Bandai Namco Entertainment has surprised Dragon Ball fans this morning by announcing a new Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game. While the title has yet to be revealed, most fans assume this is Budokai Tenkaichi 4. The last mainline entry in the series, Budokai Tenkaichi 3, launched over 15 years ago back in 2007.
The Budokai Tenkaichi games based on the Dragon Ball universe created by Akira Toriyama were once some of the most popular anime fighters in the gaming industry. The games allowed players to choose from a variety of characters across the Dragon Ball franchise and duke it out in third-person combat. It deviated from the original 2D fighting of the Budokai series by giving players a three-dimensional space to move in.
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Bandai Namco released a short teaser trailer recently confirming that a new Budokai Tenkaichi game was in development. The trailer shows an old television showing the older Budokai Tenkaichi games before transitioning to Goku turning Super Saiyan Blue, confirming that this will be a new entry and might feature characters and transformations from Dragon Ball Super, the follow-up series to Dragon Ball Z.
No other details are known about this next title right now but it follows a couple of recent Bandai Namco-published Dragon Ball games, namely the RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and the asymmetric survival action game, Dragon Ball: The Breakers.
If the trailer is anything to go by, then we can at least expect a good majority of Dragon Ball Super to be covered in the new game. The sequel to Dragon Ball Z featured several new transformations for characters that fought in a universal tournament and further expanded the lore by introducing the Gods of Destruction, supremely powerful beings from various alternate universes.
The next Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game is currently in development.
Source: Bandai Namco