Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an upcoming 2020 game for Xbox One, PS4, and PC by Bandai. It was secretly developed under the code name Dragon Ball Game: Project Z. Unlike recent DBZ games, Kakarot is an action-RPG that follows Goku’s story.
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In January 2019, Bandai teased the release of DBZ: Kakarot. At the time they called it Dragon Ball Game Project Z. They noted that the action-RPG was being developed by CyberConnect2, the same studio behind the Naruto Shippuden games.
In the E3 2019 trailer, Bandai teased that the story for the game would include the Saiyan saga and Frieza saga on Namek. It’s currently not known if the game will go beyond the Namek saga. The gameplay footage also showed a 3D fighting system that was similar to Xenoverse.
When does DBZ: Kakarot come out? Can I pre-order the game?
According to the Amazon preorder, the release date for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is slated for March 31, 2020. It is available for pre-order online here for PS4 and here for Xbox One. If you know you’re getting the game, pre-ordering now will save you some money. The pre-order bonuses for DBZ: Kakarot have not been announced, but that announcement should be coming soon.
What is the Gameplay Like?
Another new thing in this game is the open world with Bandai teasing that players will be able to “fight, fish, eat, and train with Goku.”
Gamespot got access to the game and released the following footage of Goku fighting Raditz in a boss fight. The video shows the controls including super attacks and support attacks. The video also showed music from the original anime OST.
Are There More Playable Characters?
It was revealed in an issue of V-Jump that, along with Goku, Piccolo, Gohan, future Trunks, and Vegeta will all be playable characters.
Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu have been confirmed as support characters.
How Far Does the Game Go?
In an interview with twinfinite, Game Director for DBZ: Kakarot, Ryosuke Hara only said that the game would at least go until the Namek saga. He could not confirm if the game would go further into the story because things were still pretty hush-hush.
He confirmed that fishing and eating would help level Goku up.
So things like Kaio-ken, Super Saiyan, things like that will be unlocked as you progress through the story. But there are other ways that you can progress the characters and level up the character; one of those will be experience. You can also eat food, you can feed Goku or the characters food, and that will have an influence on the stats of the character.
You can also go into training and train different skills, and that will enhance the player.Ryosuke Hara, Game Director CyberConnect2
Hara also confirmed that side quests, where Goku could interact with NPCs such as Eighter, would play a role in the game.
The man himself, Akira Toriyama, stated that the game would include new backstories that have never been shown in the manga. We can expect to see some interesting elements from side characters that we haven’t seen before.
It was announced in V-Jump that the game would go at least up to the Cell saga. Kid Gohan and future Trunks would be playable. Filler content such as Goku and Piccolo in driving school was also announced.
I’m really looking forward to checking this game, and I know that fans are too.