The Nintendo Switch won't be hosting Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot after all, as Bandai Namco has indicated that the upcoming action role-playing game won't be ported to the system. That makes the Switch the only major platform fans of the iconic anime series won't be able to play the new game on.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, which follows the Saiyan Goku, was first announced by Bandai Namco in January as Dragon Ball Game: Project Z. The game is being developed by CyberConnect2, the studio behind the .hack series and the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja games. DBZ: Kakarot will cover well-known story points from the original series, although CyberConnect2 has indicated that it will also include new and untold stories in the overarching narrative and quests, some of which will include new characters.
Confirmation of the lack of a Nintendo Switch port comes via a report this week from AltChar. With fan speculation about a port making the rounds, the gaming news outlet inquired directly with Bandai Namco about whether the new game would be making its way to the Switch and received word that it would only be releasing for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when it drops next year.
Although the Switch has done well for itself - particularly in the wake of Pokemon: Sword and Shield's release this month - and is home to some quality ports, this feels like another example of the console lagging behind the competition in terms of the overall complexity of its library. Unless, of course, fans are looking for old Wii-U games; perhaps more than any other system, the Switch has given new life to its predecessor's old titles.
In any event, DBZ: Kakarot has a tough act to follow in 2018's Dragon Ball FighterZ, Arc System Works' 2.5-D fighter that wowed critics for all platforms. Still, reception to released teaser footage has been overwhelmingly positive. And while Nintendo fans may be missing the boat, an expansive DBZ game in a semi-open world should hit the sweet spot for other console players if its execution meets with its potential. What we've seen of DBZ: Kakarot thus far gives one the impression that it will feel like playing the actual anime.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will drop for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 17, 2020.