As you saw with the reveal of Captain Ginyu and Nappa yesterday, the latest issue of V-Jump has been a Dragon Ball FighterZ info blowout. Along with showing off these two new characters, this issue has finally given fans some concrete details on DBFZ’s Story Mode, including hints at the plot and some of the special mechanics that will exist in this “what-if” story.
If you read our article on Christopher Sabat’s Game Informer interview about Dragon Ball FighterZ, you will know that Bandai Namco and Arc System Works are leaning heavily on the fourth wall when it comes to the Story Mode. Well, it turns out that the plot revolves around each of the Z-Warriors falling unconscious, and waking up with the player in control of them. It’s your goal to get to the bottom of this mystery, while gathering all of the Z-Fighters together to battle the mysterious clone army, as seen in the initial Story Mode trailer.
The plot reminds me a lot of the spin-off manga The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha, where an avid Dragon Ball fan wakes up in the body of Yamcha and uses his knowledge of the DBZ story to defeat every villain. Hopefully, the Yamcha portion of the story may reference this for the hardcore DB fans out there.
As for what you do in Story Mode, players hop around a world map, defeating enemies and gaining XP as you go. You can use XP to either unlock special Story Mode only skills or simply to level your characters up to the highest point. If you use certain characters for long enough, you can start to listen in on their inner thoughts and hear what they’re really thinking.
Finally, V-Jump reveals that the Story Mode is actually split into three separate scenarios. The main scenario has you following Goku and the Z-Warriors, the second has you taking over Freeza’s body while the final scenario has the players linking up with Android 18. The Freeza scenario looks to be the dedicated “gag” scenario, while Android 18’s scenario has her exploring “hidden memories” about her past. This will no doubt delve into how she and 17 met Dr. Gero and maybe her link to the mysterious Android 21.
You can check out all of the Story Mode scans below, which have been graciously translated by ShonenGamez. Dragon Ball FighterZ is scheduled to launch February 1st 2018 in Japan, so expect news on a Western release date sometime in the near future.
Source: V-Jump via ShonenGamez