For years now, fans have prayed for Luffy and his almighty pirate crew to bring their abilities to the big stage of powerhouse console gaming. Naruto and Dragon Ball Z made their debuts long ago and have had multiple impressions on the gaming world. Even Ichigo and the Bleach Shinigami have Bankai-ed their way to the PlayStation 3. Well, Anime Games Online is excited to say our prayers may have been answered as One Piece could very well be sailing to the Sony PlayStation 3!
Rumor has it the latest edition of Shonen Jump magazine will reveal One Piece: Kaizoku Musou (One Piece: Pirate Warriors)! Publisher Namco Bandai announced a partnership with Tecmo Koei to develop an unnamed title earlier in the month and Namco Bandai set up a teaser site with a countdown clock and some stream surrounding it at http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/newtitle/. All fans could do, however, was wonder what it all meant. Well, put into perspective, it’s possible (we’re just guessing here at Anime Games Online) it’s Luffy going into Gear 2nd!
To further add to the excitement, Namco Bandai has set up a a directory, OPM http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/opm, which could very well represent “One Piece Musou”!
The rumors, including the one about the Shonen Jump scan, come out of popular Japanese forum, 2ch. We’ve found members from there often give reliable information, but until we have any concrete proof, we consider it rumor. There isn’t any other information other then the rumor that the game could cover the Marineford arc and Timeskip, and the gameplay would be similar to Dynasty Warriors or Bleach: Soul Ignition.
In any case, we hope to have more info when the teaser site opens in 4 days or if the Shonen Jump scan surfaces!