The recently released 2D fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ sports dynamic, fast-paced action with visuals that looks to capture the over-the-top aesthetic of the iconic anime series. But as a fighting game, the big question is: "Who's in it exactly?" Series favorites like Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks are in the game, but there are a wealth of others too. To help keep you up to speed on the latest roster updates and future DLC characters, we've compiled all the characters that have been confirmed so far.
The gameplay borrows concepts from several other fighting games, primarily the Marvel vs. Capcom series' control scheme and team mechanics, with three primary attack buttons and one unique action button plus a few others. Unlike the Arc System Works-developed Extreme Butouden, FighterZ plays out in a scheme much closer to many other of the traditional Arc System Works-developed fighting games (via running on the same graphics as Guilty Gear Xrd). The three primary attack buttons unlike in other fighting games come with a twist; light attacks are the same as in other games, while medium attacks are a mix of both traditional medium and heavy attacks, while a heavy attack is a move that knocks the opponent away with a heavy blow. The unique action button by itself, or with a direction or special move motion allows for a ki blast or ki-based special moves to be performed.
Players each select three characters to form a team. One character is controlled, and can be switched with one of the other characters at any time. Players can also call one of their other characters to perform an "Assist" move, allowing simultaneous attacks and combos with the entire team. All three of a team's characters must be defeated for a match to end.
The game also includes other features, such as "Come on Shenron!", that allows players to gather the Dragon Balls one by one as the fight progresses by special moves and combos. Once all seven are assembled by a player, Shenron appears to grant a wish, and allows players to choose one among the following benefits: increasing their fighter's strength, revive a fallen ally, recover a fighter's health or increase resistance to damage. Another feature is the "Dramatic Finish" mode, in which if some characters win the fight against specific enemies, special cutscenes are triggered related to events from the Dragon Ball series.
Dragon Ball FighterZ features a ranking system in both its arcade mode as well as in online multiplayer, where players increase their rank with subsequent wins.
Prior to the game, Android 21 was a normal human Earthling who eventually became an Android created by the Red Ribbon Army after her son became the model for Android 16. Once she awakens, she repairs Android 16 and uses the Namekian Dragon Balls to resurrect Frieza, Cell, Nappa, and the Ginyu Force. Due to having Majin Buu's cells implemented within her, she develops an uncontrollable hunger that will continue powering her the more she devours strong warriors that she turns into candy. She uses a wave machine to seal the powers and souls of all of Earth's warriors while making multiple clones of them to eat as well. Wanting to control the hungry monster within her, she and 16 develop a linking system originally created by Dr. Gero in which a human soul (the player) can possess the warriors individually and have them regain their strength over time through multiple battles. 16 transfers the human soul into Goku, Frieza, or Android 18 depending on what path the player chooses.
Players who preordered Dragon Ball FighterZ on console received early access to the game's open beta test period, as well as early unlocks for the SSGSS Goku and SSGSS Vegeta characters and an additional in-game stamp pack. Two digital bundles have been announced: The "FighterZ Edition" includes the game and the FighterZ Pass, which includes eight additional downloadable characters. The "Ultimate Edition" includes all content from the FighterZ Edition, as well as a Commentator Voice Pack and additional music from the anime series which can be played during battle. A physical collector's edition for the game is also available, which includes a steelbook case, three art boards, and a 7" statue of Goku. As of between January 18—19 2018, the beta was announced as free access for those players who didn't get to preorder the game earlier.