Dragon Ball fans can’t complain about the scarcity of video games based on the anime created by Akira Toriyama, as something new comes out for video games almost every year. During the The Game Awardsthis wave continued with the announcement of the fighting game Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO.
In what could be just another game that adapts some saga of Dragon Ball Zrepeating the same fights as always, Sparking! ZERO draws attention for, right away, catching fans of the classic series Budokai Tenkaichi, from PlayStation 2, for nostalgia. After all, we are talking about what we have been waiting for Budokai Tenkaichi 4which will arrive with the new name.
In fact, what happened was a unification of titles. In Japan, the line Budokai was always released under the name Dragon Ball Z: Sparking!a name that began to be adopted also in the West with the arrival of the new Sparking! ZERO. And the promise is to take the classic experience to a new level.
On the game’s official website, this is reinforced by the developers, who say “Elevating the series’ legendary gameplay Budokai Tenkaichi to whole new levels. Unleash the fighting spirit within you and take the battle to arenas that crumble and react to your power as the confrontation unfolds.”
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Players will be able to participate in 3D battles, in arenas that react to actions during the fight. In control of heroes and villains Dragon Ballit is possible to use the scenario in combat, in addition to becoming increasingly stronger and causing more destruction in the environment.
The trailer shows a little of this and adds some new features present in the anime’s most recent arcs. Thus, we see a demonstration of the fights, with Goku and Vegeta transforming into Super Saiyan Blue, a new stage of power inserted into the animation Dragon Ball Super. This indicates that not only the skills, but also characters and situations present in these new stories will be included in the new game, making it the most complete title in the entire franchise.
Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO is developed on Unreal Engine 5 by studio Spike Chunsoft, which worked on the original series, as well as titles such as Jump Force e One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows. The game does not yet have an official release date, but it will arrive on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X.