One Piece is receiving the full JRPG treatment in the form of One Piece Odyssey, as part of the historic anime and manga’s 25th-anniversary celebrations. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming title, from the story it’s telling to the platforms fans can play on.
The world’s best-selling manga, One Piece, is celebrating its 25th-anniversary in 2022 and fans are being treated to the best possible birthday present. Bandai Namco and ILCA, Inc have announced a fully-fledged JRPG starring Luffy and The Straw Hat Pirates.
One Piece has had plenty of video games in the past, but the opportunity to take control of the colorful characters in a vast open-world will be a dream come true for long-time fans.
Here’s everything we know so far about One Piece Odyssey, including story and gameplay details.
One Piece Odyssey will be released in the West on January 13, 2022, as announced at the Tokyo Games Show 2022. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC via Steam.
The game will arrive in Japan a day earlier on January 12, 2022. Originally, One Piece Odyssey was set for a 2022 release, but producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki explained the delay in a statement:
“Before, we were planning to launch this by the end of 2022. However, in order to create an adventure where users can ‘touch the world of One Piece,’ we decided to have more time to make further developments.”
A few of trailers have been released for the game so far with the most recent one being the release date trailer that debuted at Tokyo Games Show on September 15, 2022.
Bandai Namco dropped the first announcement trailer on March 28, 2022, giving fans their first look at what the adventure has in store for them.
A second trailer was released at Summer Games Fest that showed off another look at the game’s set of iconic characters:
Check out all of the trailers below:
One Piece Odyssey will be a totally original story not yet seen in the franchise’s manga or anime, with series creator Eiichiro Oda playing an advisory role.
From the trailer, we can see that the gang is stranded and separated on a mysterious island after the Thousand Sunny is destroyed, and Luffy is missing his trademark straw hat.
The overarching narrative will see the Straw Hats reunite and try to escape the island, but we’re sure it won’t all be smooth sailing along the way. There aren’t too many more story details available right now, but fans can expect to see more as new trailers drop ahead of launch.
One Piece Odyssey will see players take control of series protagonist Luffy, as well as Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Frankie, and Brook. Combat is turn-based, so expect each character to have a unique set of skills and playstyle.
The game is being described as a “full-blown RPG,” meaning each character will have a host of abilities to unlock as you progress through the story. It isn’t clear yet if it’s possible to choose a party of characters to use in battle, or if these a predetermined based on the encounter.
Exploring the island as Luffy will make up a large portion of the game. The trailer showed the captain running climbing across a gorgeous map, with plenty of dungeons to conquer and treasure to find.
There you have it! That was everything we know so far about One Piece Odyssey. We’ll update this page with all of the latest information as and when it’s announced, so be sure to check back here regularly.
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