Namco Bandai has released the first trailer for One Piece: Romance Dawn – Bouken no Yoake (ワンピース ロマンスドーン 冒険の夜明け), an action RPG for the PSP whose story is based on the “Romance Dawn” one-shot manga that One Piece creator Oda Eiichiro authored as a prototype to the popular manga and anime series.
So the events depicted in this title will largely be different from the ones in One Piece Pirate Warriors (PS3; Japanese version already released , English version to come in September). For starters, Romance Dawn appears to be focused on Luffy’s solo adventure, prior to forming the Straw Hats crew. Red-haired Shanks (CV: Shuichi Ikeda) will also play a prominent role in the story.
That said, in 2008 an original video animation that featured the story of Romance Dawn but also all the members in the Straw Hats crew (Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky and Brook) was also released to commemorate Shonen Jump’s 40th anniversary, so don’t count on not seeing your favourite characters in this PSP spin-off title yet.
One Piece: Romance Dawn – Bouken no Yoake is slated for Winter 2012 released in Japan on the PSP. An English version of the game has yet to be announced.