Bandai Namco has released all-new screenshots of its upcoming Dragon Ball Z adventure. The screens showcase an aerial battle between Kid Buu and Goku Super Saiyan 3, Vegeta and Goku fusing into Vegito, and Gohan in the same garb he wore while training to wield the Z sword. It's all coming together, and though there may have been a few fans wary of the upcoming title, there is now absolutely no doubt that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be an interactive experience that closely mirrors the beloved anime.
When fused using the Potara earrings, Goku and Vegeta become known as Vegito, who is considered to be the most powerful being in the franchise. With characters like Zamasu, Buu, Beerus, Goku Black, Bardock, Hit, and Gogeta (Goku and Vegeta fused using the fusion dance), it's hard to believe the series' most powerful can be narrowed down so easily. Witnessed in action, the screenshots prove that players won't be experiencing the anime solely as Goku, nor will it all be played on the ground or just in Super Saiyan form.
Since the Buu saga's inclusion was announced, anticipation has well-surpassed the level of Super Saiyan 3, shown above and below as Goku fends of the small yet powerful Kid Buu. He's one of Dragon Ball Z's toughest foes and proves to show Goku what true power really looks like, as not even Super Saiyan 3 could finish off the child-sized pink alien.
Kakarot boasts not only playable characters such as Goku, Vegito, and Trunks, but also Gohan—and, most assuredly, plenty more. The game is meant to be a faithful adaptation of the series, meaning that Vegeta, Gotenks, Krillin and many more will most likely be available.
Kakarot is expected to be the expansive piece fans have longed for, featuring the greatest episode of all time, in addition to legendary battles with Cell, Frieza and, of course, Buu. There's even first-person driving. In a Dragon Ball Z game, now anything's possible. Bandai Namco and Akira Toriyama have also alluded to the inclusion of stories neither the manga nor anime have explored. It will be interesting to see how it all weaves together and how far the story will go.
It's unclear if Kakarot will stop at Buu or continue into Super, where Goku saves the universe from the evil god, Zamasu, who takes the Saiyan's body using the Super Dragon Balls to become Goku Black. There's always DLC content to be explored, and some fans are hoping the original Dragon Ball series somehow sneaks its way into the game. In an E3 interview conducted by Bandai Namco community and social marketing specialist Dmitryi Khlynin with the producer and director of Kakarot, the former casually adds at the close:
"There's more to this game than just the Dragon Ball Z saga."
There are well over 9,000 things to expect with this upcoming masterpiece.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot spirit bombs into stores January 16.