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 February 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. A new story trailer showed off what looks to be the future timeline in Dragon Ball Super, but this has not been confirmed by Bandai Namco. However, we can determine that Bulma and several other characters are wearing the same clothes they wear in Dragon Ball Super.
While the story will be completely new and non-canon, at the very least we know that the game covers characters from all of Dragon Ball Z, as well as bits of Dragon Ball Super. 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, and broken down the basics of the game for those who need a headstart on the beta, 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 11 confirmed characters that were available in the closed beta back in September, and we know 18 total characters that will be in the game after the recent announcements of Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta (who will not be in the closed beta). Yamcha, Tenshinhan and a brand new female character, Android 21 (only confirmed for story mode at the moment), have also been announced, with the addition of Nappa and Captain Ginyu. Tenshinhan will have Chaozu as an assist for some of his attacks, while Captain Ginyu will have the Ginyu Force assisting him, and Nappa will use Saibamen.
At present we know that some 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 will be unlockable characters in the game (instantly unlocked via pre-order). 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 with Android 17 Assists
- Android 21 (brand new female character only confirmed for story mode)
- Buu (Majin Buu)
- Frieza (100%, Golden)
- Ginyu with Ginyu Force Assists
- Gohan (SSJ2)
- Goku (Normal, SSJ, SSJ3)
- Perfect Cell
- Super Saiyan Blue Goku
- Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta
- Tenshinhan with Chaozu Assists
- 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 February 2018 release date, including a breakdown of the gameplay.