Bandai Namco already showed off some of the places that await the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece Odyssey, but the current teaser focuses on gameplay to offer gamers a clearer sense of what they will be doing when the game launches. ILCA takes players on a tour of Alabasta, a major region in the early story of One Piece, to highlight the finer features of exploration, fighting, and quest possibilities. It looks that ILCA intends to keep Alabasta and Waford busy and fighting while the Straw Hats strive to unravel the secrets of Waford while observing how different important locales from their prior journeys are.
Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates will be the focus of One Piece Odyssey after they were shipwrecked on the strange island of Waford due to a sudden and violent storm. Players will control Luffy and at least seven other Straw Hats as they battle and explore Waford in search of the mysteries it hides and a means to escape. It will have a turn-based combat system in which players will engage with a group of three, as well as exploration that will take full use of the Straw Hats’ numerous powers.
The game’s newest extended video focused on the gameplay to offer gamers a better idea of what’s in store for them. The game’s exploration and how the crew may interact with the globe while visiting locales from One Piece’s extensive history were highlighted in the teaser. Field and character actions are one such element highlighted in the teaser, where players may freely switch between characters while exploring to take use of the character’s talents to acquire goods or locate secret locations.
There will also look to be plenty of tasks for gamers to enjoy, with the video spotlighting “side tales” accessible for the Straw Hats. As players go through the main tale, side tasks will become accessible, providing a respite from the fundamental mystery surrounding Waford. The clip seems to hint that the side tales will also center on certain members of the crew, with Chopper and Sanji important to the two tasks presented.
However, combat made up the most of the teaser, with it demonstrating some of the finer features of the warfare system ILCA has created for Odyssey. Aside from traditional turn-based fighting, players must be aware of their characters’ battle type efficacy, which may decide how much less or more damage they deal. The teaser then showed off more of the “scramble area fight,” in which players must maximize combat space, as well as “dramatic sequences,” which provide extra combat circumstances for players to attempt to achieve in order to get more experience.
One Piece Odyssey will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on January 13, 2023.