In what’s probably not a surprise to anyone, Bandai Namco have announced three Bleach characters for Jump Force.
Considering Naruto and One Piece had representation, it was a safe bet that we’d get the Bleach crew in, but it’s nice to have the official confirmation. The characters and a little description are as follows:
Ichigo Kurosaki – “Once a simple high school student with the ability to see ghosts, Ichigo became one of the strongest ever Shinigami (soul reapers) after his encounter with a Hollow (a spectral being) that tried to kill him.”
Rukia Kuchiki – “Rukia is a soul reaper from a noble family who specialises in Kido (the magic of the soul reapers). Her ice-type blade is considered to be amongst the most beautiful swords of the Souls Society.”
Sōsuke Aizen – “A captain of the Gotei 13, Aizen is a mysterious man. While calm on the surface, behind this serene appearance is perhaps one of the most skilled members of the Soul Society.”
Also revealed was the new Hong Kong stage. Said to be one of Jump Force’s many real-world locations. Set at street-level, manga characters will be illuminated by neon lanterns and the dazzling lights of a rain-soaked city as they battle in the shadow of Blackbeard’s mysteriously crashed ship.
Also teased by Jump Force producer, Koji Nakajima, is that there’s at least one character that people wont be expecting. Lets be honest, kinda hoping for more than one character that’s a shock.
“It’s difficult to name and single out one character,” Nakajima said. “It’s a little bit of a risky situation, so I’m not going to go there. I will say one thing though. There is a character I really feel strongly about that did make it in this game. It might be something unusual, maybe a little bit unexpected, but it’s in there and it will be revealed shortly.”
As Shonen Jump has a plethora of characters in it’s arsenal, it’s almost impossible to even guess at what the unusual character could be. Personally, I just want to be able to play as Guts so I can screech “GRIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFTHHHHHH” while I play.
While there’s no set release date, Jump Force is expected to release in 2019. Until then, it’s time to brush up on your anime knowledge.