Unfortunately, Namco Bandai Games America will not publish Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 on the PlayStation 2 here.
The fifth title in the Ultimate Ninja series features characters up to the rescue Sasuke arc and the much maligned partner system. All of the text will be in English (and four other PAL region languages), but unlike the rest of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja games the voice acting will be Japanese only.
Namco Bandai Games America will release Naruto Shippuden: Akatsuki Rising on the PSP this fall and hint that there are more Naruto games to talk about in the future.
Update: Since we’ve been bombared with e-mails about this. Here’s the quote straight from a Namco Bandai Games America representative that told Siliconera, “Unfortunately Ultimate Ninja 5 will not be making it to North America. That’s a European release only. But don’t worry, there will be plenty to talk about soon for Naruto.” Sorry, to disappoint all of the Naruto fans, but there are more Naruto games coming from Namco Bandai in the future.