Bandai Namco Entertainment announced, through this week’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, that Luffy’s Gear Fourth form can be used as a playable character in their upcoming fighting title One Piece: Burning Blood. Revealed as the protagonist’s latest and greatest form at the very end of the Dressrosa Arc, this evolved combat style mixes the brute force of Luffy’s Busoshoku Haki (Armament Haki) with his incredible speed in a way that makes him almost unbeatable…except for the fact that his stamina is easily drained while in this mode, forcing him to return to normal after a short amount of time.
Burning Blood is really busting down barriers with the way that it is being presented to audiences. It is a game that focuses on the fighting variants of Devil Fruit users in realistic (in accordance to the series) ways, but not only that; it is also introducing characters to the world of One Piece video games that have, before this, never been seen. X Drake, General Franky, and now Gear Fourth Luffy will all be playable characters upon release.
Speaking of; Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced the official Japanese release date for this title…the 21st of April, 2016. It’s still quite a while away (even longer for us waiting for it’s Western release) but at least we know that it will be hitting shelves before the halfway mark of next year. That’s something to be excited about! It’s time to grab yourself a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita, if you don’t already have one, and become familiarised with it. You don’t want to be underprepared for this incredible upcoming One Piece title!