Bandai Namco has brought quite a few of its titles to Gamescom this week, and upcoming fighting title Jump Force was not one that missed out on the fun. In fact, the publisher took the opportunity to name another six fighters joining the roster from the Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z franchises, as well as a new stage and details on the game's online modes.
Joining the game from Hunter X Hunter is Gon and Hisoka. Three more characters are arriving from One Piece — Sanji, Sabo and Blackbeard — while Vegeta is representing Dragon Ball Z. You can see all six of these characters, and more, in action in the gameplay trailer below.
As well as the characters, Bandai Namco revealed the new Namek stage taken from the world of Dragon Ball Z. With three suns, the stage never gets dark. For Jump Force, the stage has acquired a "certain green statue" that the publisher promises "fans are sure to recognise".
Gon is a young boy with a pure heart. He’ll put his friends above all else and will face up to any opponent, if it’s for the greater good. Hisoka is his opposite. Underneath his jovial exterior lies a sociopathic fighter that finds pleasure only in killing.
Sanji is the talented cook on the Straw Hat Crew, but don’t let this deceive you, because Sanji is one of the strongest fighters in the One Piece world, willing to face anyone to protect his comrades. Sabo a childhood friend and brother to Luffy. He possesses total control over fire and can use this immense skill in creative and dangerous ways in battle. Blackbeard is one of the fiercest and most despicable characters of One Piece. He is the only known character to have two different Devil Fruit powers, one allowing him to create earthquakes and the other to manipulate the darkness itself.
And no game featuring Dragon Ball Z characters would be complete without Vegeta. Once a mortal enemy of Goku and hell bent on destroying the earth, he now fights alongside him to protect earth and its residents.
Finally, the team revealed that players will be able to create their own avatars and battle other players online. The "huge" lobby draws inspiration from each of four different worlds: One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and the very world in which we live. More information on avatar customisation is promised "soon".
You can catch the briefest of glimpses of the lobby and Namek in the trailer below before each of the six new characters is introduced.
All of these characters and stages will be available to try out when the game is released next year.
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