JoJo has come a long way as a franchise since 2014. By the time All Star Battle was released on PS3 in the west, only the first three parts of the manga had been animated and the latest part, JoJolion, had barely started. Now that the anime is partway through Part 6, JoJolion has ended and we've had another JoJo game on consoles, it's the perfect time to revisit All Star Battle.
2015's Eyes of Heaven, developed by CyberConnect2, had a mixed reception from fans of the series. On one hand it captures the characters pretty well and has all the fanservice you could ask for, at the cost of playing like a standard 3-on-3 brawler like most other licensed games based on anime. It also reused almost every character model, animation and asset from All Star Battle, also developed by CyberConnect2. You won't see people playing it at tournaments anytime soon but ASB was a solid 1-on-1 fighting game that fans seemed to prefer over EoH; a shame since it was only released for PS3 in the console's twilight years.
While a new JoJo game for the current generation of consoles would be nice, Bandai Namco have instead announced that All Star Battle will be getting rereleased on modern systems as All Star Battle R. This new version features all 41 characters returning from the original plus 9 new additions, as well as revamped game mechanics such as simplified inputs and a faster game speed. Furthermore, the voice cast will be updated with the same actors from the anime. You can catch some of those changes in this trailer:
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R releases on PS4, PS5, Switch, Steam, Xbox One and Series X/S. Are you guys looking forward to it? Let us know below!