After five installments on the PlayStation 3 and four on the Xbox 360, the long-running Naruto Ultimate Ninja fighting series makes its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One debut in next year's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.

The manga's over, but the merchandising never ends. I expect to see big things from the next generation of cel-shading fighting, and judging from the first two screenshots for the game there are big things in store. Up top there? That's exactly what I'd imagine an ultimate ninja storm would look like. Ninja. Storms. Some fire tornados.

Details are slim, but there will be fighting, because otherwise what good would all of those ninja be?

Seriously, this is one of my favorite fighting franchises, even if it's generally woefully unbalanced and more concerned with spectacle than story beats. Or maybe because of that. Yeah, probably because of that. Big spectacle fan here.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime next year. I'd expect it in the fall, so Bandco Namdai can spend most of the year teasing us with fighters and features. It's what they do.