Jump Force is a fighting game that is set to be released for the PC, the PS4, and the Xbox One on February 15 of 2019. Like its name suggests, it is meant to be a crossover of various series that have been released in Weekly Shonen Jump. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Jump Force:
1. Meant to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary
The fighting game is meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jump Force. As a result, while it includes some series that are very popular in the present time, other series had their peaks in popularity decades and decades ago.
2. 3-on-3 Tag Team Fighter
It is interesting to note that Jump Force is a 3-on-3 tag team fighter, which is exactly what it sounds like. Theoretically, this should make for a richer metagame. After all, planning for one player with three playable characters is much more challenging than planning for one player with one playable character because of the wider range of possibilities that will come up.
3. Uses 3D Environments
Speaking of which, each match in Jump Force will take place in a fully 3D environment, thus making it a very different kind of fighting game from either 2D fighters or even primarily 2D fighters.
4. Set in the Real World
Jump Force is supposed to be set in a fictional version of the real world that has somehow come into contact with the settings of the various series featured in the crossover. This is the reason that its characters have a curious blend between their manga visuals and realistic elements, which is something that has intrigued some people but alienated others.
5. Stages Based on Real World Sites
Naturally, this means that Jump Force is going to take advantage of famous sites in the real world for its stages. One example would be Times Square in New York City. Another example would be the Matterhorn, which is one of the most iconic sights of the Swiss Alps as well as the Alps as a whole.
6. Some Original Characters
In total, Jump Force will feature four original characters designed by Akira Toriyama, who has a very recognizable art style that can be seen in not just Dragon Ball but also a surprising number of very well-known video games. Two of the original characters will be good, while the other two – Kane and Galena – will be evil. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is these two characters who will be playable in Jump Force once it has been released.
7. 40 Playable Characters So Far
Otherwise, it is worth mentioning that the roster of Jump Force has had 40 characters confirmed at this point in time. Said characters are not distributed in an even manner between the series featured in the crossover. Instead, more popular series such as One Piece can get something like six characters, whereas less popular series might get no more than one or two. It remains to be seen whether more playable characters will be added via DLC, but considering modern fighting game models, that wouldn’t be a huge surprise if it happened.
8. Both Heroes and Villains
In many cases, the series featured in the crossover have both their heroes and their most famous villains showing up. For example, both Jotaro Kujo and DIO from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure have managed to make it in from . Likewise, both Yusuke Urameshi and Younger Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho have managed to make it in as well.
9. Popularity Plays an Important Role in Character Selection
Of course, popularity plays a huge role in the characters who get chosen for Jump Force. This can be seen in character choices that range from Gaara from Naruto to Sabo and Boa Hancock from One Piece.
10. Yugi Was Something of a Surprise
With that said, it is interesting to note that Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Yugi Muto managed to make it into the game as well, which came as something of a surprise because he isn’t exactly a physical combatant like a lot of the other chosen characters. However, it has been confirmed that he will be using his cards for summoning assists as well as other effects on the battlefield, meaning that he could be a pretty interesting standout in the final game.