Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Has Move Cancelling And Talky Fights

By Spencer . June 10, 2014 . 4:37pm

Dimps, the developer of Street Fighter IV and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, have returned to develop Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.


Bandai Namco showed off a hands-off demo for Dragon Ball: Xenoverse at E3 today, and there were a couple of takeaways from the three fights with Goku I saw. First, you can transform in a stage. Second, the game has canceling. I asked Kashino-san from Dimps if this was the case, which he confirmed. In the demo, you can cancel special moves.


Special moves are done by pressing the d-pad and then square to do a Kamahaeha. X triggers an energy charge. Additionally, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse has dialogue while fights go on. Fights will have voice acting in the final game. Another thing I noticed is that you can go underwater.


I saw a battle between Goku and Frieza. Then Goku vs. Cell, and finally Goku vs. Buu. Siliconera can also confirm Tien is in the game from an interview we did with Hirano-san, the producer of the game.


Bandai Namco talked up graphical upgrades. Characters show facial expressions when they strike an opponent and take damage, similar to the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm series. The game uses Havok and Silicon Studios Yebis2 engine for energy blast particle effects.


The demo ended with a tease showing a futuristic city and a character wearing a Capsule Corp jacket but his face was obscured. This character and background are key to the story, explained a Bandai Namco representative.


Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is slated for 2015.

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  • roockie112

    2014 please let’s fast forward to 2015

  • ifidontwhowill

    Please have a complete roster.

    • Kornelious

      That’s all I ask for in this game since everything else seems cool.

    • Kroz

      I don’t know how much crack they were smoking with UT’s rooster
      no super sayian 2 Vegeta
      the promise of GT characters and only having Omega Shenron and ss4 Gogeta
      and tell me how the hell your gonna have Gotenks without Goten and Trunks!?

  • God

    Sounds a lot like Budokai Tenkaichi 3, but with canceling and a new What If chapter.

    • British_Otaku

      The Budokai Tenkaichi games had cancelling and a series of advanced mechanics as well. What If chapters aren’t rare, but I suppose tying them directly into the original story might not happen so often.

      • God

        Wait, there was special move canceling in BT3?! I never knew it…

        • British_Otaku

          A fair point, there isn’t special move (super) canceling in those games of the top of my head, but BT3 and BT2 look to have more in depth mechanics not that it would fair for me to kick this game down so early.

          I’m not a particularly advanced BT2 (or BT3) player but ZeroAnnihilated seems to be:


          I recall most of his better guides being of BT2 and most of them are unlisted, he happens to be redoing them. I’ll agree that it isn’t a thing for the sake of my laziness. >_>

  • konsama

    Man, i think i hadn’t been hyped for a DBZ stuff since like i was a kid. xD

    Really looking forward for this, being made by Dimps is already good news, and please, make it a good substantial fighter and less fanservice-y SSJ4-speed button mashing thing. xP

  • andref

    Just looking at gameplay videos, these fights are much faster paced than previous titles I have seen.


    • Spider-Man

      Holy shit this looks fantastic. They confirmed real time transformations too, this is looking awesome. That underwater swimming. Sasuga Dimps.

      • andref

        only concern I have after watching it, is that the fights may end too quickly

        • Seraph

          It is to show off the battle system I guess. Wouldn’t put it past them to give the villains more health in the final release.

          • andref

            If there are options to customize battles and/or characters I’ll be a happy camper

        • Spider-Man

          I remember in past games you had several bar colors worth of health. Would love for that feature to return.

    • British_Otaku

      Surprisingly looks half decent, especially with that year left to be finished off. Dimps managed to make a better Tenkaichi mechanics wise than Spike in their 1000 tries last generation in a heart beat. >_>

      We’ll have to see whether this game packs on the extra pounds in content and mechanics to match Budokai Tenkaichi 2/3 or Budokai 3/Infinite World (the typical modern console games of choice).

      • byakuran

        oh boy db fans are sooooooooooo hard to please, have no idea why namco wast their time on you guys if your just gonna hate on what they do i feel nothing but sorry for theme

        • British_Otaku

          Don’t worry they “wast their time” on people with a lot less taste or critical thinking than me, so if they say “New Gen Fighting” enough in the marketing this will sell even if the game is worse than Raging Blast 1 or other early generation Dragon Ball games…

          I don’t see how it doesn’t make sense to criticise DBZ games based on other DBZ games which were polished or fully featured, heck this developer is famous for doing some good work both with and without the DBZ license already.

          • byakuran

            that what i am saying this game so far looks very good and it looks to be coming along and it looks like the ninja storms series and guilty gear

          • British_Otaku

            I would like you to define “very good” then.
            I’m not sure what you know about the Storm games if you think about them before them before DBZ licensed games in the last decade for this…

            And Guilty Gear? >_> Sure.

            Are you only talking about visual appeal to say a game looks good, I would rather avoid that train (even if I will say in brackets that any Storm games and perhaps many older DBZ games look more pleasing and even more detailed at points than this – I’m a coward like that).

          • byakuran

            thb this game looks like their trying unlike DBZ battle of Z that game no emotion and played like crape in the end DBZ fans will never be satisfied that what i learned form my friends and that what i am sticking two and so far their right whelp good day everyone

          • Logan Moll

            Guys, it’s not nice to argue with the mentally challenged. Seriously, leave the poor fellow alone. lmao

          • Anime10121

            No need for the insults dude, English obviously aint his first language :/

          • Logan Moll

            I was also basing that off the content–not just the wording. And while it may not be his first language, this is the internet. The level of human stupidity that people display on a daily basis is staggering, so I don’t make assumptions like that anymore. :3

          • Bio438

            And you think the content of your post was intelligent? Hahahahah. You called him mentally challenged as an insult without even providing a compelling counter argument towards the content of his post, if anything at least he tried to express his opinion while you just baselessly insulted him so based on all that given your meaning of ‘mentally challenged’ is someone with a low quality post then shouldn’t you be the one in that category? Yes the stupidity displayed on the internet is outstanding, look no further from your own post.

          • Logan Moll

            Why on earth would I go to the trouble of making a compelling counter argument to someone that I perceive to be a fool? I’ve spent more than enough time on the web to know that is a complete waste of my time. I put a very high priority on my own time, and I choose not to enter into situations where I know it will be wasted. If you can’t respect that, then there’s no more to say. You want reasoning for my initial comment? Go read any of his–take your pick. When there’s that much to choose from, why be limited to a few examples?!

            It was a nice try at a reversal. Bu,t given what I just explained, I’m not particularly interested in getting into a discussion with you either. <3

          • Bio438

            So you think calling someone ‘mentally challenged’ with no basis is a good use of time? So just because you perceive someone as a ‘fool’ its alright to resort to name calling? No matter how hard you try to justify it, you are in the wrong. If you are going to reply to someone and call their content ‘mentally challenge’ you should provide reasoning for your claim. He displayed an opinion (which could be factually incorrect but no one tried to prove that), while you just called him mentally challenged which you could not prove at the given point in time. Just try and explain how your post made any sense other than pointless name calling trying to degrade the person.

            I’m saying all this because I can not stand to any degree people who just go ahead and call people things in the incorrect context with no factual evidence given to prove the claim. Name calling is just so pathetic.

          • DaiRaiOh

            Except it looks absolutely nothing like Guilty Gear in any shape or form

          • byakuran

            Except it does in visually at lest form my point of view how any one says guilty gear looks like street i will NEVER understand

          • DaiRaiOh

            Not even visually. And that last sentence is entirely irrelevant so it’s kind of sort of extremely stupid that you’re even bringing it up

          • Kaitsu

            You need to stop right now. Please. You’re hurting my face, and it should be my mind.

        • Koibito888

          You know, normally I’m on the side of defending anime games that aren’t perfect fighters when they do well to reference the series but that’s the problem, I’ll tell you why we (or at least I) am hard to please with DB games.

          The reason is simple, an anime game has one job that’s even more important than making a game tight and balanced, it’s to stay true to the source material. It’s an anime game and as such is made for the fans, we want to play a DBZ game, not a game that just so happens to have DBZ characters and arenas in it.

          The difference is in how good said game portrays the action in the source material. No DBZ game ever has perfectly captured the feeling of DBZ which in all honesty used to be okay given that good games were at least made and it was in the past when tech was a bit hard to make perfect.

          The thing is though… Thrice now have games made perfect to the source material. Naruto Storm while not the perfect fighter is the perfect Naruto game, it’s graphics are exact (something I’m glad this game is trying to do as has been referenced in every article so far), the fighting is as if it was taken from the page/scene itself, and everything though in full control is cinematic, it’s literally exactly like Naruto.

          Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure All Star Battle has done the same, now DBZ should never, ever be a 2D and or Arcade fighter but it works for Jojo’s because characters actually fight like that.

          The biggest offense of all though whether people realize it or not is J-Stars Victory VS which perfectly replicates the fan service of each series, namely the DBZ characters fight like they actually do in the series. They all have real combos actually used in the series, not all characters use energy blast wave volley (only Vegeta given that it is his own move), no character has the random flurry attack except Goku and ONLY as one of his supers, transformations look powerful, they fight like DBZ characters. The only issue is the Vegeta has the random impact ki shot button that doesn’t happen in DBZ but that’s okay it’s one thing. It isn’t even a DBZ game and it did DBZ better than DBZ games.

          The point is that while Storm constantly perfected it’s reference to source material, Jojo’s perfected it’s in it’s first game in a long time, and J-Stars did it better than actual DBZ games, all we’ve gotten is sad attempts at not only sub par games, but games that feel nothing like DBZ. We’ve gotten games with glitchy transformation scenes where the transformations don’t make you feel any more powerful, clumsy flurry hand to hand combat with every character and no real combos like storm has, and to a lesser issue, random ki shot button that does nothing but impact lightly (something that never happens in DBZ). Battle of Z was probably the pinnacle of bad games but the point is that DBZ has been slacking and as probably one of the most popular anime series in the world, it shouldn’t be.

          That’s why DBZ games need to be judged harshly, sure you can’t please everyone but at least please the fans.

          Either way this game is having a good start, it needs to fix the above simple things to some degree which it seems to be doing if only a bit (though we need to see more) so yes while some are being quick to judge, there is good reason.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Indeed, if anything it’s faster and more smooth. Tenkaichi style gives the best atmosphere of the show, at least for me. The only thing I would really want them to cancel the ki generation already, make characters tired. It would have been much more intense if you could only do 3 Kame waves in a fight, not spam one every few seconds.

        If this gets a decent character creation that would make it a game worth buying. But I guess I’m over wishing…

        • British_Otaku

          Hyper Dimension on the SNES had a great sense of limited resources as it tied Ki to your health in a smart way. Charging Ki restored your health slowly and when you get beaten up your energy goes does slightly, while using specials doesn’t harm your health but it does mean you will take more damage when you get hit if your energy supplies are low.

          Likewise, the Japan exclusive Ultimate Butoden on the DS had a smart system where you could “shift gears” for energy. Being in Gear One would increase how fast your energy charged up but lower your attack (think of it as relaxing), Gear Three would keep energy level but let you hit harder, Gear Five would have a really fast energy drop but have damage increased a ton. I believe they affected defense as well.

          This game sorta looks set to let us fire one thousand specials, like most games… It isn’t an issue but it might not be balanced well with specials being the safest way to get damage in a lot of Dragon Ball games, easy to charge but tedious. I wouldn’t mind a game which has a higher cost.

          This will be Dimps’ first game with character creation but with how the mechanics look here, the character creation should at least stomp Ultimate Tenkaichi and be okay… I sorta expect Saiyans only, males only, Final Destination but they can surpass that easily and have a huge library of races to pick from.

      • Kamakuma

        Honestly I still play Tenkaichi 3 for fun most times with my friend for the nostalgia that we hardly get now a days. I mean I still cannot get over the whole BoG game and that shameful rock paper scissors thing … I just… x__x

        • British_Otaku

          Yeah, BT3 is great to run back to every now and then, it would be even better if the online was still up for the Wii, lag was minimal and people weren’t using absurd exploits. >_>

    • Koibito888

      It still has random ki blasts that merely impact that never happen in the show but it’s okay, I expected that, as well as no real combos just random flurry attacks but on the brightside the never happening ki blasts at least look a bit more powerful (except when they hit) and the physical fighting looks more solid instead of models just flailing around stupidly.

      All I need is for the transformation scenes to look powerful, to look good and not glitchy like every 360 degree fighting DBZ game. If they could be cinematic I’d be more than happy but I doubt any company besides CC2 would try that hard for us so all I need is for them to not be glitchy, actually look and feel like transformations.

      I’m also hoping that they don’t resort to energy blast wave volley for every character because they aren’t creative enough to use more obscure moves from the show. Heres hoping.

      Interesting enough it seems they are taking some good pointers from Zenkai in a good way as opposed to Battle of Z that took Zenkai and made it horrible.

    • Solomon_Kano

      It’s a small thing, but going underwater brought a smile to my face.

    • Shady Shariest

      Looks good. More grounded than tenkaichi’s but fluid.liker combat than Burst games’

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Looks amazing,

  • Spider-Man

    Complete roster please…no uneccesary paid DLC for things that should be unlockable.

    • British_Otaku

      If they are going to rip off with any game, it’ll be this one first. Even Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost despite being incredibly well designed aims to gouge the players for yen at every moderate corner.

  • Tenabrus

    AS long as I can keep my character screaming for an hour without an interruption while the AI just stands there I’l be ok with this.

  • Kroz

    d pad and then square….Interesting

  • Nick Sniezek

    Since Dimps are involved, I’m legitimately excited. Seems good so far.

  • Death Metal

    Does it bother anyone else a little bit that Freeza’s rage veins are textures and not actually modeled on his body? On a PS4 game?

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    all i want is playable Scrooge McDuck

    • Warboss Aohd

      How Much money do i have to give Disney and Toriyama to make that happen?

  • Julio D. Zulkarnain

    “… the d-pad and then square to do a Kamahaeha.”

    I understand that it’s fast news day and you guys are trying to post these news quickly, but… to typo Kamehameha is just…

  • epy

    Please be as good as Budokai Tenkaichi 3. I’m tired of bad DBZ fighting games.

    • Christopher Nunes

      You also loved BT3? That is my ALL-TIME favorite DBZ game due to the character roster… though I did like BT2 with their Story Mode a lot.

      I hope Xenoverse is like BT3 AND includes Character Creation! I really want it back and improved from Ultimate Tenkaichi!

      • Invisbin

        I think everyone loved it

  • Hakai Ouji Vegeta #BADMAN

    “Similar to the Storm series.” Was it not Storm who took a page from the Tenkaichi games with the 3D fights?


      Nah, CC2 explained that Storm’s fighting foundation was taken from their .Hack games.

      • Hakai Ouji Vegeta #BADMAN

        I actually like their .hack games. That makes sense.

    • DaiRaiOh

      Honestly, Storm has never felt like Tenkaichi. People just threw the comparison around because of the camera angle and such, but overall, the gameplay is very very different.

      • Hakai Ouji Vegeta #BADMAN

        Yeah, they really do feel different. Storm feels really simple actually compared to that of Tenkaichi…

  • Gonna take something hella special to make me buy another DBZ game.

  • Alestaos

    For once in a long time im really excited for a Dragonball Z game, only thing i need now is a full roster that arent clones similar to how Budokai 3 characters all had a unqiue fighting style. But either way Congrats on making us fans excited one more.

  • Shippoyasha

    New Mortal Kombat will have contextual character banter in game and so will this. Nice

    • British_Otaku

      Is contextual character banter that unusual?
      I guess Street Fighter and Smash Bros doesn’t do it…

      Then Budokai Tenkaichi 3 did it for story mode.
      Raging Blast continued the trend.
      Raging Blast 2 had them even in standard versus modes.
      BlazBlue typically has multiple rounds of voice clips for characters (Hazama had 3 options of 100 clips in Continuum Shift 2) with the addition to a few clips(ranging for a handful to dozens iirc) targetted at specific foes so you won’t have characters telling each other to die with each attack if they are supposed to be friends or something.

      At the very least, for Story Mode, some narration should be expected. I wouldn’t be surprised if the games I avoided did it as well like DBZ Kinect or Ultimate Tenkaichi.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I guess that’s one less title Monolith Soft can use…

    Seriously though this game looks great, though I’m a bit sad Artdink isn’t doing this one. I love Artdink’s work a lot.

    • Koibito888

      I personally wish CC2 was doing it. This game looks great but if CC2 was doing it we’d know it was gonna be perfect.

  • leingod

    As long as it isn’t anything like that amazingly crappy Battle of Z, I’m game.

  • Niyari

    hopefully it’s something like ESF

  • Blaz

    Character Creation

  • YAY! Dimps is back on DBZ! Maybe we’ll finally see a DBZ game worth playing since the Budokai series.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I want to believe in you, Dimps. I want to believe.

    Also: Yebis? Aw yea.

  • Shady Shariest

    Would be funny if the fight paused at times, so you could choose the dialogue option, like in TellTales interactive stories :3

  • David GarcĂ­a Abril

    Tetsuya Takahashi called.

    He wants his “Xeno” back.

  • aizen310

    Dragon Ball by DIMPS, plays like Budokai Tenkaichi.

    Thank you God… Thank you.
    *tears of joy*

  • Jadfish

    I heard “developers of Street Fighter IV” and for a second I thought it would be a Dragon Ball 2D or 3D fighter. That wasn’t the case, but it looks really cool anyway.

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Looking forward to it. Looks fun

  • Axle

    Looks promising, hope it lives up to expectations. If not I’ll just go back to Raging Blast 2. Not sure why people hate it so much, it’s actually not that bad, pretty good imho

  • D H

    I like how it seems everyone mentions the more popular titles DIMPS developed, and not Burst Limit, the most recent and most derisive DBZ title they developed, or Infinite World, which tended to get mostly pretty bad reviews ^.^; The implications that DIMPS can’t make a bad DB game and that Spike was the problem with everything is kinda funny…

    Looking forward to the game though, and I’m curious from the trailer how much this will let us play with alternative timelines, which it seems to imply including. Of course, I’m also coming off of this as someone who legitimately enjoyed every DB game played so far (which, to be fair, doesn’t include Ultimate Tenkaichi or Battle of Z yet, but will at some point). Hopefully they have a nice selection of character parts for customization, not only just basic parts already used on other characters.

  • Ann Weschenfeller

    It’s nice knowing DIMPS is behind DBZ games once again. Here’s hoping it comes out well.

  • BaldHornyCat

    Theres An Interview Online With The Game Producer

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