One Piece Odyssey finally lets us see its combat system and gameplay. The latest developer diary is particularly rich in information and pictures.
A few months after its announcement, One Piece Odyssey is still very mysterious. It’s not due to make an appearance at Summer Game Fest 2022 with a short trailer showing the game’s story. However, following the World Seeker debacle, fans are mostly waiting to see some gameplay and get more concrete information. You are finally served with the new developer diary.
Details of Oda’s engagement and development
In this video, Katsuaki Tsuzuki focuses on the concept of the game, which will nevertheless tell an original story. The aim is ” offer an epic adventure in the One Piece universe. We have emphasized the adventure spirit and the typical fights of the manga
They still wanted to clarify the development time and the mangaka’s involvement in the game. If Eiichirō Oda designed the game’s characters 3 years ago, Odyssey’s development actually started 5 years ago, parallel to One Piece Pirate Warriors 4. So the writing started , when the manga was in the first half of the Tougato Island arc. Only then was Oda contacted. The game piqued his curiosity so much that he wanted to create two original characters: Adio and Lim, as well as new monsters like Leviathan and Dry Penguin.
Packed with information and images about the gameplay and battles of One Piece Odyssey
However, the developers were more generous in terms of gameplay and combat. The title will be primarily a JRPG with the notion of adventure as the main hook. The teams promise plenty of areas to explore filled with enemies and monsters that will roam the scene. Question battles, we will be classic turn-based with the possibility of creating a team of 4 characters. For Tsuzuki, the originality of One Piece Odyssey rests on two mechanics.
The first is a split-zone system, where opponents and Straw Hat crew members are randomly assigned locations during the encounter. The second is called the “staging system” where Luffy and his friends have to overcome unexpected situations that happen randomly. For example, Sanji may be surrounded by women and unable to attack. Overcoming them will earn you greater rewards.
Outside of combat, it will be possible to switch characters on the fly to explore Waford’s 3D world. Each Mugiwara has a unique ability related to their powers. For example, Luffy will be able to reach more distant areas thanks to his elastic arms, while Zoro can overcome obstacles by cutting them, Chopper can sneak through narrow tunnels and Franky can build bridges.