By way of Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (“E3”) media briefing today in Los Angeles, Bandai Namco announced Jump Forces, a new crossover fighting game coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (via Steam), developed by Spike Chunsoft, scheduled for release in 2019:
“JUMP FORCE” (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC). The greatest heroes and villains from the 50-year history of Shueisha’s influential Japanese Weekly Jump manga will battle against each other across iconic locations across Earth in this anime fan’s dream come true! Featuring the world’s most popular and classic manga and anime franchises including DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE, NARUTO, and many others, players will be able to compete in hyper-stylish arena brawls set against familiar backdrops of famous landmarks around the world, including New York City’s Times Square and the Matterhorn.
The announcement trailer showcases Naruto (Naruto), Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece), Son Goku and Freeza (Dragon Ball), along with a tease of Light Yagami and Ryuk (Death Note). Additional gameplay footage appears to show Zoro (One Piece) and Sasuke (Naruto) as available characters, as well.
Jump Force is available to pre-order at Amazon.
Spike Chunsoft previously developed J-Stars Victory Vs., a crossover fighting game celebrating Jump‘s 45th anniversary; the game was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Vita, with a PlayStation 4 port eventually coming alongside an international localization. Prior to this, the company developed the Sparking! (released internationally as “Budokai Tenkaichi”) and Raging Blast series of Dragon Ball fighting games.