E3 2014: One Piece: Unlimited World Red Story Mode and Day One Edition Details

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Namco Bandai has revealed some exciting new details about the upcoming release of manga-inspired action/adventure game One Piece: Unlimited World Red.

In the Story Mode, which features an original scenario by series creator Eiichiro Oda, a new “Difficult” mode will be unlocked after the first play-through. With Difficult mode unlocked, enemies and bosses will put up a much tougher fight upon replaying the episodic adventures of the Straw Hat Crew, with rare special items to be awarded for taking on the additional challenge. It’s unclear if this higher difficulty will function as a true New Game+ mode, but any added replay incentive will be a definite plus.

Speaking of bosses, some of the Pirates and Marines you can expect to face off against include Shanks, Boa Hancock, Trafalgar Law (aka Surgeon of Death), Aokiji, Rob Lucci, Caesar Clown, and Doflamingo. In addition to the storyline, Eiichiro Oda has designed two new characters just for the game: a cheerful and sassy raccoon named Pato, and a pirate villain named Red Count.

Eager One Piece fans who pre-order the game ahead of launch will also be treated to a “Day One Edition” upgrade containing exclusive DLC created in commemoration of the animated series’ 15th anniversary. The extra content will include a Strong World Adventure Outfit for Luffy, 9 additional anniversary costumes for members of the Straw Hat Crew (Luffy, Nami, Sanji, Chopper, Zoro, Usopp, Franky, Robin and Brook), and the “Flame Fist & Straw Hat” bonus quest.

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Developed by Ganbarion, One Piece: Unlimited World Red is scheduled to launch in the U.S. on July 8th for 3DS, PS3, Vita and Wii U. It’s important to note that retail distribution will vary by platform. The 3DS and PS3 versions will be sold in stores nationwide, while the Vita version will see a limited retail release exclusive to GameStop, and the Wii U version will skip brick and mortar altogether for a digital download release via the Nintendo eShop. Pricing also varies: $29.99 for 3DS, $39.99 for Vita, and $49.99 for PS3. (I don’t have confirmation for the Wii U price, but I’m guessing it’ll be equal to PS3.)

Before you go, please enjoy a new batch of One Piece: Unlimited World Red screenshots and character art fresh from Namco Bandai’s E3 showing.

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