Now that we’ve covered all of the Ultimate Ninja console games that have been released, its time to talk about the next installment in the series: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
With the original manga already over and the anime also nearing its end, its time for the games to maybe come to a close as well. On December 14 of last year, Weekly Shounen Jump magazine and Bandai Namco Games announced Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. At that time, what the game would offer was only speculated. However since then, we’ve been given a lot of information on the games.
Since December 19th info of the game from Matsuyama, a producer of the series from the CyberConnect 2 developer team, has been given out. Before going into game mechanics and the story, Matsuyama stated that he apologizes for thinking that America and Europe didn’t truly care for the story. He says that Storm 4 will continue the story and put even more depth into it. Also with the developers now working with Xbox One and Steam, they are always seeing what they can do to please their fans outside of the Playstation format. They’re also trying to see what they can do after the game launches to keep the longevity of the game.
On December 21st, the first trailer was released. Within the trailer shows Hashirama Senjuu and Madara fighting in a dynamic battle that goes beyond the anime’s expression. The next trailer was released on April 12th, showing Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke fighting in gigantic battles with each of their summons in a short gameplay cinematic. 17 days later, more information from Matsuyama and Bandai Namco Games was released.
With game mechanics, there will be new features implemented and a few leaving. The Leader Change System makes a big change to how the Storm series has worked. Instead of only having your support characters support you, you can now switch the leader between gameplay and they will retain all of their mechanics as if you were playing them from the start. More Combination Ultimate Jutsus will be available with certain characters, but mostly with pairings based upon the story. Matsuyama excitedly stated that with fan feedback of the Guard Break and Counterattack features, the team is trying their best to balance the game. Not only that, but with the three battle systems that were put in Revolution, Matsuyama was attacked from all sides and said that the separation from Ultimate Jutsus, Awakenings and Drives will no longer be.
With the manga series finished, the game’s story mode will continue all the way to the climax of the series with a high-unseen-level of animation. With the success of The Last: Naruto The Movie, some of the movie will be implemented into the game. Not only that, but there are plans to give Hinata’s sister, Hanabi, a big role as she is more gifted than her older sister. Matsuyama states that they are planning something special with the online mode of the Storm 4 that will further the longevity of the game even after clearing it.
As we are heading to the end of the retrospective, we still aren’t done yet. 2 weeks ago at Gamescom, a new trailer of Storm 4 was shown and right off the bat we see the son of Naruto and Hinata: Boruto and the daughter of Sakura and Sasuke: Sarada. With a fun trailer and upbeat music, we also see older Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata and Kakashi duking it out! However to get early access to all of these new characters, you must pre-order the game. Other than that, the storm rages on as characters old and new, last generation and current generation, friend and foe battle to become the Ultimate Ninja!
Matsuyama, Masashi Kishimoto and everyone else at the development team of this game knew of the future of Naruto. Even with them knowing everything, they were just as surprised and saddened with the end of the Naruto series. However with the spin-off manga recently starting up, the world of Naruto is still expanding. Wether or not a game will feature the new age of Naruto is unknown. We have no idea what the far future holds for us, but the near future holds Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
The Perfect STORM is coming and releases this Fall 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and Steam. You can purchase prepaid cards from us for when the game releases. Otherwise, this is the end of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Retrospective.