It’s finally happened – Arc System Works and publisher Bandai Namco have announced Dragon Ball Fighters, a brand new 2.5D fighting game.
The new game will retain Arc System Works’ hallmark anime-style of visuals, and will launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime early next year. Featured above, you can view the game’s announcement trailer.
The game features a three-on-three battling system, enabling players to pair up their favorite or most versatile fighters into a team. There will be signature moves from a variety of characters from across the Dragon Ball series.
Producer Tomoko Hiroki noted the shift from 3D to 2.5D was because certain things can only be done in this more traditional fighting game style. As per Arc System Works visual prowess, the game looks like traditional 2D animations but varying camera angles can make things change up.
Here’s a rundown on the game, via Bandai Namco:
DRAGON BALL FighterZ, developed by Arc System Works, one of the most celebrated developers of classic 2D fighting titles, delivers an explosive, action-packed game that combines classic 2D fighting visuals with advanced 3D character models that look and feel as if they are ripped straight out of the DRAGON BALL anime series.
DRAGON BALL FighterZ gives fans of all skill levels the opportunity to feel like their favorite DRAGON BALL character. Featuring 3 vs. 3 battle mechanics, new and seasoned players are sure to experience the epic scope of DRAGON BALL as they select their three-character team to take into battle. The game also encourages players to train and master more than one fighter and style, delivering richer gameplay and motivation to take down the competition.
“The DRAGON BALL franchise is tailor suited for the fighting game genre, and DRAGON BALL FighterZ will be the next exciting addition to a long history of great fighting games,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “Arc System Works brings a pedigree and record of quality that fighting game fans can trust; with awesome visuals players might mistake as actual 2D animation from the famed DRAGON BALL series.”
Players who can’t wait to dive into the action in DRAGON BALL FighterZ’s won’t have to wait long as a closed beta for the game will be held on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 before the end of summer. More details pertaining to the closed beta will be shared soon.