Capcom has announced that an updated version of its manga-inspired fighting game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure will be released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade next month. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver.’ will be out on PSN on August 21st and on XBLA on August 22nd. The game will cost €19.99/£15.99 and 1600 Microsoft Points respectively.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was originally released in the arcades and was later ported to PlayStation and Dreamcast. It’s based on a popular Japanese manga of the same name written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki and features stylised 2D visuals in a similar vein to Capcom’s own Darkstalkers series.
Here’s more information on the game courtesy of Capcom’s press release:
“In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. the story centres around the powerful Joestar family, including well known hero Jotaro Kujo. Players will be able to unleash powerful super combo’s and perform special attacks with their characters by executing their supernatural powers, known as Stand’s. Each character’s Stand appears in-game just as they did in the manga, offering another strategic layer of fighting and unique gameplay. For example, players can use Jotaro’s Stand, ‘Star Platinum’ to perform ‘Blazing Fist’ and attack enemies together with Jotaro, causing massive damage to the opponent.
“For the first time since the original Dreamcast version launched over eight years ago, the ability to play against competitors online will be revived in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. In an online matching system fans will recognise from Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, gamers will be able to choose their opponents based on various factors including location, skill and connection speed. Battle points can be earned for characters and player points for individual player strengths, both of which will increase your skill and push you further up the global leaderboards.
“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. introduces an all new multiplayer lobby system where fighters will be able to compete with up to eight players. It’s a battle of winner stays on as players fight to keep their place in the game or be forced to become a viewer as another replaces them in the battle to be champion. Gamers will also be able to share those victorious moments from their fights and learn moves from the best via the new video function that allows them to save the replay of their fight and share it with others online.”