The Game Awards 2023: New Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi Game Gets Gorgeous Trailer

Now called Sparking! Zero.

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  • The Game Awards 2023 announced Dragon Ball Sparking! Zero, the next Budokai Tenkaichi game.
  • When it was revealed in March, fans called it Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 4.
  • There's no release date yet, but it's coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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The Game Awards 2023 continue to swing at new video game announcements! Dragon Ball Z fans, get ready as we finally get a new look at the next Budokai Tenkaichi game.

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Fans called it Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 4, but it is now officially called Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero. The highly anticipated sequel showcases new graphics, new characters, and explosive powers. There is no release date yet, but it will launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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The Next Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi Game: Sparking! Zero

Expect new characters, powers, and storylines to be featured in Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero, announced at The Game Awards.
Expect new characters, powers, and storylines to be featured in Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero

In The Game Awards 2023 trailer, Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero is formally announced. We see iconic Dragon Ball characters Goku and Vegeta battle it out before transforming into their Super Saiyan Blue forms. In actual gameplay and cutscenes, the graphics and visuals look straight out of the anime.

They’re able to get these visuals thanks to the Unreal Engine. Play a fresh new 3D Dragon Ball fighter as it continues the Budokai Tenkaichi series. There will be a single-player mode alongside multiplayer with online capabilities.

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The Game Awards 2023 announcement showed the next Budokai Tenkaichi game. It will likely skip over Dragon Ball Z’s story and adapt the new Dragon Ball Super storylines. We already saw Goku and Vegeta turn into their Super Saiyan Blue forms, but we get a super fast montage of Dragon Ball Z characters such as Piccolo and Krillin.

Dragon Ball Super characters also make an appearance, like Bergamo and Jiren. Battling out in Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero will act similarly to previous Budokai Tenkaichi titles. Fight your opponents in a 3D environment as the stage falls apart from the powerful abilities, techniques, and transformations.

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From Budokai Tenkaichi 4 to Sparking! Zero: Dragon Ball Z Fans Rejoice at The Game Awards!

Bergamo and more Dragon Ball Super characters will be playable for the first time in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
Bergamo and more Dragon Ball Super characters will be playable for the first time in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

Before The Game Awards 2023 announcement trailer, fans were teased with Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 4 earlier this year in March. That trailer began with clips of the old Budokai Tenkaichi games, which any Dragon Ball fan would’ve played at some point in their life. The tagline, “A New Budokai Tenkaichi Begins,” gave fans more than enough reason to call it Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 4.

Now called Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero, this is the next Budokai Tenkaichi title. It’s been over 15 years since Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 3 was released on the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Wii in 2007. It had over 95 characters, and some had multiple forms to pick from.

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Don’t expect Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero to have this large cast of characters. What you can expect is a next-generation Dragon Ball 3D fighter experience. No 3D Dragon Ball fighter has come close to reconnecting fans with the series like Budokai Tenkaichi has.

New graphics, new storylines, and new characters will take the stage in Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero. It is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. There is no release date or window yet, but hopefully it will arrive at some point in 2024.

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Written by Travis Vuong

Travis Vuong is a games journalist and content creator. He's been a YouTuber since 2008 and continues to create videos under the "tvsonicgaming" banner. All social media accounts and his podcast: allmylinks.com/tvsonic