Instead of making another Budokai or Raging Blast sequel, the Dragon Ball team developed a team based fighting game called, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. You can make a team of four characters or fight in an eight player brawl. To find out more about the four character types, we spoke with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z producer Shuhei Sekii.
At the end of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z trailer we saw Super Saiyan God Goku. How much more powerful is God level Goku compared to Super Saiyan Level 3 Goku?
Shuhei Sekii, Producer: Super Saiyan God Goku is a very important character in the movie [Battle of Gods]. In terms of character balance, I am trying to make God Goku a little bit stronger than the other characters, but we are still working on balance.
There are four types of characters and we are putting more focus on the different types and how they work together. I’d say the balance is more like the style in the Naruto games.
Let’s talk about the four different character types. There is the Fighting type, Ki Blast type, Support type, and Interference type.
If the player picks a fighting style character such as Goku or Nappa, they are very good at attacking enemies close up.
Characters that specialize in ranged attacks like Vegeta and Piccolo, they can move quickly, but their attack power is less than a fighting character.
Kid Gohan is an example of a support type character. They can share energy with other players during online battles. These are small characters like Kid Trunks.
The last type, Interference type, is like Krillin when he uses Solar Flare to make sure other characters doesn’t attack his friends. Tien is another Interference type character.
Is Birus from Battle of the Gods in the game?
Well, that’s kind of a secret, but you might see him!
Sekii stressed Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is really about the four different character types and players will be able to make teams of four when the play online. Some of these fights will be against giant characters like Great Ape Vegeta, for example. The Z Warriors can share Ki energy which a technique tentatively called "Ki Share." That’s where support characters come in and they can heal team members too. The game also has Linked Attacks and Synchronized Attacks, which Sekii explained are designed for players to work together.
Battlefields in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will be larger than other games and there is a system so players can communicate with each other. While this sounds like Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, an arcade game released in 2011, Sekii said this game is made by an entirely different team with a different combat system.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is in development for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita.