Thanks to a recent data-mining effort, we now know the characters that almost made the roster of Bandai Namco's recently-released fighting game Jump Force, but that came up just short in the end.
The discovery was made by Twitter user and data miner Mizumi, who revealed that a total of four characters were ultimately cut from the final product: two Bleach characters and two from Saint Seiya.
More specifically, apparently at one point Bleach's Byakuya Kuchiki and Kenpachi Zaraki were in the game, as well as Saint Seiya's Hyoga and Shun.
These are the 4 characters removed from Jump Force. Their names are there in text, but thats it. pic.twitter.com/8nAjvsRWWx— Mizumi @ Jump Force Datamine (@_Mizumi) February 22, 2019
It's worth noting that it's possible we may see the characters injected into the game via DLC, but given that the DLC characters have (reportedly) already leaked and none of the four are included, it doesn't look likely they will. And this a bummer, especially for fans of both of these series. But hey, at least it looks like we are getting Seto Kaiba. That more than makes up for it, at least for me.
That said, as you would expect, quite a few Jump Force players were disappointed to see the four characters cut from the game.
I can't believe Kenpachi got scrapped, he would have been so sick lmao— SLO 느린 (@SLOplays) February 22, 2019
wow they really removed Kenpachi and Byuakuya......... wow.— ?Puerco??? (@DemonMeat) February 22, 2019
DID THEY REALLY SCRAP HYOGA AND SHUN?!?!?
Thanks imma cry inna corner now— Uhh (@_yaboy21_) February 22, 2019
Delete renji give Kenpachi also why is kaguya in the game— Greastopher (@TheHomieGrease) February 22, 2019
Kenpachi being removed hurts my soul in so many levels— Eduardo ? (HDAC) (@EduardoHDAC) February 22, 2019
Jump Force is available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. At the moment of publishing, there's been no word of a Nintendo Switch port. However, previous Bandai Namco games have notably come to the Nintendo system after their initial launch, so hope remains Jump Force will as well.
Of course, if you haven't already, be sure to check out our official review of the fighting game to find out what we think of Bandai Namco's effort with it. Here's a snippet from it:
"With 50 years under its belt, Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has birthed some impressive heroes. Icons like Naruto and Goku got their start under the manga anthology, giving the title clout. To celebrate its big anniversary, Weekly Shonen Jump announced ambitious plans to bring those all-stars together in a fighting game called Jump Force, but unfortunately the venture falls short in just about every respect."