CyberConnect 2, developers of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series, will have yet another anime-based fighting game appear on PS3 next year. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is a fighter based on a more obscure anime--but one that's just as beloved by the developer.
Development director Hiroshi Matsuyama said that fans have always wanted CC2 to work on a Dragonball game, but Matsuyama said that there was only one other series he loved as much as Naruto. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a long-running series in Japan, already up to its eighth story arc. The game was recently released in Japan as part of the franchise's 25th anniversary, and picked up a perfect score from gaming magazine Famitsu.
JoJo is a radical departure from Naruto, in terms of art, tech, and gameplay. All-Star Battle recreates the edgier look of the manga and uses a brand new engine that offers an advanced shader system. Combat is driven by "Battle Styles," of which there are five:
"Ripple" allows characters to recharge their Heart Heat Gauge, which allows characters to unleash special Heart Heat Attacks. "Mode" increases character powers but depletes their Heart Heat Gauge, "Vampirism" can drain Heart Heat Gauge from other players, "Horseback" lets characters fight on horseback, and "Stand" allows characters to summon otherworldly beings to assist in fights with their own unique move sets.
The US release is due in 2014 and will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles. And while it may be premature, Matsuyama is excited about the future of the franchise. He points out that CC2 created a new engine for the game "with the intent to keep working on the series for as long as we did with Naruto."
Here's a Japanese trailer for the game: