Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, launch trailer and system are live now

Vegeta, the second main caracter in the new dragon ball z game : kakrot
(Image credit: Bandai Namco)

You should get ready folks, Dragon Ball Z: There’s only one day until Kakarot.

To celebrate, Bandai Namco published the game’s launch trailer, where we actually hear some lines from the best friend of Goku, Vegeta. We finally got the complete system specs for the game as well, which really is about dang time. For about a week or so, the minimum requirements have been out but we now know what’s recommended. 

Since last year’s excellent Dragon Ball FighterZ, Dragon Ball Z has been in a good position, and Bandai Namco is trying to keep the streak alive with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. This is not a straight up fighter: Kakarot steps out of the genre of fighting games and allows players to explore the world (yes, again) playing through a good chunk of Goku’s life. It’s an action-RPG, which isn’t a first for Dragon Ball games, but few have made their way to a PC, and Kakarot looks like a fun one so far.

What’s required and what’s recommended?

Here’s all we know of Dragon Ball Z so far: Kakarot.

You’re going to need at least a GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon HD 7950 GPU. The suggested specifications are calling for a GeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 280X GPU, which is by no means bad. Full system specs are given below:

Minimum:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon HD 7950
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 36 GB available space

Recommended:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 280X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
Gohan, son of Goku the main caracter in the new dragon ball z game : kakrot
Credit : DBZ Kakarot : Developped by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment

What is release date for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot?

Bandai Namco announced that it is releasing Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 17, 2019. This may not be the international release day so check back here if the day changes.

Have a look at the gameplay video:

The demo gives a good understanding of Dragon Ball Z: the size of Kakarot and the loop of adventure-combat. Players have plenty of space to explore, flying their primary means of travel (although you can see Goku moving at super speeds as well). You just look fantastic moving around. If Goku doesn’t break the sound barrier with his boost, you can see the wind flatten his hair before it bounces back to the beauty of spiky anime. The flying reminds me of Anthem but with character.

Combat looks more-or-less like a Dragon Ball Z game, but it’s cool that combat takes place dynamically wherever you are in the world, rather than separately made areas.

What sort of game is Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot?

Kakarot is an action-RPG, but also kind of a fighting game. When flying around the world as Goku, it controls like a typical third-person game. When a fight breaks out, perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Outside combat, you can free roam locations to complete side quests, mine minerals with Ki blasts, and fish (more on that later).

What sets Kakarot apart from the countless DBZ fighting games is its emphasis on RPG progression. Gameplay is consistent with the anime story arc, meaning Goku doesn’t start out with his most powerful moves. Speaking to Kotaku at E3 2019, Kakarot director Hara Ryosuke explained the decision. “The idea is to immerse the player into what Goku is feeling in those different moments.” It’s a small thing, but it could be novel for Dragon Ball Z fans looking for something different—many past DBZ RPGs, like The Legacy of Goku, have been on handhelds.

Kakarot follows the story (mostly) from the Dragon Ball Z anime

There’s not so much DBZ content out there, so I guess it makes sense to go with and appreciate what people already know. However, CyberConnect 2 is taking creative license with side quests, which is the studio behind the game’s development. I hope you’re ready to beat Raditz, collect some dragon balls and revive your mates.

You can dive into the game, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on PC via Steam on January 17.

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