Fans of Dragon Ball Z rejoice: Bandai Namco has announced a sequel to 2015's Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and it's coming later this year.
Aside from the announcement itself, there isn't a ton of info on what exactly will be different from this entry in the franchise. Bandai Namco, for now, says the game will improve upon the original with enhanced graphics, a new (and larger) hub world for players to explore and "the most customization to date," among other new features and upgrades.
Highlighting the customization options is a smart move on Bandai Namco's part, as it's what made the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse so attractive to fans in the first place. Being able to craft your own Dragon Ball Z character and have them travel through time to protect the timeline of events that fans are all so familiar with is a genius spin for a franchise that has seen far too many games where players simply replay through the anime series. It's not clear what exactly the story of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be, but expect it to build on the first entry in the franchise.
With Dragon Ball Super currently airing in Japan, the time has never been a better time for a new Dragon Ball Z game. Of course, Bandai Namco hasn't announced if any characters or settings from the ongoing anime will be making an appearance in-game, but it would certainly be a major selling point if that does turn out to be the case. An upcoming story arc of the show will even see the return of time travel to the plot, as future Trunks once again returns to the past to warn Goku and friends about a looming threat in their future. Bandai Namco says more details about the game will be coming during E3 in June, so fingers crossed.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be released sometime in 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. That means last-gen gamers will have to upgrade, as the title won't be releasing on the Xbox 360 and PS3 like its predecessor.