Someone lucky enough to have their hands on the game a few days early has put up footage of Storm 3′s main menu and opening cinematic. Paying close attention at the 1:17 mark gives away a quick peek at Madara! While fans shouldn’t exactly be surprised to see him in the game, it’s definitely exciting!
Additionally, a picture of the character select screen from the same uploader (and saiyanisland) shows several pre-timeskip characters included in the roster. In previous interviews the frontman for CC2 had stated,
“The story will focus on the ninja war, so characters who have appeared in Naruto Shippuden will make a come back. Part 1 exclusive characters will not make a return. There will, however, be a lot of new characters!”
Will there be valid story hooks for the younger characters? Flashback gameplay in story mode? Is it just a throwback to generations? Does anyone actually use pre-timeskip Sakura for anything? We’ll find out when the game is actually in our hot little hands!