On January 16, 2020, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot attracted fans with a faithful recreation of the Dragon Ball Z story, and a lot has changed in one year.
It’s hard to believe, but Dragon Ball Z: Kakarrot turns one year old today. Over the course of the last year, the game has undergone major changes that add more content and increase reach to levels that fans did not anticipate when it was first released. There’s no better time than your anniversary to look back on how Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2 have grown Kakarot from the ground up in just one year, and look forward to what’s next for the Dragon Ball Z games as a whole. In total, at least two major changes have been made to the game in the form of DLC.
For those who got on the train late for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Bandai Namco initially released the game on January 16, 2020. Now that the world has collectively survived that year and January 16 is here once again, gamers they have the opportunity to celebrate. the first anniversary of this daring and audacious Dragon Ball Z game. It would be a mistake to say that no other game has done what Dragon Ball Z: Kakarrot attempted, but few could argue in favor of another game that did so well.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarrot Initial Release
When Dragon Ball Z: Kakarrot was first announced, fans admitted that they were a bit skeptical. The Dragon Ball Z games as a whole had slowly begun to separate from the spent Dragon Ball Z history in favor of unique versions of the franchise’s history like Dragon Ball Xenoverse. There are countless video games that have re-told the Dragon Ball Z story, and as beloved as it may be, fans were getting a little tired. As Dragon Ball Z: Kakarrot began to show itself more and more, that skepticism quickly turned to eager anticipation.
The game was so detailed in its description of the original story that one of the only mistakes fans could find in the trailers was that Android 18 broke Vegeta’s right arm instead of his right. With that as precedent, players were finally ready to relive anime nostalgia in a way they never had before, and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot delivered. Although it omitted a few minor parts, it gave the most comprehensive look at the history of Dragon Ball Z that any game has done in the past. Some fans even compared it to watching the anime again.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Time Machine Update and DLC 1
While eagerly awaiting more news about Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s First DLC, fans received an update that expanded the role of the time machine. This device already played an important role in the story and allowed players to use Future Trunks after finishing the game, but now it would also allow them to replay the story missions. The time machine wasn’t without its flaws, but fans appreciated the opportunity to go back and relive epic moments from Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, even being able to play Vegito and Gotenks again.
When Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot released its first DLC featuring characters and events from the Battle of Gods arc in Dragon Ball Super, the game world was dramatically opened up.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Card Warriors y DLC 2
Once again, Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2 decided to give fans an update between the DLCs to keep them, this time in the form of Card Warriors. Although unexpected, the new game mode added a lot of replayability to a game that was otherwise lacking in that department and introduced the first traces of online multiplayer. One of the most surprising things about Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot initially was its lack of online multiplayer, but fans still weren’t expecting it to take this form.
The DLC 2 once again shook the foundations of the game, adding the Super Saiyan Blue form for both Goku and Vegeta, as well as a variety of new challenges. Since DLC 1 was criticized for being so short, the second expansion delved into Resurrection F’s story much more deeply than its predecessor, adding Golden Frieza and hordes of Frieza Force soldiers as enemies.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot One Year Anniversary Celebration y DLC 3
Unfortunately, there were no in-game events or other celebrations regarding the anniversary of the game, so players have nothing new to do in the game. Oddly enough, the publisher didn’t even tweet about the first anniversary on their UK or US Twitter accounts, preferring to keep the introduction of Super Baby 2 in Dragon Ball FighterZ front and center.
DLC 3 may still be a way out, but that hasn’t stopped players from speculating on what it will entail. As a new story arc, it is expected to be much longer than the previous two DLCs, but fans have not yet been able to determine which movie or anime arc will be adapted. The most likely Dragon Ball story arcs for DLC 3 right now are the Universe 6 tournament, the Future Trunks Arc, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, or an original story entirely, but it’s honestly too early to tell. Hopefully, Bandai Namco will let fans know what to expect soon, as it’s been a few months since the DLC 2 was released.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.