Dragon Ball FighterZ - Release Date, Beta End Date, Controls Guide, PC Requirements, Gameplay, Story Timeline, Character Roster - Everything we Know

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ, including the release date, character roster, story, and gameplay information.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to arrive on consoles in early 2018, bringing with it a slew of fan-favorite characters from across the Dragon Ball anime and manga series. In this Dragon Ball FighterZ guide, we'll be going over absolutely everything you need to know about the upcoming fighting game, including all the confirmed Dragon Ball FighterZ characters so far, as well as all the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta details you need to know. Rounding out the guide, we'll have to complete list of Dragon Ball FigherZ PC system requirements, including minimum and recommended specs.

If you're completely new to Dragon Ball, and want to get up to speed with everything before Dragon Ball FighterZ launches near the end of January, head over to our Dragon Ball primer guide, where we break down everything you need to know going into the upcoming game.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Release Date and Platforms

The Dragon Ball FighterZ release date on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One is January 26, 2018. Although the game will run at a stable resolution of 1080p along with 60 frames per second on Xbox One and PS4, the game will apparently be optimized for higher graphical output on both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, but whether this is on release or in a patch afterwards, we don't yet know.

Speaking of the graphics of the game, Dragon Ball FighterZ employs a eye-popping art style, incredibly faithful to the original anime series. You can see a full gameplay video of Dragon Ball FighterZ just below, which was shown off back at E3 2017:

Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Start Date

The first and only open beta for Dragon Ball FigherZ has now begun, kicking off for pre-order owners on January 13, and a day later for everyone else on January 14. The beta draws to a close on January 15 however, so you've got a very small window of opportunity to take advantage of Vegeta, Cell, Gohan, and any of the other characters featured in the beta.

Once you're into the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta, you'll come to the lobby area pictured just above. Now head to the back of the area, where you can take on an opponent in either a ranked or casual online match. From here, you'll need to select a team of three fighters to take into battle, some of the combinations of which are pictured just below.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Character Roster

As for the rest of the Dragon Ball FighterZ characters you can play as right now in the open beta, check out the full character roster just below:

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Frieza
  • Cell
  • Krillin
  • Piccolo
  • Android 18
  • Gohan (Adult)
  • Kid Buu
  • Nappa Beerus

Dragon Ball FighterZ Controls Guide

If you're diving into the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta, or if you're planning on picking the game up when it releases near the end of January, then you might want to get the button combinations for the game memorised ahead of time. Just below, we've listed the complete PS4 controls for the game, but keep in mind that you can edit these to customise them in the Dragon Ball FigterZ menus.

  • Light Attack - Square
  • Medium Attack - Triangle
  • Heavy Attack - Circle
  • Special Attack - Cross
  • Z Assist 1 - Left Bumper
  • Z Assist 2 - Left Trigger
  • Dragon Rush - Right Bumper
  • Super Dash - Right Trigger

If you need a complete guide to all the Super Moves currently available for every character so far in the game, head over to our Dragon Ball FighterZ Super Moves guide, where we'll walk you through how to pull off some of the deadliest attacks in the game.

Dragon Ball FighterZ PC System Requirements

With Dragon Ball FighterZ also set to release on Steam, Bandai Namco released both the minimum and recommended PC system requirements for the game, both of which you can find listed out just below:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD FX-4350, 4.2 GHz/Intel core i5-3470, 3.20 GHZ 4GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 6870, 1GB / GeForce GTX 650 Ti, 1GB DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

Recommended Requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64bit OS required)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400, 3.2 GHz / Intel Core i7-3770, 3.40 GHz 8GB RAM
  • Radeon HD 7870, 2GB / GeForce GTX 660, 2GB DirectX 11
  • DirectX compatible soundcard or onboard chipset

Dragon Ball FighterZ Story and Timeline

The events of Dragon Ball FighterZ apparently take place after the conclusion of Dragon Ball Z, and see Android 16 somehow being revived, and then leading an entire army of androids. The all-new character of Android 21 will play a pivotal role in the story of the game, although concrete details on this are scant as of right now.

As for when Dragon Ball FighterZ takes place in the overall timeline of the Dragon Ball universe, it's been noted that Bulma and Android 18 appear as they did in the Dragon Ball F: Resurrection F storyline, while Goku and Vegeta are wearing their regular Gi armor, suggesting that Dragon Ball FighterZ takes place after the events of Universe 6 Saga.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Confirmed Characters

This being a fighting game at heart, there's obviously going to be a lot of focus over the roster of characters available in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Just below, we've listed all the confirmed playable characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ so far, along with a brief description about them:

  • Android 16 - The character who we previously mentioned has been revived for the game, Android 16 has a deep compassion for others, but he'll do whatever he needs to do to protect his siblings.
  • Android 18 - The eighteenth iteration of Dr. Gero's android series, Android 18 has sided with the Z Fighters android army, by the time the events of Dragon Ball FighterZ takes place.
  • Android 21 - This character is actually brand new, designed by Akira Toriyama, and is set to appear alongside Android 16 in the game.
  • Beerus - As we mentioned above in the beta section for Dragon Ball FighterZ, the announcement of a playable Beerus in the beta would seemingly confirm his addition for the full game.
  • Captain Ginyu - This character is the leader of the Ginyu Force, a squad of elite mercenaries that could have a pivotal role to play in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
  • Cell - Just like he is in the anime and manga series, Cell is one of the primary android antagonists in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
  • Future Trunks - The son of Bulma and Vegeta, Future Trunks has an interest past, since he actually hails from an alternate timeline.
  • Frieza (Final Form) - Frieza has a massive head, not only literally but also metaphorically, bearing a massive ego after crushing the Saiyan race.
  • Gohan - Another character with an interesting backstory, Gohan is the son of series protagonist Goku and his wife Chichi.
  • Gohan (Adult) - Somehow, the adult version of Gohan will also make an appearance alongside his younger self in the game.
  • Goku - The Saiyan who was originally sent to Earth as an infant, Goku is the protagonist of the entire Dragon Ball series, whether in manga, anime, or video game form.
  • Goku (Super Saiyan Blue) - Introduced in Dragon Ball: Resurrection F, the Super Saiyan Blue form of Goku is even more powerful than his base version.
  • Gotenks - This character is actually a fusion of Goten and Trunks, appearing alongside only Trunks in the game.
  • Innocent Buu - Absorbing the Grand Supreme Kai, we get the final form of Majin Buu in the form of Innocent Buu.
  • Kid Buu - The opposite of Innocent Buu, Kid Buu is the most dangerous form of the character, with an unpredictable nature.
  • Krillin - One of the most talented martial artists on Earth, Krillin is the best friend and ally of protagonist Goku.
  • Nappa - The comrade to Vegeta, Nappa is an incredibly powerful, elite Saiyan warrior.
  • Piccolo - A character who looks to be allying himself with the Z Fighter android army in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Piccolo is the former antagonist of Goku.
  • Vegeta - First appearing as a villain in the Dragon Ball series, Vegeta is the crown prince of the entire Saiyan race.
  • Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) - Just like his fellow Saiyan Goku, Vegeta can also take on a Super Saiyan Blue form.
  • Tien - A descendent of the three-eyed people, Tien is one of the strongest martial arts fighters on Earth.
  • Yamcha - Once an enemy of Goku, this desert bandit is actually now an ally of the series protagonist.
  • Goku Black - A version of Supreme Kai Zamasu who took over Goku's body in order to destroy all mortal life in the universe.

Confused about which fighter to pick, or which might be best suited to you? Head over to our Dragon Ball FighterZ character guide, where we break down every character in detail, and suggest characters that might appeal to you.

Dragon Ball FighterZ HD Gameplay

We recently went to a Bandai Namco event in Europe, where we were lucky enough to capture and return with some HD gameplay of Dragon Ball FigherZ, which you can see for yourself in the two videos just below.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Confirmed Stages

As we're just a few weeks out from the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ, we've gradually been able to compile a list of all the stages that we know of for the fighting game so far. Check out the full list just below, which we'll be adding to over the course of the next few weeks whenever we hear any additional information:

  • Cell Games Arena
  • Destroyed Namek
  • Destroyed West City
  • Islands
  • Planet Namek
  • Sacred World of the Kai
  • Space (Earth)
  • Spinach Wastes
  • Wasteland
  • Wasteland (Dusk)
  • West City
  • World Tournament Stage

That concludes our guide to everything you need to know about Dragon Ball FighterZ, but keep an eye on this page, as we'll be constantly be updating our guide with any additional details that Bandai Namco reveal over the coming month.

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