One Piece is getting a JRPG adaptation to be released later this year.
Titled One Piece Odyssey – what is it about the word “odyssey” that game developers love so much? – the game will put Luffy and his fellow Straw Hats on “a mysterious island full of nature” after a storm sweeps away the crew and tear them apart. It will feature nine playable characters in total: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Frankie, and Brook.
The music is being prepared by Motoi Sakuraba, who has produced some bangers for the Dark Souls games as well as the Tales series.
Producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki said he thought the idea of bringing One Piece’s sense of adventure into a role-playing game would be interesting, with the last few years being spent “with a development team that had the know-how to create a full-fledged RPG. “One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was also involved in the design of the game’s characters and monsters.
According to a note from Oda seen at the beginning of the trailer, he designed the characters for the game about three years ago. The note continued: “When I actually saw the game… wow! It felt like I was watching a movie! What an incredible immersion!”
There are still no details on how the game will play out, though from looking at the trailer it looks like each character will have a unique special move they can perform. No word on how the combat will play out, though I’m expecting a battle system similar to those used in other Bandai Namco games like the Tales series and Ni No Kuni. There’s some open-world traversal happening in the trailer, like Luffy climbing some vines, so we’d expect exploration to play a substantial role as well.
While the details are very light, Tsuzuki promises to “share more about this title’s attractive points in the future.”