We figured it was only a matter of time before Dragon Ball Z got its own non-animated feature film, and a video game to go along with it.
Namco Bandai Games America and Twentieth Century Fox has announced Dragon Ball: Evolution for the PSP, set for release in April 2009. It will be based on the movie of the same name, and should give all those millions of DBZ fans exactly what they've been waiting for. Said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for Namco:
"Dragon Ball has been a cultural icon for over the past twenty years and we're excited to be releasing our take on such a beloved title. Dragon Ball: Evolution squeezes every intense fight and special move into the hands of fighting game fans."
Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox L&M added that Dragon Ball is "one of the most successful manga series of all-time," and this movie and game is a result of that "unprecedented popularity." In the interactive title, fans can take their favorite characters from the film and "battle for control of the seven sacred Dragon Balls that have the power to grant any wish." We can expect an innovative fighting system complete with plenty of high-flying and eye-opening attacks, and the management of your Ki (energy) will be crucial in solidifying victory. We'll get a Story mode – Goku heads to battle lord Piccolo – an Arcade Mode, a Mission Mode, and a Training Mode, along with Network Battle for all you online enthusiasts.
As for the movie, it will star Justin Chatwin ("War of the Worlds"), Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow), Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl) and Chow Yung Fat (yeah, you know who he is), and will be released in theaters on April 8.
Related Game(s): Dragonball Evolution