Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s beta might be available for download, but Bandai Namco isn’t quite done revealing playable characters for the game, the latest of whom is the God of Destruction himself, Beerus
Well, if we’re being honest here (and you always should be in the presence of a god), Beerus was technically announced last year in a Japanese magazine. However, since the majority of people reading this article probably don’t read Japanese magazines (or Japanese), this news went over most of our heads, myself included.
For those of you who don’t follow Dragon Ball, Beerus was introduced as the main antagonist of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and is the most powerful being in the universe. Well, his universe, anyway. Dragon Ball Super, which started as remakes of Battle of Gods and its sequel Resurrection F, expands on Dragon Ball lore and explains that the show/manga’s universe belongs in a multiverse of twelve different universes, but that’s besides the point.
Beerus is one of the most notable characters in Dragon Ball history since he is an antagonist but not a villain. Sure, he’s arrogant and hotheaded (you tend to be when you’re a god whose job is destroying planets), but he’s also lazy, a glutton, and at times comical, all characteristics that are the antithesis of almost every other Dragon Ball antagonist/villain, at least the ones who never turned into heroes. These characteristics, in addition to his antagonist status, allowed Beerus to maintain a sizable fan base throughout the years.
The trailer demonstrates that developer Arc System Works has captured Beerus’ personality rather flawlessly in Dragon Ball FighterZ. He fights with the savagery on display in Battle of the Gods and Dragon Ball Super, all with a smirk that reads, “Yea, I’m stronger than you. What are you going to do about it?” Plus, he yawns during his introduction cut scene, just as he constantly does in the show and movies. These mannerisms, coupled with a bevy of moves straight out of his repertoire from the show and movies, make me want to take my hat off to the game developers.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release January 26th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and players can try out the game on consoles this weekend. And yes, Beerus will be available during the beta, but let’s be honest here: he would have blown up the world had he not been playable.