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Dragon Ball FighterZ Producer Tomoko Hiroki seemingly hints at more beyond Lab Coat Android 21 in brief statement

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 3, 2022 at 10:18 a.m. PST • Comments: 19

Lab Coat Android 21 was announced to be coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ as a DLC character in the future. Not much more about this fighter was revealed aside from the fact that she is "coming soon."

Earlier today on the Dragon Ball Official Site, a video was released that was focused on the weekly news. For this week, many game developers that are involved with the Dragon Ball IP made an appearance to very briefly talk about their plans for 2022. As such, Tomoko Hiroki, Producer for Dragon Ball FighterZ, made a brief appearance as well at the 3:07 mark.

"Happy new year, everyone! I'm Hiroki, and I'm the Producer of Dragon Ball FighterZ," begun Hiroki when it was her turn to speak. "2021 was a wonderful year for Dragon Ball FighterZ. We had so many players having fun with our game, and we were even able to hold the World Championship tournament."

"We're going to keep powering up Dragon Ball FighterZ in 2022, so I sincerely hope you'll all join us for another year," concluded Hiroki just before a final bow.

Before Lab Coat Android 21, the last time a DLC challenger was released for Dragon all FighterZ was when SS4 Gogeta released on March 10, 2021 for the FighterZ Pass 3. In the months after, many were convinced that Dragon Ball FighterZ's development had wrapped up since there weren't any announcements made until very recently.

In a previous statement, Tomoko Hiroki stated that it would be very difficult to make improvements to the game's netcode. More specifically, there's been a push from fans for Dragon Ball FighterZ to implement rollback netcode.

"We're going to keep powering up Dragon Ball FighterZ in 2022, so I sincerely hope you'll all join us for another year." - Tomoko Hiroki

"As mentioned in my previous message video, it's currently difficult for us to improve the netcode, but we would like to do our best to provide a place where everyone can have fun and fight as much as possible, so we hope everyone will join us," said Hiroki back in June 2021.

This latest statement about "powering up Dragon Ball FighterZ" has seemingly renewed hope that the developers might implement rollback netcode in 2022. This could offer an explanation as to why the team suddenly went silent after the release of SS4 Gogeta.

As of right now, there's also been no news about a FighterZ Pass 4 or any other characters after Lab Coat Android 21. If development continues into 2022, it's possible we may continue to get more fighters for just a little bit longer.

The expectation at this moment is that more news about Dragon Ball FighterZ will be dropping at Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour in February 2022. We'll likely learn more about Lab Coat Android 21 at that time. Here's hoping that we also get answers about the possibilities regarding more challengers and rollback netcode then.

Ultimately though, Hiroki could be hinting at a number of different number of things with her words, or nothing at all. We'll just have to wait and see what comes of this in the future.

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