Bandai Namco announced two more characters for their upcoming Naruto title, Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Fifth Kazekage Gaara and his older brother Kankuro are joining the roster, continuing the nearly bi-weekly announcement of roster additions.
Also announced was a new online mode dubbed Network Clone Mode. Apparently this mode will allow players to create and customize a team of shinobi to do battle in their stead online when they aren't playing. Upon returning, your team will deliver you any items they may have gained during battle.
I asked Bandai Namco for further details, but wasn't able to receive solid details. I was told, however that your team "will be able to fight against other players while you are not the playing the game," but wasn't able to confirm whether this meant players will be able to match up against other players' network clones when they can't find a live opponent, or something entirely different.
Full PR text and images for both new characters and Network Clone mode are below. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution releases 9/16/2014.
BANDAI NAMCO GAMES AMERICA INC. RELEASES NEW ASSETS FOR
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: ULTIMATE NINJA® STORM REVOLUTION
BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today released new assets and information regarding its upcoming title, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja® STORM REVOLUTION, available September 16, 2014 on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and STEAM for PC. The new assets highlight Gaara, the Fifth Kazekage of the Sand along with a new online feature that lets players' characters train and fight online battles on their own.
Gaara, the respected Fifth Kazekage of the Sand brings his unparalleled skills as a Shinobi to the battlefield. With his ability to manipulate and control sand summon the One Tailed Beast, Shukaku, Gaara is one of the Shinobi World's fiercest fighters. Allowing Gaara to harness his True Awakening power unleashes the mighty Shukaku, a gigantic beast with immense power and can quickly turn the tide in a battle.
New additions to NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION include being able to accessorize your characters in the online mode to stand out from the crowd. Players will also be able to have their online characters fight for them in Network Clone Teams to have them train and gather items while players are away from the game.