One Piece has one of the biggest fan bases in the world of anime and manga. The manga by Eiichiro Oda has remained on top of its game ever since its launch back in 1997. It was published by Shueisha and serialized by the Weekly Shonen Jump, and later published in English by Viz Media. Its anime adaptation also rose to fame and remains ongoing, with more than 900 episodes released to date. The One Piece franchise is flourishing with new episodes, manga chapters, merchandise, and, of course, games. Over the decades, many One Piece games have been developed on different platforms. Fans can’t stop having enough One Piece related anything. However, as per recent reports, a new project ‘Odyssey’ from Bandai Namco Entertainment, has been rumored to be in progress. Another One Piece game sounds tons of fun but what do we know about it so far?
It does not come as a surprise because Bandai Namco has previously launched many One Piece games and other merchandise, some of which grew very popular. While most of these productions remain limited for the Japanese audience, fans overseas do not always get a chance to receive them. But, there are mostly positive reviews from Japanese fans. The new leak comes from a reliable source so it barely feels unlikely to be false. However, we would not expect fans to get too enthusiastic about it either.
Here is all we know about the news leak regarding a new project ‘Odyssey’ from Bandai Namco Entertainment and what we can expect from it from our predictions.
A new project ‘Odyssey’ from Bandai Namco Entertainment
I can already imagine the excited faces of all One Piece fans as they dream about diving through the seas of One Piece through this new project. The leaks came from an authentic trademark checker. As per the source, Shueisha and Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. have filed a Gazette-type trademark titled ‘One Piece Odyssey’. The filing was done on 17 June 2021, recording Shueisha as the applicant and Bandai Namco Entertainment as the agent. The news was leaked on 6 July 2021.
It would appear Shueisha and Bandai Namco have registered the ONE PIECE ODYSSEY trademark.
While we do have a considerable amount of information, there has been confirmation or announcement of sorts from either of the companies. Even if we do believe that the rumors are true, we have no idea what this project is going to be about. Bandai Namco specializes in video games, anime, toys, arcades, and amusement parks in general. But the agent mentioned in the trademark filed is specifically Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., which publishes video games. This leads us to deduce that the One Piece Odyssey is a video game project.
This won’t be very surprising as Bandai Namco has a very active history of developing One Piece Video games. It could be an RPG-type gacha game or something entirely new. The last game published by Bandai Naco Entertainment Inc. was One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!, a puzzle game (in fact, the first One Piece puzzle game), for Android and iOS systems. Now, a new project, ‘Odyssey’ from Bandai Namco sounds interesting, and we hope to hear more about it from its actual source. We wait for a confirmation from Bandai Namco as well as Shueisha about this new project.
Any anime fan, whether they have watched the series or not, knows the name of One Piece. The manga stood as the Big 3 in the late 1990s, a title bestowed to the top three manga at the time that earned Shueisha a lot of revenue. Its anime adaptation is close to completing 1000 episodes, and the creators of the series are planning to celebrate it through a mobile game creation contest.
This is a planning and development contest for mobile casual games with the theme of One Piece. The contest will be only limited to the Japanese audience. It is organized by Shueisha and sponsored by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc and Toei animation. This contest’s judging committee also includes Eiichiro Oda, and the winners will receive prize money of 2 million yen. Additionally, the winning game will also be made available in Japan.