Just last week, rumors of the first One Piece game on the Sony PlayStation 3 were confirmed via a Shonen Jump scan. Immediately, many fans wondered when the game would come out as Shonen Jump listed “TBD”. Even the official website, which opened it’s doors earlier in the week, offered no insight.
Speculation of a 2011 release date went a flurry amongst some fans, while others were convinced it would have to be 2012 or 2013. Well, Namco Bandai Games has, on their One Piece: Kaizoku Muso Release Tokyo Game Show page, revealed that One Piece: Kaizoku Muso (One Piece: Pirate Warriors) will indeed be released in 2012. At this point in time they only have listed the year, no exact day is mentioned.
In these instances, we like to take a look at history of major releases. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a history of One Piece on PS3. Thus, we will look at the next best thing – games that are or similar to the the Dynasty Warriors series and developed by Tecmo Koei. We will start with a game called Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce. It was announced September 2008 and released in Japan February 2009. Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires was announced October 2008 and released in Japan May 2009. Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage, also a warriors type of game, was announced in September 2009 and released March 2010. Lastly, Dynasty Warriors 7 was announced September 2010 and released March 2011.
If our dates are correct, and they may actually be wrong since we found them on various, random sites around the web, then Tecmo Koei announces a Musou (warriors in English) game 5-7 months before the Japanese release date. Since One Piece: Kaizoku Muso was announced just this month, that would put the release date for it between February and April 2012. Again, we are just guessing based on potentially incorrect facts and can be 100% wrong. The official word as of right now is that One Piece: Kaizoku Muso will be released in Japan next year, 2012. We definitely hope to have more information as it becomes available.
One Piece PS3, One Piece: Kaizoku Musou, is the first One Piece game on the Sony PlayStation 3. It is in development by Tecmo Koei and will be published by Namco Bandai Games in Japan in 2012. No plans have been revealed for a North American or European release. More information is expected to be revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show on September 17-18.