2022 is shaping up to be a solid year for fans of Araki’s beloved JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. Over the years, it’s become a super popular franchise here in the West, and that popularity will no doubt continue to rise with the release of new magazines and the official ninth part (JoJo Lands) in the works. If that weren’t enough, Bandai Namco is rolling out a remake of the former PS3 exclusive JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for everything but the kitchen sink.
When it was initially released in 2013 in Japan (following a release overseas the following year), All-Star Battle was a 3D fighter that brought together over 50 characters from all of the then-current arcs of the manga series. It was well-received by critics, factoring in its status as a tie-in product. Famitsu gave the game a perfect score and got the usual 6’s and 7’s from overseas outlets.
Releasing for all platforms (including Steam) in early Fall 2022, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R will allow non-Playstation owners to experience this title for the first time with all of the DLC content from the original release intact. Interestingly enough, the trailer suggests that this will also be available for Nintendo Switch at launch instead of a later date as many other recent titles.
A look at Bandai Namco’s official page for the game suggests that there will be some tweaks and additional content to sweeten the deal. The combat system has “been overhauled from the original JOJO battle system with adjustments to the fighting tempo and the addition of hit stops and jump dashes. ” The site also makes mention of new audio recordings from the voice actors of the source material.
Although pre-orders are not officially up yet for North America, listings have popped up for this title on PlayAsia for several consoles. At this time, the site suggests a shipping date of September 30 for Asian territories. Whether or not this date will apply to other regions remains to be seen. However, should this be a later release elsewhere, it appears the game will also be imported-friendly and support English regardless of region.