This morning, via press release, Bandai Namco has announced that three characters from the anime series Bleach will be playable characters Jump Force: Aizen Sosuke, Kurosaki Ichigo, and Rukia. In addition to these three new characters, a brand new stage has been unveiled: Hong Kong. It takes some inspiration from One Piece yet also includes real-world locations.

Coming out of E3 2018, gamers and anime/manga fans got a glimpse of the wild crossover battles that will surely ensue in JUMP FORCE. Today, we’re adding another level of action to JUMP FORCE’s character and franchise line-up with the announcement of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, and Sosuke Aizen from Shonen Jump’s beloved BLEACH series. Both Ichigo and Rukia will be playable as the best-known Soul Reapers from the BLEACH series. However, the nefarious Sosuke Aizen will also be entering the JUMP FORCE world, so sparks will certainly fly when these three meet in battle.

We’re also revealing a new stage in which these explosive anime battles will take place. A new Hong Kong stage has been added to the roster of real-world locations in which these powerful characters may meet to do battle in JUMP FORCE. The Hong Kong stage blends characteristics from one of the world’s most modern and dynamic cities with elements from the One Piece world, creating a truly unique setting for battle.

Jump Force was easily one of the highlights of E3 2018, and considering I’ve seen every episode of Bleach, this makes me even more excited for the game. Bandai Namco could not have picked three better Bleach characters to include, and the battles between Ichigo and Aizen promise to be as epic as in the series. It is also interesting to note that Ichigo’s Bankai is his post-anime Bankai, which is really cool.

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