Saturday, October 31, 2015

Naruto Storm 4: Free Roam, Online, Poncho DLC

Bandai Namco Entertainment and CyberConnect2 are bringing back the goods in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. The latest scan, below, confirms free roam, online, and DLC (although, we’re not too sure how we actually feel about the DLC just yet).
First and foremost, free roam. This is where players will be able to run around the world of Naruto, exploring and completing missions. Players will be able to travel to different villages (like Naruto Storm 3), however, it is unclear if the actual style will be somewhat limited like Storm 3′s Ultimate Adventure mode or if it will be like Storm 1′s completely open world (but expanded to villages in addition to the Leaf). It does look similar to Storm 3 based on the camera angles, but we will have to wait for additional information to be sure.
The scan confirms both the Leaf and Sand villages as two locales players can roam in and highlights a mission that looks similar to one we’ve seen in past Naruto Storm games. It’s that Naruto needs to deliver a letter from Kakashi (who is in the Leaf) to Gaara (who is residing in the Sand). What’s different and interesting in this scenario, is Naruto’s arm is bandaged up! This signifies at least this particular mission takes place after chapter 699, Naruto’s battle with Sasuke at the end of the manga. Sakura and Hinata will be joining Naruto on the trip as support characters. There will be numerous support characters joining Naruto on different missions and they will each contribute dialogue of sorts, which looks similar to what we’ve seen in the past Storm games.
Online battle will also make a return to Storm 4, with a new enhancements! Details are scarce at the moment, but what we do know is players will be able to battle opponents worldwide and work their way up from a Genin to at least a Jonin.

As for DLC, the scan only mentions it will be in, but does not specify what. We do know there will be pre-order DLC in the form of playable characters Boruto and Sarada worldwide. What may be new to you is in Latin America, there is region-specific DLC for those who pre-order – Naruto and Sasuke in poncho costumes! Sage Naruto is shown with the Uzumaki symbol, while Taka Sasuke is shown with the Uchiha Fan symbol across their coats. It’s unknown at this time if these costumes will make their way to other parts of the world.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the final game in the Storm series. It will feature the most realistic graphics ever seen in the Storm series with 1080p resolution. The game is in development by CyberConnect2 and will be published by Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan on February 4, 2016, in Europe on February 5, 2016, and North America on February 9, 2016 for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC/Steam.

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