“Battle of Z” (360/PS3/Vita) Tidbits From Japan Expo
Published by 04 July 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

While Anime Expo is taking place this weekend in California, Japan Expo is also taking place over in France.

Namco-Bandai EU is on hand this weekend to showcase the upcoming game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z to fans and press, and while it is not playable for attendees, a few of our European buddies have gotten a couple scoops.


Long-time friend LaRésistance (posting with Jeux Vidéo Magazine) had a chance to speak with the producer of the game, Kunio Hashimoto. In the interview, Hashimoto speaks to the game’s production under its new developer (Artdink) and its focus on team-based play. A few key bits of information fans might find of most interest are that multiplayer is relegated to online-only play (there is no split-screen for local multiplayer) and that there will be some sort of new “What If?” story involving the Saiyans if “something special” happened with them. For now, Namco-Bandai has only showcased the Saiyan and Freeza arcs, but is asking fans to stay tuned for more information and further reveals.

Treevax has also also been covering a new gameplay demo from the event, which showcases the same style of Shunsuke Kikuchi music being used in battles a la the Sparking! and Raging Blast games in Japan (all of which had replacement scores composed for their international releases).

Thanks to all our friends sending along information!

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  • ea575 says:

    I think every DBZ panel should open with CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA.

  • Chuquita says:

    That vague-sounding “something special” what-if intrigues me.

  • Gyt Kaliba says:

    Still not fond of the idea of no local multiplayer (not everyone lives in an area with stable internet after all), but I’m still interested in the game thus far.

  • daimorukiri says:

    Honestly this reminds me of Dragon Ball Z Legends for the PS1!

    This game already looks interesting and combat looks a lot more interesting than any of the dragon ball games released since 2002. I really wish they would go back however and create an action rpg… 3D LOG would be pretty sweet but hope the battle system would be harder… funny that I still play those games now and then on my PC^^

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