‘Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker’ Release Date: Game Only 40 Percent Complete, Multiplayer Teased

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, the latest video game offering by Bandai Namco Entertainment set in the mega popular shinobi universe, might not see the light of day anytime soon.

It was revealed in a recent issue of the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, as per the translation of Saiyan Island, that developer Soleil Ltd. is not even halfway through the highly-anticipated Naruto game yet.

At the moment, only 40 percent of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker has been completed by the studio. Unfortunately, the publication did not elaborate more on the matter.

Saiyan Island believes, however, that the trailer shown back in early April is likely from an earlier build of the game, which means that the final Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker could be very different from what fans saw in this trailer.

After all, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker featured an art style that gamers deemed needed some work. Interestingly, it would seem that Bandai Namco is going for a new look to set this game apart from the others as it looked nothing like the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm titles. However, some fans are not really all for the visual style.

A screenshot from 'Naruto Storm 4'
Boruto as seen in the 'Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto' Expansion [Image by Bandai Namco Entertainment]

Since there is more work that needs to be done in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, it is possible that there will be changes and of course, improvements from the elements shown in the trailer.

However, it might be unlikely that there will be alterations in how the game looks as Bandai Namco marketed Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker to come with “brand-new graphic style with vivid colors.”

Either way, the first trailer does not tell the whole story and gamers should learn more about what the latest Naruto video game offering has to offer in the months to come.

In fact, Famitsu also claimed that details about the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker multiplayer should be revealed soon although there is no word when exactly that will be.

However, with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017, one of the biggest annual gaming conventions in the world, happening in a matter of weeks, Bandai Namco is expected to disclose new details about Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker there.

Bandai Namco will be one of the participating companies in the highly-anticipated event, which will take place June 13 to 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Team 7 prepares to fight in
The Team 7 as seen in 'Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker' [Image by Bandai Namco Entertainment]

So far, not much is known about the new title. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is a multiplayer online game that gives players the chance to become an elite ninja master by taking part in four-versus-four online matches. It allows co-op play with friends as well.

Deemed a complete departure from previous Naruto games, it will boast “dynamic third-person ninja gameplay that enables players to take advantage of the verticality of the arena environment with vertical running and jumping to elevated areas.”

Bandai Namco Vice President of Marketing Eric Hartness said during the official announcement of the game that Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker will take the Naruto franchise to “literal new heights.”

“Long-time fans and Naruto newbies are sure to enjoy the intense arena combat together. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is a fresh take on the iconic anime series, and puts all players and characters into the fight.”

As fans would expect, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker will allow them to play as their favorite characters and teams from the Naruto universe such as the titular father and son heroes, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and many others.

A release date for the game, which will be made available to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, is yet to be announced, but considering that there is still a long way to go before completion, fans should not expect it to arrive anytime soon.

Gamers hope that information on when they can expect Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker to launch will be revealed in the coming weeks at E3 to help tide them over.

[Featured Image by Bandai Namco Entertainment]