The Japanese closed beta test for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikerwill be held in December, Bandai Namco announced.
The purpose of the closed beta test is to verify the various technologies of the online game systems, including a stress test on the network. It is also for the developers to stress test the network and verify the technologies of the online game systems work as intended. The result of this closed beta test is 5,000 lucky players getting chosen to play Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker early! Of course it isn’t the full version of the game, just a small piece.
The closed beta will allow players to create and play as their own ninja, as well as Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi, who are “masters” that teach Ninjutsu to your original ninja in the full version of the game.
Here’s an overview of the modes playable during the beta test:
- Original Ninja Creation – At the start of the game, you can combine a limited set of avatar parts prepared for the beta test to create an original ninja.
- Visual Lobby: Konohagakure – The online lobby, where you can proceed to various modes. In the lobby, users can communicate with emotes and pre-set messages, as well as put together their team for battle.
- Tutorial Mission (VR Ninja Arena) – A one-player tutorial mission to learn the basic controls of the game.
- Eight-Player Battle (Hokage Residence) – Play “Quick Match” mode, in which eight players compete against each other online in two teams of four. By putting together a team in advance in the visual lobby, you can play battles with specific players as your teammates. It should also be noted that the battle rules are limited to “Flag Mode.”
- Customize (Tavern) – Change the appearance of your original ninja by combining a limited set of avatar parts prepared for the beta test.
*In the full version, you will be able to customize Ninjutsu for each “Type,” but Ninjutsu cannot be customized for this beta test.
*”Item Purchase (Ninja Shop)” and “Ninjutsu Acquisiton (Ninjutsu Museum)” cannot be used in this beta test.
*Beta test content are subject to change without prior notice.
Sign-ups for the closed beta test are available now and will run through November 23 at 23:59 JST. To apply, simply download the application ticket on the Japanese PlayStation Store. If you are one of the 5,000 users chosen, you will receive an e-mail from Sony Interactive Entertainment on or after November 30 with a download code, which can be redeemed at the PlayStation Store.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2018. In Japan, it will only be available for PlayStation 4.