'Naruto to Baruto: Shinobi Striker' to release in late August

'Naruto to Baruto: Shinobi Striker' to release in late August BANDAI NAMCO

Bandai Namco confirms plans to release Naruto to Baruto: Shinobi Striker on Aug. 31 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.  In addition to the release date, the company has also revealed new characters, features, and Season Pass DLC for the upcoming four-on-four multiplayer online brawler.

A pair of new characters are officially joining the game's roster: Gaara, the 5th Kazekage, and Deidarathe artist of the Akatsuki.  Gaara, a defense type, uses his Grand Sand Mausoleum attack to restrict opponents for a limited time, creating openings for his teammates.  Deidara, a ranged type, uses his signature Explosive Style ninjutsu to turn his clay clones into deadly ticking time bombs.  In addition to using Gaara, Deidara and other iconic characters from the series, players will also be able to personalize their own avatar with different costumes, weapons and accessories.

Bandai Namco also confirmed two game modes for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker.  In Flag Battles players can prove they have the stealth to be a shinobi by stealing the enemy’s flag while defending their own.  The team with the most flag captures when time expires wins.  In Barrier Battles players can prove their strategic mettle by simultaneously fighting for control of three “barrier areas.”  Each level has unique terrain that players can use to their advantage, such as staging surprise attacks off of the buildings in the Hidden Rain Village.  The team that controls the most areas at the end of the match wins.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB.

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