The sword-wielding future-Saiyan brings his skills to Dragon Ball FighterZ next year- or this year, assuming fans get into the closed beta.
Teased through early Famitsu scans and officially shown during Microsoft’s E3 2017 presentation, the iconic Dragon Ball saga is getting a new 2.5D Fighter from seasoned developer Arc System Works. Dragon Ball FighterZ gives the famed heroes and villains of the Dragon Ball Z universe a stunning look reminiscent of Arc System Works’s Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2; the 3D/2D presentation is achieved using a “broken” lighting technique, this time through Unreal Engine 4 rather than Xrd‘s use of Unreal 3. Despite the current legacy of Dragon Ball fighting games being 3D one-on-one fighters, FighterZ limits the action to a 2D plane, but with the addition of 3-on-3 assist-based mechanics.
He was teased through off-camera interviews and slip-of-the-tongue social media posts last month, but Future Trunks was officially confirmed to be a playable character at EVO 2017 this afternoon. The son of Vegeta and Bulma, Trunks first appears in Dragon Ball Z as a time-traveling Saiyan from the future; the purple-haired warrior was intent on warning the heroes of the present about the looming threat of the Androids- a duo of powerful fighters responsible for the deaths of everyone from Trunks’s timeline.
Today’s announcement came after the finale of the Tekken 7 Grand Finals. The brief 45-second trailer sees Future Trunks flying into the battle with sword in-hand; for the passionate DBZ fan, several key moments from the anime have been recreated in-game, such as Trunks’s under-the-elbow blast (fight against cyborg-Frieza), Trunks crouching after slashing through an opponent (Trunks destroying Android 14), and the blast used to destroy Perfect Cell (Trunks destroying Imperfect Cell in the future).
Dragon Ball FighterZ will release for PC, Xbox One and PS4 sometime in 2018. Closed beta applications will go live on 7/26, with the beta itself being held sometime later this year. The test will include 9 characters, two of which have yet to be revealed.