Arc System Works is one of the few game development studios that have managed to do justice to the Dragon Ball franchise with its popular game Dragon Ball FighterZ. Now, it looks like there is a small chance that another popular anime and manga franchise, One Piece, could be given the same treatment.
In an interview with IGN during last week’s EVO Japan tournament, Arc System Works CEO Minoru Kidooka was asked about a potential One Piece fighting game. He responded by saying that it is something to think about and that the studio wants to work with other people and IPs to create fun games that would be well received by players. While he could not confirm whether a One Piece fighting game will ever be made by the studio, it is definitely a possibility.
Kidooka also commented on the BlazBlue series, another popular series from the studio which hasn’t seen a new release in a long time. The franchise is not done, but they don’t want it to compete with Guilty Gear, so when it will come back, it will be a game that will have a strong impact like the one Guilty Gear Xrd had.
One Piece is a popular anime and manga series that has seen many games released in the past. The latest of them is One Piece Odyssey, a solid but not exceptional JRPG featuring an original story and turn-based combat.
Arc System Works is a small studio and needs to take their own resources into account when considering each project. However, with the success of Dragon Ball FighterZ, there is a small chance that we could see a One Piece fighting game from the studio in the future. It would certainly be an exciting prospect for fans of the series.