One Piece: Pirate Warriors splinters from the traditional Dynasty Warriors formula with an adventure part. These sections have Luffy grab and swing from objects using his Gum Gum arms.
"One of the reasons we made the action part, which is different from the typical Dynasty Warriors style flow, is because [Pirate Warriors] is the first One Piece game that follows the manga and anime storylines. There are different kinds of scenes from the series we wanted to recreate with Luffy," producer Hisashi Koinuma from Tecmo Koei said to Siliconera.
"Making the adventure part was difficult since we wanted to do more than use Luffy’s stretching ability. We wanted to use Luffy’s ability to grow as well during the adventure part. Reproducing these so they feel like the anime was challenging."
Koinuma said while he likes Luffy, Tony Tony Chopper is his favorite character. "Luffy seems like the strongest character, but during development Robin was the strongest at the time. After we released the game in the Japan, fans said Franky was the strongest. During development, what we’re most focused on is recreate the same scenes and actions from the manga and anime. After we do that, then we balance the characters," Koinuma added.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors comes out tomorrow as a digital PlayStation 3 release via PlayStation Network.