Bandai Namco reveals some teaser images for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot DLC, focused on the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. This DLC is part of the game’s second season pass, where it provides additional story scenarios for the player to experience. The first part of Kakarot's second season pass was released earlier this year, focusing on The Father of Goku, Bardock. The end of that DLC had given fans a quick look at the next relevant story that it would cover, which is the ending of Dragon Ball before transitioning to Dragon Ball Z (at least in the anime), the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
The World Tournament DLC portrays many of the events from this iconic arc, this being the first time the audience gets to see Goku grow up from a kid to a young adult, or for those that started from Dragon Ball Z, a slight return to form with a familiar version of Goku. This DLC will also feature slightly younger versions of the cast, including the first appearance of Piccolo Jr. (the character that would become Piccolo that fans know now), where he is competing under the guise of "Majunior" to keep his demonic heritage a secret. As such, fans should expect the big climatic battle of the DLC to be the very first fight between Goku and Piccolo, with Bandai Namco teasing fans with what to expect.
This includes a key visual of the event, where Goku's fight against Piccolo from the tournament is depicted on it. Due to this being an earlier version of Goku, the hero is noticeably younger and slimmer looking, as opposed to the defined muscles he'd gain later in life. With this taking place before the events of Dragon Ball Z, this DLC could be seen as a prequel to Kakarot's own storyline, so players can look forward to pre-Z elements being present.
If you haven’t seen it yet, take a good look at the new key visual for the 5th DLC of DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT!— Dragon Ball Games (@dragonballgames) March 9, 2023
It features an iconic battle between Goku and Majunior at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai!
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Some of the screenshots show off what players can expect in the DLC, such as Goku and Piccolo squaring off in the final round in a hand-to-hand contest on even footing to start. It also shows that there will be a fight against Piccolo's often-forgotten giant form, where he summons a giant energy wave against a smaller Goku. With this sense of scale conveyed, the fight itself might be similar to Kakarot's boss fight against Great Ape Vegeta.
[#DRAGONBALLZKAKAROT]— Dragon Ball Games (@dragonballgames) February 28, 2023
▶ DLC Additional Story ◀
The setting for this story is the 23rd World Tournament, the venue for a series of shocking upsets. pic.twitter.com/0miWReo0r6
The 23rd World Tournament DLC is the second DLC story of the second season pass and is the fifth DLC overall of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Season Pass 2 will have a sixth and final DLC sometime later, though no release window has been given yet for either episode.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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