It’s happening now. Right now, as I type up this article, I have the Twitch tab open up on my second monitor. All weekend long, I’ll be watching the best of the best of the fighting game world duke it out across an entire catalogue of fighting games. It’s the ultimate e-sports event, and what better place than EVO to showcase one of the most anticipated new fighting games to grace our screens in recent memory? I’m talking of course about the fact that Bandai Namco have brought the E3 2017 demo build of Dragon Ball FighterZ to the show, and will be hosting 4 tournaments throughout the course of the entire event.
Huge names in the fighting game sphere will be particpating, and I’m sure we’re all in for a wild time as veteran players adapt to a brand-new game on the fly. You’ll be able to see the likes of Justin Wong, Shinobi, KUSANAGI, Sonic Fox, and Flux go Super Saiyan on each other, and you’ll probably end up getting even more pumped for the official release in the process.
During the pre-event streams I’ve been watching, it was confirmed that a variety of popular fighting game commentators will join in to give us the blow-by-blow, notably including Vicious.
The first tournament has already begun, running from 10:00 am PST to 1:00 pm PST on July 14. Later today, from 2:00 to 5:00, a second tournament will take place. Another 2 are scheduled for Saturday the 15th, at the same times that today’s tournaments are being held.
Check out the official stream below, and
When Dragon Ball FighterZ was officially announced at E3 last month, many were surprised at the amazing pedigree behind the title. Arc System Works are a Japanese company responsible for some of the best, most well-polished, mechanically-tight and just plain beloved anime-style fighting games out there. The creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises have dipped their toes into officially-licensed properties before with Persona 4 Arena, and many will agree that even it remains one of the best games of the genre. Dragon Ball itself is also no stranger to fighting game adaptations, with the Budokai series of 3D fighting games enjoying massive amounts of success. Thinking about it now, these are two worlds that were just meant to cross.
If you haven’t seen the game in action yet, then you owe it to yourself to check out the official trailer below.
The game officially releases for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC early next year. This is a surefire way to drum up even more hype for the game, as I’m sure that it will get eager players talking about the game’s tech and the strategy required to dominate in this 3V3 fighter.