Dimps Talks About Developing Dragon Ball Xenoverse

By Spencer . July 2, 2014 . 5:25pm


Dimps has a long history developing Dragon Ball fighting games and they are returning to the series with Dragon Ball Xenoverse. The upcoming game is the first Dragon Ball title for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


During battles, characters will talk to each other and have different facial expressions when they strike an opponent or get hit. Siliconera spoke with Bandai Namco games producer Masayuki Hirano and Masahiro Kashino to talk about developing Dragon Ball Xenoverse and discuss fighting game mechanics.


What can you tell us about the mysterious character wearing the Capsule Corp shirt at the end of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse trailer?


Masayuki Hirano, Producer at Bandai Namco Games: There’s not a whole lot we can say right now. We can say, the character and setting you saw will play a big role in the game.


Previous Dragon Ball Z games have for the most part tried to recreate the anime story as-is in a video game. We want to do something different with this title. We know there are a lot of fans out there that want to relive those great moments from Dragon Ball Z and we’re not going to let them down. We’re going to create something they like, but it’s going to be a little different in Xenoverse.


I noticed there was cancelling in Dragon Ball Xenoverse? Can you tell us more about how this will work?


Masahiro Kashino from Dimps: You’ve got a good eye. It’s hard to say right now, since the game is still in development. We’re doing a lot behind the scenes in terms of balancing, so we can’t say specifically of what kinds of attacks you can cancel at this point. It is in the game, though.


Dimps has a lot of experience developing fighting games from Street Fighter IV to The Rumble Fish. What have you learned as a developer between from when you started to Dragon Ball Xenoverse?


MK: We’ve been fortunate to be able to work on many titles over the years. We’ve taken the experience from developing those games with our team members and bringing those ideas together in the best ways we can, not just from a gameplay standpoint, but from a graphical standpoint.




Since Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a 3D fighting game with a giant field, can you talk about how this is different from making a 2D fighting game?


MK: There’s a huge difference. [Laughs] I feel it’s easier to make a mistake with a 3D fighting game. The cinematography is challenging. For a 3D fighting game, the camera angle could be coming from anywhere and we have to find a camera angle to make this as good as possible.


Ah, yeah I saw there are new facial expressions for Dragon Ball Xenoverse where characters have different facial expressions when they get it and attack. It’s kind of like CyberConnect2’s Naruto fighting games.


MKL Thanks for noticing that! [Laughs] There are more [facial animation frames] than other Dragon Ball games, but the specific number is something we would have to check with the animators.


What do you think will be the biggest evolution for the fighting game genre with the new wave of consoles?


MK: This is my personal option, social features, community, and online features are important for fighting games.


Dimps makes a lot of games that are played at tournaments like EVO. Are you trying to make Dragon Ball Xenoverse more tournament friendly?


MH: We’re not specifically trying to make a tournament fighting game. We are aiming to make a game that people want to learn how to play.




What are your favorite special attacks?


MH: I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me that! Tien’s Tri-Beam because when that special move is used there’s a lot of drama going on. [Laughs]


MK: I like way too many to pick one, but I like when characters use rapid fire ki blasts. There are going to be lots of ways players can use rapid fire ki blasts in the game.


But, wait Tien hasn’t been confirmed for Dragon Ball Xenoverse yet.


MH: [Laughs] He’s my favorite character, so he’s going to be in the game!

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  • Kroz

    Dimps your my last line of defense/faith….Don’t let me down.

    • God

      This is akward…

  • APimpNamedRoshi

    Dragonball Xenoverese Shown At Japan Expo Bandai Namco Booth, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u47xB_jyoe4

  • Gojira Twit

    Tien confirmed for top tier

    • Lynx

      Tien has always been god-tier, not top tier.

      Screw the haters.

  • Mika Moreno

    Great way to confirm a character! :P

  • D. Collins


    • Daniel

      (Stands up)

  • Lloyd Christmas

    I’m cautiously optimistic. Loved Raging Blast 2 till I played it online and saw just how broken and glitchy the combat was. Not to mention everyone abused it to no-end… and then I just skipped Battle of Z after trying that horrendous demo.

    My only complaint so far: This new “mysterious” character is so damn generic. They couldn’t have given him a different hairstyle and color? -_- He looks like one of the many “OC” sprite characters you see littered all around on Deviantart.

    • Ahtma

      The common theory is that he’s the default for a character creation system.

    • Fox

      The new character is very obviously a different Future Gohan.

      This is why he’s wearing the future CC clothing and has a scouter.

      • ~*Herb*~

        that’s not future gohan that is a created character.

        • And where did you hear that confirmation?

          • ~*Herb*~

            Well I think it’s obvious

          • Fox

            He didn’t. He seems to think supposition and wishful thinking on his part are the same thing as confirmed fact.

        • Fox

          I think you mean “new” character. If character creation was in the game, it would’ve been big news. But it’s not so it hasn’t.

          And a different future Gohan would still be a new character.

          • ~*Herb*~

            Go look up the game dragon Ball online, in that game you could make your own character and travel through time with the help of time patrol trunks, who looks exactly like he does in the pictures above.The story of xenoverse is similar to dragon Ball online and that’s why I think you create your own character in this game too

  • Solomon_Kano

    That man knows what’s up.


    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Tien is the strongest human but nnnnnnnnnno one talks about him

      • Spider-Man

        Uub is the strongest human. Followed by Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha.

        • Federico

          Uub isn’t exactly 100% human. He’s the reincarnation of Majin buu.

          • Spider-Man

            He’s 100% human regardless of his past life.

          • idk man I wouldn’t wanna argue with Spider-Man.

          • This made me chuckle.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          Uub fuses with boo. means he used a power boost Cheat code

          • Spider-Man

            GT ain’t canon. But he was on par with Goku during the beginning of GT before fusing with Buu anyways.

      • British_Otaku

        Umm, guys… The Daizenshuu said that Tien was an alien, not that it is always on the ball, though it does provide some correct information and was cowritten by Toriyama.

        And if we only care about who is the strongest character, we just blind ourselves to the actions that the characters take. Like when Tien held back Cell or Yamcha sung Cat Loves Food Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Oh man this might be the best one out of the last ones

  • Spider-Man

    I’m pretty optimistic about this game. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve seen so far.

  • Learii

    is DBZ always have the same story?

    • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

      is DBZ what?

      • Learii

        I mean all Dragon Ball Z games have the same story so does this game or no?

        • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

          I’m assuming so. I’m not too sure to be honest.

          • Learii

            ya that what I tho too I bet we going to hear Vetga say over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol,

        • JonathanisPrimus

          Did you read the first answer in this interview? He said they’re trying something new.

    • MaskedHeroxx

      Manga and anime are different from your American comic books..in anine they make one signal story finish it and move on to something else. .dbz is like the god of anime .thats why its had games sence the 80s..but comics like marvel and dc use the same characters over and over with different artist and such…

      Yes dbz has the same story and it should…being as popular as it is new movies come out to add a little to that

  • RunningWild1984

    Will we ever get another Budokai game? Tenkaichi gameplay is getting really tired at this point.

    • British_Otaku

      This probably doesn’t have much in common with Tenkaichi in practice and I don’t really count any of the PS3 DBZ games as a worthy successor to BT2, BT3 or even Tenkaichi Tag Team.

    • Koibito888

      Not only what British_Otaku said but more so that DBZ games should never go back to 2D if that’s what you mean.

  • Masa

    Has it been confirmed yet that the game has a create a character?

  • TheBlackRabbit


  • Crimson_Cloud

    Based on the little gameplay we saw, it looks pretty fun. Slap some new story into it and I’m all for it even more. And, if there is by any chance, add complex character creation and it will probably be a game that I will play for a whole year. ˇˇ

  • Hakai Ouji Vegeta #BADMAN

    Why wouldn’t Tenshinhan be in the game? I also wish there were more questions aiming at the custom character and Time Patrol Trunks. I know they’ll dodge the custom character question, but they could ask something like “Have you heard of Dragon Ball Online?” And just see what they say lol.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    I want this so bad

    Dang lol I just realized dbz games in the last generation all failed -_- dam …ps2 era was all epic…run that shit back . Here comes dbz come back

  • JonathanisPrimus

    I’m disappointed that no one has asked why this is a 3D fighter. All of the prior Dimps DB games were on a fixed plane. It’s been five years since the last global 2D DB fighter. It’s been six months since the last 3D one.

    • Koibito888

      We don’t ask because the answer is that 3D fighter’s is what DBZ should always be.

  • soul_710

    Mystery character:
    -SS God/Kaioken Adult Gohan
    -Trunks outfit
    -Piccolo’s cape

    Look like one of those premade custom characters, I hope he’s not an actual character lol

  • Paul Rodriguez

    I hope this isn’t a representation of what I can expect in terms of camera work – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlEQuelAQLs

    I wish Dimps could take a cue from the Naruto games or even their own Saint Seiya game, Brave Soldiers.

    their previous DBZ had better cameras..

  • Koibito888

    Funny how he says his favorite is rapid Ki blasts yet no game developer ever seems to understand the function because they keep making it this stupid Ki blast button that never happens in the series. Yeah, your favorite, sure.

  • alok

    It’s not Tien it Ten Shin Han and it’s not tri beam it’s KiKoHo

    • TheMarshy2

      have you ever seen the english dubbed version cause that’s what it is in there

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