Dragon Ball FighterZ finishes powering up and launches

My knowledge of Dragon Ball Z comes mostly from Britney Spears posting her son’s fan art and cosplay on her Instagram but dang, even I’m a bit excited by today’s launch of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The fighting game looks anime as heck the best way, with flashy animations and stage-smashing attacks, and it’s made by the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue folks so it should decent biffing and all. Our review isn’t ready yet, as we wanted to see the game in its live state, so for now here’s word that it’s out and a warning that some players are finding their fightsticks don’t work with it.

FighterZ (pronounced ‘Fighters‘) throws a load of Dragon Ballers together to kick each other to pieces. It’s a 3v3 tag-team fighting game, yeah? It riffs heavily off the anime’s style with special effects, camera angles, and animations, with some attacks and finishing moves being super ridiculous. Fighting games are a good genre for excess.

Heck yeah this is some anime. Along with a story campaign about fighting the mysterious new Android 21, it has local multiplayer, of course, and online modes including ranked matches and 6-player party matches.

Unfortunately, it seems the game has a problem with recognising DirectInput controllers. Players are all over the game’s Steam forum complaining that their stick isn’t working. Some report that using the TocaEdit Xbox 360 Controller Emulator tool has their sticks working just fine, but I don’t know that software myself so I can’t vouch for it. Fingers crossed the devs can fix this sharpish.

Made by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball FighterZ is out now on Steam for £45/€60/$60. It already has a season pass, which for £35/€40/$40 will give eight new characters as they’re released.


  1. Dominic Tarason says:

    My one concern with this game was that it wouldn’t have a decent player-base online. Competition is the lifeblood of fighting games, after all.

    According to Steamcharts, the game clocked 44k concurrent players at launch, absolutely flattening the previous all-time high for a fighting game, Tekken 7, with 19k.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the number was even higher tomorrow.

    • Xzi says:

      Dammit, everyone wants the competitive edge. Seems like an amazing game, just not sure I want to pay the full retail price for it.

    • vahnn says:

      Yeah, I’m buying as soon as I get back in town from work on Saturday.

    • weavejester says:

      Unfortunately there are no private lobbies, there aren’t enough public lobbies, and if you do manage to squeeze into a lobby your worries aren’t over, because trying to enter a ring fight fails inexplicably most of the time.

      The game itself is very polished, but the online experience has been a big pile of poop so far.

  2. Monggerel says:

    I always used to call it A-nime (“nime” pronounced like “nine”). I was recently informed that this is, in fact, sacrilege.

    • Beefenstein says:




      Now you can say ‘anime’.

    • Sin Vega says:

      I still say it like that, because it’s fine. And as a bonus, anything that annoys anime fanboys is innately right and good.

  3. Darth Gangrel says:

    My knowledge of Dragon Ball Z comes mostly from “It’s over 9000” memes on youtube and assorted small clips in the “Recommended” list. I’m amazed by how well received this game has been.

  4. Beefenstein says:

    While the online experience is poor this game is AMAZEBALLS with COLOURS and SOUNDS and SHAPES.







  5. Crimsoneer says:

    I would LOVE to play this…but that is one hell of an entry fee.