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Ubisoft reveals Naruto RPG

'Rise of a Ninja' for 360.

Ubisoft has revealed details of Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, an Xbox 360 adventure based on the exploits of the popular anime and manga character. The game is being developed exclusively for 360 at Ubsioft's prolific Montreal studio, and is due for release in the autumn.

Although the hyperactive adolescent ninja has appeared in games before, they've mostly been fighters or simple action games. Rise of a Ninja promises an extensive single-player adventure feauring "action adventure gameplay, classic platforming battles, head-to-head fighting and in-depth character development".

The game promises to follow the plot of the anime series closely, from the very beginning up to the 80th episode. Players will experience growing up as Naruto in an around Konoha village, and follow his development from disruptive dropout to respected ninja.

You'll be free to roam around the village and its surroundings, interact with regular Naruto cast members like Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi, and develop your fighting techniques as you see fit. There will also be a multiplayer mode, allowing players to pit their favourite characters from the saga against each other.

Ubi Montreal has opted for stylish cel-shaded visuals that get the game pretty close to the look and feel of the anime - see for yourself in the new screenshots.

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