When it rains, it pours; and Jump Force has certainly unleashed the flood gates with a torrential number of screenshots along with the announcement of four new fighters from the Naruto series.
The inclusion of Kakashi Hatake, Gaara of the Sand, Kaguya Otstusuki, and Boruto Uzumaki (son of Naruto) has officially pushed the Naruto series in the lead for most for characters featured in the game, for the time being. This exciting news, coupled with promotional stills, also possibly leaking two other new fighters, Jotaro Kujo, from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Dai, from Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (a manga spin-off from the popular JRPG series) means we’re probably not done yet with the character announcements.
While there is no gameplay footage, aside from the stills released, it is safe to assume how some for these characters will play as they each possess distinctive battle styles. Boruto is very much like his father in his battle style, opting to fight with the assistance of his shadow clones all while creating confusion and finishing off his opponent with his own variation of Naruto’s signature attack; the Vanishing Rasengan.
The infamous copy ninja, Kakashi Hatake, appears to have been based off the Fourth Great Ninja War model, in which he has full use of the Sharingan, appearing to bring out a fully formed version of Susano’o. Being a character with a vast array of moves at his disposal, Kakashi excels both at long and close range battle, so it’s not yet clear how he’ll fight normally, but if we had to guess it’s be more focused on close range.
Gaara may be a much more technical fighter as he uses the surrounding sand to fight his opponents with, instead of fighting hand-to-hand. Rarely engaging in close range attacks and preferring to focus on long rage attacks; his sand can be used to reach enemies from a distance and the speed of this attacks are nothing to sneer at either.
Kaguya Otstusuki will be the wild card of these fighters due to her battle style having less to do with technique and more to do with sheer force; at least that was how it was in the original series run. Being able to alter the reality of the surrounding battlefield to suit her was a major difficulty in the series and would stand to reason to be part of Jump Force’s version of her character. The promotional pictures suggest she attacks with overwhelming force, but until a trailer comes out we can only speculate.
Of course the inclusion of Jotaro and Dai in Jump Force are still yet to be confirmed in any sort of playable capacity, but considering the popularity of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as a Shonen series, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume he and his stand “Star Platinum”, as well as Dai from Dragon Quest would appear as fighters in this ever expanding roster.
Jump Force is set for release in February 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and is already looking to be one of Jump and Bandai Namco’s most anticipated games to date.