After sixteen years of absence, the license Budokai Tenkaichiwhich was the heyday of the PlayStation 2, is preparing to make its comeback on PC and new generation consoles.
Last March, Bandai Namco set the Internet ablaze after publishing a short video. This then teased us the big return of the series Dragon Ball: Budokai Tenkaichi (known as Sparking! in Japan). Since then, no new information has been shared with us.
After long months of waiting, the publisher took advantage of the Game Awards 2023 ceremony, which took place last night, to reveal the name, the trailer, and the first information around this expected new opus by millions of players around the world.
With DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZEROthe saga Budokai Tenkaichi comes back strong
It is now a reality: the emblematic Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will indeed be entitled to a spiritual sequel, more than fifteen years after its release. Baptized DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZEROthis new episode will land on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC at a date still unknown.
Bandai Namco also took advantage of this spotlight during the Game Awards to reveal the announcement trailer for its new game. Dragon Ball.
Explosive, this trailer focuses on the protagonists of Dragon Ball Super, including Broly, Jiren, and even Bergamo. The title seems to include all the ingredients that made the franchise so special Budokai Tenkaichi (gameplay, destructible 3D arenas, freedom of action for characters, etc.), while bringing a touch of modernity thanks to contemporary graphics.
A sequel in line with its predecessors
On the official Bandai Namco website, we can learn a little more about the ambitions of this new episode. At a time when fighting games often rely on their (paid) DLC to expand their roster, everything suggests that this DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO will remain true to its roots, promising “ a phenomenal number of playable characters, each with their signature abilities, transformations and techniques “.
In addition, early fans can rest assured, Bandai Namco claims that this sequel “ will take on the fast-paced gameplay of the Budokai Tenkaichi series “.
For information, DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO is developed by the Spike Chunsoft teams, working on the original series started on PS2. Finally, know that the engine chosen to mark the great return of this cult saga is none other than Unreal Engine 5.
Everything suggests that we will not have to wait very long before learning more about this Sparking! ZERO, which has a high probability of showing up during the DRAGON BALL Games Battle Hour 2024. This event will take place at the end of January in Los Angeles.
Source : Bandai Namco