2019 might be coming to a close, but Bandai Namco (as always) is already looking to TKO the wallets of otakus everywhere. Here are the punches they plan on pulling in Q1 and Q2 of next year (as well as one game you can get your hands on right now!).
Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist (Out Now- PS4 and XB1)
The first Tokyo Ghoul title to hit North American shores, Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist, arrived on PS4 and XB1 in November. While a brawler at its core, the game also dabbles in other genres (including third-person shooter). There is also 4v4 online gameplay if a single-player campaign isn’t enough in your modern purchases. TheGamer has praised the game’s ambitious nature and strict adherence to its source material, proclaiming “Tokyo Ghoul: re [Call To Exist] is the rare anime cash-in that is both ambitious and chocked full of content, and one that franchise diehards can eagerly sink their teeth into and be able to take a deep, stiff drink from.” Gamestop has slashed the price for both new and used copies for the holiday season, with new copies selling at $49.99.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows (February 28th- PC, PS4, XB1)
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is set for a February 27th release in Japan and will be available worldwide on the following day. It will be available on Windows, PS4 and Xbox One (and, as with most games, quite possibly Switch later on). Similar to My Hero’s Justice 2, this will be a 3 on 3 arena fighter featuring characters from the title’s respective universe. There will be a unique mechanic that not only keeps in line with the source material but adds a bit of spice to the traditional fighting game formula. Dubbed “Hero Arrival”, Saitama will not be immediately available to the player at the start of a fight. This means the player will be tasked with tackling three opponents with a team of two until his arrival. Fans of the series will love the custom feature of this game. The ability to create your heroes, train them, give them abilities and raise their class will excite players. Pre-Ordering the game gets you the pajama Saitama as a playable character, more outfits for Saitama and face skins.
My Hero One’s Justice 2 (PS4, XB1, PC/Steam, Switch- Q1 2020)
A sequel for last year’s My Hero’s Justice, which was a fighting game featuring characters from the My Hero Academia franchise, is already slated for a Q1 2020 release- March 13th to be exact! My Hero One’s Justice 2 will be a cross-platform release, launching on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Switch. Newly confirmed playable characters include Sir Nighteye, Fat Gum, Twice and Mr. Compress. Yet the most important new characters that everyone will want to play as is the “Big Three of UA.” Preordering the game gets you Nomu as a playable character and two additional mystery playable characters. A collector’s box edition will also be available featuring the goodies shown below.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (PS4, XB1, PC, Switch- March 26th)
The next entry in the most successful series of One Piece game adaptations is also set for a March release. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is set for a March 26th release across all major platforms (Windows, PS4, XB1, Switch). While it won’t stray away from the gameplay formula set by its predecessors, it’s worth noting that there will be a new “Titan Mode” which places a greater emphasis on strategy. Also, this entry is set to have the largest roster of playable characters the series has seen yet- over 40 have been confirmed. Pre-order bonuses include an early unlock of Germa 66 as well as two (currently unnamed) costumes.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris (PS4, XB1, PC- May 22nd)
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris is set to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One with a recently confirmed May 22 release date. Similar to the SAO games before it, it will be a JRPG and will closely follow the Alicization story arc from the anime. If you aren’t caught up in the anime with the last season this will be full of spoilers. They’ve also included an original character just for the game Medina. Pre-order bonuses include the four winning outfits from the original costume design contest that Bandai Namco held back in August, as well as some in-game currency.