Dragon Ball Z Kakarot: The next DLC would mark a return to basics

While the Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Bardock DLC is fast approaching, a new rumor is gently shaking the world of Dragon Ball video games. And if you are Dragon Ball Z Kakarot players, then you are directly concerned, because Bandai Namco is preparing (in the conditional) to transgress one of the key promises of its Action-RPG to be released in January 2020.

Indeed, according to this new rumor – which is not based on any foundation, but we will give it the benefit of the doubt – the DBZ Kakarot game is about to go off the rails to integrate for the first time content that does not belong at DBZ. According to @DBSHype and @El_Maverickthe next and 5th DLC of the game should deal with the arc of the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai of the Dragon Ball seriesand incidentally from the original manga by Akira Toriyama.

If some are already happy about this unconfirmed information, others (like yours truly) think that it could be a strategic error for two reasons:

  • The first is that the DBZ anime is full of untapped content, such as the Garlick Junior arc, the Otherworld Tournament with Paikuhan, or even Gohan’s survival in the desert when he was very young (hello mr robot). We must not forget that the initial promise of Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is to trace the history of the Dragon Ball Z animated series, including fillers. So why integrate content from the Dragon Ball anime, which would largely deserve a full-fledged game? Even from a consistency point of view: in terms of narration, it’s a story that should take place immediately after the Piccolo Daimao arc of Dragon Ball. So why release it now as a DLC?
  • And this is precisely the subject of my second point: the Dragon Ball animated series deserves a game of its own. However, by integrating a DB arc into DBZ Kakarot, Bandai Namco could shoot itself in the foot by cannibalizing a possible future action-RPG exclusive to the DB universe. So why not save DB stories for a future full-fledged DB title, and continue to exploit DBZ-specific stories?

A DLC on the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai is still good news

No matter how it’s brought, additional content is still great news. In addition, returning to the sources of Dragon Ball by making players experience one of the most legendary championships in the work remains excellent news.

The 23rd World Martial Arts Championship takes place 3 years after the death of Demon King Piccolo. His son, Ma Junior, participates in this tournament in order to avenge his father by assassinating Son Goku. Except that Goku trained for 3 years at the Palace of God, and comes back stronger than ever.

Participants of the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai

While waiting for this rumor to be confirmed (or not), the next date for Dragon Ball Z Kakarot players will be January 13, 2023, the day the Bardock DLC is released with Season Pass 2. In addition, on the same day, a free update will bring the game to full compatibility on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is a video game developed by CyberConnect2 (studio known for the .hack series, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm, or Demon Slayer). It’s an Action-RPG that offers “an epic reinterpretation of Dragon Ball history” in which fans can relive the story of Saiyan Kakarot, better known as Son Goku, “like never before”. search for ever greater power. On the other hand, we are told about a journey that will lead him to defend the Earth against terrible enemies. DBZ Kakarot guides the player through the Saiyan, Frieza, Cyborg, Cell and Buu sagas, in a gigantic semi-open world rich in side quests, enough to discover some familiar faces.

The title was released in France on PlayStation 4, Xbox One; and PC via Steam on January 17, 2020, and on Nintendo Switch on September 24, 2021. Incidentally, the different versions of Dragon Ball Z Kakarot are to be discovered in a Standard, Deluxe, Ultimate and Collector’s Edition, offering vast freely explorable maps dotted with secondary missions and parallel objectives. Finally, you can find more information on the official site from Dragon Ball Z Kakarot.