Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, known in Japan as Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 2 is the upcoming sequel to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai Games. It is set for release this Fall on both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
The gameplay retains many of the elements from the previous game. The game will feature 18 interactive and destructable stages and more than 40 playable characters. Each character can also gain new combos and jutsus by activating the Awakening Mode. As the story progresses, players will unlock new Jutsu and Ultimate Jutsu for certain characters.
Support characters will be returning. There are 2 types of support characters: offensive and defensive. There is also a new feature, named “Drive Gauge”, in the game. Depending on the Drive Gauge, players will be able to unleash devastating team jutsus with the support characters. When the drive gage is full, the defensive support character will automatically protect the player. The jutsu clashes from the prequel also makes their return.
Free roaming also makes a return. The game will feature a 1:1 recreation of the Hidden Leaf Village. In addition to the Leaf Village, players will be able to roam outside the village, ranging from forests to deserts, and also the Hidden Sand Village. Boss battles will be returning, with quick-time events and cutscenes. Boss battles are divided into 2 or more parts, depending on the boss fight. For example, the Naruto vs. Kakashi boss fight (which is held at the Training Field) contains 2 parts: one of them is normal fighting; in the other part, after Sakura smashes her fist into the ground, the scene is changed into a new stage with water and rocks; in this part of the battle, Kakashi attacks with long-range jutsu that the player must avoid. Boss battles include Naruto vs. Kakashi, Gaara vs Deidara, Sakura vs Sasori, Four tailed Naruto vs Orochimaru, Naruto vs Sasuke Naruto vs Kakuzu, Sasuke vs. Itachi, Jiraiya vs. Pain and Naruto vs. Pain. New scans of the newly replaced Animal path and the other paths has been shown fighting Kakashi and Naruto in Sage mode which surely also is another Boss battle and maybe the last.
New to the Ultimate Ninja series are also the aerial battles, where players will be able to fight in the air, such as Gaara vs. Deidara.
Players can access multiple online features; quick matches have opponents chosen at random, ranked matches with leader boards, match customization, as well as the availability to host matches.
Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 will feature over 40 characters from the Shippuden series as well as Tekken 6's Lars Alexandersson. Lars will appear in his costume from Tekken 6 designed by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.