Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an upcoming action RPG that will show a retelling of some of the classic story arcs from Dragon Ball Z. However, it also appears that the game will reveal more about the series than originally realized, as Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, has stated that new information about different backstories will be part of the game.
The Dragon Ball franchise was defined by Dragon Ball Z for a long time, but the arrival of Dragon Ball Super has altered the identity of the series. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (originally known as Project Z) is a retelling of the story arcs from Dragon Ball Z, starting with the arrival of Raditz on Earth and reaching up to the battle against Frieza on Namek. There have been a lot of Dragon Ball video games released over the years, but Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot feels like an attempt to introduce new fans to the era of the series that helped it to find international success.
It seems that there will be more content in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot for the older fans than anyone realized, as Akira Toriyama has released a statement (via the Bandai Namco Twitter page) saying that the game will feature new information concerning backstories that never appeared in the original Dragon Ball manga. It's never stated whether this new content comes from Toriyama himself or whether it was created by the staff of the game, as the statement never outright confirms that Toriyama is responsible for the backstories in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
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The initial trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (back when it was known as Project Z) showed a scene of Goku battling Piccolo in the wild before Raditz arrived on Earth, which was an event that never took place in either the original manga or the anime. It's likely that this is one of the new scenes that Toriyama is talking about and it might be part of a reveal about Piccolo's backstory and how his face-turn might have started before he took on Gohan as a student.
Akira Toriyama has been more hands-on with Dragon Ball media over the past few years, but it remains to be seen if he is responsible for the new content in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is due to be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2020.