Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3 Announcements


by in Fighting Game News | Feb, 10th 2020

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s World Tour Finals took place this weekend in Paris! The finals had Shoji “Fenrich” Sho doing battle against Goichi “GO1” Kishida, and we have a new world champion! GO1, arguably one of (if not the best) Dragon Ball FighterZ player in the world, took the crown. We also learned quite a lot about Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3!

If you thought we weren’t going to get at least one more Goku though, I’m sorry to say that you’re wrong. We have two new character reveals, and some pretty serious changes to DBFZ. Honestly, I think one of them should have been in the game from the start. But let’s talk Goku Fighter Z!

Assist Select and Comebacks

Tomoko Hiroki, producer of Dragon Ball FighterZ, talked about the game’s Season 3 after Day 1 of World Tour Finals. One of the major changes she mentioned is “Z Assist Special.” This is the biggest change to the game yet! It’s what made Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3 such bangers (other than being solid fighting games).

Each character in Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3 will have three assists: A, B, and C. This will give each character more than their generic starter assist. I got so tired of hearing, “If you don’t run Vegeta assist, you probably aren’t going to win.” It wasn’t true, of course, but people said it all the same.

Hiroki wants people to try to avoid picking characters solely for their assist. This is the right way to go about it. Since each character will now have 3, you’ll likely be able to pick the characters you want instead of characters you need for their invaluable, perfect assist. Most of the cast will likely have useful assists in Season 3, and that’s beautiful.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3 is also going to have some mysterious new comeback mechanic. We don’t have a lot of details just yet. But there will be a new meter above the round timer, that slides back and forth between the players. In the video footage, Gohan entered the battle, his character portrait gained a graphic below it, and his level 3 super does incredible damage.

One of the things Dragon Ball FighterZ is known for is very one-sided battles. A player gets the edge at the start and carries it to the end. That’s not fun for viewers or the player being bodied.

Speaking of being bodied, last season, no major updates were made during the competitive season. With the overwhelming, ridiculous power of GT Goku, this made a lot of players unhappy, except GT Goku mains, I guess.

Bandai Namco is now open to making mid-season changes in Season 3, likely in the form of one sweeping update mid-way through the season. This will give them a chance to balance, and for competitive players and casuals alike able to change things up and not feel so defeated the entire season.

Fuzzies, Misc. Changes and New Characters

One final change that was discussed by Hiroki was the nature of Fuzzies. Fuzzies in DBFZ refer to setups involving large-bodied characters. Fuzzies are setups where you take advantage of that and perform an overhead, which normally isn’t possible to do on crouching opponents. They’re incredibly frustrating and are patently unfair.

One thing I noticed in the video, was that Goku absorbed a ki blast from Jeice’s special move (through Captain Ginyu), while he was charging Ki! It seems that ki will nullify weak projectile attacks so that players can use ki charging. It might make it pretty darn useful.

There’s talk of removing Fuzzies from the game entirely, and I certainly hope that’s the case. There were some minor changes too, like a beautiful new UI on the character select screen. There’s room for at least six more characters in this UI, and we’ve seen two of them!

Speaking of characters, who is next? First, we saw Goku (Ultra Instinct), and after that, Kefla (Super Saiyan)! Goku (Ultra Instinct) is coming this Spring. From the look we got at him in the teaser, he does a lot of parrying/avoidance/counter gameplay. He is shown easily evading several attacks from Jiren (his final fight in Dragon Ball Super). Now, this is interesting because so many Goku characters feel like one another.

But we have another character coming much sooner than that, and it’s one that many people I know have been direly waiting for. Is it another Saiyan? Well, sort of. It’s two Saiyans! Dragon Ball FighterZ’ Season 3 FighterZ pass unveiled the Ultimate Saiyans! Kefla! That’s right, the Potara Earrings are back, and bring the Kale/Caulifla pairing to the game.

She’s very aggressive with her melee onslaught, but one thing stood out to me. One of her kick combos, about 1:45 into the video is a rapid, Chun-Li style lightning kick. It’s virtually identical to the other Fusions kick style, so I imagine it’s going to be a trend on all the Saiyan fusions — just some food for thought.

She has strong dash attacks and a ki attack used like a whip, almost a melee weapon. Kefla screams, and red beams of light shoot from her, battering her opponent with them. Kefla’s a faster, more aggressive Broly if that’s even possible.

I can’t wait to see more of what her fighting style will be, but her ki blasts looked different from any other character. But when does Kefla drop? February 28! Goku (Ultra Instinct) will be next, sometime in Spring 2020. There are three characters yet to be revealed.

So, I’d like to end this with a bit of speculation. I doubt we’ll see another Dragon Ball Super in this FighterZ Pass, but Ultra Instinct and Kefla were the right picks. They’re still hot, with Dragon Ball Super being relevant still. GT Goku opened the gates for non-cannon stuff, alongside Broly (non-Super).

So, here is who I’d like to see come to the game. Honorable mention to Mark “Hercule” Satan, because of course, I want him in the game.

  • Baby Vegeta (non-Great Ape)
  • Tao PaiPai (Mercenary Tao or Robo-Tao)
  • Lord Slug (Non-Giant)

I picked these because they’re either non-canon or interesting movie bosses that fill roles. We don’t have other Namekians, so Lord Slug would be a great fighting Namekian to add, other than Nail. Tao PaiPai is a pretty interesting Dragon Ball villain, in both of his forms. Baby Vegeta had an awesome visual design and would still be Saiyan-adjacent. He could turn into the Great Ape and use the Revenge Death Ball as a super.

What about you? What are you hoping to see in Season 3?

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