapted in the noble genre of the role-playing game.
Katsuaki Tsuzuki, producer on One Piece Odysseyconfided during a video interview on the ambition of this new game. He explains that its genesis was born from the idea of ”adventure” of the One Piece universe applied to video games: “I thought that one of the most compelling things about One Piece is its sense of ‘adventure’, so I thought a ‘JRPG project that features a never-before-seen One Piece adventure’ might be interesting “.
The development of the game is assigned to the ILCA studio, an eternal mercenary subcontractor who has collaborated on major projects such as Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown or Dragon Quest XI. Katsuzuki claims it is “of the first game to have been developed so meticulously over such a long period of time”… See you later this year to learn more about this JRPG that is likely to get people talking.