Japanese video game developer and publisher Bandai Namco Games have announced a brand new fighting game for Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball Fighters. Coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC, the game will be developed by Arc System Works for an early 2018 release.
Arc System Works are well known for developing 2D anime style fighting games, most notably the Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena series. The game itself will feature 2.5D combat with 3v3 team battles. Players will be able to determine which team combinations synergise the best to allow ultra high speed battles and flashy special moves that the Dragon Ball franchise is well known for.
Producer Tomoko Hiroki mentions that recent fighting games in the franchise have focused on full 3D, the new title will be in 2.5D since it allows for many unique mechanics. Whilst the released screenshots may appear to be 2D, the camera will shift around to allow greater expression not possible in 2D only fighters.
Over 50 games have been developed based on Akira Toriyama’s top selling Dragon Ball manga since 1986 – with the first game being produced two years after the manga’s debut. The series even spawned a MMO titled Dragon Ball Heroes which released for the PC. The latest fighting game in the franchise is Dimps’ Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in October 2016.
Arc System Works and Bandai Namco games are producing a 2.5D Dragon Ball fighting game, known as Dragon Ball Fighter. The game will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on PC in early 2018.
The game’s official website will launch here: https://www.dba.bn-ent.net/
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