New “Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO” Trailer: “Fused Warriors” Reveals
Published by 30 May 2024, 11:21 AM EDT

Bandai Namco has released a new “Fused Warriors” trailer — both in English and Japanese — for the forthcoming DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO video game:

In addition to the 61 character blocks previously revealed, the following playable characters were announced (through both the trailer showcase and a Bandai Namco EU blog post):

  • Trunks (Kid: Normal, Super Saiyan)
  • Caulifla (Normal, Super Saiyan 2)
  • Goten (Normal, Super Saiyan)
  • Kale (Normal, Super Saiyan)
  • Gotenks (Normal, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3)
  • Kafla (Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2)
  • Vegetto (Normal, Blue)
  • Gogeta (Super: Normal, Super Saiyan, Blue)
  • Merged Zamasu (Normal, Half-Corrupted)

Though a specific release date has not been announced, Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO is slated for release on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam). Per the latest trailer, more information is due on the game during Summer Game Fest 2024.

As opposed to the completely separate Dragon Ball Z (“Budokai”) series developed by Dimps which came before it, the Sparking! series — developed instead by Spike — featured 3D arenas with an over-the-shoulder camera angle. The new game’s title of Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO falls more in line with the original trilogy’s naming scheme in Japanese. The three Sparking! games — the original, NEO!, and METEOR — hit the PlayStation 2 over the course of 2005 to 2007, with the Nintendo Wii also receiving ports of the second and third games. The game series was released numerically under the “Budokai Tenkaichi” moniker internationally. A fourth games — Tag Vs. in Japan; Tenkaichi Tag Team internationally — was released on the PlayStation Portable in 2010. Spike (as Spike Chunsoft) later went on to also develop the crossover fighting games J-Stars Victory VS in 2014 and Jump Force in 2019.

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