Dragon Ball FighterZ Announces First Timed Event

Bandai Namco’s hit 2.5-D fighting game “Dragon Ball FighterZ” has finally been given its first ever limited-time event. Known as a Party Battle in the game itself, this event will continue from now until 11:00 PM PT on May 21 (2:00 AM ET on May 22), giving players a chance to pool their efforts against strong opponents and earn prizes.

 

This first event is titled “The Emperor Strikes Back” and, unsurprisingly, involves arguably the most iconic Dragon Ball villain of all time, Frieza. Players will be pitted against the tyrant at an extreme difficulty level, having to defeat him as many times as possible along with others across the globe to defeat him once and for all.

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ involves teams of three fighters against opponents. In this instance, the opponent is only a single Frieza. However, the twist comes in the form of having three human players working together on a single team, rather than a single player controlling and switching between three characters.

 

The Party Battle mode was added to the game as part of the latest patch, which also included the second game mode called FighterZ Cup. The FighterZ Cup mode can be accessed monthly as a tournament against others, with winners gaining points towards their Z-Union (essentially a kind of in-game fan club for specific characters similar to Motal Kombat X’s Guilds).

 

Participants in the Party Battle will earn the in-game Zeni currency as well as the Premium Z Coins, both of which can be spent on various items in the game itself. According to the game’s producer, Tomoko Hiroki, all victories by players will be logged across every platform the game is on, meaning everyone is in the fight together whether they be playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Attracts the Big Names of Fighting Games

Even before its launch, Namco Bandai’s newest venture Dragon Ball FighterZ was turning heads. Developed with Arc System Works (creators of the popular BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fighting games), this new entry into the storied Dragon Ball series of games looked to be like nothing fans had ever seen before.

Upon release, this hype proved to be more than just talk, as 2 million copies sold within just the week of release made it the quickest selling Dragon Ball game ever made. This momentum hasn’t slowed a month later, as the competitive scene is finally taking off at tournaments, with some interesting developments not commonly seen within the community.

With most fighting games, a certain niche of players is the goal of any developer. Rather than attract a wide variety of players, they try to court certain groups that like a particular franchise, combat system, or other feature that their game has that others don’t. As a result, many of the biggest names in fighting games stick to their particular title of choice for competition.

Not so for FighterZ, as it has somehow managed to draw in some of the most highly ranked gamers from other franchises, many of which do not typically stray from their game of choice. According to Steve Barthelemy, a longtime veteran of the anime fighting game genre using the name “Lord Knight” at competition, FighterZ has done what few games before it could and attracted a sustainable number of players post-launch.

In his experience, all four lobbies the game has at present are consistently packed with players, and offline spaces like Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California draw huge crowds wanting to compete in or watch the game being played. Others, too, like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, champion of games like Skullgirls, Mortal Kombat, and many more, as well as his longtime rival William “Leffen” Hjelte, the undisputed “god” of Super Smash Bros. Melee, have both joined the fight in FighterZ.

It’s easy to see why, though. With so many people having grown up with the Dragon Ball franchise across the world, it makes sense many of those people would want to take a crack at the series’ newest venture into video games. And momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, meaning there might be more than just nostalgia attached to this game.