[7.52PM] Update: The rumour has been confirmed. One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 is indeed slated for release on March 20 (image source).
Gamers who pre-order the title will receive a download code for Luffy’s One Piece Film Z costume (like we mentioned earlier in our original story below), as well as a code to obtain an exclusive figure in Mobage’s One Piece Grand Collection social game.
Original story: Word on the grapevine has it that One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2, sequel to Namco Bandai Games’s best-selling action title One Piece Pirate Warriors, may be released in Japan as early as March 20, 2013.
It was also mentioned that gamers who pre-order the title at retailers will receive a download code for Luffy’s One Piece Film Z costume.
The PS3 version will come in two editions: a regular version priced at 8,190 yen, and a Treasure Box that will go for 12,390 yen.
Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita version will be priced at 7,140.
Both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game will apparently also be sold digitally through the PlayStation Store, at the prices of 8,190 and 7,140 yen respectively (same price as retail).
This is yet unconfirmed information, and may very well be completely made up. After all, One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 was officially announced only earlier this month; it would seem quite unlikely for the game to come out three short months after it’s been revealed.
Furthermore, March 20 is a Wednesday; video games in Japan typically come out on a Thursday. However, March 20 also happens to be a national holiday in Japan (Vernal Equinox Day or 春分の日), and so it would appear that on that week Japanese video games will deviate from the regular cycle and be released one day earlier instead – March 20, 2013 is also the day Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja’s Dead or Alive 5 Plus on the PS Vita comes out. Nippon Ichi Software’s Disgaea D2 (PS3) comes out on March 20, 2013 as well.
If there’s any grain of truth in the information above, we’ll definitely be hearing more about the game later in the week, along with a look at Usopp, Nami, Robin, and a desert stage as they appear in One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2.
In the meantime, we’ll file this under “rumour mill” for now.