One Piece: Pirate Warriors Physical in Europe, Digital in North America

Namco Bandai Games America has released the North American version of the One Piece: Pirate Warriors trailer. It is almost the same as the one that was released for Europe, but with a key difference – the ending. Excluding the “To be Continued…” marker, the North American trailer ends with the One Piece: Pirate Warriors logo whereas the European trailer ends with a picture of the box art and a PS3.

In Japan, the Pirate Warriors was released as a disc-based game. Based on the North American press release, Pirate Warriors will be for digital download only. However, the difference in trailers pretty much confirms Europe will have the opportunity to own a physical copy. We’re not sure if Europe will have the option for a digital download, but we think most One Piece fans want the boxed copy. Additionally, the European press release (shown below in blue) doesn’t mention anything about digital either. The North American press release does.

Of course we could be wrong or things may change, but the way it looks like now is that One Piece: Pirate Warriors will be physical in Europe and digital in North America.

North American Trailer

European Trailer

European Press Release

The number one best-selling manga of all time, ONE PIECE, embarks on its maiden voyage aboard the PlayStation 3

At NAMCO BANDAI Games’ Global Gamer’s Day event in Las Vegas today, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS, developed by OMEGA FORCE / TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD., exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The collaboration between TECMO KOEI GAMES and NAMCO BANDAI Games brings together the leading manga franchise and top fighting action to create the ONE PIECE perfect storm. ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will be sailing into retailers across EMEA and Australasia in 2012.

The first nautical outing for the ONE PIECE series on PlayStation 3, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will immerse players in the Straw Hat Pirates’ grand voyage, letting them face up to hordes of pirate and Marine enemies and experience all the great moments from the anime right up to Marineford. Faithful to the original ONE PIECE manga by Eiichiro Oda, players will relive their favourite scenes controlling pirates including Luffy, Zorro, Nami, and others, each with their signature, including Gomu-Gomu, attacks.

Featuring the best-loved characters and the vast majority of adversaries from the ONE PIECE universe, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will invite players to do battle with a massive amount of opponents using the simple controls from the DYNASTY WARRIORS series. The story mode will drop players right into the heart of the rich ONE PIECE universe filled with beloved characters, powerful enemies, touching moments and memorable scenes.

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS for PlayStation 3 will be welcoming ONE PIECE fans on board in 2012.