Developed by Soleil, Inc. (a subsidiary of Valhalla Game Studios) and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker pits two teams of four ninjas apiece against one another in open arena battles with varying environments. An announcement trailer released in April 2017 showcases some of the gameplay and character roster:
Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker will feature a variety of characters from the Naruto universe including the members of Team 7 (Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi), various members of Akatsuki, and other supporting characters and villains that have made appearances throughout the hundreds of manga chapters and anime episodes that the series has unleashed upon the world. There won't be any subs vs. dubs concerns here, either; the game will release with both English and Japanese audio tracks so you can pick whichever you prefer. Subtitles will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish.
The release window was announced by Bandai Namco Entertainment at an Anime Expo panel. It was originally announced alongside Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy, a collection of all four Ultimate Ninja Storm titles under one umbrella; the titles are set to get a remastering pass to improve on the graphics of the previous console generations for the collection. Both games will be releasing for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker will release in Western markets sometime in early 2018.
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