Last week, we went to an awesome Bandai Namco Pre-TGS event where a ton of new information about their upcoming games was revealed, especially for their upcoming fighting game Jump Force. We got a sneak peek at the TGS trailer which revealed four new characters for the game. Two of them, Yusuke Urameshi and Toguro (elder), are from the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise. The others, Killua Zoldyck and Kurapika, are from Hunter x Hunter. Jump comics fans are thrilled at the inclusion of these characters. Personally, we love the fact that Yusuke has joined the cast of playable characters. He's our favorite male protagonist from any manga franchise and we can't wait to try him out.
(Current roster as of Sept 20, 2018)
Several other characters have been revealed but it hasn't been confirmed whether they will be playable. Two of those, Light Yagami and Ryuk, are from Death Note. Four original characters have been designed by Akira Toriyama himself! They are Director Glover, Navigator, Galena, and Kane. We're really looking forward to trying out all of these characters and seeing what moves they have from their manga and anime iterations.
Closed Beta Information
Speaking of trying out characters, gamers will have a chance to try out this game during the closed beta that was announced last week. In case you missed the announcement here is the necessary information.
Closed Beta Registration Opens
Closed Beta Registration Ends
The beginning of Closed Beta preload; Delivery of Closed Beta codes to players
(5:00 am - 7:00 am PT)
(2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST)
Closed Beta Session #1
(8:00 pm - 10:00 pm PT)
(5:00 am - 7:00 am CEST)
Closed Beta Session #2
(9:00 am - 11:00 am PT)
(6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST)
Closed Beta Session #3
(8:00 pm - 10:00 pm PT)
(5:00 am - 7:00 am CEST)
Closed Beta Session #4
That's all the information we have so far on the beta. Hopefully in the next week or so Bandai will release additional details such as which characters will be available to play, stage selection, and what kind of modes will be available during the beta. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we find out as well.
Visually, the game looks stunning. It's one of the few games where we just wanted to spam each character's ultimate move over and over again because it felt so satisfying to dish out a huge chunk of damage while looking stylish and impressive at the same time. There was always a crowd of people watching the game being played. Even if someone wasn't going to sit down to play they still stood by for a few minutes to take in the spectacle displayed on-screen.
In terms of gameplay, the mechanics in Jump Force are varied and difficult to master. That's a good thing. It means the game won't become stale or get figured out completely in its first week or two after release. The two on two combat allows for a myriad of team combinations which opens up strategy and mix-ups during a match. People were able to pull off basic combos and teammate switches every now and then, but we'll only start to see a glimpse of what the game can actually become when the beta opens and people spend time in the lab. Right now the game has potential but we have no idea how to push the game past a simple button mashing, fluid piece of incredible artwork. That being said, we're extremely hopeful that Jump Force will deliver a deep combat experience while bringing to life our favorite Shonen Jump characters.
Pre-order Bonus and Collector’s Edition
Details about a preorder bonus were also revealed at the event. You will receive a lobbying vehicle and three exclusive costumes. The vehicle is the one that Frieza is usually seen riding in during the Namek arc of Dragon Ball Z. The costumes are Gold D. Roger's coat, King Vegeta's Saiyan armor and cloak, and the cloak of the 4th Hokage from Naruto. Costumes are most likely not interchangeable so we can assume that these are costumes for Luffy, Vegeta, and Naruto, respectively.
Lastly, a collector's edition of Jump Force was announced. It's Shonen Jump's 50th anniversary so you know they want to do something big! They've chosen to include a 30cm diorama of their most popular characters to date, Goku, Luffy, and Naruto. Besides a physical copy of the game, you'll also receive a steel case and three artboards (one for each of the characters). Those are some awesome goodies for a collector's edition package!
Jump Force is scheduled to be released in February of 2019. We couldn't be more excited for its release. There every character announced so far looks awesome! Most likely, the next piece of information we’ll get is a video showcasing Yugi Moto’s fighting style. That seems like the way to go if they’re trying to increase fan hype and keep the details of the beta under wraps for another week or so.
We're eagerly awaiting the closed beta so that we can try out the game in a more controlled setting (we really want to sit in practice mode and try everyone out). Of course, we'll release every bit of information we get from Bandai Namco from now until then. So stay tuned for announcements and news about Jump Force in the coming weeks leading up to the beta. As always, thanks for reading and we’ll see you in the next one!