A double dose of Dragon Ball came into North American stores earlier this month. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World is the final DBZ game for the PlayStation 2 and it is more like the PS3/Xbox 360 Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit than any of the games from the PS2’s recent Tenkaichi series. “This title was developed by Dimps whereas the Tenkaichi style was developed by Spike so they are different companies,” Donny Clay, Producer at Atari, clarifies. “Infinite World was slated to be the best of the Budokai series of games put together in one final PS2 game.”
In between exchanges of energy blasts Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World has Dragon Missions which are essentially mini-games based on the anime series. “I always get a kick out of chasing Bubbles around and slipping on bananas. As a bonus it is even funnier to watch someone who has never done it before. You really get some funny reactions out of people,” said Clay.
Dragon Ball: Origins for the DS is a completely different kind of Dragon Ball game. The focus isn’t charging up energy and pummeling an opponent into the ground. Dragon Ball: Origins puts players in control of young Goku and covers his adventure collecting the Dragon Balls with Bulma in a Phantom Hourglass-like adventure game.
Atari just finished working on both of these games, but the publisher has more in store for Dragon Ball fans. Since the PS2 won’t be getting any more Dragon Ball games I asked Clay if they were working on a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit. Clay told us, “I can’t tell you yet but I will say we are already working on a couple new games for fans.” It’s not really shocking news to hear Atari is working on another Dragon Ball Z game, but hearing about a couple of games piqued my interest.
Will one of them be a Wii port of Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World? “At this time there are no plans in the works to bring Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World to the Wii,” Clay explained.
What about a follow up to Dragon Ball: Origins? That seems reasonable if… well I better not say anymore! Clay optimistically claimed, “That is definitely a possibility as there is plenty more story to tell!”
Images courtesy of Atari.