Bandai Namco Games has revealed a new trailer for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. This trailer (in Japanese) showcases the Marineford arc from the main anime and manga series. This latest entry in the Dynasty Warriors-esque series will challenge players to take on countless enemies with a variety of combat moves. One of the most prominent features of this upcoming title is the Kizuna Rush, which allows players to summon additional characters to perform combo attacks.
The game’s plot will focus on the origin story of Monkey D. Luffy from the anime and manga series One Piece. It will start from the protagonist’s humble beginnings in Fushia village and will allow players to experience his journey to become the Pirate King. This includes recruiting all of the members of his Straw Hat Pirates and the Marineford arc, which has had a profound impact on the series as a whole. This arc has been described as “the biggest turn of events” in the series. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will be arriving in Japan on March 26th and in the West in Summer 2015.
One Piece centers around the hilarious protagonist Luffy with his iconic straw hat. He was enamoured with the King of the Pirates as a child and believes in the existence of the One Piece treasure. This treasure is rumoured to be located within the Grand Line, a mysterious place that has only been explored by Gol D. Roger, the King of the Pirates. Luffy sets out on an adventure to become the Pirate King, the greatest pirate that ever lived. Before he can start achieving that goal he must recruit a crew. Thus the Straw Hat Pirates are created.
The series has become one of the biggest franchises in Japan alongside well-known series, like Naruto and Bleach. This franchise includes the best-selling manga series in the world, an anime TV series that has been running for the better part of two decades and over 30 video games. Many franchises have fizzled out over time, however One Piece manga volumes, anime episodes and video games continue to be released to this day.