The next fighter to join Dragon Ball FighterZ looks set to be Jiren, the incredibly powerful member of the Pride Troopers that served as the main antagonist for Dragon Ball Super’s Tournament of Power arc. Although developer Arc System Works and publisher Bandai Namco haven’t officially announced Jiren yet, a scan from Japanese magazine Shonen Jump has appeared online showing him.
The image, which you can see below, features Super Saiyan Blue Goku clashing with Jiren, which is reminiscent of their brawls in the Dragon Ball Super anime series. The Dragon Ball FighterZ logo is featured prominently alongside them, all but officially announcing his arrival.
On January 17 it was teased that more information about DLC for the fighting game would be revealed at the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals, which take place on January 26-27. “The Warrior from Universe 11 is joining the fight,” Bandai Namco said in a tweet, sparking speculation that the character in question would likely be Jiren.
Plans for Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC beyond this character haven’t been confirmed as of yet, but Jiren could be the first in a second season of content for the game. Dragon Ball FighterZ has proven itself to be popular among fighting game aficionados and was one of the big draws at 2018’s EVO fighting game tournament. This, along with a resurgence in popularity thanks to the Super series and the new Broly movie, no doubt makes ongoing support for the game more enticing for its developer and publisher.
The game was also received well by critics. GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our Dragon Ball FighterZ review, calling it “a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre.” Critic Peter Brown described it as “complex and distinct enough to be enjoyed by fighting game competitors, but there’s no question that it’s been designed to tap into the hearts of Dragon Ball’s most dedicated fans.”
“Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humor so beloved and reconfigured it into something new,” he added.
In addition to more Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC information, Bandai Namco is expected to talk about other Dragon Ball games at the World Tour Finals. The company has confirmed that a new Dragon Ball RPG is in development, and fans are no doubt hoping to hear and perhaps see more of that.