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Dragon Ball Fighters From Arc System Works Leaked

Imagine the expertise learned from Guilty Gear Xrd, applied to Dragon Ball Z.

News by Mike Williams, .

Bandai Namco accidentally announced today Dragon Ball Fighters, a brand-new fighting game from Arc System Works. A Japanese press release was launched today, dated June 12, and obtained by Gematsu. DBF will utilize the same visual techniques that Arc System Works employed in Guilty Gear Xrd, offering highly-animated 3D characters in a 2D plane.

Dragon Ball Fighters is based on a 3-v-3 team battle system. This recalls the team battles currently happening in Dragon Ball Super, pitting universe against universe. According to the press release, Dragon Ball Fighters will offer the "ultra high speed battles" and "flashy special moves" that mark the Dragon Ball Z/Super franchise.

Most of the Dragon Ball Z fighting games have been 3D in nature for a long time now, notably the long-running Dragon Ball Z: Budokai/Budokai Tenkaichi series. The last 2D fighter was Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for Nintendo 3DS. At the very least, Arc System Works means this game will look amazing; we'll have to wait until E3 to see how it plays.

Dragon Ball Fighters is planned for a release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2018. The press release is in Japanese, so the release window only applies to that region for now.

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 5 months ago
    How was Super Dragon Ball Z on the PS2?
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #2 VotesForCows 5 months ago
    Holy crap, this could be awesomely awesome.
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  • Avatar for DrCorndog #3 DrCorndog 5 months ago
    This looks amazing. Keep your 3D models, and gimme those gorgeous 2D characters with their fluid animations!
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  • Avatar for johnpading95 #4 johnpading95 5 months ago
    @DrCorndog if this game uses the engine from Guilty Gear Xrd, it is 3D models... but meant to look like 2D. It even intentionally drops frames with certain moves to further emulate the hand drawn look. You'd swear it's 2D until the game makes dramatic camera moves during certain moves or the end of the fight.

    Anyway, this game could be phenomenal.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #5 donkeyintheforest 5 months ago
  • Avatar for themblan #6 themblan 5 months ago
    Extreme Butoden was also developed by Arc System Works. It looked great.
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #7 TheWildCard 5 months ago
    Well this is going to easily be the best Dragon Ball game ever. Can't say DB is a property I wanted ASW to be spending time on, but maybe I'll be more into it when I see it in motion.
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  • Avatar for tigergt33 #8 tigergt33 5 months ago
    Wish other series would get this same treatment e.g. Saint Seiya. But DB guarantees big sales in North America so it make sense, business wise.
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  • Avatar for GaijinD #9 GaijinD 5 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar I liked it, but I could never get anyone else into it. It plays a bit more traditionally than the Budokai games, but still involves a lot of hovering in mid-air.
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  • Avatar for Arvis-Jaggamar #10 Arvis-Jaggamar 5 months ago
    My great hope is that Square will follow suit and release a Dissidia game that moves away from 3D arena battling to a 2D plane. All the greatest fighting games use a 2D plane as the base.
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #11 TheWildCard 5 months ago
    @Arvis-Jaggamar Virtua Fighter says hi!

    Dissidia isn't supposed to be traditional fighter and should stay 3D imo, although it would be cool to see Arc do a collaboration with Square as a separate thing.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #12 link6616 5 months ago
    @GaijinD same story! I really liked super but I could never convince someone else to try it.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #13 Roto13 5 months ago
    I am down for this.
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  • Avatar for fstim82 #14 fstim82 5 months ago
    Xrd came out on PS3.... maybe there's hope for a Switch version...
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #15 SIGGYZtar 5 months ago
    @GaijinD Arc System Works... So a lot of Air Dashing I guess. I've started playing it and that's pretty hard, and I imagine the numberpad combo system is more looney for me.
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  • Avatar for Arvis-Jaggamar #16 Arvis-Jaggamar 5 months ago
    @TheWildCard Virtua Fighter functions on a 2D plane, though...
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  • Avatar for GaijinD #17 GaijinD 5 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar Super DBZ? It's actually from Crafts & Meister, which was formed by former Capcom staff. So, no IAD or number pad notation. Probably for this new one, though. Not looking forward to "236+P to Kamehameha" myself.
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