A duo of new One Piece games have been announced in this week’s Shonen Jump. One of them hopes to bring something unprecedented to the franchise.
This week is a big one for the popular anime and manga franchise One Piece; the series is celebrating its 20th anniversary since first being published back on July 19th, 1997. To kick off the festivities, Weekly Shonen Jump spent some time in their latest issue revealing two new One Piece video games. The first game is titled One Piece: Grand Cruise and is set to release on PlayStation VR, and the second one is apparently “unprecedented” as well as lacking an official title. For now, we can only address the mysterious game by the code name “Dawn.”
One Piece: Grand Cruise is definitely a far less mysterious game. If you live in Japan, specifically in Tokyo, you’ll actually have a chance to try it out pretty soon. On July 22, the game will become available to play at the One Piece Tokyo Tower. Eight demo stations equipped with PlayStation VR will be available for guests to enjoy. Otherwise, there’s very little to know about this upcoming title.
In the brief ad shown in Weekly Shonen Jump, there were bits referring to ship exploration. I’m guessing the game could be a tour of the Straw Hat Pirates ship, the Thousand Sunny. The game has no price point or release date announced as of yet, but I’m sure we’ll get more information at the demo next week. Once the demo opens at Tokyo Tower, you’ll be able to find more information about the game here.
As for “Dawn,” the mysterious second game we actually know a few vague details about it. The most exciting of which is that One Piece series creator, Oda Eiichiro is working directly on it. Hopefully, this means that he’s assisting with story details as he did on One Piece Unlimited World Red. The game is also said to be taking some time to develop due to its massive size but is doing a good job evoking feelings rarely found in One Piece games.
We’ll likely hear some more definitive details on both games as the 20th-anniversary festivities continue.