After months of rumor, Namco Bandai has confirmed Dragon Ball Z for Kinect during its “Global Gamers Day” press conference in Las Vegas.
Due in October this year, the game will feature interactive cutscenes, over 30 minutes of new anime content, over 100 moves, and over 50 playable characters. New characters can be unlocked via QR codes.
GameKult provided a photo of the game’s box art. All other visual media is embargoed until April 17.
Update: View the full press release below.
DRAGON BALL Z® FOR KINECT TO TRANSFORM PLAYERS INTO SUPER SAIYANS THIS OCTOBER
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES NEWEST EVOLUTION IN THE BELOVED FIGHTING SERIES
SAN JOSE, Calif. (April 11, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that Dragon Ball Z® for Kinect™ will be coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this October. All of the classic action and intensity of the Dragon Ball Z universe will be felt with an unprecedented sense of immersion when players learn to deliver over 100 moves, including the legendary Kamehameha with their own fists as they charge their way to victory in this ultimate evolution of the classic franchise.
Developed by Spike Chunsoft Co. Ltd, players will be entering the Dragon Ball Z universe in an entirely new way. Featuring iconic characters, famous attacks, and epic battles authentically created from the original manga series, Dragon Ball Z® for Kinect lets players unleash their inner Super Saiyan with no controller in the way! Fans will also be treated to new anime footage debuting in the US and Europe for the first time, along with over 50 playable characters and an entirely new character. Leveraging the Kinect sensor, Dragon Ball Z® for Kinect will also support QR code functionality, allowing fans to hold up special QR codes to unlock characters and power-ups in the game.
“There’s going to be no better feeling in the world for fans of the Dragon Ball Z series than standing in front of their screens and unleashing their own fists and raging blasts upon enemies with this game,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “The Kinect sensor has truly enabled the development team to finally realize the dreams of millions of fans of both the classic games and the timeless original anime. This game will truly represent the next generation of interactive entertainment in the Dragon Ball Z universe.”
Choosing between ‘Story Mode’ and ‘Score Attack’ mode, players will enjoy battles and events following the story of Dragon Ball Z in first-person view for the first time. Dramatic battles use anime-style camerawork and require the player to move in the same way as their character and perform the same attack or movement from a particular famous scene, combining CG demo scenes and battle controls to experience giant boss battles like never before! In ‘Score Attack’ mode, defeat opponents in 1-on-1 battles to get the highest score!
Dragon Ball Z® for Kinect will be available throughout North America and Europe this October. For more information on the game, please visit: http://dragonball.namcobandaigames.com and www.facebook.com/NamcoBandai.
Dragon Ball Z the animated series is available for purchase on the Xbox LIVE Video Store. For more information about the animated series please visit http://www.dragonballz.com.