As arguably the most enduring shonen series, with a storyline that relies heavily on powerful characters who fight each other, it's no surprise that the majority of video games in the Dragon Ball franchise are in the fighting genre. However, Dragon Ball FighterZ, officially unveiled yesterday at Microsoft's E3 conference, is one that deserves the full attention of not only Dragon Ball fans, but fighting game fans in general.
For starters, the game is developed by Arc System Works - as the developers of the Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Persona 4 Arena games, they're a studio that's proven to have legitimate clout in the fighting game world. Most impressively of all, Dragon Ball FighterZ uses the same engine as Guilty Gear Xrd, which uses cel-shading and clever 3D modelling to tremendous effect, creating a game that is indistinguishable from traditional 2D animation and recreates Akira Toriyama's art style faithfully.
From a gameplay perspective, FighterZ is comparable not only to the technical depth of Arc System Works' previous games, but the anything-goes insanity of Marvel VS Capcom - even boasting the game's tag-team, assist-heavy, 3-on-3 structure. Confirmed characters thus far include Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu, with many more to be announced in the buildup to release.
The game's E3 trailer can be viewed below, followed by 3 minutes of raw, high-quality gameplay.
Dragon Ball Fighter Z is planned for release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2018.