Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO – A New Era in the Budokai Tenkaichi Series

Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO – A New Era in the Budokai Tenkaichi Series

8. December 2023 by Valentin Pasetti

Dragon Ball fans, the long wait is over! Bandai Namco’s surprise rebranding from the classic “Budokai Tenkaichi” to “Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO” marks a new chapter in the beloved game series. This sequel to “Budokai Tenkaichi 3” promises modernized gameplay elements and cutting-edge graphics, utilizing Unreal Engine 5.

First Glimpse at Sparking! ZERO’s Gameplay

  • Enhanced Features: The gameplay trailer showcases afterimage usage, character launching, free movement, and destructible maps.
  • Potential for Beam Clashes: While not confirmed, beam clashes were hinted at in the Goku vs. Vegeta gameplay, along with the ability to deflect beams.
  • Developmental Roots: Spike Chunsof, the original studio behind the Budokai Tenkaichi games, is back to develop this latest entry.

Bandai Namco’s Vision for Sparking! ZERO

  • Statement from Mike Chang, Bandai VP of Marketing: “This is the Dragon Ball fighting game players have been waiting for…It has been more than 15 years since Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi pioneered arena brawlers, and Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO continues the legacy while adding new genre-defining features…to deliver one of the most immersive anime game experiences of all time.”

What to Expect in Sparking! ZERO

  • Iconic and New Elements: The game aims to capture classic Dragon Ball battle essence while incorporating new elements from various DB eras.
  • Character Roster: Fans can expect characters like Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, Broly from the Super movies, and more, including Jiren from DB Super.

Movement Dragon Ball Sparking ZERO

Release Details and Platform Availability

  • Current Status: The game is currently wishlistable on Steam, with no release date or window announced yet.
  • Platform Exclusivity: Sparking! ZERO will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S, skipping the Nintendo Switch at launch.

The Evolution of Budokai Tenkaichi

“Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO” is setting up to be a groundbreaking addition to the Dragon Ball gaming legacy.

With its advanced features and a mix of classic and new Dragon Ball elements, this game is poised to captivate both new and long-time fans of the series.

Keep an eye out for further updates on its release and get ready to experience Dragon Ball like never before.