From the 2012 Paris Games Week comes a new interview with CyberConnect2 (CC2) CEO and President, Hiroshi Matsuyama thanks to Saiyan Island fan IchikaruTV! Matsuyama-san mentions there won’t be any characters outside the Naruto manga. That means anime filler characters and special guest characters will not be in Naruto Storm 3. He does mention there will be new elements that will enhance online for more replay value, but says more will be revealed in the future.
Additionally, Matsuyama-san mentions CC2 has considered having a create your character feature and may add it in if demand for it gets stronger. They’ve also considered adding in a tag team system like Tekken Tag Tournament, but they reason they haven’t done it is because it limits the moves a player can do. Saiyan Island guesses because of the limited amount of buttons on a controller).
Lastly, Matsuyama-san was asked if there will be any penalties for disconnections, but he says it is difficult to determine if a player rage quits or truly loses their connection. CC2 may implement the ability to give at least a victory to the player that stays and a loss to the person that disconnects.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is Namco Bandai Games and CyberConnect2’s fourth entry in the Storm series. It will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 in Japan, North America, and Europe sometime Spring 2013. It will begin with the incident with the Nine Tailed Fox from 16 years ago, continue on to the Five Kage Arc, and go up to the Shinobi War, covering latest episode of Naruto Shippuden before the game’s release.