In 2003, Bandai Namco teamed up with CyberConnect 2 to release Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, a fighting game utilizing the setting and characters of the popular Naruto manga and anime franchise. Since that time, the two companies have released a steady stream of new titles and spin-offs in the Ultimate Ninja series, most recently Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
The games have maintained popularity and high sales, but nevertheless Bandai Namco says the series will be coming to an end soon. Early next year, Bandai Namco will release an expansion to Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 titled Road to Boruto. That name refers to Naruto’s son, a character who has grown and slowly but surely taken on the legacy of his father in the manga and anime.
"We’ve been developing the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series for 15 years since the first one," a Bandai Namco representative told Polygon in a presentation at Tokyo Game Show this week. "In total, the series has sold 15 million copies. Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has sold two million worldwide. This one is going to be the last one in the series, so we’ve poured all our efforts into it."
The expansion follows the story of 2015’s Boruto: Naruto the Movie and will allow players to take control of the title new title character. Bandai Namco promised that it would be the best game in the series so far, and although it’s an expansion, a representative said it would still feature "a huge volume of content."
Road to Boruto will be available in two methods. For new players who haven’t yet purchased Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, they can purchase a full-price version of the game that includes the original Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, multiple DLC packs and the Road to Boruto expansion. For those who already own the core game, a cheaper digital-only version of the add-on will be available.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in February 2017. For more from the Tokyo Game Show, follow our TGS storystream, where we’ll be updating live from Japan all week.