Dragon Ball Hour Battle Hour 2023 Unveils Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 4

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, the 2005 anime fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment, will receive a fourth installment 16 years after the last mainline release.

During the Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2023 event, Bandai Namco and Toei Animation released a teaser trailer for the latest entry in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series (known as Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! in Japan). The teaser trailer showed clips of the previous games that dominated the PlayStation 2 era of video games before switching to brand-new footage of Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 4. The clip in question has Goku transforming into his Super Saiyan Blue form for battle, just as he did in the Dragon Ball Super anime.

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When Is Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 4 Coming?
At the moment, there’s no announcement of a release date, platform or developer for Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 4. However, after a waiting period of 16 years, fans of the Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi fighting series are thrilled that a new game is in active development. The last mainline title, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, was released on the PS2 and Nintendo Wii in 2007. Other titles related to the Budokai Tenkaichi series were released in the following years such as the 2010 Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for the PlayStation Portable and the 2012 release of Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect for the Xbox 360. Spike Chunsoft was the developer behind the original mainline games.
In recent years, the Dragon Ball Z video game franchise has grown significantly with multiple games that cover a variety of genres. The Dragon Ball Xenoverse games are 3D action role-playing games where the player can create a character and live in the Dragon Ball universe. Dragon Ball FighterZ, developed by Arc System Works (Guilty Gear, BlazBlue), is a 2.5D fighting game reminiscent of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. On the other hand, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an open-world RPG where players experience the storyline of Dragon Ball Z from the Saiyan Saga to the Buu Saga. However, additional storylines from the anime are playable through DLC.
The Dragon Ball anime series has also grown since the 2005 fighting games. The Japanese original net animation Super Dragon Ball Heroes introduced a female villain named Aeos, who is quickly becoming a fan-favorite among the Dragon Ball community. Forgotten characters like Super Saiyan Broly – not to be confused with the Broly-like female fighter Caulifla from Dragon Ball Super – and Mai from Emperor Pilaf’s gang have returned front and center to the series. The most recent animated movie, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, also returned Piccolo and Gohan to their fighting form.
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