One of the biggest surprise game announcements to come from Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference was Dragon Ball FighterZ, a new fighting game seemingly inspired by the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise. Despite being revealed during Microsoft’s press conference, Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to PC and PS4 as well as Xbox One. And as it turns out, a Nintendo Switch version is also possible, though its release is dependent on the success of another game.
According to Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki, a Nintendo Switch version of the game is possible if enough fans buy the upcoming Switch version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
“In terms of the Switch version, we’re currently working on Xenoverse 2 for the Switch, so we want players to first go there, and then we can talk about FighterZ.”
Basically, Hiroki is saying that Bandai Namco will determine interest in Dragon Ball games on the Switch based on the success of Xenoverse 2, with the “fan demand” he discussed in a previous interview being measured by that game’s sales. However, some fans may take issue with this for a couple of different reasons.
For one, Xenoverse 2 is a much different game than FighterZ. Whereas FighterZ is by and large a traditional fighting game experience, Xenoverse 2 blends elements of an MMO with 3D exploration and combat. Since the games are vastly different outside of being based on Dragon Ball, it’s quite possible that there are Nintendo Switch owners interested in the gameplay FighterZ is bringing to the table, but have no desire to play Xenoverse 2 at all.
Secondly, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will have already been available for other platforms for nearly a year by the time it launches for the Nintendo Switch. Many hardcore Dragon Ball fans have likely already played it on another console or PC, and may not want to purchase the game a second time just to convince Bandai Namco to bring a completely different experience to the Switch. Having said that, the Switch version is boasting some new content, like a local multiplayer mode and optional motion controls, but it remains to be seen if that’s enough to convince consumers to double dip.
Some fans may take issue with Hiroki’s statement regarding a Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ, but to be fair, Bandai Namco isn’t the only company taking a “wait and see” approach with Nintendo’s new console. Hopefully for Nintendo Switch owners, third party games like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 sell well so the console can receive ports of other major third party releases.
Dragon Ball FighterZ will launch in 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.