Today Bandai Namco announced that its My Hero Academia free-to-play battle royale game My Hero Ultra Rumble is returning with an open beta.
The game dedicated to the popular anime and manga franchise was announced last year and had a closed beta in August, and then pretty much disappeared. Apparently, the project is still alive and the next beta will be hosted between May 25 and June 1. Like the closed beta, it'll be only on PS4 (the game itself was also announced for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC).
You can actually already pre-download the beta client from the PlayStation Store.
The announcement was accompanied by a trailer, which you can watch below.
The open beta will feature a few new characters on top of plenty of heroes and villains who appeared in the closed beta as follows:
- Tenya Iida
- Denki Kaminari
- Itsuka Kendo
- Midoriya Izuku
- Bakugo Katsuki
- Uraraka Ochaco
- Todoroki Shoto
- Tsuyu Asui
- All Might
- Mt. Lady
- Tomura Shigaraki
- Himiko Toga
- Mr. Compress
As for previous games like the "My Hero: One Justice" series, this game lost the “Academia” part of the original title for the West, while in Japan it’s named “My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble.” Likely, this is due to licensing reasons.
If you're unfamiliar with the original IP, it debuted as a manga by Kohei Horikoshi on Shueisha's Weekly Shounen jump in 2014. It has since sparked the release of a long-running anime series, OVA, and movies, on top of multiple video games.