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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, known in Japan as Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 2 (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト－ 疾風伝ナルティメットストーム2) is the upcoming sequel to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai Games. It will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October 2010.
The gameplay retains many of the elements from the previous game. The game will feature 23 interactive and destructible stages. Each character can also gain new combos and jutsu by activating the Awakening Mode. As the story progresses, players will unlock new Jutsu and Ultimate Jutsu for certain characters.
Support characters will be returning and a new feature, named Drive Gauge is introduced in the game. Depending on the Drive Gauge, players will be able to unleash combination attack with the support characters. The jutsu clashes from the prequel also makes their return.
Free roaming also makes a return. The game will feature a 1:1 recreation of the Hidden Leaf Village. In addition to the Leaf Village, players will be able to roam outside the village, ranging from forests to deserts, and also the Hidden Sand Village. Boss battles will be returning, with quick-time events and cutscenes.
Players can access multiple online features; quick matches have opponents chosen at random, ranked matches with leader boards, match customization, as well as the availability to host matches.
Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 will feature over 42 characters from the Shippuden series as well as Tekken 6's Lars Alexandersson. Lars will appear in his costume from Tekken 6 designed by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 was officially announced on December 21, 2009 by Namco Bandai Games at a Jump Festa event. V Jump magazine revealed the game a few days beforehand. As CyberConnect2's first multi-platform project, they worked closely with Microsoft. The pre-release playable demo for Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 was first mentioned in the official Japanese website on July 8, 2010 and was made available for download on July 29, 2010 in the Japanese PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. The demo was also made available in an English version on the European PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on August 25, 2010. The English demo was also released on the American PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on August 24, 2010.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Namco Bandai Games Europe (February 4, 2010). "Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2' Release Date, Demo and Must-Have Collector'S Edition Confirmed". Press release. http://www.uk.namcobandaigames.eu/news/2010/08/12/naruto-shippuden-ultimate-ninja-storm-2-release-date-demo-and-must-have-collector-s-edition-confirmed/821. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Namco Bandai Games America (August 25, 2010). "Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja: Storm 2 Demo Now Available". Press release. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/111/1115956p1.html. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
- ↑ Déprez, Régis (July 15, 2010). Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2: Japanese Release Date. Gamekyo. Retrieved on July 15, 2010.
- ↑ "Naruto Ninja Storm 2". Shonen Jump (Viz Media) 8 (88). April 2010.
- ↑ Namco Bandai Games (June 15, 2010). "Namco Bandai Reveals a New Challenger in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2". Press release. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1097905p1.html. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
- ↑ Anoop Gantayat (December 21, 2009). New Naruto Games Detailed at Jump Festa. Andriasang. Retrieved on December 21, 2009.
- ↑ Anoop Gantayat (December 18, 2009). New Naruto for Xbox 360 and PS3. Andriasang. Retrieved on December 21, 2009.
- ↑ Anoop Gantayat (February 4, 2010). CyberConnect2 Readying Original Title. Andriasang. Retrieved on February 7, 2010.
- ↑ Spencer (July 8, 2010). Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Demo Set For PSN. Siliconera. Retrieved on July 19, 2010.
- ↑ Spencer (July 16, 2010). Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 demo and full game dated. Siliconera. Retrieved on July 19, 2010.
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 at Namco Bandai Games
- ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト－疾風伝 ナルティメットストーム2 at CyberConnect2
- ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト－ 疾風伝 ナルティメットストーム２ at Namco Bandai Games