Bandai Namco has just announced ahead of E3 that its new title, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, will be coming to PS4, Xbox one and PC.
Developed by Soleil, it is described as an acrobatic ninja battle action game, allowing 1 to 8 players. The game is being positioned as a multiplayer Naruto game. Players can choose their favourite characters and battle with friends online in 3D environments built by a new graphics engine.
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The announcement trailer linked below revealed a number of game features including:
- Four on four team based battles: meaning an eight ninja battle across various stages in online combat.
- Re-invented gameplay: allows players to run freely in open environments, scale walls, attack vertically and interact with larger maps through traversing, jumping and hiding.
- Co-op playability
- New graphics engine with more vivid colours, environments and ninjutsu
- Fully animated cutscenes
- Characters: many fan favourite Naruto characters return
Interestingly, this title appears to be a departure from the widely successful Naruto: Ninja Storm franchise. Instead of arena based battles, the gameplay has shifted to free running, open environment large-scale maps. It would not be a stretch to notice some similarities between the gameplay of this new title and Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast or Xenoverse.
A release date has yet to be announced, but the title is expected sometime in 2017.
Hopefully more information will be provided on the character roster, story mode and overall gameplay design in the near future. One thing is certain, Naruto fans worldwide will be wanting an instalment that lives up to the reputation of previous titles but adds something fresh and authentic.