One Piece: Pirate Warriors
|One Piece: Pirate Warriors|
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|Publisher(s)||Namco Bandai Games|
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One Piece: Pirate Warriors (ワンピース 海賊無双 Wan Pīsu Kaizoku Musō?) is an action video game developed by Omega Force and published by Namco Bandai for the PlayStation 3. It was released on March 1, 2012 in Japan, September 21, 2012 in Europe and September 25, 2012 in North America. The game was developed in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the One Piece manga and anime franchise by Eiichiro Oda.
As with the rest of the franchise, Pirate Warriors follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy who accidentally eats the Gum-Gum Fruit and organizes a diverse crew of pirates called the Straw Hats to search for the titular treasure. On his journey, Luffy makes several new friends, and battles a wide variety of villains. A sequel One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 was released in March 2013, which includes arcs previously left out in the first game, such as Skypiea, and later arcs such as Punk Hazard, which was the latest at the time. However, it does not follow the manga's canon storyline, and instead features its own original storyline.
Pirate Warriors is an action game incorporating elements from both the Dynasty Warriors series and the One Piece series. The game's story mode, Main Log, allows the player to play through the storyline. The Adventure mode uses Luffy to play through the events of the One Piece series and the battle mode allows the player to use characters in battles. In Another Log, the player can play through a character's storyline. With it are several stories exclusive to the game.
The concept and development for Pirate Warriors began with a meeting between Tecmo Koei producer Hisashi Koinuma and Namco Bandai producer Koji Nakajima. Nakajima read the One Piece manga and also played the Dynasty Warriors video games during his youth. The producers eventually realized that an action game involving Luffy fighting with sailors in a video game would be interesting. Koinuma said that the developers wanted to "express the charm of [original author Eiichiro] Oda's [manga] art as best as we can". Koinuma also wanted a "look that worked well in the game" and to make it "approachable while still allowing [video game] experts to put their own techniques into it."
The game was first announced in the early September issue of the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The announcement featured screenshots of Monkey D. Luffy, highlighting the game's mechanics. In September 2011, Namco Bandai Games issued a press release announcing that the game would be developed by Tecmo Koei's Omega Force division. Pirate Warriors was first shown at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show convention along with One Piece: Gigant Battle 2! New World.
In late December 2011, Namco Bandai filed a trademark in Europe for Pirate Warriors. In early February 2012, the company also filed the Pirate Warriors trademark in the United States. On February 13, Namco Bandai announced that the development of Pirate Warriors was finished at their press conference and showed another trailer of the game. Namco Bandai president Shin Unozawa revealed that the game had 500,000 pre-orders. At the same event, Serina of SDN48 cosplayed as Boa Hancock. On April 11, 2012, Namco Bandai revealed that Pirate Warriors would be released for North America on September 25, 2012 and Europe on September 21, 2012, with plans for digital download on the PlayStation Network and distribution plans with retailers.
Versions and merchandise
The game was released on March 1, 2012 in Japan. In the early December issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, it announced that Pirate Warriors would be bundled in Japan with the Treasure Box, a collector's edition which includes the game's soundtrack, 15 collectible pins, a serial code to download nine custom themes featuring individual members of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a book featuring character and CG-rendered artwork and environments from the game's production. Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei also confirmed that the game would be bundled with a gold PlayStation 3 with a print of Luffy and the Pirate Warriors logo on it. Sony Computer Entertainment president Hiroshi Kawano revealed that the PlayStation 3 was made as a pressing process.
It was rated 36 out of 40 by the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The game was a huge success in Japan, in its first week it sold over 655,774 copies and as of April, the game has sold over 1.2 million units.
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