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Dragon Ball XenoVerse: The Story behind the Story

If you’re a fan, you’ve probably seen the advertisements for the latest entry in the Dragonball video game franchise; Dragon Ball XenoVerse. The set to release in February of this year, will take a new twist on the standard Dragonball video game formula. Where before we’ve grown accustomed to playing through the events of the Dragonball Z series, with a few deviations on said story here and there, but never anything substantial. This time though, things are a little different.

Yes, you still play through the story Dragonball Z…except you don’t. Instead of taking the role of our favorite heroes such as Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, and Vegeta, instead you take the role of a character you create yourself, working alongside Time Patrol Trunks to stop dark forces from screwing around with the actual canon, such as aiding and powering up villains like Raditz and Cell.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty interesting idea and I look forward to playing this game. Partly because I remembered this story from another game that wasn’t actually widely released. Though some of you may know of it, this maybe the first time a lot of you have heard about Dragon Ball Online (DBO.)

DBO, as it sounds, was an online MMORPG centered around the Dragon Ball mythos overseen by Akira Toriyama and released in South Korea in 2010, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2011. Taking place after the Buu Saga, the world has gone through quite a change. More humans have take an interest in martial arts due to a book written by Gohan on the matter, leading to the reopening of the Crane and Turtle Schools by Tien and Krillin respectively, both taking a differing stance on how humans can best fight more powerful enemies. Alongside the Turtle and Crane schools is the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School created by Goten and Trunks, focusing on channeling Ki through swords.

Alongside the humans are two other races, which can be used to create your character: Namekians and Majin. The same dark forces that have been manipulating the time-stream in Dragon Ball Online are the same ones that play the main antagonist role in Dragonball XenoVerse, and are also responsible for the destruction of the New Namek, which has forced the Namekians to migrate to Earth. The Majin are a race started by Majin Buu after reading one of Hercules “Adult Novels” and creating a wife of his very own.

Of course, it appears as though XenoVerse will be more an adaption, and with any adaption there will likely be some changes. Still, there are plenty of things I think we’ll probably not see taken over from the series–primarily more of the characters such as Cell-X and Evil Bardock, but I like to think we’ll still have a lot from this game carried over. In particular the class system, which I’ll break down real quick:

Humans are capable of learning from either the Crane School, Sword School, or Turtle School. A human is either a Spiritualist, a Martial Artist, or an Engineer (though the class was never really released.) A Spiritulist could then become either a Crane or Turtle Hermit and a Martial Artist could be either a Fighter or Sword Master.

Namekians could either be Warrior-Type or Dragon Clan. As a Warrior, they could either become a Dark Warrior or Shadow Knight, while Dragon Clan members can either become Dende Priests or Poko Priests.

Majins could be either Wonder Majins or Mighty Majins. As a Wonder Majin they can then either be Karma or Plasma Majins. Mighty Majins can either become Ultimate or Grand Chef majins.

However, it should be noted it appears as though Frieza’s unnamed race are also playable characters, which changes things a bit. Though, I suppose we have Dragon Ball Heroes to think for this nifty little surprise, and I’ll be curious to see what this mysterious race brings to the table besides an overall cool look.

Frieza's Race

Frieza’s race members as they appear in Dragon Ball Heroes

So, there you have it. A brief look at the spiritual predecessor of Dragon Ball XenoVerse. The game looks to be a big step for the franchise going forward, and I eagerly await it’s release date, along with what I can only assume are millions (and millions,) of fans.

As a bonus, pre-ordering the Day One edition of Dragon Ball XenoVerse will net you two Frieza Soldier’s Battlesuits in Crystal and Gold (while supplies last,) and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a playable character. Worth it!