New gameplay for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is here! It features the Chief of Staff of the Revolutionary Army and Luffy’s adopted brother Sabo! He shows off the Flame-Flame Fruit abilities his other adopted brother Ace once had. Joining Sabo in the gameplay are Luffy, Zoro, and Nami! The three Straw Hats play as support characters to Sabo and the video shows the player playing calling upon their help.
Support characters run around alongside the playable character, but when called upon with the press of the R2 button, they fight the enemies directly around the playable character. There is a limit to how much support characters can be called, however, and that is governed by the Kizuna Gauge, which is the meter at the top left of the game screen. When a support character is called, the meter is drained. When the meter is full (as denoted by the word MAX at 3:33), which is done by attacking enemies, players can do what is known as a Kizuna Rush. Support characters can be called upon continuously and a powerful special with a cutscene can be triggered. The Kizuna Rush is a time-limited ability and once it is activated, the meter for it will drain automatically. Once it is completely drained, players can of course refill the meter by continuing to battle enemies. The video shows Kizuna Rush in action, beginning at the 3:35 mark.
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is the latest adventure in the One Piece video games series. It will include the largest roster of characters in a Pirate Warriors game, with newcomers like Sabo, Donquixote Doflamingo, and Issho/Fujitora. Players will be able to re-experience the original One Piece story, starting with Luffy’s humble beginnings at Fushia Village to the latest Dressrosa arc. The game will be making its way to Japan for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita on March 26, 2015. North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, and Australasia will receive it sometime in the Summer of 2015 for PC/Steam, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita.