The legendary Shonen Jump turns 50 this year, and they’re doing some seriously special things to celebrate. As well as their super cool clothing collaboration with Uniqlo, the world’s best-selling manga magazine is producing an all-star fighting game featuring some of its greatest ever characters. Here’s everything we know about the Jump Force roster, including every confirmed character and a few fan theories.
In Jump Force, you pick a team of three characters from Shonen Jump history and square off against another squad of three.
Jump Force Roster – Confirmed Characters:
- Naruto Uzumaki:
A worldwide manga superstar, Naruto was always going to one of the headline inclusions in the Jump Force roster. In the E3 trailer we saw an adult Naruto using Sage and Kyubi powers, so it looks like we’re talking Shippuden era. There’s no word on whether there’ll be different versions of characters, but in the Jump pantheon young Naruto is iconic enough to make some kind of appearance, surely?
It just wouldn’t be a Jump game without Goku, right? The lovable spikey-headed Saiyan featured heavily in the game’s E3 trailer and is sure to take a lead role in Jump Force despite the recent release of Dragon Ball FighterZ.
- Monkey D. Luffy
The wannabe King of the Pirates, Luffy from One Piece, is another cornerstone of the Shonen Jump roster. It’ll be interesting to see how his stretchy Devil Fruit powers are balanced in Jump Force so his reach isn’t overpowered, but his move-set still feels true to his character.
To go with the glut of good guys, Frieza is one of Shonen Jump history’s most recognisable villains. In the E3 trailer and demo we saw his final form, so that’s how he’ll probably fight the whole time.
Naruto’s one-time friend and nemesis joins the fray. He doesn’t show up in the E3 trailer, but is available to play with in the show floor demo that we saw just after. As with Naruto, only the Shippuden version of Sasuke has been confirmed.
Straw Hat Pirates stalwart Roronoa Zoro also makes an appearance as a playable character in the E3 show floor demo of Jump Force. His sword-based style of fighting should make him a fun departure from the rest of the roster.
Characters that appear in the game, but aren’t confirmed as playable:
- Light Yamagi and Ryuk
At the end of the E3 trailer, we saw Light Yamagi and Ryuk watching over the battle between the heroes and Frieza below. We don’t know whether they’ll be separate characters or not yet, or how they’ll fight – but it’ll be really cool to see what kind of style Light will use.
Unconfirmed fan picks:
Now for the fun part. None of these characters have been confirmed to appear in the Jump Force Roster, but are fan favourites to be included and were important to the development of Shonen Jump as a modern cultural phenomenon. These are just five characters we’d like to see make the cut – tell us down in the comments who you want in the game and we’ll add them to the list.
Everyone’s favoruite grumpy pants has to show up. This game is supposed to be a celebration of Jump’s rich history, so it’d be a travesty to leave out such a well-loved character.
- Ichigo Kurosaki
Bleach was a huge hit in Shonen Jump, and remains massively popular to this day. Series protagonist Ichigo is also a great fit for a fighting game, and would make a great addition to the roster.
- Yugi Moto and Seto Kaiba
Probably best known for its wildly successful card game, Yu Gi Oh gots its start in Shonen Jump back in 1996. Yugi and Kaiba offer a chance to add something different to the roster in that they don’t do much fighting themselves, but summon powerful monsters to do their bidding. They could function a little like the Pokemon trainer in Smash Bros, where the character sends out creatures to battle in their stead.
- Jonathan Joestar
Granted, you could have any of the JoJos appear in Jump Force, but we had to choose one so went with the first. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a cult favourite and their inclusion would be the ultimate fan-service.
- One-Punch Man
Originally self-published, Shonen Jump were involved in a digital remake of One-punch Man, and he’d be a really interesting character to make work in a game. Plus, he’s one of the more recent manga characters to come to prominence, so it’d be good to get him in there alongside the stone-cold classics.
Jump Force formed part of Microsoft’s strong Xbox E3 showing in 2018, check out our Xbox E3 main page for more announcements from that conference.
There’s no firm release date for Jump Force yet, but the game is slated to appear in 2019.