One Piece Roundup: OP Universe Expands

live action one piece show
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One Piece keeps getting bigger. More manga, more anime, more games and more shows.

First, we heard a One Piece game was in development for the PS4 and another for PS VR. Now there’s a *gasp,* live-action TV show.

Whoa, that’s a lot of news all at once. Let’s dive into the games first.

one piece grand cruise
Image courtesy of Tokyo One Piece Tower

One Piece: Grand Cruise

Gematsu reported that One Piece: Grand Cruise will be released on the Playstation VR console. The only thing we know about this is that it’s a virtual reality game in the OP universe.

There are some big promotions going on, including an event at Tokyo Towers on July 22nd called Tokyo One Piece Tower, where eight lucky fans got to play an early prototype. Check out more details about its release here.


This secret project has no title yet, just the code name “Dawn”. Super mysterious, right?

There’s a lot of hype being rallied up around this PS4 game. Developers are calling it “unprecedented”. Details are sparse, but apparently it’ll be unlike any other OP game so far: with  new style, gameplay feel, and level of quality. The setting was pulled straight from the anime, as was the music.

Dawn is being developed as a joint venture between Toei Animation, Shueisha and Bandai Namco, so chances are it’ll be bigger than any OP game we’ve seen so far. Plus they’re already hyping the hell out of it (even in this early stage development), so fingers crossed it isn’t all just a PR stunt.

One Piece live-action show

Mixed reaction here.

The show is being developed by Hollywood’s Tomorrow ITV Studios with Marty Adelstein producing, who’s known for the show Prison Break.

My knee-jerk reaction is to vomit, but One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was quoted as saying that his one condition in agreeing with the show was that, “it didn’t betray the fans who’ve been supporting the series for the past twenty years.” That’s nice to hear, but I worry how many times those same words have been spoken before.

I truly hope it works out, mostly because Adelstein is also in charge of the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation.

Quick poll for our comment section: Live-action One Piece show – are you excited or terrified?





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