Bandai Namco Games made a huge announcement at E3 2017 during the Xbox E3 Media Briefing revealing Dragon Ball FighterZ – a fighting game based in the world of Dragon Ball Z. I got an opportunity to see a closed door demo of the game at E3 which was pretty cool, but what is even more cool about this game is the fact that it looks EXACTLY like the famous Japanese anime. The animation is top notch, and the combos are extremely intense. So let’s go Super Saiyan and get into the details.
The visuals in the game are what Bandai Namco calls extreme animation. The colors, contrast, and shadows in the game look as if you are watching your favorite episode of DBZ and are perfectly fused into a well-oriented machine of a video game fighter. Players will engage a 2D fighter based on a 2D plane but it will also utilize 3D models. When this is fused together this is what gives the game the extreme animation that Bandai Namco describes and the game looks and feels truly remarkable. The game will support up to 1080p at 60 FPS with current gen consoles and Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro will support higher resolutions as well.
Currently there have been seven announced fighters including: Cell, Frieza, Gohan, Goku, Majin Buu, Vegeta, and Trunks who was announced today. Each fighter will have their own fighting style and characteristics. As far as gameplay, its all about having a balanced team. Partners can be called in with a Z-assist to assist with combos and super attacks or a Z-change. Depending on how filled up the super gauge is, players will be able to unleash super attacks with every character in their arsenal to unload an absolutely devastating attack on their opponents. Aerial combos are a large part of the series as well as they bring a completely new fighting dimension to the game. Once an opponent is lifted into the air, combos can be performed in a multitude of ways before they get slammed back into the ground. The fighting system looks fantastic and Arc System Works has done a tremendous job so far at what looks to be an intense, and exciting fighting game for fans of this series.
A closed beta will be coming later this year for the game and it is set for release sometime in 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. A Nintendo Switch version may become available if the demand gets high enough. But for more on Dragon Ball FighterZ, make sure you keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!