Bandai Namco US has been building hype for the upcoming video game titled “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” on their Twitter account. Fans now cannot wait to get a hold of their copy, and if “Dragon Ball FighterZ” has sold over 3.5 million copies since being launched in 2018, then this new game might overtake it. Moreover, its teaser trailer was released in January 2019 under a working title, so fans are already anticipating its arrival. Until it launches, here is everything you might be interested to know about the game.
1. It was announced during the Microsoft E3 2019 conference
On June 9, 2019, Microsoft took the opportunity to host its Xbox E3 2019 briefing, during which it announced upcoming games. The event which attracted fans from every corner of the globe was held in Los Angeles; hence, it was the ideal place to also announce the company’s next-generation game streaming service and consoles such as Project Scarlett. Among the many video games announced included “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot,” “Halo Infinite,” “Elden Ring,” and a lot more.
2. Its developer is CyberConnect2
Since 1998, CyberConnect2 has been making video games, and “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” is its most recent creation, although there is an untitled game in the works. The Japan-based company that has an international studio in Montreal, Canada, is primarily known for the “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja” trilogy, which was also produced for Bandai Namco Entertainment. With the praise that the “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” is getting, this game might help revolutionize the company’s history in video game production.
3. The footing is intentionally unbalanced
According to Hara Ryosuke, the Kakarot Director, as he explained during an interview with Kotaku, recent Dragon Ball games have emphasized on placing both players on an equal footing. However, “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” differs in this aspect because, for both the player and Goku, the footing will be unbalanced. The imbalance is intentional to enable the player to feel what Goku is feeling at those precise moments. Additionally, when bosses fight, the imbalance helps to depict the difference in strength where bosses are and where Goku is. There is also the unusual pacing to enable characters to insult each other and recharge to facilitate the blending of fights with emotional scenes.
4. It was previously called “Dragon Ball Game – Project Z.”
In January 2019, the announcement trailer of the upcoming game was released, and it went by the title “Dragon Ball Game- Project Z.” The trailer has so far accumulated over 4.435 million views on YouTube. After keeping the title under wraps for so long, Microsoft, however, made the fans aware of the new title through a trailer. The trailer was so detailed, showing not just the plot but also how the game will be played.
5. Platforms that support it
Microsoft is ensuring that it keeps its fans entertained without discriminating against those without specific platforms. Therefore the game will be supported across three platforms, namely Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For those who like the ultimate experience, they can get the Xbox One X that enables 4K resolution. However, it does not come cheap because, according to Windows Central, you will have fork out $380 to get one from Amazon.
6. Its release date
When Microsoft announced the upcoming video game, most people were hoping that it would be available by the end of the year. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until January 17, 2020, when it will be released. It is among the many games that have been slotted for release next year since “Cyberpunk 2077” that features Keanu Reeves will have fans waiting a bit longer until April 16, 2020. Other games announced during the conference have already been released, including “The Outer Worlds,” which was launched in October 25, 2019. “Bleeding Edge” on the other hand only waited two weeks after the conference to be launched.
7. Its pre-order bonuses
Once you make your pre-order, you will get a pre-order bonus. If you choose to pre-order from PlayStation Store, then you will get a “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” PS4 Theme, according to IGN. Other additional in-game items include a cooking item, early access to Bonyu’s training, and an extra sub-quest.
8. Its editions
If you are interested in making your ore-order, there are several editions available at various retailers. The collector’s edition for both PS4 and Xbox One is going for $199.95 at Amazon, while Best Buy and GameStop are a few cents more expensive at $199.99. The collector’s edition comes with a collectible steel book, exclusive diorama figure, and a hardcover game art book. Alternatively, you can get a standard version at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store GameStop, Humble and Steam with prices ranging between $49.94 and $59.99. The deluxe edition goes for between $74.79 and $84.99. It comes with not just the game but also a cooking item and a season pass that comprises two original episodes and a new story. Finally, there is the ultimate edition that is similar to the deluxe version, with the only difference being that it also has a music compilation of 11 songs and the Tai Pai Pai Pillar. The ultimate edition costs from $83.59 to $94.99.
9. Its characters
Goku is the main character, but some characters will help unfold the events and make the game enjoyable. When you move to planet Namek, then you will also control Piccolo and Vegeta while Gohan trains with Piccolo before the arrival of Nappa and Piccolo on earth. You will also have the advantage of calling on support characters such as Yamcha, Krillin, Chiaotzu, and Teinshinan for reinforcement by the touch of a button.
10. It will have a new character
For those who have had the pleasure of playing other Dragon Ball games, then they will be surprised to see a new character named “Bonyu.” According to PC Gamer, Bonyu will be introduced in “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot” in a short sub-quest where she will make her first appearance. Bonyu is a former member of Ginyu Force hence uses a green scouter with a model similar to the one Ginyu Force used in “Dragon Ball Z.” She is chubby with a large bust and holds her hair in a ponytail. Her eyes have green irises, and she wears a V-Neck body armor with thigh protection too.