Namco Bandai has announced that its crossover brawler featuring the characters of anime One Piece and the gameplay of Dynasty Warriors is heading to the West. Try to sound excited, won’t you?

One Piece: Pirate Warriors puts you in control of popular characters from the manga and sees you fighting thousands of enemies in true, traditional Dynasty Warriors style. The game is due out at some point this year, though Namco Bandai was coy about a specific timeframe.

The PS3 exclusive has been selling extraordinarily well in Japan, tallying up figures close to a million since its release earlier in the year. Somehow, we suspect Namco Bandai will have slightly lower expectations for its Western debut.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – 11 April 2012 – At NAMCO BANDAI Games’ Global Gamer’s Day event in Las Vegas today, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS, developed by OMEGA FORCE / TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD., exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The collaboration between TECMO KOEI GAMES and NAMCO BANDAI Games brings together the leading manga franchise and top fighting action to create the ONE PIECE perfect storm. ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will be sailing into retailers across EMEA and Australasia in 2012.

The first nautical outing for the ONE PIECE series on PS3TM, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will immerse players in the Straw Hat Pirates’ grand voyage, letting them face up to hordes of pirate and Marine enemies and experience all the great moments from the anime right up to Marineford. Faithful to the original ONE PIECE manga by Eiichiro Oda, players will relive their favourite scenes controlling pirates including Luffy, Zorro, Nami, and others, each with their signature, including Gomu-Gomu, attacks.

Featuring the best-loved characters and the vast majority of adversaries from the ONE PIECE universe, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will invite players to do battle with a massive amount of opponents using the simple controls from the DYNASTY WARRIORS series. The story mode will drop players right into the heart of the rich ONE PIECE universe filled with beloved characters, powerful enemies, touching moments and memorable scenes.

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS for PlayStation®3 will be welcoming ONE PIECE fans on board in 2012.