Bandai Namco made the first of what I am sure is several announcements today of additional characters for their new landmark fighter Jump Force. If you didnt see our E3 coverage Jump Force is a multi-character arcade fighter, in similar vein to Naruto and Marvel vs Capcom. Its got assist attacks, is got combos, its got 8 way directional movement, and fancy world breaking combos, what more could you ask for? Well character of course! Our preview at E3 only had a dew characters, but now Bandai Namco are showing us more.

Three new characters are joining the Jump Force fray today, Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, and Sosuke Aizen. Ichigo and his Zangetsu, Rukia and her Sode no Shirayuki, and Aizen with his all mighty Kyōka Suigetsu, will be coming to Jump Force.

Today Bandai Namco are adding another level of action to Jump Force, as Bleach’s iconic swords will finally be able to clash with the likes of Goku, and Monkey D. Luffy. 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.

I hope that the addition of such an obvious villain in the form of Aizen means that we will have a sort of heroes vs villains main story campaign, along the lines of what we have seen in previous all in fighters. We already had Frieza in the E3 demo, so all we would need was some villians from the vaious other Shoen Jump series to make it work.

Bandai Namco is 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.