Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions will be releasing in August

Bandai Namco has announced that arcade football game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions will be releasing on August 28th for PC, PS4, Switch. A new trailer has been released to mark the news and in it players can get a first look at the England, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Uruguay teams. In addition, Bandai Namco announced there would be standard, Deluxe, Champions, and Legends editions of the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions being released.

The Deluxe Edition will include a 9 character DLC pass, a New Champions DLC uniform set, and a V Jump Collaboration Uniform DLC set. The Champions Edition will include all of that plus a customisable football jersey, an artboard, collectible cards, a steelcase, and a Tsubasa statuette that is 28cm tall. The Legends Edition includes all of the above plus a premium Captain Tsubasa table football table made by  René Pierre. Both the Champions and Legends edition will be exclusive to the Bandai Namco store.

Though we played a few matches, pitting Captain Tsubasa’s Nankatsu Junior High School against arch rivals Toho Academy, a lot of the gameplay mechanics still feel pretty obtuse at this point in development. The AI was set quite high, stifling some of our ability to experiment, but then that let us see some of the player team up abilities, running at your defence in a group. Do enough special charged up moves, and you can enter the V-Zone, seemingly charging up all your players with improved stats. Similarly, I’ve no idea how I triggered it, but I entered an epic midair button-mashing duel when two players came together, leading to a ludicrous downward power shot.

And that’s really why I can’t wait to play more of Captain Tsubasa. Much like the first time you set eyes on anime as a child of the West, you probably don’t have a clue what you’re seeing, but you know it’s cool. I’ve not quite got the hang of playing it yet, but Captain Tsubasa feels like the perfect anime-fuelled antidote to all those sensible soccer games that people play.

You can read the full Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions preview here, and there is even gameplay to watch.

Source: Press Release

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