Fans of One Piece in the West have been a little disappointed at the lack of word on plans to release upcoming PlayStation VR title One Piece: Grand Cruise outside of Japan. Now the Western fanbase can rejoice, with news that One Piece: Grand Cruise will indeed be getting a Western release.
The hit anime series has been delighting fans since it began broadcasting in Japan back in 1999, quickly gaining a devoted fanbase, with characters from the franchise appearing in various videogames, such as the J-Stars series. News that the crew were coming to virtual reality (VR) has brought much excitement among fans of the series.
One Piece: Grand Cruise lets players join the famous Star Hat Pirate crew as they sail looking for the legendary One Piece that will allow the leader of the Straw Hat pirates, Monkey D. Luffy, to become King of the Pirates. Players will be able to hang out the the rest of the oddball crew and share in adventures with familiar characters such as Zoro, Nami and Sanji, exploring the ship, firing canons and taking part in fierce battles.
Previous trailers have shown events such as an attack by a giant kraken, and a tense confrontation between Luffy and Doflamingo, though at this point it is unknown how exactly players will be able to influence these events.
The PlayStation VR experience will include both the Winter and Summer experiences that have been previously available to visitors to the One Piece Tower in Tokyo. The title is due for release in the US and Japan as a PlayStation VR exclusive some time in 2018, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. There has yet to be a confirmation on a European release.
A trailer for the Western release of One Piece: Grand Cruise is available to view below. VRFocus will bring you further news on he upcoming release as it becomes available.