First Look @ JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver.

In keeping up with the announcements for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Capcom have announced that the old JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure game released in the arcades back in 1998 will be getting a full fledged HD remake. The game, released in the west on the original PlayStation and the Dreamcast in 2000, is based on the popular Japanese graphic novel series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as you’ll know if you keep up on any news we post. Screenshots and details after the jump.

The game is based upon the third part of the franchise, Stardust Crusade. In Stardust Crusade, various individuals obtain a spiritual power called a ‘Stand’. One such individual is Jotaro Kujo, the youngest in the line of the Joestars and grandson of the protagonist of part two, Joseph Jostar. The story follows Jotaro as he and his companions travel half the globe to battle the vampire Dio who has been locked in combat with the Joestar family for one hundred years.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. will feature a brand new multiplayer lobby where players can compete with up to eight other players. Winner plays on as each loser is replaced with someone else in the lobby. Furthermore, replays can be saved allowing players to re-live or share their best moments, whilst learning from the very best players. Fans of Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will also recognise the matchmaking system where the player may select opponents based on a multitude of factors including location and connection speed.

The game is set to launch from the PlayStation Network on August 21st for $19.99, and Xbox LIVE Arcade on August 22nd for 1600 Microsoft Points. You can view the screenshots below, and don’t worry if you don’t like the new appearance as Capcom have promised that you will be able to play in an Arcade SD Mode to enjoy the old look.

Honestly, the game seems a bit expensive for an Arcade game, but I can’t help but feel excited that I can finally get my hands on this game once more. I really like the sounds of the lobby as well. It brings us closer to having the offline multiplayer experience online.