Atari today announced the development of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3. With development being handled by Dimps, the folks who did Budokai 2, Budokai 3 looks to build upon the foundation left by the prior two titles. New features are promised, though no specifics are known at this point.

"Right from the start, our main aim was to create a faithful Dragon Ball Z video game experience," said Martin Spiess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Atari Europe. "By working closely with Bandai throughout and hitting the high standards the franchise demands, we have seen the fan base grow beyond the hardcore Dragon Ball Z audience. With an incredibly strong 2004 product lineup on the way, it's a trend that looks set to continue."

"Atari's work to date has established Dragon Ball Z as a very significant franchise within the interactive entertainment industry. What most of our fans want are games that not only satisfy their devotion to the Dragon Ball Z universe, but also offer a great gameplay experience in their own right," commented Naoki Eguchi of Bandai Europe. "Atari's skills in these areas means it is uniquely placed as a company to bring these elements together, and as a result continues to release fantastic DBZ games."

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is scheduled for a release later this year. We'll keep you updated as more details become available.