We had already had a little glimpse of Alabasta in a short teaser unveiled last week: for the sake of fan service absolute, this ILCA, Inc. production is sure to recount great moments from the original manga in great flashbacks. These dives into the memories of the Straw Hat crew will allow Luffy and consorts to rediscover their forgotten skills, a perfect script pirouette to justify the progression of the characters, in the purest tradition of the JRPG. bandai namco finally shows something concrete with a new video gameplay in the streets of this city in the middle of the desert, with as much exploration as combat sequences.

Treasure Chests and Bad Friends in Alabasta in One Piece Odyssey

Contrary to the usual generalized fighting adaptations, One Piece Odyssey brings the work of Eiichiro Oda into the mold of the JRPG with turn-based confrontations. A relatively classic system, with different types of attack (strength, speed, technique) depending on the appetite of the characters. However, a few new features shake up this monotonous approach: the division of combat zones, forcing high-risk duels, but also “Staging” moments boosting the skills of our protagonists once certain criteria have been met.

JRPGs aren’t all about combat; there are also a host of treasure chests full of junk oddly placed here and there beyond any sense of logic. It will be necessary to rely on the skills of each member of the team to be able to make their way through these rural settings: Chopper will be able to sneak through small tunnels thanks to its small size, for example. These moments of strolling in the overworld will also be an opportunity to develop the synergy between the different members of the crew, punctuating these sequences with short lines of impromptu dialogue – enough to brush the fan in the direction of the hair with the cast dubbing in the original language, all subtitled in French. One Piece Odyssey is set for release on January 13, 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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