As they had previously announced, Bandai Namco have unveiled the story trailer for their brand new Dragon Ball Z game that's currently titled Dragon Ball Game: Project Z. The publisher will announce the full title of the game sometime later down the line.
Developed by CyberConnect2 of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series fame, the game will follow the events of Dragon Ball Z with Goku as the main focus of the narrative. The trailer reveals that the story even goes back to the times when Goku fought against Piccolo who wanted to rule the world at the time.
We can also see a few glimpses of Goku's fights against Vegeta and Frieza, which implies that the story will span from the early days of our hero's youth, all the way to the Namek saga. Whether we'll be get to fight against Cell and Majin Buu as well is currently unknown, but we expect to have more detailed info on the game's story arcs very soon.
It is described as an action RPG, and the trailer shows us a few short scenes with Goku casually taking a stroll through a number of different locations, including the Kame House and Bulma's Capsule Corp. This could mean that the game will play similar to One Piece: World Seeker - an open world title set in the One Piece universe.
Looking at the short footage Bandai Namco decided to treat us with, the game gives off an undeniable vibe of the iconic Game Boy Advance series called Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku. This RPG title from back in the day is an absolute fan favourite, and if this new game manages to evoke the same feelings we had back in those days, we'll consider it a success. A major one at that.
Staying true to their style, CyberConnect2 have yet again delivered in the graphics department, as Project Z looks absolutely gorgeous. The artstyle is reminiscent of the good old Budokai games with a bit of Xenoverse sprinkled on top.
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It is sure to please both sides of the Dragon Ball gaming community - those who prefer the standard 3D look and those who are fans of the full-on anime style, such as Dragon Ball FighterZ.
We are also pleased to report that Project Z will feature both the English and Japanese dub, so whether you're a fan of Goku's original high pitched voice, or the more mature style of his English version, you will have the option to choose between the two voiceovers, so you can adjust the experience to your liking.
This is good news indeed as some players are feeling downright upset by the fact that the upcoming anime crossover game, Jump Force , will not have an English dub . Not everyone grew up watching the original episodes with Japanese voices, and so some people are used to hearing the voices of Sean Schemmel, Chris Sabat and the others.
We personally like both versions, so we will be switching from English to Japanese and vice versa as we play through Goku's adventures.
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The game is scheduled for release sometime in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. There has been no word on a Nintendo Switch version yet.
With Dragon Ball FighterZ going into Season 2 and adding new characters to its roster, and One Piece: World Seeker, Jump Force and Project Z all coming out in 2019 - this year will be an absolute joy for fans of the anime fighting genre.