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Why is Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World on PS2?

The next Dragon Ball game won’t be on your PS3 or Xbox 360, nor will it require any Wii waggling. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World is a PS2-only release, so we naturally had a few questions, such as why go back to the last generation? Why not make Budokai Tenkaichi 4 instead? And just what color makes for the best energy blast? So we asked Riyo Mito, one of the producers for Infinite World, just what the heck’s going on.

GamesRadar: What does it feel like moving back to PS2 hardware after creating Burst Limit, the 360/PS3 fighter often praised for its better-than-the-cartoon visuals?

Riyo Mito: We have released 360 and PS3 versions [of Dragon Ball games,] but many fans haven’t got a 360 or PS3. Therefore, we decided to release the game on PS2 for those fans. Also, we wanted to make a kind of compilation of Dragon Ball titles on PS2, which we released previously.

GR: Budokai 3 spanned the entire Dragon Ball universe, with characters from Z, GT and several of the movies. Based on the current roster for Infinite Worlds, it looks like you might be scaling back the fighter diversity. Is this is the case or are there some brawlers we've yet to see?

RM: We have not scaled back. In this title, there are more than 100 characters, including the transformed patterns from Z, GT and movies.

 

GR: Why the name "Infinite Worlds?" That sounds more like an RPG to us.

RM: The main mode of this title, Dragon Mission, allows the players to experience a variety of not only battles but actions from stories of the Saiyans, Majin Bu and GT. We named the game for the epic Dragon Ball universe, which can be experienced by playing the game.

GR: There have been a ton of Dragon Ball games in the past five years. We don't mean to sound cynical (we're fans of the show, after all), but what's left to explore in future games, let alone the aging PS2?

RM: We always receive a lot of requests for different kinds of games the DB fans all over the world want to have, so we actively want to develop DB games as long as the fans send us requests. As for Infinite World, this could satisfy the fans as a kind of compilation of DB on PS2.

GR: What lessons have you learned from creating the previous DBZ fighters, and how have you implemented those lessons into Infinite World?

RM: This title recaptured various episodes, which the traditional battle games could not deliver - like chasing Babbles or running on Ja no Michi - as action games for the first time. It could be a fun element for the fans.

GR: There'll undoubtedly be plenty of ways to fight, but what other modes will you offer?

RM: The game offers the main mode, Dragon Mission, in which the players are challenged by more than 130 missions, and a mode for playing in-depth.

GR: What will we see in the way of character customization?

RM: There are many kinds of customization items and the players can get them as they go on the main mode.

 

GR: What're the odds we'll see a Wii port down the road? Hasn't been much for Wii since Tenkaichi 3.

RM: Currently we don’t have a plan, but will consider if the fans ask us.

GR: Why do you think GT has been largely ignored in favor of Z, both as a series and as games? What does it lack from a developer's perspective?

RM: We don’t think anything’s lacking, but from the development point of view, we consider Z and GT totally different things.

GR: Finally, if you could shout really loud and summon enough energy to hurl a planet-cracking energy ball at your opponent... what color would that energy ball be?

RM: I guess it is light blue which is same as the cartoon series (laughs).

Oct 21, 2008

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15 comments

  • rzc72-2 - April 22, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    Cant you just make infinite worlds for both the 360 and the PS3?
  • MeTaLhEaD1 - November 10, 2008 3:04 a.m.

    When does it come out?
  • ghostlls3 - November 4, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    this game couldnt of had a more , budaki edge to it thought i been a fan , and big fans aswell why dont make , dbz/gt game , what if's funanimation need to give these guy's i deal before run out. like rpg / action game . with dbz. will resurrection the episode. cause the saga was never to perfect.\ make another budaki techi dbz game with all i said . i bet thousand. that it be tha sh!t
  • blootoon2 - October 22, 2008 11:56 p.m.

    Looks like a great (and last) game for ps2 i think i'll buy it
  • kjadf12329 - October 21, 2008 10:57 p.m.

    first
  • sopwnd - November 15, 2008 9:36 p.m.

    Hey stop whining over how its on the PS2 in a study done last year the PS2 out sold next gen systems 3-1, also I and most of the people I know only have a PS2and I bet most of the commenters on here whining also only have a PS2...and Eagle13511 I agree that uncle_soaky should perish form a terrible cliff jump
  • richy234 - November 1, 2008 4:37 p.m.

    360 IS THE WAY TO GO YOU ARE DISAPPOINTING ALOT OF PEOPLE YOU SHOULD JUST PUT IT FOR PS2, 360 AND PS3 WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT Wii JUST PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • richy234 - November 1, 2008 4:34 p.m.

    PLEASE BRING THIS TO THE 360 THERE'S ONLY ONE DRAGONBALL Z GAME BURSTLIMIT AND THAT'S REALLY FANTASTIS BUT I WANT ONE WITH EVERYONE FREIZA, CELL, BUU AND BABY FROM GT IM A REALLY HUGE FAN OF DBZ SO PLEASE PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE BING IT OUT FOR 360 I BEG OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • sinster_sign - October 30, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    well its ok they made infinite world for ps2.. but tenakichi 3 is the best .... burst limit was bullshit..... so now why don't they make a gud dbz game for the ps3??!!!e.g tenakaichi 4..i've heard rumours abt it..any1????
  • ragrappy1 - October 27, 2008 11:45 p.m.

    Ya DBZ owned. Im Glad they are making it for PS2. The PS2 is by far one of the greatest consoles ever made. And besides Riyo Mito is right.. Many people dont own a PS3 or 360.. PS2 is the perfect marketing console as of right now. The PS2 still can have many graphic updates and such and even out "own" the PS3. According to a recent poll, people are buying games that come out on both 360 and PS3 for PS2. I am one of those people. DBZ Budiaki Tenchaichi 3 just made greatest hits. Infinate world is going right up next to it.
  • eagle13511 - October 26, 2008 8:03 p.m.

    This is ridiculous, they should release games on the next gen consoles instead of taking a step back with DBZ games. Atleast PS3 owners can still play it though. :) Oh and Uncle_Soaky you can go jump off a cliff the Dragon Ball series was one of the greatest cartoons ever!
  • Defguru7777 - October 23, 2008 1:23 a.m.

    Okay, I know the PS2 won the last console war, but COME ON!!!! How many games do you have to make for it after the PS3 came out?!!
  • Uncle_Soaky - October 22, 2008 7:18 p.m.

    Why the hell is anyone still making these god-awful games based on one of the shittiest cartoons I have ever watched as a kid? It's like watching another frickin' street fighter 2 compilation, except you know, street fighter is actually a good game.
  • MaxPower - October 22, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    This is truly bullshit. Not that its only for PS2 but because it plays like budokai! Why do they go backwards from Tenkaichi which were were really great games and then make something like this? I think they are just trying to gain a few extra bucks.
  • Evilink - October 22, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    put this game on Wii dammit!!!

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