The final roster of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has been out for a few days now and it features 80 playable and 7 support characters. Of those 80, only one of the Seven Swordsmen has made it, none of the Edo Kage, and neither Kinkaku or Ginkaku. They are in Storm 3’s story mode as bosses, but not as playable characters to use in free battles.
Sure, Madara, Nagato, and Rinnegan Tobi are in, but fans are still extremely upset with the lack of the other characters playable status. Our reaction to the missing characters was similar, we at Anime Games Online were not thrilled. A Naruto game about the war should have playable characters that were in the war! Fans have been spamming links everywhere for online petitions in hopes they will be included as downloadable content (DLC). Unfortunately, we doubt those will work.
Developer CyberConnect2 has finished development on the game, so anything that should be in can only be in if they planned for it ahead of time. In other words, if fans want downloadable characters as DLC, the only chance they have is if CyberConnect2 had laid down the appropriate ground work in the game’s code before they completed development of Storm 3.
If that groundwork isn’t there, then they can’t do it, no matter how much we kick and scream. If that groundwork is there, then that changes things and makes it possible! The question is did CyberConnect 2 plan to let players download characters after the game was released or was the only DLC planned limited to additional costumes for characters already on the game disc? That’s something we’ll have to wait and see.
Anime Games Online’s recommendation is to utilize the form CyberConnect2 has provided for Storm 3 and e-mail your region’s Namco Bandai. Tell them directly what you want, not through fan created petitions. Worst comes to worst, no additional characters will be included in Storm 3. It might be a business decision to leave them out so they have enough material to promote for the next Naruto game or it might be due to a time constraint put on them by stakeholders. We don’t know!
What we do know is by utilizing the form CyberConnect 2 has provided, our voice will be more likely to reach the pertinent individuals so they know for the next Naruto Storm game to definitely not miss any of the characters we desire.
As for Naruto Storm 3, we still have an excellent game with exciting new features and an elaborate story mode in addition to a great roster. It might not have been all that we expected, but when comparing it with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 or Generations, the experience has exponentially improved!