Publisher Bandai Namco and developer ILCA have announced JRPG One Piece Odyssey for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S, arriving sometime in 2022. The game has been in development for “many years” and of course is a spinoff of the hit anime. The first thing you’ll notice about One Piece Odyssey is that its art style faithfully reflects the source material. Players take control of stretchy protagonist Monkey D. Luffy but can also play as Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Frankie, and Brook.
One Piece Odyssey aims to be a true RPG experience, with quests and dungeons to explore throughout an original story from creator Eiichiro Oda. Also, ILCA was notably the developer of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Bandai Namco shared a story summary for this new RPG:
A broken Thousand Sunny… Scattered crew members… Luffy’s missing straw hat…
During their voyage, the Straw Hats, led by Monkey D. Luffy are swallowed by a huge storm at sea. They end up on a mysterious island full of nature amidst the storm and become separated from each other. The crew sets out on a new adventurous journey filled with wonders of a raging nature, powerful enemies, and strange encounters with island locals. Work together with Luffy and his crew to set sail once again!
For more on One Piece Odyssey, see the announcement trailer below.
One Piece Odyssey producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki appeared in a new interview video from Bandai Namco to explain how the game came to be and why fans should have something to look forward to.
“I have been thinking that one of the most fascinating points about One Piece is the ‘adventure,’ so I thought a ‘JRPG project offering a One Piece adventure experience like never before’ would be very interesting,” Tsuzuki said. “That was the starting point of this project.”
Speaking on Oda’s involvement, Tsuzuki said the team at ILCA would ask Oda for advice, adding that the manga mastermind also designed the characters and monsters in One Piece Odyssey.
Stay tuned as we wait for more information on One Piece Odyssey before it arrives on PC and consoles later this year.