Dragon Ball and gaming fans rejoice! The first look at the much-awaited Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero a.k.a Budokai Tenkaichi 4, was unveiled in the form of an announcement trailer on Dec 8, 2023, at the Game Awards 2023 out of nowhere, much to the surprise of fans.
The trailer showcases ACTUAL GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE that you’d experience while playing the game. The clip begins with a heated battle between the eternal rivals Goku and Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga arena setting, followed by Frieza vs Super Super Blue Vegeta on dying Namek and DBS Broly vs Super Saiyan Blue Goku based on the setting in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie.
The trailer ends with cameos of Dragon Ball’s most popular characters. All the characters shown in the trailer include:
Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, DBS Broly, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, Yamcha, DBZ Trunks, Android 18, Perfect Cell, Mr. Satan, Majin Buu, DBS Trunks, Bergamo, DBS Android 17, and Jiren.
No official release date has been mentioned so far. But, according to Bandai’s European site, Dragon Ball Sparking! Zero will be released for the Xbos X|S Series, Playstation 5 and PC (steam) platforms (no local multiplayer).
It also states that the game will feature a historic number of playable characters, each with signature abilities, transformations, and techniques.
Carrying its legacy from the Budokai Tenkaichi series, players will engage in heart-pounding, high-speed 3D battles that stay true to the anime and video game series, with breathtaking visuals and authentic combat moves like beam clashes, rush attacks, movements too quick for the eyes to see, and planet-razing ultimate attacks.
But what’s different is the arena that reacts to your every action. As the characters transform or unleash their most devastating attacks, watch the environment respond with stunning realism.
Even the very ground will be shaking!
The Japanese version of the website provides additional information by stating that the intense powerup of these characters will have an impact on the weather, wind, and trees.
Moreover, the level of destruction in the environment has significantly increased, with building structures and rocks being obliterated and battle arenas appearing entirely different at the end of the battle.
About Dragon Ball:
Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.
The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.
The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.
Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:
The story of Dragon Ball follows the life of Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy loosely based on the traditional Chinese folk tale Journey to the West, from his life and adventures as a child all the way up to being a grandfather.
During his life, he fights many battles and eventually becomes (arguably) the strongest martial artist in the universe. He is not without help, however: the comic boasts a large ensemble cast of martial artist heroes and villains which provide the conflict that drives the story.
Source: Bandai Namco Europe