Bandai Namco has confirmed that a “minor technical mix-up” has resulted in two new characters being accidentally revealed for Jump Force’s roster. A small number of players received a work-in-progress update that was shared online, verifying that Giorno Giovanna from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind and Yoruichi Shihoin from Bleach will be added to the game as downloadable characters.
Giovanna’s character is still being worked on, and the leaked footage won’t be representative of the final version of that character’s appearance and moveset. Like other Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure characters in Jump Force, Giovanna can summon his Stand, a unique entity that can attack enemies on his behalf.
Due to a minor technical mix-up, we have confirmed that some “work-in-progress” updates were released temporarily to small number of JUMP FORCE players.
This issue has been solved. Please see the attached for more details. pic.twitter.com/yrXrNTFDBi
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) November 18, 2020
Yoruichi has been described as being closer to completion, so it’s likely that the footage of her speedy offense and the ability to wrap herself in cat-themed lightning-element armor will make it into Jump Force when her character is available for download. Bandai Namco has yet to offer an official release date for either character.
Since its release in 2019, Jump Force has regularly added new characters to its roster, pulling from many of the series that were published in Weekly Shonen Jump issues across multiple decades.
The game also released on Nintendo Switch earlier this year in a deluxe edition that included nine additional fighters from the first Character Pass, an offline battle mode for up to six players, and a local communication battle mode with two consoles connected.
In our Jump Force review, critic Jordan Ramée praised the accessible nature of the game but felt that its story could have used some work. “Jump Force is a worthy celebration of the legacy of Shonen Jump manga, but it honors its source material a little too well with how filler-heavy the middle of its story arc is. However, even if the game rarely provides a clear motivation for stopping evil other than good must always oppose it, the act of stomping out villains in Jump Force’s frantic bouts of tag-team arena combat is an enjoyable test of strategy.”
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