With Dragon Ball FighterZ only about six weeks away from release, fan anticipation is reaching fever pitch. After receiving character trailers for the Buu Saga trio of Gotenks, Ultimate Gohan, and Kid Buu, the roster’s really beginning to fill up with Z Warriors.
Now our eyes are turned towards Jump Festa 2018 — taking place this weekend, December 15-17 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan… where we’re confirmed to be seeing a new trailer for the game. A tournament is even being held on Sunday, the 17th, at 20:00 JST, though it is unknown if they will be using the closed beta/Gamescom build that’s been brought to past public events, or if it will be an updated build with all of the currently-announced characters.
With speculation rising that their could only be four slots remaining on the base roster, (one of which would likely belong to a playable version of Android 21) one portion of the franchise has yet to receive direct representation, despite the title’s story clearly taking place within its bounds: Dragon Ball Super.
During the last V-Jump reveals, the article talked a bit about DBFZ‘s Arcade Mode, which in contrast to most modern fighters will take a non-linear path: your Team’s direction — and opponents — will change depending upon whether you win or lose each battle. Enemy squads are represented by character portraits, as if they were pieces on a game board — a nice callback to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2‘s Dragon World. However, the screenshot provided appears to be from a later build of the game, featuring a trio of characters who have not yet been announced.
Recently, the V-Jump Archives Twitter account was able to clean up the image — which, as pointed out by Dragon Ball YouTuber Rhymestyle — appears to reveal the faces of Universe 7’s God of Destruction Beerus, Universe 6’s Legendary Assassin Hit, and the darkly sadistic Goku Black, in his Super Saiyan Rosé transformation. To further add to the intrigue, Bandai Namco Entertainment removed these three slots from the much-clearer image they added to the DBFZ Official Japanese Website, as if they were deliberately trying to cover their tracks… You can see the full video and tweet below.
— VJump Archives (@VJump_Archives) December 8, 2017
In the meantime, why not check out IKevinX’s character concept videos for the trio here? Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released in most countries on January 26th, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, with a Japanese release following on February 1st.