Yesterday at press event in Japan Namco Bandai announced that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle will be heading to the west later this year. The game sold over 400,000 copies when Namco released it in Japan late August. Lately there has been a great deal of complaint regarding the microtransaction aspect of campaign mode. Thus players can not unlock most of the additional content such as costumes right away.
Since the game has released in Japan, Namco and the game's developer CyberConnect2 have responded to the upset players by decreasing the amount of time players need to wait if they do not choose the to pay to play option, and offering some free DLC in the form of Pannacotta Fugo from the series 5th arc Vento Aureo. More updates to balance the game have been promised for the near future.
CEO of CyberConnect2 Hiroshi Matsuyama and producer of Namco Bandai Noriaki Niino assured that the same microtransaction system will be in place for the western release, but all the balancing updates that Japan will receive will be included.
This is very good news for fighting game fans and fans of the anime and manga series. The question remains though will the release by digital only, if not will we get the sweet special edition that Japan went crazy for, and how will Namco Bandai deal with the countless references to pop culture when releasing it in the US?