Bandai Namco is prepping to release the upcoming 3D, cel-shaded fighting game for the Xbox 360, PC and PS3 during the middle of September in Japan, North America and Europe. The game’s release is fast approaching and gamers looking for a bit of collective information on the game can find it right here.
Boasting one of the largest rosters in a Naruto game, Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution will allow gamers to take control of up to 118 characters across a number of different regions, including more than 50 characters alone from the Hidden Leaf Village, more than a handful from Hidden Sand Village, Hidden Rock Village, Hidden Cloud Village, Hidden Mist Village and close to a dozen from other places, including the brand new character, Mecha Naruto.
According to Saiyan Island, there’s even the possibility of playing reincarnated characters and receiving support from characters that were featured in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations.
In addition to having more than 118 characters (many playable and some support), there are some brand new storylines crafted for some of the characters to help bring Naruto’s world to life (even more-so than it already has through the multiple movies and the long-running animated television show).
Masashi Kishimoto is heading up a focused story on the Akatsuki, giving players the ability to venture around and get a fully detailed look at the backstory of the outfit, as well as recruit warriors for the cause. Two other side-stories are also being worked on, one of which includes a series of missions involving Shisui Uchiha.
But that’s not all… the game’s focus on character development and plot-points doesn’t just end with the game itself, there will literally be 50 minutes of animated footage made specifically for the game, in addition to having a special anime based around the contents of the game that focuses on the side-story of Naruto’s parents, Kushina Uzumaki and Minato Namikaze.
So for those of you worrying about whether or not the game would have meat to its bones beyond gameplay and fighting, it appears CyberConnect2 is working hard to ensure there’s plenty for gamers to do beyond just engaging in over-the-top fisticuffs.
Speaking of fisticuffs… the fast-paced Dragon Ball Z fighting mechanics from the previous games are still going to be intact for Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Bandai Namco has confirmed that the game will even sport two brand new mechanics to the overall fighting system, including Guard Break, where players will be able to break through an opponent’s defenses and send them to the ground unconscious that should allow for some devastating follow-up attacks, as well as Counterattack, a new skill that focuses on timing and precision, where players will be able to intercept attacks from opponents to stun them and deliver a hard-hitting blow. In the case of Counterattack, players will have to expend some Chakra to utilize it, and in the case of the Guard Break its usage will be limited throughout the fights, similar to Mortal Kombat’s breaker mechanic.
But in regards to special skills and abilities, each character will afford players to choose between three different styles of play, including Ultimate Jutsu, Awakening and Drive. Each style will give players a different way to unleash their specials during combat.
There’s also a new Ninja World Tournament mode that allows for asymmetrical handicap matches. So instead of just doing basic free-for-all or tag-team bouts, it’s now possible to mix and match how many players can go against other players. For instance, it’s now possible to do 1-vs-2 bouts or 1-vs-3 matches. That should prove to be an interesting mode for gamers looking for a real challenge out of the series.
Multiplayer online modes are also returning for those who like to do battle with or against friends, and to help distinguish players better when they play online there will be a brand new customization system, very similar to the one Bandai Namco had Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but not quite as extensive. The option to swap colors and accessories on various characters will be present, with head, arms, leg, waist and back categories available, enabling gamers to have their favorite anime character stand out from the crowd.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is due for release on September 11th in Japan, September 12th in Europe and September 16th in North America for the Xbox 360, PS3 and on Steam for PC. For more info feel free to visit the game’s official website.