Shueisha and Bandai Namco announced the One Piece game contest winners in Japan. A rhythm battle game featuring Kung-Fu Dugongs won the contest’s Grand Award. Bandai Namco will help develop the concept into a full-fledged mobile game.
Yoh Nakamori, Tom Ikeda, and Takuma Okubo from Ougi Works will receive 2 million yen for winning the contest. Bandai Namco will also offer up to 20 million yen to support the its development.
In this game, players will move the Dugongs in accordance with the rhythm. The Dugongs can also enter battles by encountering an enemy. The player will have to make swift decisions to prevent the Dugongs from taking damage.
Members of Ougi Works used handmade figures of the Dugongs to create conceptual screenshots of the game. Bandai Namco noted the cute figures as its primary factor in giving the Grand Award to this title.
Shueisha held the One Piece contest from April to July 2021. It held the contest to celebrate the franchise reaching 1,000 episodes. People residing in Japan could send Shueisha concepts for a One Piece-themed casual mobile game made with Unity, Unreal Engine, and Criware.
In addition to the Grand Award, Shueisha also gave Awards of Excellency with 100,000 yen in prize money to four other titles. The runners-up list features a party battle game with 3D chibi pixel characters, an 8-bit puzzle game titled Hasamun Death, a 2D action RPG with a procedurally-generated world, and a racing title featuring unique sea creatures from the franchise.
Bandai Namco will help Ougi Works develop the One Piece Kung-Fu Dugong game into a free-to-play mobile title. It will be available for iOS and Android devices in Japan.