During the Tokyo Game Show 2017, Bandai Namco released a new trailer of its long awaited Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game.
For those of you not living on planet game play as some of our team at the Goldwater do, Naruto (started in 1997) is the third best-selling manga series in history and has sold more than 220 million copies in 35 countries outside Japan.
The television series has been shown in all western countries to great acclaim and the total number of movies about the main character Naruto is already well above 10 by now. As from 2003, videogames were added to the mix.
In fact Naruto has been on television screens so long in Asia that by now he is portrayed as an adult in movies and has an own son playing his younger self following in his father’s footsteps.
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The game is supposed to replace the Ultimate Ninja Storm series that has now ended. The focus of gameplay lies on the possibility to engage in multiplayer tournaments within a mode called Ninja League, in which players can customize their own fighter.
During this multiplayer mode, teams of each time four players can face off against each other in long drawn out scenarios. There is great freedom of movement where players can take advantage of surrounding walls and building to launch surprise attacks on enemies.
As each player has a distinctive style of fighting dependent on their proper ninjutsu techniques, working together with others is crucial in order to defeat enemy teams.
The game certainly looks too good to be true, and given that is was developed under the expert lead of Katsunori Ehara, who also directed Ninja Gaiden 2, we are certainly looking forward to it.
An upcoming Beta test will release more details in the coming months. The definitive game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC will be released by the first months of 2018.