Dragon Ball FighterZ breaks Steam records, datamine reveals possible DLC
With the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ on PC, Dataminers have already gotten to work dissecting every single bit of the code in the game. A few new discoveries were made by YouTuber and known Dragon Ball Xenoverse dataminer Sergio M3, whose information has been reputable in the past. This information could point toward upcoming DLC characters, updates, and more.
The first thing Sergio found was a list of lobby avatars that aren’t currently obtainable. There are twelve avatars in total including:
- Broly (Super Saiyan)
- Bardock (Super Saiyan)
- Vegito (SSGSS)
- Android 17 (Ranger)
- Fused Zamasu
There are a couple things to note here.
First, the Goku and Vegeta in this list are specifically base form Goku and base form Vegeta from the Saiyan Saga, two characters that have already been rumored to be upcoming DLC.
Second, the DLC avatars appear to come in pairs. Goku is paired with Vegeta, Broly is paired with Bardock, and Vegito is paired with Zamasu. This might give us hints as to how the DLC will be sold. It’s possible that Goku and Vegeta will be sold as a “Saiyan Saga” pack, Broly and Bardock could be sold as a “Saiyans of the Past” pack, and Vegito and Zamasu could be sold as a “Future Trunks Saga (Dragon Ball Super)” pack.
The only two characters that aren’t paired are Cooler and Android 17. This has led Sergio and the DBFZ fanbase in general to speculate that they may just be bonus avatars, while all the other avatars would become unlocked when you bought their corresponding DLC. Furthermore, all character specific assist characters (such as the Ginyu Force, Chiaotzu, and even the Saibamen) got lobby avatars while Zamasu, an assist character for Goku Black, did not. If this, in fact, points toward fused/corrupted Zamasu becoming playable, that would explain why. In addition, Sergio has found a model of Vegeta in his Saiyan Saga armor which further points toward his eventual DLC inclusion.
Sergio also found references to game modes that don’t currently exist. They are “Z Union,” “Z League,” and “Raid Battle.” There aren’t many details about these modes available, however Sergio did figure out that Z Union will allow players to join unions based on certain characters. Fans have speculated that this points toward a MKX style faction based experience, where players fight online to prove that their union is the best. In addition, fans have also speculated that raid battles would use the games “party mode” system to allow multiple players to team up co-op against a single overpowered boss.
It’s entirely possible that these modes will be accessed by the two areas of the lobby that currently are not linked to any game mode: Kame House and West City.
Resetra user Slaythe added information saying that, based on his sources, Bandai Namco has not yet begun work on the final two DLC characters. This would support the notion that Cooler and Android 17 (Ranger) are just bonus avatars and not full DLC characters.
In addition, this contradicts earlier rumors about a “datamine” revealing characters such as Jiren, Kefla, Toppo, Janemba, and Kid Goku. Sergio has come to the conclusion that this list is likely false. That would be a shame since several fans have asked for the inclusion of more female characters, and Kefla would have made many of these fans happy.
Many Dragon Ball Super fans were also hoping for the inclusion of Jiren, however Jiren’s current arc is not yet finished, and most DLC characters are planned well in advance. There would simply be no chance for Jiren to be included as a DLC character, at least as part of “season one.” If Arc System Works and Bandai Namco decided to continue supporting DBFZ for multiple seasons of DLC then anything is possible.
And it’s very possible that Bandai Namco will want to throw their full support behind this game because it has already shattered records. After its launch DBFZ hit a peak of 44,234 concurrent users on Steam. That is the highest number any Steam fighting game has ever obtained. The former record was held by Tekken 7 in comparison. At time of writing, DBFZ is the 25th most popular game on Steam with 19,254 concurrent players, hitting a daily peak of 27,676 players. For comparison, at time of writing, Street Fighter V only had 1,676 concurrent players, Tekken 7 had 1,430 concurrent players, and, perhaps most sadly, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite only had 20 concurrent players. With such unprecedented success in the PC world and even greater success in the console world, Bandai Namco stands to make quite a profit if they keep telling Arc System Works to churn out DLC characters.
What do you think? If these characters are the eight DLC characters promised, would you be happy? What characters do you want to see hit the DBFZ roster? Let us know in the comments.