Here is an overview of the game, via Bandai Namco:
One Piece Odyssey is an RPG project filled with the unique elements of adventure from One Piece that has been highly desired by fans. This project has been in the works for many years so that fans can truly touch the world of One Piece and now is ready to be unveiled!
Join this brand-new RPG featuring new character and monster designs produced by Eiichiro Oda, the author of One Piece. The game is also complemented by the beautiful music of Motoi Sakuraba, a composer well known for his various contributions to video games such as the Dark Souls and Tales of series.
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 set outs 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!
- A Mysterious Island – Luffy decides to scout the island to meet up with his scattered crew members. They come across various mysterious ruins and never-before-seen monsters. Although excited to scout the island together, things soon take an unexpected turn. Discover and experience an original storyline!
- Straw Hats as One – Defeat new enemies, unravel mysteries, and unearth a whole adventure with your favorite Straw Hats! In addition to Luffy, you can play as Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Frankie, and Brook!
- RPG with a One Piece Twist – Experience quests and dungeons all with an authentic One Piece twist. Enjoy what you love about RPGs but with your favorite characters and an original touch from the One Piece universe.
The English press release also confirms the game will feature turn-based battles:
One Piece Odyssey transports the Straw Hats to a mysterious new island where they embark on quests and fight powerful enemies and massive bosses in exciting turn-based battles. In the game, players take on the role of nine of their favorite pirates, playing as Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Franky, Sanji, Usopp, Nico Robin, TonyTony Chopper, and Brook. A new character revealed during the livestream, the cheerful and towering Adio, joins the Straw Hats in their latest adventure.
Watch the announcement trailer and an interview with the producer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.
Katsuaki Tsuzuki, Producer: “Hello, everyone. My name is Katsuaki Tsuzuki, the producer of One Piece Odyssey. I am very glad to make an announcement about our new One Piece game here today. I hear that not only the fans in Japan, but also the fans from overseas are watching this, so I would like to talk about the attractiveness of this title.”
What is One Piece Odyssey?
Tsuzuki: “The title’s genre is JRPG. It’s been a while for One Piece. I hope to deliver an epic drama adventure of the Straw Hats which both One Piece fans and JRPG fans can experience and enjoy.”
How this Project Started
Tsuzuki: “I have been thinking that one of the most fascinating points about One Piece is the ‘adventure,’ so I thought that a ‘JRPG project offering a One Piece adventure experience like never before’ would be very interesting. So with the question of, ‘What should a One Piece adventure offer?’ and the concept of an ‘epic adventure to experience the One Piece world’ in mind, we collaborated with a development team who held know-hows of creating a full-blown RPG. The fruit of this long-term collaboration is One Piece Odyssey.”
Involvement of Eiichiro Oda
Tsuzuki: “As I said before, this project’s concept is the ‘epic adventure eo experience the One Piece world.’ It was necessary to expand the accessible places for players and we wanted to be as true as possible to the original work. So we asked Mr. Oda for his advice, and he designed the characters and monsters to vitalize the in-game One Piece world.”
The Attractiveness of One Piece Odyssey
Tsuzuki: “This title’s characteristic is that it’s a JRPG. We have devoted ourselves to creating an in-game One Piece experience that encompasses the ‘epic adventure to experience the One Piece world.’ We have integrated the artwork designed by Mr. Oda and the diverse settings that the art team created to elaborate the One Piece world based on the manga and anime settings already developed until now. As a result, we are confident that we have prepared realistic and immersive stages for adventure. And this title’s most appealing point is being able to go on an adventure through these stages by using the Straw Hats. On top of the adventurous stages, unique One Piece RPG experiences are scattered throughout the game, such as the story woven by Straw Hats, the dungeon experience, and various quests. They will be introduced to you gradually in the future.
Message to the Audience
Tsuzuki: “One Piece Odyssey, the latest One Piece title revealed to you today, is probably the first title that has been developed so meticulously over an extended period of time. I would like to share more about this title’s attractive points in the future. Please look forward to it.”