Producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki Shares Highlights of the Game “Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions”
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, the first “Captain Tsubasa” video game in 10 years, was released on August 28, 2020!
This first-ever “Captain Tsubasa” football action game lets you enjoy super shots performed by your favorite characters. We have asked the game producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki to share his highlights on the game.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, the First “Captain Tsubasa” Football Action Video Game
On Friday, August 28, 2020, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions debuted on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ platforms! In this first-ever “Captain Tsubasa” football action video game, you can pit the anime’s characters against each other at high speed using their signature super shots. We asked game producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki to tell us what’s special about the latest title and key points to watch for in the game.
Game Highlights as Told by a Game Developer
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is packed with content. What makes this title special? We asked producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki!
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions” Producer, Katsuaki Tsuzuki
We heard that this title is the first “Captain Tsubasa” football action video game. As you oversaw production of this title, what sort of things did you pay particular attention to?
Tsuzuki:On the subject of “Captain Tsubasa” which is popular around the world, we created the game based on the concept that “anyone can do an awe-inspiring super shot with ease.” Many people may think “Captain Tsubasa” is a simulation game, but in actuality we created an action game that enables players to execute super shots like the Drive Shot, the Tiger Shot, and the Overhead Kick at will. We wanted to make sure our game enabled players to execute those awesome shots and feel amazing while doing it.
As a result, we didn’t want the super shots to take place on a still screen, but in real time, while 22 characters are moving around on the pitch. This would feel better because it’s more like you’re actually playing soccer. So, we dialed-up the action game feel for the game.
In that sense, we paid a lot of attention to how good it feels when you execute your own plays and when you score. I encourage everyone to try out some “Captain Tsubasa” super shots for yourself.
Is there anything in particular you’d like “Captain Tsubasa” fans or soccer fans to watch for?
Tsuzuki: Anime fans and soccer fans should be sure to check out “Episode of New Hero” which is one of the story modes in this title. This is a story mode where players can create a unique character that serves as their avatar and experience playing together with their friends in the “Captain Tsubasa” world.
During a match, everyone can recreate for themselves the countless Certain Victory shots we’ve all tried at some point, I think this aspect is really fun for anime fans and football fans.
Lastly, through an original game storyline, players can experience aiming for the no. 1 spot in the world with awe-inspiring characters, in where they don’t know what will happen next, offering more drama and excitement to fans.
So, what would you like players who are just experiencing the “Captain Tsubasa” franchise for the first time through this title to watch for?
Tsuzuki: For players who are just experiencing “Captain Tsubasa” for the first time with this title, in addition to “Episode of Tsubasa,” which is a story mode that lets players enjoy our nostalgic “Junior High Days,” we’ve also prepared a “Junior High Days” digest movie, among other things. There, players can explore the appeal of the “Captain Tsubasa” franchise, its characters, and from their own perspectives. They can also enjoy the stories unique to “Captain Tsubasa” as they aim for the no. 1 soccer spot in the world, along with their teammate characters.
And when players find characters they like, there’s also a mode that lets them gather those characters up and assemble their own dream team, so I hope people enjoy that part as well.
What is “Captain Tsubasa”?
Captain Tsubasa is a beloved soccer manga by Yoichi Takahashi that began serial publication in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1981. It depicts the story of how Tsubasa Ozora, a footballprodigy who transferred to Nankatsu Elementary School, develops as a serious football player through fierce battles with unique teammates and rivals such as Taro Misaki, Kojiro Hyuga, and Genzo Wakabayashi. In 1983 Captain Tsubasa began airing as a TV anime as well. Its popularity crossed the seas and started a “Captain Tsubasa” popularity boom around the world. In 2018 a new TV anime series hit the airwaves. “Captain Tsubasa” continues to excite fans around the world even today.
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