A Brand-new ‘Dragon Ball’ Character is Entering the Fray

It’s not often we get to see a brand-new Akira Toriyama-designed character, much less outside the context of a new Dragon Quest game or Dragon Ball anime content, yet here we are. I think we can all agree that Dragon Ball FighterZ occupies a special place in the echelons of official DBZ spinoff games. It’s being developed by the fighting game masters over at Arc System Works, so you know that so much care and attention to detail will be going into this tag-team styled 2.5D brawler.

Just as the first official beta test for the game kicked off, Japanese shonen magazine V Jump revealed a new playable character — Android 21. The scientist sports brains at least equal to Dr. Gero’s, and looks that can kill. Seriously, that glasses and earrings combo? I’m vaporized.

The magazine reveals that she has strong ties to the game’s main villain, Android 16. The game features an alternative Dragon Ball series scenario, aptly known as a “What If” story. In addition to this bombshell of a reveal, both Yamcha and Tien Shinhan were revealed as playable, which is kind of amazing in its own right.

The list of other playable characters so far includes:

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Gohan
  • Frieza
  • Cell
  • Majin Buu
  • Future Trunks
  • Krillin
  • Piccolo
  • Android 16
  • Android 18


First impressions have started to appear from the initial beta test this past weekend, and they are mostly good. Arc System Works has a lot of fan feedback to go off of now, and I’m confident that they’ll be providing the definitive Dragon Ball multiplayer experience.

via Siliconera

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