In conjunction with the game’s performance at the 2019 Evolution Championship Series (“Evo”) this weekend, Janenba was formally unveiled as the sixth character coming as optional paid downloadable content to Dragon Ball FighterZ within the game’s “FighterZ Pass 2”.
The reveal followed two inadvertent “leaks” from Microsoft and Nintendo.
Janenba debuted in 1995’s twelfth theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, and has appeared in various video games since then. The character’s name is a adaptation and contraction of 邪念な念波 (ja-aku na nenpa, or “evil thought waves”), an effective description of the character himself.
Janenba rounds out the six announced slots for “FighterZ Pass 2”, with Jiren, Videl, and the 2018 theatrical versions of Broli and Gogeta announced from the start, with the Dragon Ball GT version of Goku also later announced.
The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is developed by Arc System Works and is currently available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam); on these systems, the game runs at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles, as well as the PC. Playable characters include Son Goku, Son Gohan (Cell arc design), Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, Boo (Good), Trunks, Piccolo, Kuririn, #16, #18 (with #17), Yamcha, Tenshinhan (with Chiaotzu), Ginyu (with teammates), Nappa (with Saibaimen), Gotenks, Son Gohan (Boo arc design), Boo (Pure), Hit, Beerus, and Goku Black (with Zamasu), 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 or unlocked through gameplay. The Akira Toriyama-designed “#21” is a new character central to the game’s story mode.
A first “FighterZ Pass” with eight additional playable characters is available for $29.99, with the aforementioned “FighterZ Pass 2” available for $24.99. Said additional paid characters are also all available piecemeal at $4.99 each.
Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally released 26 January 2018 in North America and Europe, and 01 February 2018 in Japan. Alongside its Japanese release, Bandai Namco announced that they had shipped two million copies of the game, making it the fastest-shipping game in the franchise’s history. The game shipped on the Nintendo Switch back in September 2018.