Dragon Ball Sparking ZERO receives new trailer and release date at Summer Game Fest

Dragon Ball Sparking Zero
Dragon Ball Sparking Zero got an amazing trailer, and a release date during Summer Game Fest 2024 (Image via Bandai Namco)

Dragon Ball Sparking Zero made a splash during Summer Game Fest 2024, giving fans a brand-new trailer. It was more than just showing the anime characters beating the stuffing out of each other with zero context this time. While that was there, Bandai Namco confirmed a story mode of some kind and an October 11, 2024 release date. It will still be a few months, but it is arriving this year.

Many of the franchise’s greatest moments were on display in the trailer: Goku vs. Frieza on Namek, Majin Vegeta versus Majin Buu, and Piccolo versus Android 17. But what fans really wanted from Dragon Ball Sparking Zero was the release date, so here’s what you need to know.


Dragon Ball Sparking ZERO teases story mode, characters, and offers release date

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The first entry into the Budokai Tenkaichi series in 15 years is back - Dragon Ball Sparking Zero releases on October 11, 2024. There have been several teasers over the past few months, revealing a wide roster of characters on the way to the game. This trailer, shown during Summer Game Fest 2024, revealed even more familiar faces that will be available in the upcoming game:

  • Goku (Super)
  • Goku (Ultra Instinct)
  • Gohan (Ault)
  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2)
  • Golden Frieza
  • Bardock
  • Raditz
  • Goku Black
  • Zamasu
  • Jiren (Full Power)

As a part of the Dragon Ball Sparking Zero trailer, a new mode was also shown: Episode Battle. This lets players pick one of eight characters and relive key battles from the Dragon Ball franchise, confirming that a story mode of sorts from previous games will return.

Another mode revealed was Custom Battle, which brings something fresh to the Budokai Tenkaichi series. Players can tackle scenarios imagined by the developers or create their own battle scenarios so that fans worldwide can try them.

The various game editions also reveal that there will be DLC characters from Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and Dragon Ball Daima. While no prices were given, the various editions of the game were revealed, as well as their contents:

  • Digital Deluxe: Standard Edition, three days early access, and Season Pass (20+ characters, including Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Dragon Ball Daima, and Shenron Summon that can unlock items). Players will also get early access to DLC.
  • Digital Ultimate Edition: Deluxe Edition content, and Ultimate Upgrade Pack - includes Goku (Super) Costume with Power Pole, Emote VOice set, one Customization item, and two player card backgrounds. It also includes the possibility to summon Super Shenron to unlock items or characters.
  • Collector Edition: Digital Ultimate Edition, and also comes with exclusive Sparking! ZERO diorama and Metallic Bookmark
  • Premium Collector Edition (only available on Bandai Namco Store): All Collector Edition content, SteelBook, and four exclusive cards from Dragon Ball Super Card Game: Fusion World.

Bandai Namco revealed as well that pre-orders for Dragon Ball Sparking Zero will grant early access to several characters:

  • Gogeta
  • Gogeta Super Saiyan
  • Gogeta Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan
  • Broly
  • Broly Super Saiyan
  • Broly Super Saiyan Full Power
  • Character to be revealed at a later date

Dragon Ball Sparking Zero is on the way later this year. It is coming on October 11, 2024, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam.

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