Bandai Namco has officially announced Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s release window and story mode in its Gamescom trailer.
Previously slated for an early 2018 release, the 2.5D Dragon Ball fighting game from developer Arc System Works (BlazBlue, Guilty Gear) will launch sometime in February 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version remains absent, with Producer Tomoko Hiroki previously saying the team is focusing first on the September-bound Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Nintendo Switch port.
The trailer also shows a glimpse at Dragon Ball FighterZ’s story mode, which promises to reveal a “forbidden story.” Multiple evil versions of known Dragon Ball protagonists are shown in the story reveal, namely, Goku, Piccolo, Krillin, Vegeta, and more. Most fighting games now have a story mode alongside an industry-standard Arcade mode, with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite being the latest example.
Pre-order bonuses for Dragon Ball FighterZ include two exclusive lobby avatars, early access to the game’s open-beta in January, and an early character unlock for Super Saiyan Blue forms of Goku and Vegeta. Closed beta sign-ups will start today, with the closed technical test being held from September 16 to 18.
So far, confirmed playable characters include Android 16, Android 18, Cell, Frieza, Future Trunks, Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Majin Buu, Piccolo, and Vegeta.