One Piece: Pirate Warriors

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors
One Piece Pirate Warriors Cover.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Producer(s) Koji Nakajima
Hisashi Koinuma
Series One Piece
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
  • NA September 25, 2012[2]
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer
Online multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc
PlayStation Network (US)

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 Bandai Namco Games for the PlayStation 3.[3] It was released on March 1, 2012 in Japan, September 21, 2012 in Europe and September 25, 2012 in North America.[4] 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, with a third game, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, currently in development.

Gameplay[edit]

Pirate Warriors is an action game incorporating elements from both the Dynasty Warriors series and the One Piece series.[3] 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.[5] In Another Log, the player can play through a character's storyline. With it are several stories exclusive to the game.[6]

Development[edit]

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."[7]

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.[8] In September 2011, Namco Bandai Games issued a press release announcing that the game would be developed by Tecmo Koei's Omega Force division.[9] Pirate Warriors was first shown at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show convention along with One Piece: Gigant Battle 2! New World.[10]

In late December 2011, Namco Bandai filed a trademark in Europe for Pirate Warriors.[11] In early February 2012, the company also filed the Pirate Warriors trademark in the United States.[12] 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.[13] 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.[2]

Versions and merchandise[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15] Sony Computer Entertainment president Hiroshi Kawano revealed that the PlayStation 3 was used as a pressing process.[13][16]

Legacy[edit]

A sequel, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, was released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 20, 2013. The PlayStation 3 version was later released in Europe on August 30, 2013 and as a digital-only release in North America on September 3, 2013.[17] A third game, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, is currently in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.[18]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 65.63%[19]
Metacritic 64/100[20]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 6.5/10[21]
Famitsu 36/40[22]
GameSpot 4/10[23]
IGN 6/10[24]
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 6/10[25]
Official PlayStation Magazine (Australia) 6/10[26]
Play Magazine 69%[27]
PlayStation Magazine 6/10[28]

The game received mixed reviews upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 65.63%,[19] while Metacritic gave it 64 out of 100.[20]

The game was rated 36 out of 40 by the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.[22] The game was a huge success in Japan, in its first week it sold over 655,774 copies[29] and as of April, the game has sold over 1.2 million units.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 『ワンピース 海賊無双』先行体験会 ― 今週は池袋でプロデューサートークショーを実施 (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Yip, Spencer (April 11, 2012). "One Piece: Pirate Warriors Stretching To North America and Europe". Siliconera. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Gantayat, Anoop (September 2, 2011). "One Piece Musou Confirmed for PlayStation 3". Andriasang.com. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-04-17/one-piece/pirate-warriors-english-trailer-streamed
  5. ^ 『ワンピース 海賊無双』の最新情報をお届け. Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Yip, Spencer (January 16, 2012). "One Piece: Pirate Warriors "Another Log" Mode Has Original Storylines". Siliconera. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Gifford, Kevin (September 25, 2011). "Dynasty Warriors Team Speaks Out on One Piece Pirate Warriors". 1UP Games. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "OP(ワンピース)アクションに新時代の夜明け! 世はまさに海賊無双時代!!" [Dawn of One Piece Action in the New Age! The world has entered the Kaizoku Musou Era!!]. Weekly Shōnen Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha). September 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ 『ワンピース 海賊無双』人気の『ワンピース』が"無双"に!. Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. September 5, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sahdev, Ishaan (September 30, 2011). "All Aboard The First One Piece: Pirate Musou Trailer". Siliconera. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Namco Bandai Registers Pirate Warriors Trademark in Europe". Anime News Network. February 11, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Namco-Bandai Registers Pirate Warriors Trademark in U.S.". Anime News Network. February 11, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "名シーンに"オリラジ"藤森が涙――ハンコックに扮した"SDN48"芹那も登場した『ワンピース 海賊無双』発表会" (in Japanese). February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ 3月1日(木)出航!無双大冒険(アドベンチャー)!! [Set Sail on March 1! A Musou Adventure!!]. Weekly Shōnen Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha): 201. December 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "One Piece Game Inspires PlayStation 3 Gold Edition". Anime News Network. December 15, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ Gantayat, Anopp (February 13, 2012). "One Piece Musou Has 500,000 Orders". Andriasang.com. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/08/15/one-piece-pirate-warriors-2-launches-as-psn-exclusive
  18. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2014-08-28/one-piece-pirate-warriors-3-announced-for-ps4/.78122
  19. ^ a b "One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. 
  21. ^ Muir, Bob (November 2, 2012). "Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors". Destructoid. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b Romano, Sal (February 21, 2012). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1212". Gematsu. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  23. ^ Petit, Carolyn (October 2, 2012). "One Piece: Pirate Warriors Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ Ingenito, Vince (October 8, 2012). "One Piece: Pirate Warriors Review". IGN. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  25. ^ Gregory, Joel (September 20, 2012). "One Piece Pirate Warriors PS3 review – nothing stranger has happened at sea". PlayStation Official Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "One Piece: Pirate Warriors". Official PlayStation Magazine Australia: 78. October 2012. 
  27. ^ "One Piece: Pirate Warriors". Play UK (224): 78. December 2012. 
  28. ^ "Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 76. December 2012. 
  29. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2012/03/07/this-week-in-sales-one-piece-pirate-warriors-steals-the-top-spot/
  30. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/05/09-1/one-piece-pirate-warriors-close-to-hitting-1000000-sales

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