Even more Bandai Namco game announcements - Tales of Zestiria, Godzilla, J-Stars and much more

Earlier this week we talked about the recent announcements of Project X Zone 2 and Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul as well as new assets for the upcoming Naruto and Supernova titles. Well now Bandai Namco has thrown a lot more content our way with the announcement of Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo as well as a plethora of new images, video and press releases regarding Godzilla, F1 2015, J-Stars Victory VS+, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 and more.

Let's break this down title by title.

First up, we have Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo:

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and developer Milestone s.r.l., have announced Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo, an uncompromising off-road simulator created in collaboration with one of the most iconic figures in the history of rally sports, coming out this Autumn on the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo places racers deep into the competitive world of rally with advanced physics and environmental effects, a huge variety of popular rally cars, realistic artificial intelligence, comprehensive career mode and multiplayer online gameplay to create a completely compelling and immersive racing experience.

Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo offers a wealth of rally vehicles from past and present rally history along every major category of vehicle, from the powerful group B to the modern WRC. True to the down and dirty world of rally racing, each vehicle exhibits an accurate damage model with scratches, tire punctures and car deformation. The track features special weather effects for rain and wind, along with dawn, noon, sunset and night settings to present a variety of racing conditions. Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb serves as the player’s guide through the in-depth career mode, which challenges gamers to race a variety of rally events to earn money and unlock more powerful vehicles to climb the world rankings and become champion.

“Sébastien Loeb is a sportsman of the highest level, and Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo captures the excitement of his world with intense rally racing, a deep catalog of tracks and vehicles, and an immersive racing experience,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With the power of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the team at Milestone has created the ultimate rally racer, and every powerslide, bump and collision is crafted by people with a clear love of the sport.”

A name. A legend.

An off-road racing game experience that teams players with the greatest racer in Rally history: Sébastien Loeb!
Drive the best Rally cars from the past until present days through the best rallies and off-road events around the world.
Learn professional Rally techniques from Sébastien Loeb to become the new off-road champion.
Put yourself to the test! Challenge yourself on the World’s hardest tracks, leave the competition in your dust, and become the new off-road super-star!
Created in collaboration with nine-time Rally world champion, Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo will powerslide into players’ homes all over the world to meticulously recreate all the thrills of the world of Rally.

• Unprecedented Content - 15 different game modes, over 50 Cars from 20 manufacturers, more than 300 Km of real-world track fromlocations around the world... This is the most feature rich Rally game ever published.
• Professional Guidance - Have Sébastien Loeb, the undisputed Rally super-star teach you how to become a Rally champion. Hiscontribution is essential to understanding your car, learning Rally technique, and discovering the Rally world. Show your skills and leave
the competition in your dust in Rally, RallyCross, head-to-head challenge, or special events.
• Car Customization - Customize your car exactly as you want it. Choose among 20 different liveries, special materials to be applied onthe body, race numbers, plates, and stickers.
• Weather Conditions and Lighting - Dawn, Noon, Sunset, rain, mud, snow … All variables that affect a racers performance, and all meticulously recreated in the most realistic Rally simulation ever created.

F1 2015:

Race like a champion in F1 2015 and get closer than ever before to the experience of racing in the world’s most glamorous, exciting andprestigious motorsport. F1 2015 puts you in the heart of the action with a stunning new game engine that recreates the blisteringly fast and highly responsive racing cars of FORMULA ONE™ and features all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ that immerses you in the unique race day atmosphere. F1 2015 is the offi cial videogame of the 2015 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ and also features fully playable 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ bonus content. Compete as your favourite FORMULA ONE star in the new Championship Season and push yourself to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode. Hone your skills in the new Online Practice Session, and then challenge your friends and racing rivals from across the world in Online Multiplayer.

• A STUNNING NEW GAME ENGINE – A brand new game engine, built from the ground up for the latest consoles and PCs allows players to experience FORMULA 1TM in unprecedented detail.
• THE MOST RELEVANT FORMULA 1 GAME YET – An earlier release in the racing calendar and with free digital updates set to keep the game up to date with the sport during the season, F1 2015 brings fans the most relevant FORMULA 1 video game ever.
• THE MOST INCLUSIVE F1 RACING EXPERIENCE EVER – Featuring a naturally authentic purely physics-based handling model with enhancements and additions in over 20 areas, F1 2015 is designed to be player inclusive for both seasoned players and those new to the series.
• RACE LIKE A CHAMPION – With a pure racing focus, whether you are a novice racer playing on a gamepad or an experienced gamer playing with a wheel, the new handling model will allow you to race like a champion.
• GET CLOSER TO F1 THAN EVER BEFORE – Harnessing the power of the new generation engine, with new voice interaction on consoles and new broadcast-style presentation, F1 2015 immerses the player in the sport like never before.
• ALL THE THRILLS OF THE 2015 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Honda returns and once again forms an alliance with McLaren, who also welcome back Fernando Alonso. Sebastien Vettel moves to Ferrari and, alongside a new generation of exciting young drivers on the grid, will attempt to halt the winning start Mercedes have made in the new era of FORMULA 1. The race calendar for 2015 also features a new circuit, with a return to Mexico for the fi rst time in over 20 years.
• NEW CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON – With new grid introductions and television-style broadcast presentation, the Championship Season is the most immersive FORMULA 1 experience yet. Can you beat your rivals and earn the adulation of the crowd as you celebrate on the podium?
• NEW PRO SEASON – The ultimate challenge – can you master the game on its most realistic settings?
• ONLINE PRACTICE & MORE - Hone your skills in the new Online Practice Session before challenging your friends and racing rivals from across the world in Online Multiplayer.
• BONUS CONTENT – Look back at last year’s exciting season and enjoy a fully playable 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP as bonus game content.

Project CARS:

Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.
Guided, tested, and approved by a passionate community of racing fans and real-life drivers, Project CARS represents the next-generation of racing simulation as the ultimate combination of fan desire and developer expertise.
Create a driver, pick from a huge variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and ultimate recognition in the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time  challenges, or continually-updated community events.
Featuring the largest track roster of any recent racing game with a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, world-class graphics and handling, deep tuning & pit stop functionality, and support for Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, Project CARS leaves the
competition behind in the dust.

• Overview: Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of historic goals and enter the hall of fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or
continually-updated community events.
• Advanced: Supports Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift allowing players to play as if looking through the driver’s eyes with unprecedented perception of speed and special awareness.
• Range: A wide range of motorsports and car culture - from road cars to GT, open wheel, prototypes, endurance, historic classics, supercars, track day cars, and even karts.
• Authentic: Race on over 60 unique tracks including closed circuits and point-to-point locations at any time of day and in ever-changing weather conditions.
• Modes: Play pre-defi ned championships in Season Mode, Create Your Own, or simply visit the Test Track to tweak under the hood in On-Track Testing. The freedom is yours.
• Multiplayer: Players can race online in 16-20 player races either in public games against the world, or privately with friends.
• Network: Track and compare stats, performance, reputation, and affi nity with friends via the driver network. View your photos, replays, saved race weekends, tuning setups, and pit strategies.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3:

Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today released a new ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS™ 3 trailer featuring the unbreakable bond between sworn brothers Monkey D. Luffy, Portgas D. Ace and Sabo. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. also reveals today pre-order offer details for fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the musou action. Players who pre-order ONE PIECE: Pirate Warriors 3 will receive an exclusive DLC pack featuring two quests and two costumes—Luffy as a giant fish and Sabo dressed as Luffy. Those who pre-order from GameStop will also receive an exclusive “Three Brothers” Metal Case.

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 3 is the latest action game collaboration with KOEI TECMO Games that brings together all the whimsical and powerful characters from the ONE PIECE series for more unrestrained fighting action in true Dynasty Warriors style on the PlayStation®4 and STEAM for the very first time! Players can look forward to more action than ever and improved cooperation battles through the new Kizuna Docking system. Execute special cooperation attacks with allied characters by activating Kizuna Rush to finish off waves of enemies with a dramatic flair.
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 3 is scheduled for release in the Americas on the PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, PlayStation®Vita handheld system and STEAM in August 2015.

Join Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew on their biggest adventure yet!
ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3 allows you to re-live the original ONE PIECE story from Fushia village, where everything started, to the kingdom of Dressrosa, a mysterious island dominated by the evil Donquixote Dofl amingo, known as the “Heavenly Demon”. Do you have what
it takes to defeat the most dangerous pirates, including Dofl amingo and many more? Gather every member of the Straw Hat Crew and sail to the most emblematic places and enter the most epic battles: Marineford, Fishman Island, Punk Hazard and Dressrosa!

• RE-EXPERIENCE THE ORIGINAL ONE PIECE STORY! From Luffy’s departure from Fushia Village to latest episodes of Dressrosa, relive all of the greatest moments in the ONE PIECE saga.
• NUMBER OF POPULAR CHARACTERS WEAVING THE STORIES GREATLY INCREASED! The roster of characters now includes Sabo, Donquixote Dofl amingo, Fujitora, and many more!
• THE EXPERTISE OF KOEI TECMO GAMES and BANDAI NAMCO GAMES: The PIRATE WARRIORS series combines the beloved characters from the One Piece series with the furious action of the Dynasty Warriors franchise.
• MORE ACTION THAN EVER BEFORE WITH THE PS4: ONE PIECE is now on PlayStation®4 and takes advantage of the astounding power provided to offer more enemies and more fast paced action than ever before!
• FOR THE 1ST TIME, ONE PIECE IS ON STEAM!: The Straw Hat Crew explores new territory with its fi rst release on STEAM.
• POWERFUL ATTACKS INVOLVING SEVERAL CHARACTERS: Team up with other famous ONE PIECE characters during “Kizuna Docking” and “Kizuna Rush”


Tales of Zestiria:

A brand new adventure awaits in a fantasy world fi lled with magic, knights, dragons and mystery in Tales of Zestiria. Two nations fight for supremacy and the fate of the realm lies in the hands of Sorey, an inquisitive young adventurer who takes on the burden of becoming the Shepherd, the one the legends foretold would become the savior of all. Together with Lailah, the Lady of the Lake, who guards the Sacred Blade, and his best friend Mikleo, Sorey soon discovers a powerful force rising in the shadows.

A Whole New World – Explore a medieval fantasy world with cues taken from classic literature and wide and expansive environments
• Instant Aggression – Seamless transitions from exploration to the trademark Tales of real-time battle system skirmishes
• Fusion Battle System – Strategically fuse two characters together in battle into a more powerful form to achieve victory against vicious enemies
• The Echoes of Lore – Follow the exploits of Sorey on his mission as the Shepherd told through real-time and animated cut-scenes with the original Japanese voice overs or newly added English voices

J-Stars Victory VS+:

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the “Shonen JUMP” magazine and the 20th anniversary of the “V JUMP” magazine in Japan, a neverbefore seen fi ghting game has been developed! J-STARS Victory Vs+ invites fans and gamers to play with their favorite manga/anime
characters and progress in the JUMP World through different environments recalling NARUTO™, DRAGON BALL Z®, ONE PIECE and other memorable moments. For every Manga and Anime fan, J-STARS Victory Vs+ is jam packed with long hours of intense and amazing battles and a must-have addition to their videogame collection!

• 1st Time Outside Japan – A unique game combining licenses in the famous JUMP magazines is releasing for the fi rst time outside of Japan!
• Incredible Roster – A huge choice of characters coming from the most famous mangas/animes issued in the JUMP Magazine.
• JUMP World – The world where the adventure takes place offers 4 different scenarios in which players can travel in memorable places like “Alabasta”, “Hidden Leaf Village” and “Planet Namek”.
• Epic Battles – With the 2 vs. 2 team battle system, fi ghts are going to be tough, strategic and exciting. Each character possesses his own specifi cations and attacks coming from the manga/anime. The game also adds special moves called “Combination Attack” and “V-Voltage System” – making battles even more aggressive.
• Arcade Mode – An Arcade Mode has been added to the game in the same vein as other fi ghting games.
• Stunning Graphics – A PlayStation®4 version of the game is releasing for the fi rst time, offering the best possible experiences and plunging players into the Manga/Anime world.


Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, fi rst appeared in 1954. Scientists studied Godzilla and found that they could harness energy from the monster. Called “G-Energy,” this seemingly endless source of power was used to better the lives of all mankind. 60 years later, just when mankind’s memory of the beast faded, Godzilla appeared again. Godzilla destroyed at will, all in search of more G-Energy. Such irony, the same G-Energy which was used to better the people’s lives, also caused Godzilla to awaken. Can the G-Force, mankind’s last hope, stop Godzilla? What fait awaits Godzilla once he has consumed all of the G-Energy, and grown to his full potential?


• DESTRUCTION - Bash your way through each stage to take out the Energy Generator and proceed to the next area. Be sure to smash as many other buildings in the stage as possible to maximize your G-Energy. But beware, because the more buildings and structures you take out in the stage, the higher the Hazard Level will go, bringing out legendary monsters to battle.
• MOVIE STYLE ACTION - Players can choose to view the action with a special Movie-Style Camera Angle System. Choosing this camera angle switches the camera view to special, pre-set locations on the map. Players can switch to the special camera points, and control Godzilla as seen just like in the movies!
- Destruction Mode – Crush your way through over 20 stages of mayhem!
- Diorama Mode - Build the Godzilla scene of their dreams!
- King of Monsters Mode – It’s a time trial of chaos!
• POWER-UP - Collect G-Energy in each stage to Power-Up your Godzilla! Grow Godzilla to the size of a skyscraper! Godzilla’s defensive and offensive prowess will increase in line with his size. Your Godzilla will also learn new skills, and you can power up his heat ray as well!
• PRE-ORDER BONUS - Pre-Order to receive an early unlock of Hollywood Godzilla!
• ONLINE VERSUS PLAY – Play as your favorite monster online!
• NEW MONSTERS – Even more monsters for more mayhem!

Article by Nick