JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Coming to Europe and North America in 2014

Get Back JoJo! On their news page today, Namco Bandai Games Europe announced their plans to bring manga based fighter JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle to both Europe and North America in 2014!

Jojos bizarre adventure all star battleThe game is based on Hirohiko Araki‘s best selling manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure that chronicles generations of the Joestar family and their brave confrontations with devious adversaries.

Developed by CyberConnect2, who previously developed the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja series, the game boasts beautifully drawn visuals, as it incorporates characters from all eight parts of the manga and faithfully reproduces them, along with key settings and events with all the unique style that fans have come to love and newcomers will surely marvel at! With a roster of 32 characters including fan favorites like Jotaro Kujo, Dio Brando and Joseph Joestar, players will be able to re-enact famous scenes from the manga and experience different play-styles and abilities that can make for some truly bizarre clashes. To mix things up even more during the colorful battles, the developers have included various mechanics such as the Heart Heat Gauge that charges up fighters insane super or ultimate attacks and Stage Hazards that include rampaging vampire horses and raining poisonous frogs that add extra perils to matches. As if that wasn’t enough, players will be able to customise the appearance of their characters from a range of unlockable costumes that take influence from various scenes and artwork featured in the manga, with the option to even change taunts, sound effects and poses to capture even more of the style and flare the series has become renowned for.

The game was originally released in Japan on August 29th 2013, selling over 425k copies during its first week, and has had a number of DLC characters announced, like Iggy the dog, Old Joseph and Vanilla Ice. The first wave of DLC included Part 4 characters Shigekiyo Yangyu and Yoshikage Kira, the latter of whom was included free in first print editions of the game.

On the English language release, Oliver Comte, Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai Games Europe commented that “we are delighted to add one of the longest running manga licenses to our catalogue, a manga that has acquired an almost holy status!” He added that “the association between Namco Bandai Games Europe and CyberConnect2 has always been successful, delivering amazing games such as the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja series, and I’m sure that this time again we are going to exceed all JoJo’s fans’ expectations.

Since its publication in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1987, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has gone on to sell over 70 million copies worldwide and become the second longest running Shueisha published manga. Last year marked the series’ 25th anniversary and saw the start of a new anime adaption of Parts 1 and 2 of the story, which became a smash hit. Recently, Viz Media announced plans to digitally re-release their translated edition of Part 3 of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga due to popular demand, commenting that further releases would hinge on how successful this digital edition is.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is currently set for a 2014 release in both Europe and North America on the PS3 from Namco Bandai Games, but for now here’s a trailer to show off some the game’s manga inspired visuals and features!

Source: Namco Bandai Games Europe




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