Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta To Launch July 26
Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki went onstage at EVO 2017 to introduce a new trailer for the game. The trailer featured Trunks engaged in battle against a few other popular Dragon Ball Z characters, namely Vegeta, Cell, and Frieza.
In addition to the reveal trailer of Trunks, it was also announced that there will be a Dragon Ball FighterZ beta for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and registration to participate will start on July 26. Players will be able to select from a roster of nine playable characters, which will include Trunks. The characters Trunks was beating up in the reveal trailer will likely be included in the beta. The end of the reveal trailer also included a quick succession of character portraits that included Goku, Gohan, and Majin Buu, and if all three will be in the beta roster, that leaves two more unannounced characters.
Ever since Dragon Ball FighterZ was announced at E3 2017, excitement has steadily built up for the fighting game. The 2D graphics and over-the-top gameplay capture the spirit of the original anime series, drawing interest from Dragon Ball fans all over the world.
More 'Dragon Ball FighterZ' Details
In an interview with Shonen Gamez at EVO 2017, Hiroki, alongside Arc System Works director and technical artist Junya Motomura, revealed more Dragon Ball FighterZ details.
The first question, which is also the thing that most players are wondering about, is how the title of the game is pronounced. According to Hiroki, the "Z" was attached to the end of the title because of its strong connection with the franchise and, with it being the last letter of the title, evokes a "last" and "ultimate" feeling for the game. Dragon Ball FighterZ should be pronounced as "Dragon Ball Fighters."
The three-on-three fighting game will feature Sparking Burst abilities that will function as the last resort for players who find themselves backed into a corner as well as beam struggles. There are plans for various changes to stages as matches go on but no plans to implement cross-play between platforms.
When asked about a possible Nintendo Switch version, Hiroki said that the team is currently working on Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo's hybrid console. The focus is currently on the 3D fighter, but it appears that Hiroki is open to a possible Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch version in the future.