JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ラストサバイバー JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Rasuto Sabaibā) is a multiplayer battle royale game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise for arcades. It was first announced on December 18, 2018, and was initially set to release in summer 2019, though it actually launched on December 18, 2019, just a year after its announcement. A location test for a beta version was done in January 2019.
The arcade machines are equipped with two stick handles, one for each hand. The left handle has one stick to control the direction of the movement and two buttons L1 and L2. The right handle has one stick to control the camera, four buttons A B X Y, and two buttons R1 and R2. The controls are the following :
- A: Jump
- B: Crouch
- X: Investigate
- Y: Map
- L1: Ultimate Skill
- L2: Stand ON
- L3 (push left stick): Dash
- R1: Skill
- R2: Attack
- R3: Open Pose wheel
The players each control one character and roam in a vast map, whose effective size reduces gradually as a dangerous zone progressively engulfs the environment. It is shown that the players are deployed randomly on the map in predetermined square zones. They then must fight each other, depleting the enemy's health bar until one is empty and the enemy is eliminated. Players will need to utilize their Stand powers to be the last person standing. Depending on the mode, players can also be split into distinct sides instead with allies fighting together and being able to be revived.
The player can perform basic attacks, charged attacks, or use their Stands' special abilities. For instance, Star Platinum can stop time immobilizing enemies for a short timeframe. Characters with long-distance ranged Stands can send their Stands away from them controlling them at the same time to attack other characters while they hide. Any action, from walking to attacking others, creates noise that is also visually indicated through Katakana onomatopoeia appearing on the screen, allowing other players to hear/see what is happening nearby. It is possible to sneak around by walking while crouching. To balance out having Stands in a multiplayer game, Last Survivor gives each ability a certain number of charges that it can consume. An example of this is that Jotaro’s primary attack allows him to punch up to 8 times consecutively with Star Platinum, before needing to wait for charges to regenerate. DIO and Jotaro can collect tokens that add seconds to the length of their Time Stop.
Unique to Last Survivor (not found in any other battle royale games) is the ability to level up your character. Players level up by collecting poker chips from fallen enemies, similar in style to those produced by Daniel J. D'Arby's Stand Osiris. By leveling up, players will gain access to more of their Stand's abilities, notably their Ultimate Skill. An example of this is that Jotaro must be level 4 in order to use Star Platinum The World's Time Stop.
Exploration is also encouraged via the presence of items scattered throughout the map. Three types of card are present and dispersed inside buildings and can be picked up for an advantage. Red cards are HP recovery cards and heal some of one's life point back when picked up. Blue cards are shields, the player gains a shield that absorb damage for the HP bar. Green cards are trick card, allowing the player to see through walls for a few seconds.
It is possible to customize your player character (notably changing the color scheme of their outfit)
The game had ten characters at launch, but more are gradually being added. There are currently 13 characters.
Last Survivor has currently two stages.
The first is downtown Morioh, the default stage of the game. It has six areas, the rural districts, the Trussardi area (landmark: Trattoria Trussardi), the Angelo Rock area (landmark: Angelo's Rock, Sun Mart, Josuke's house and Okuyasu's house), Owson Area (landmark: Owson, Koichi's house, Rohan's house), the Kameyu area (Kameyu, Cafe Deux Magots, Cinderella Beauty Salon), the train station (landmark: train station, budogaoka bank, cafe rentagei).
The second is downtown Cairo, including DIO's Mansion. The map was announced on November 24, 2020 and will be available on December 16 the same year. Unlike Morioh, the Cairo Map is significantly smaller and only has one possible area to play in, although it is richer in landmarks.
The stages themselves are quite vast, and each round will select a part of the map which will be used as the effective battlefield, ensuring some variety. The stages have specific areas that will be used as the battlefield, for example, the "Kameyu Market" area in Morioh. Each area also has its landmarks.