There was plenty to see at the Xbox E3 2017 briefing, but one of the highlights was the worldwide debut of Dragon Ball FighterZ. Some are referring to the title as Dragon Ball Fighters or Dragon Ball Z Fighters, but the official title is Dragon Ball FighterZ. So far very little is known about the new Dragon Ball FighterZ such as the specific release date or the full roster of characters, but we’ll share what details we have right now and continue to update with new details as they arise, including information on the Dragon Ball FighterZ closed beta coming to PS4 and Xbox One in September. This article covers Dragon Ball FighterZ characters and details as they emerge. As a quick reminder, the release date for Dragon Ball FighterZ game is scheduled for early 2018.
We don’t yet know what kind of story elements will be present in Dragon Ball FighterZ, but in the gameplay trailer above there are moments of what look like story cutscenes before some of the battles begin. We won’t speculate here, but there’s at least some interaction between the characters throughout the game.
At the very least we know that the game covers all of Dragon Ball Z, as well as bits of Dragon Ball Super or at the very least, the recent movies that followed the end of DBZ. You can see in the character list below that there are characters that come from all different timelines and sagas within the DBZ universe, but we’ll have to wait for more details before we know if there’s any specific timeline the game takes place in.
We've taken a much closer look at the gameplay in Dragon Ball FighterZ, but as a basic overview the new title is a 2D fighting game with 3D character models that looks very similar to the Guilty Gear series in terms of visual style. That shouldn’t be surprising given the developer of the title, Arc System Works. However, while the game certainly has an anime-style look to it, and even a few gameplay elements that resemble Guilty Gear, it’s a 3-on-3 fighting game. Taking a closer look at the trailer, the game plays somewhat similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
The game is 3 vs. 3, but it uses an assist system like many of the Marvel vs. Capcom titles. The matches are essential 1-on-1 with the ability to call the other two characters as assists. We don't yet know how the characters will tag in and out, or if you can choose different assists for the characters that aren't actively playing in the match, but the trailer clearly shows multiple characters fighting on-screen at the same time. As soon as more details are available we’ll update this section, but for now if you want to start training for this game, it’s probably best to play Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or the latest version of Guilty Gear.
We only have a partial list of characters at the moment, with more that will be added over time. There are at least 10 confirmed characters that will be available in the beta this September, and we know nine of them after the recent announcement of Piccolo and Krillin. At present we know that characters can transform mid-battle, so we’ll list all the forms of each character that we can confirm thus far. Not all transformations are permanent as some are only used during super moves. Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta have been confirmed, but we don't yet know anything about their inclusion. Keep an eye on this article as we continue to add more characters as Namco Bandai confirms them in the game.
- Android 16
- Android 18
- Buu (Majin Buu)
- Frieza (100%, Golden)
- Gohan (SSJ2)
- Goku (Normal, SSJ, SSJ3)
- Perfect Cell
- Super Saiyan Blue Goku
- Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta
- Trunks (SSJ Future)
- Vegeta (Normal, SSJ)
Dragon Ball FighterZ is being developed for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC by Arc System Works using Unreal Engine 4. Fighting game enthusiasts should have a pretty good idea of who these people are, but for anyone who isn’t a hardcore fighting game fan, Arc System Works is the developer behind the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fighting game franchises. They also have experience with other Dragon Ball games, having worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden for the Nintendo 3DS a few years ago.
Stay tuned to Prima Games as we’ll have more on Dragon Ball FighterZ in the coming weeks and months leading up to the early 2018 release date, including a breakdown of the gameplay.