Bandai Namco Promotes Tenshinhan, Yamcha, & New Character #21 Inclusions in “Dragon Ball FighterZ”
Published by 21 September 2017, 2:29 PM EDT

In conjunction with Tokyo Game Show and today’s November 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine in Japan, Bandai Namco is promoting the inclusion of Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu as support) and Yamcha as playable characters in the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ video game, along with a brand-new character designed by original author Akira Toriyama himself: #21.

A new story-focused promotional video provides a brief glimpse at #21 in Dragon Ball FighterZ:

V-Jump, which features Toriyama’s original character design, describes as a scientist with brains on par with Dr. Gero and who may be related to #16’s resurrection.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for a February 2018 release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Currently-announced playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan, Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo, Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, and Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), as well as “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS, or “Super Saiyan Blue”) versions of Goku and Vegeta that can be accessed early via pre-orders. A closed beta was recently held on consoles — tune in to Episode #0427 of our podcast for some initial thoughts.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

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