The fandom behind the Dragon Ball universe will seemingly never die down.
It’s 2017 and its dedicated fanbase are enjoying new films, a whole new series and plenty of new games. The massive success of the Xenoverse franchise is proof that there’s a ton of life left in Dragon Ball. For the longest time now, gamers have requested that the anime/manga’s high-octane battles be recreated in a 2D fighter. Bandai Namco Entertainment has listened to that wish and partnered up with Arc System Works to make that dream game. On January 26, Super Saiyans and all types of other familiar faces will duke it out in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
There’s tons of info about this much anticipated 2D fighter, which is why we’re here to break it all down with five fast facts.
1. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3-on-3 Fighter
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been developed as a 2D fighter that focuses on 3v3 battles. Characters rely on light attacks, medium attacks, heavy attacks, ki blasts, special/super moves, ki charging and more. Arc System Works has implemented battle mechanics into this fighter that are reminiscent of the ones featured in their Guilty Gear games.
Dragon Ball FighterZ’s “Dragon Rush” and “Vanish” maneuvers are similar in nature to the “Roman Cancel” system and “Dust” attack. Every character in the game has access to an Auto Combo that can be activated via tapping one button repeatedly. Another unique maneuver that every character can utilize is an overhead attack that activates when you press forward and the medium attack button simultaneously.
In the midst of battle, you can call on either one or both of your teammates to aid you via an assist attack or a devastating super move. It’s possible to switch in and out with your allies; the battle ends once all three members of a team have been eliminated. Once a character gets downed, the next character immediately enters the fight.
You’ll have plenty of chances to master the mechanics of this fighter via local and online matches. Speaking of online, you’ll be able to participate in matches where you control your whole team or use one character within a team of two other human players. The lobby system has the type of setup that’s similar to the one seen in Guilty Gear Xrd. As for the game’s “Shenron System,” you can learn more about that below via Bandai Namco’s United States Twitter:
2. The Launch Roster Comprises of Characters From Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball Super
As soon as Dragon Ball FighterZ was announced, fans went crazy with roster requests. Arc System Works knows how beloved a lot of Dragon Ball’s characters are, which is why this game features fighters from several of its story arcs. The Saiyan characters start out in their Super Saiyan forms and are able to power up even more during their super moves (the “Meteor Smash”). Other characters who’re able to transform act the same way, while other characters call upon other chosen allies during special moves. For instance, Captain Ginyu’s able to call out other members of the Ginyu Force and Nappa can throw out Saibamen onto the battlefield.
Refer to the list below to see who’ll be playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ (click on any of these fighters’ names to view their character trailer):
– Android 16
– Android 18 (w/ Android 17)
– Android 21
– Captain Ginyu (w/ Ginyu Force)
– Cell (Perfect)
– Frieza (Final Form, 100-Percent Power during his Nova Strike Super Move & Golden Frieza)
– Future Trunks (Super Saiyan)
– Gohan (Teen) (Super Saiyan 2)
– Gohan (Adult) (Old Kai’s Unlock Ability)
– Goku (Super Saiyan & Super Saiyan 3 during his Meteor Smash)
– Goku (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan & x10 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken during his Meteor Smash)
– Goku Black (w/ Future Zamasu) (Super Saiyan Rosé)
– Gotenks (Super Saiyan 3)
– Majin Buu (Innocent)
– Majin Buu (Kid)
– Nappa (w/ Saibamen)
– Tien Shinhan (w/ Chiaotzu)
– Vegeta (Super Saiyan)
– Vegeta (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan)
Along with a massive roster of playable warriors, this fighter also features several stages that harken back to Dragon Ball’s most memorable battles. You can see which stages are featured in the list below:
– World Tournament Stage
– Destroyed West City
– West City
– Planet Namek
– Destroyed Namek
– Cell Games Arena
– Space (Earth)
– Spinach Wastes
– Wasteland (Dusk)
– Sacred World of the Kai
– Underground Lake
3. The Story Revolves Around the Return of the Androids
Arc System Works has gone out of their way to produce a playable story mode that features an original character and plotline. Android 16 has been mysteriously revived, plus a brand new character named Android 21 will play a central role during this story campaign. An army of androids who bear the likenesses of the Z Fighters are wreaking havoc across Earth and must be stopped.
Players will watch scenes play out via voice acted cutscenes and hop into playable battles. It should be noted that this original storyline transpires after the close of Dragon Ball Z. Along with Story Mode, players can look forward to jumping into an arcade mode ladder and unlocking character color variations and titles via the in-game shop.
4. Eight Additional Characters Will be Arriving as DLC
The game’s Season Pass (which has been referred to as the “FighterZ Pass”) will add eight additional fighters to the roster. Each DLC character will come with their own stamp ID, online lobby avatar and alternate costume colors. Here’s hoping that those characters are lifted from the original Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT and even the what-if fighters introduced in Dragon Ball games. We’ll make sure to announce those DLC characters once official news about each one is released.
5. There’s a Standard Edition & a “CollectorZ” Edition
Dragon Ball FighterZ is being offered in a standard edition and a special “CollecterZ” Edition. Pre-ordering either one of these will give you early access to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Blue) Goku and Vegeta. Along with those two playable Saiyans, you’ll also get two special lobby avatars. For more info on what the CollectorZ Edition comes with, check out its content description below:
– a copy of the game
– a 7-inch tall Goku statue with exclusive “Manga Dimension” coloring
– an exclusive steelbook
– three Art Boards
– a special CollectorZ box