One Piece Romance Dawn Lets You Select Islands From A World Map

By Laura . November 29, 2012 . 2:53pm

Namco Bandai have released a new trailer for One Piece: Romance Dawn, their upcoming PSP RPG. Be warned that spoilers are shown, all the way up to the final events of the series’ Marineford arc. (Then again, if you’re here looking at this article, you probably already know what happenss.)



More details have been released with regard to gameplay. First, you can select the island you want to visit from a world map, where you can view the episodes. It’s most likely an “episode” refers to an entire arc, although this is unclear. After selecting an episode to play, you can travel through the cities as any one of the Straw Hats.


The battle system, termed the Grand Tactical Battle system, combines turn-based battle with action-based combo. The result seems to be reminiscent of Xenogears gameplay.  Attacking will cause you to accumulate Tension Points, which can be used to activate special attacks.


The game is shown to cover at least to the end of the Marineford arc. The story is told through a combination of manga-looking skills, skits (similar to those from Tales games), and anime cutscenes. There is a total of 30 minutes of animation, newly redrawn by Toei Animation, included.


(As an aside, the Boss fights show that much more story detail will be included in Romance Dawn than we saw in Pirate Warriors, as we see the Straw Hat crew take on the Baroque Works Numbers in Alabaster.)


In addition, you can customize character appearances with items such as Ace’s Hat, the Heavenly Ones’ (Tenryuubito in fandom) bubble helmet, and black angel wings. These items also change stats in some fashion.  The trailer also shows that there’s some item synthesis system in the game.


Finally, the opening song is an original created especially for the game—”Eternal Waves” by TRIPLANE. One Piece: Romance Dawn will be released on December 20th.

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  • Ugh I want this so much. ;-;

  • uchiha victor


  • Junko Enoshima

    We need this and Persona 2 EP PSP localized! :D

  • Tales_of_Master

    I would settle for a U.S. downloadable version (compatible with the PSV). A lot of the new PSP games should at least get a digital version, it’s not too much to ask, right ?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Lol, they really are spoilling everything there.^_^ Considering One Piece is the biggest manga franchise for Japan currently, i guess they thought it is not needed to keep anything secret lol.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wow, just go ahead and spoil the surprises… if there are any unspoiled potential buyers left on the internet, that is.

    At any rate, the environments seem a little barren and dull, but I am semi interested in finding out how the battle system works. It looks pretty cool and all, but having all the characters split off into solo or team fights makes me wonder how they will go about balancing the system… and how hard Oz will have to be since that was someone every freaking Strawhat fought.


      • Göran Isacson

        But of course, how could I forget. *Epic stare into the sunset*

  • MrJechgo

    Kinda pointless to call it “Romance Dawn” when it covers pretty much everything before the timeskip…

    • They probably thought it was clever, and it did start from the very beginning… meh.

  • will just cry in the corner for a game we will never get….sigh i do still hope it gets localized…REALLY WANT THIS GAME. would buy it in a heart beat

  • XiaomuArisu

    that looks amazing!
    And great use of the ugly Sanji Wanted Poster XD

  • aichan

    I found it available at and it is 21% off :)
    Just in case you need any help in purchasing item/s in Japan, just visit ;)

  • Detrimont

    does it contain skypeia? not that i’m complaining if it doesn’t, it was the worst arc, not that it was bad, it just wasn’t as good as the rest of the arcs

  • Joseph

    Do you guys know whether this is for PSP or PSV

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