Gameplay and feature wise, Dimps is looking to learn from and combine the best elements from the top Dragon Ball game creators;
(Dimps, Spike, Artdink and NTL inc.)
Dimps is known for deeper fighting mechanics
Spike is known for pioneering 3D open battlefield combat that is authentic to DBZ fighting.
Artdink is known for exploring the team vs team DBZ brawls in 3D with groups of 4 or more in real time, as well as unique cooperative team strategies.
and NTL inc. is known for making the first professional Dragon Ball mmorpg that provides a open world community and the deepest character creation in the whole franchise.
Now Dimps is linking the universe of Dragon Ball Online and perhaps other universes to innovate the DBZ story in more creative ways.
This might actually be the Skyrim of Dragon Ball games. (of course not as complex as Bethesda games, but much deeper and more personalized than
other Dragon Ball games. With an adventure that is more immersive and customizable than other fighting games. )
UT had character creation, but no where near this level, plus it looks like there will be more than 3 races to play as.
Overall the current gameplay demos shouldn’t be fully critiqued until Dimps develop things further, but if people think DBZ can’t reinvent itself,
Xenoverse will give them a wake up call. This is also gonna be the most personalized campaign story experience ever!! And online social community wise,
this could be the PSO of Dragon Ball games (with more emphasis on pve/pvp instead of loot/leveling, but there’s likely gonna be loot and leveling of some kind.)
(and the critics that will scoff at the idea of all kinds of custom super sayians showing up, remember that Super Sayians in Dragon Ball is like Jedi/Sith in Star Wars,
Shotos in Street Fighter. Ninjas in Mortal Kombat, Samurai in Samurai Shodown, etc. You can’t get enough of them. And besides, better custom created characters than multiple Gokus running around. At least characters that look like descendants make things more refreshing for the roster side of things too. )
This can also open up gameplay possibilities depending how the movesets are customizable. Perhaps there will be a special/signature move equip system,
so custom movesets, or signature movesets, could lead to some interesting styles and battles.
Overall this is one fighting game that fighting fans can keep on their radar. It’s likely to be an EVO candidate for tournaments too.