Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero Reportedly Gets a Release Window and the Removal of a Beloved Budokai Tenkaichi Feature

Wanted to relive the good old days of playing Budokai Tenkaichi while sitting next to friends? It may not happen anytime soon.

Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero Reportedly Gets a Release Window and the Removal of a Beloved Budokai Tenkaichi Feature

SUMMARY

  • The next Dragonball game has reportedly received a release window.
  • Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero may remove the local split screen feature.
  • Some other potential features of the title have been revealed.
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Ever since it was announced that the beloved Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi would be making a glorious comeback in the form of Sparking Zero, fans of the original games and the anime have been looking forward to the series being revamped with modern gaming technology. Interestingly enough, it is a relatively unknown fact that Budokai Tenkaichi was actually titled Sparking! when it was released in Japan, making the upcoming game’s title make a lot more sense.

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However, since Bandai Namco has not shared an official release date yet, Dragonball enthusiasts finally have something substantial to be hopeful about.

There May Still Be Some Time Till Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero’s Release

Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero could be released later this year.
Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero could be released later this year.

Initially reported in French by LAUN LE MAL on social media site X and translated in English by ShonenGames, Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero does not have a “precise release date at the moment,” but that is because the development team wants to ensure that it does not rush its release. The developers are currently working tirelessly on the upcoming Dragonball title and are looking to “avoid rushing to release an incomplete game.”

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But although fans might have to wait longer for the next Budokai Tenkaichi installment than originally expected, there is a potential release window that Bandai Namco could be targeting.

According to the French source, Dragon Ball: Sparking Zero could be eyeing a release window of late 2024 or next year in 2025. There should be more than enough time for the developers to perfect the fighting game since the Budokai Tenkaichi series means a lot to people for multiple reasons, like nostalgia. That is not all that has been teased regarding the upcoming Dragonball title, as it seems to add and remove some notable features.

Bandai Namco May Be Removing the Local Split Screen Mode in the Upcoming Dragonball Game

The upcoming Dragonball title may not have the beloved split screen mode that OG fans absolutely adored.
The upcoming Dragonball title may not have the local split screen mode that OG fans absolutely adored.

Since the team seems to be “open to criticism and consists of enthusiasts,” it should be known that the OG fanbase of the Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi series absolutely loved the local split screen option in the original games. Unfortunately, that feature “will ultimately not be available,” but rest assured that the developers are reportedly not the ones to blame for this.

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This seems to be the final decision by Sony and Microsoft to encourage more people to buy their own consoles, which is “making split-screen adaptation complicated.”

The bad news aside, the upcoming Dragonball game will also feature characters from the controversial Dragon Ball GT, but it still has not been decided if they will be “in the base roster or as DLC.”

It also goes without saying, but the numerous fusions like Gogeta and Gotenks will also be playable. SZ will also consist of a proper “story mode,” which fans of the Budokai Tenkaichi series will probably appreciate.

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