For fans of the Digimon series, it looks like there’s a few new developments to give you something to look forward to for the series’ 15th anniversary.
Earlier this week, Toei Animation teased the return of Digimon Adventure (a.k.a. the first Digimon series) in a trailer posted in both english and japanese on their youtube account.
Titled “For all “DigiDestined” in the world ver. DIGIMON ADVENTURE 15th Anniversary Project”, the video features a short montage of clips from the original series before teasing a new series coming next year. The “Taichi, seventeen, High school days” line near the end seems to indicate that the new series will possibly pick up some time after Digimon Adventure 02, which focused on a new set of characters but would occasionally feature the old DigiDestined at various points.
While waiting ’til next year for this return to the Digital World, you can also expect to see a new Digimon game , Digimon: All Star Rumble, coming later this year from Namco Bandai games and developed by Prope. Featuring many Digimon characters from the series, All Star Rumble is a multiplayer arena fighting/battle game for Xbox 360 & PS3, where up to 4 players can choose from 12 Digimon and digivolve through their rookie, champion and ultimate evolution forms to battle and aim for victory.
Hopefully the announcement of this new Digimon game for English territories shows that Bandai Namco have noticed the active fan base for the Digimon series outside of Japan, especially those that have organised several petitions and campaigns to convince BN to bring some of the recent Japan only Digimon games to western fans.
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DIGIVOLVE WITH BANDAI NAMCO GAMES EUROPE’S DIGIMON ALL-STAR RUMBLE IN EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA THIS FALL
Enter the Ultimate Digimon Evolution Tournament to Defeat All Rivals and Become the Strongest Digimon Hero of Them All
PARIS, FRANCE – August 1st, 2014 – BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S. today announces that DIGIMON All-Star Rumble is scheduled to arrive at retailers in Europe and Australasia for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft in fall 2014. DIGIMON All-Star Rumble is a thrilling party-arena multiplayer game based on the popular Digimon entertainment franchise that encompasses toys, anime, manga, films and video games.
In DIGIMON All-Star Rumble the Digital World enjoys a time of restored peace after overcoming numerous wars and crises. However, Digimon must battle to Digivolve, so the restless Digimon propose to hold their first ever “Digimon Evolution Tournament” to determine who is the strongest of them all. In the vivaciously competitive tournament, up to four players will be able to select from a roster of 12 popular base Digimon characters and play as a total of 32 Digimon forms pulled from every Digimon series ranging from Digimon Adventure to Digimon Fusion. Players control these digital monsters and battle for supremacy in the main Versus Battle mode that players of all skill levels will be able to pick up and enjoy.
By powering up in battle, players can Digivolve into a much more powerful form, creating a unique combat atmosphere where players must balance attacking and simultaneously attempt to Digivolve and gain the upper hand. Utilizing special techniques during matches such as activating a Digimon’s “Evolution” power-up along with employing an aggressive attack or defensive strategy will provide colorful and exciting party-arena gameplay so that Digimon fans of all ages can face-off against rivals and become a true Digimon hero!
“For more than 15 years now, the DIGIMON brand has been growing up all over the world along with its incredibly passionate fan base. Thanks to DIGIMON All-Star Rumble, we look forward to delivering a battle arena experience that DIGIMON fans are waiting for!” Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy, Marketing & PR at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.
DIGIMON All-Star Rumble is scheduled for release in Europe and Australasia on the PlayStation®3 system and Xbox 360 in fall 2014. For more information on BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe game titles and products, please visit www.BandaiNamcoGames.com.