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Dragon Ball FighterZ's DRM has been cracked on PC; is even reportedly playable online

Digital Rights Management software — DRM — is something that many players of PC games are well aware of and are familiar with as a means of anti-piracy and anti-tamper protection for video games on the platform.

Hackers and modders will often crack a game's DRM system, and it's usually a matter of when and not if it will happen once those with the know-how take an interest in breaking the game's built in protections.

Dragon Ball FighterZ's PC version uses the well known Denuvo DRM is one of the latest games to get cracked almost six months after its release in January earlier this year.

The cracked version of this fighter from Bandai Namco has appeared online and can do what many other potentially pirated games cannot — play online against others.

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Update: Here's a look at reboot Broly in the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie

Update: The gallery below has been updated with three new images of the Legendary Super Saiyan below to go along with the original two.

Earlier: Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be releasing in Japan on December 14, 2018. As it is suggested by the name, Broly will be made canonical to the Dragon Ball series.

Broly is a character that is extremely popular among fans despite being non-canonical. It's no wonder he was able to find his way into Dragon Ball FighterZ as a DLC character.

In the original movies, Broly started off as a rather scrawny looking Saiyan. Despite this, it was said that he was born with a power level of 10,000 — an impressive feat considering that Goku was born with a power level of two.

When Broly would transform into a Legendary Super Saiyan, he really hulked out. Very few characters have been able to cause Vegeta hesitation in the way that Broly was able to in the first movie.

While Akira Toriyama has confirmed that he'll be keeping Broly's classic image in mind for the movie, it seems like the character is going through quite the rework. Broly actually looks pretty menacing and powerful in his base form.

At Shonen Jump‘s recent 2018 Jump Victory Carnival, we were given a glimpse at Broly's new look. He's got a number of scars on his body. While he starts out wearing the standard Frieza force armor, it looks like he'll be shedding that once his muscles expand as a result of his transformation.

We'll be sure to see an interesting side of Broly. This time, he'll be going up against Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan — or Super Saiyan Blue for short — Goku and Vegeta. He'll surely benefit from quite the power boost compared to his non-canonical version.

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Dragon Radar events announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour; winners receive free travel to main events

Bandai Namco began their most recent run of pro tour events for their games with the Tekken World Tour last year which continues this year with Dragon Ball FighterZ also entering the mix.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour was announced in June with its first stop occurring at CEO with GGP|Kazunoko taking the tournament and a Dragon Ball to get straight into the circuit's finals.

The developer and publisher announced today that offline Dragon Radar events will be joining the roster of main 'Saga' World Tour events for DBFZ with its own unique prize for winning a Radar tournament.

Players who win a Dragon Radar event will receive free air travel and hotel for any upcoming Saga World Tour tournament or even the last chance qualifier's tournament before the final event next year.

Canada Cup recently revealed that their event in October would be among the special Dragon Radar events though Bandai Namco says we'll need to stay tuned for the full list of tournaments at a later date.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour will feature seven main Saga events culminating in a Finals in early 2019 with each main tournament receiving a $5,000 prize pool bonus and the winner of each will earn one of seven Dragon Balls.

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FV Cup 2018 results ft. Xian, OilKing, Jeondding, Gamerbee, Book

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

FV Cup 2018 is taking place this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This is a stop both on the Capcom Pro Tour and the Tekken World Tour, so competitors from across all of Asia have shown up to try and grab some points for their respective game tour.

With 80 registered entrants for Street Fighter 5, 53 for Tekken 7 and also notably 56 for Dragon Ball FighterZ, there's going to be a lot of fighting going on this weekend.

Besides these three titles, you'll also see tournament play in King of Fighters 14, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Players attending include RZR|Xian, UYU|OilKing, UYU|Jeondding, CYG|Gamerbee, AR|Book, Yamasa|Take, AB|StormKubo, FD|Haitani, Yamasa|Nobi, AB|Chuan, Humanbomb, Ulsan, iG|Jiewa, Mago, Loveneet, Talon|Denesis, Tse4, AG|R-Tech and many more.

Streaming is being done by Team Spooky and Beastapac.

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Most Saiyan names in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super are somehow connected to vegetables

There are many fans of Akira Toriyama's work in manga and anime. Particularly his Dragon Ball series is well-known by enthusiasts all over the world.

I'm sure this is obvious to many, but the names of the characters from this franchise are often based on real world objects. Those of the same race or family usually come from the same naming convention.

In the case of Saiyans, this race tends to be named after vegetables. While Vegeta and Kakarot's names are fairly obvious, others might require some research for English speakers.

Even the name "Saiyan" is loosely based on the rearrangement of the Japanese word "yasai." Yasai simply translates to "vegetable." It's no wonder that Vegeta is the name used for the prince, king, and planet of the entire race.

Since the idea of Saiyans was created after Goku was made a character, the word Gohan and Goku are actually based on rice. Trunks's name comes from the naming convention of Bulma's family in which they are typically named after undergarments. There are other exceptions to the rule of naming Saiyans based on vegetables.

Hit the jump to check out a full list that details the origins of Saiyan names.

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Updated: Which Dragon Ball Super characters still need to be added to the roster of Dragon Ball FighterZ? Check out the poll results to see

Update: The polling is closed and you can take a look at who made the top spots in popularity after the jump — spoilers, it's not Jaco.

Today marks the third anniversary of the day that Dragon Ball Super aired its first episode in Japan giving us over 100 more episodes of adventures in the Dragon Ball universe(s) along with new characters and villains to add to the franchises already enormous list of fighters.

Toei Animation put out a Tweet in celebration of the anniversary showing many of the new series' most memorable moments from everyone giving Goku their power to become a Super Saiyan God to squaring up against Jiren in the Tournament of Power.

With all of these new characters, you'd expect a brand new fighter like Dragon Ball FighterZ to take advantage of the new material and add many of those new characters to the title's roster though that's not exactly the case here.

In the base roster, we can say Hit and Goku Black are the only brand new characters pulled from Super in DBFZ though there is also Beerus, Golden Frieza, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and Goku if we want to count characters that technically appeared elsewhere first in the movies or transformations.

Fused Zamasu and Vegito Blue made it in through DLC so far, but characters like Jiren, Caulifla, Kefla, Toppo, Ultra Instinct Goku and Whis are still among those that are still sitting on the outside looking in though they have a good shot of getting in if/ when Dragon Ball FighterZ receives another season pass in the future.

Below you can check out Toei's celebratory Tweet, and after the jump you'll see my picks for Future Dragon Ball FighterZ characters hailing from Super plus be sure to vote for which characters you'd like to play as from the latest Dragon Ball series in our poll though this list is exclusively for Dragon Ball Super characters...and Hercule.


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New Dragon Ball FighterZ information is coming later this month via special event in Japan

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been one of the break out hits of 2018 selling over 2 million copies in its first two weeks on store shelves, and it looks like Bandai Namco is looking to keep that momentum going for its latest fighting game.

The developer and publisher announced that it will be holding a special live streamed event for Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for the "Dragon Ball Game Festival 2018" in Japan on July 29th. New information regarding the two Dragon Ball titles is set to be revealed during the event, but we'll need to wait to find out more.

A special regional tournament will also be held during the live stream with some of Japan's best professional players leading teams in Dragon Ball FighterZ with CO|Go1 leading Team Kansai, GGP|Kazunoko leads Team Kanto, Kubo leads Team Tokai and Masayan as the leader of the 'Special Team'.

The last announcements we received in regards to the new fighter was the reveal of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour circuit with its first stop at CEO 2018 and dishing out Dragon Balls to the winners, and Switch release date and details for DBFZ.

Given the timing of the announcement, we are likely to learn more about any new features the Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ has to offer along with new information regarding who the next DLC characters will be.

Fused Zamasu and Super Saiyan Blue Vegito were the most recent batch of DLC dropped for the title on May 31st giving almost two-months in between character announcements, so we should be due for new information very soon though we have a good idea of who will likely come next.

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HookGangGod releases his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list

NRG|HookGangGod is considered to be one of the best Dragon Ball FighterZ players in the world right now. His greatest accomplishment with the game so far is his victory at the Summit of Power.

During this major event where the world's best players were all gathered to one place, HookGangGod was able to take down CO|Go1 and FOX|SonicFox down. He is widely known for his Cell, Piccolo, and Vegeta team.

Recently, HookGangGod took the opportunity to share his tier list on Twitter. SonicFox, GGP|Kazunoko, and TSM|Leffen had shared their tier lists recently too.

As one might expect with HookGangGod's list, there are a number of recurring themes. Kid Buu, Perfect Cell, Bardock, and Android 16 appear to be occupying the top slots.

Meanwhile, Beerus, Krillin, Frieza, Broly, and Nappa can be spotted at the very bottom of the tier list. It's no wonder we aren't seeing these particular fighters played at many tournament events.

Feel free to draw comparisons to our community voted tier list.

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Akira Toriyama is keeping Broly's classic image in mind for the Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Some interesting information was revealed yesterday about the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie that's due for December 14, 2018 in Japan. We now finally know the identity of the antagonistic Saiyan that will be featured; it's none other than the Legendary Super Saiyan himself, Broly!

There's no doubt that there is a lot of popularity surrounding this particular character. In a recent statement that was released, Akira Toriyama acknowledged the popularity of Broly not only in Japan, but overseas as well.

To hear of Broly's popularity isn't too surprising considering his inclusion as a DLC fighter in Dragon Ball FighterZ. He along with Bardock are considered to be non-canon characters that have only been featured in the anime movies.

As a result of this, Toriyama's editor suggested including Broly in the next movie. While Akira Toriyama observes that he "apparently" drew the designs for Broly, he had practically no involvement with the anime at the time so he didn't remember the story content.

Broly served as the main antagonist for "Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan," "Broly: Second Coming," and "Bio-Broly." Toriyama has apparently watched these movies in preparation for including Broly into the Dragon Ball Super series while keeping true to the Saiyan's classic image.

Once the movie is released, we'll see an encounter between Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. Apparently the Frieza Force will also have a presence.

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One Piece creator draws Dragon Ball's Goku for Weekly Jump's 50th anniversary, and it's... interesting

Akira Toriyama's art style has become one of the most recognizable in the world thanks to his signature looks and work on major franchises like Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest with the first of those becoming the backbone of Weekly Shonen Jump.

Not only do artists everywhere try to emulate Toriyama's style, many other world renowned illustrators will often take some of his most famous characters, Goku especially, and place them in their own art style like DC's Jim Lee earlier this year.

For the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan, One Piece's creator Eiichiro Oda drew his most famous character, Luffy, with his arm around Goku in celebration of the publication's 50th anniversary with Dragon Ball's original run being published from 1984 all the way to 1995 in Japan where it has since picked up again with Dragon Ball Super and other spin offs.

Oda has reportedly stated on multiple occasions that Toriyama is his greatest inspiration and influence as a manga artist, who like many others grew up reading Dragon Ball, though has since gone on to surpass Toriyama in sales with his own long running series, One Piece.

The One Piece creator's take on the most famous anime character in the world looks... a bit different than you'd typically expect of him. He's all smiles here which is not too uncommon for the Super Saiyan, but the large, very much open eyes with the mile wide smile appear much more natural on Luffy than they do Son Goku.

The cover featuring Goku and Luffy with their arms around each other are reportedly scheduled to hit store shelves on July 14th in Japan and include interviews with Akira Toriyama as well as Slam Dunk's creator Takehiko Inoue. You can check out both versions of Oda's illustration/ magazine cover in the gallery below.

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Source: Kotaku

Broly confirmed to return as the villain of the new Dragon Ball Super movie due out this year

Update: Toei Animation confirms that the title of the new movie will be Dragon Ball Super: Broly stating that 'the Legendary Super Saiyan appears' for the movie releasing December 14, 2018 in Japan. You can see their Tweet below.

Earlier: Dragon Ball as a franchise has a long established history in the realms of manga, anime, video games and film. With Dragon Ball Super wrapping up this year, a new spin off anime in production, Dragon Ball FighterZ released and a brand new movie set to come out in December, the series has as much going on now as it ever has.

Dragon Ball's 20th movie is scheduled to release later this year in Japan, and up until this point we only knew that the film is set to star Goku as per the norm battling it out against a mysterious Saiyan, who we may now know the identity of.

A new promotional poster and advertisement appear to have leaked and show the film's title along with it's returning villain. These reported items suggest that the new movie will be called Dragon Ball Super: Broly meaning that the Legendary Super Saiyan might be arriving for technically his fourth appearance in Dragon Ball movies.

The teaser trailer released earlier this year shows Goku preparing to battle with a Saiyan who has a green aura of energy similar to Broly's and something wrapped around his waist in a similar manner to the Legendary Super Saiyan.

The Saiyan in the trailer appears to have slightly darker skin than the berserker Saiyan had in previous showings, but perhaps getting shot through the sun gives a person a nice tan. This could also be a brand new take for one of Dragon Ball's most iconic villains as none of the previous movies are canon to Dragon Ball's existing timeline, and he is shown to have a tail in promotional leaflets.

Attendees of San Diego Comic Con will be given the chance to see a special sneak peek of the Dragon Ball Super movie's official trailer later this month that will likely reveal more about the upcoming title and if the Legendary Super Saiyan will be returning to make up for his "appearance" in Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly. You can take a look at the reported leaked images below and the film's teaser trailer after the jump.

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Dragon Ball Super season 1 is free right now, go download it immediately

The Dragon Ball Super anime came to its conclusion back in March with the final installment of the Tournament of Power. Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, and the strongest warriors of Universe 7 battle the incredibly powerful opponent, Jiren, along with the best fighters that every parallel universe has to offer.

Originally, the Dragon Ball Super series kicked off in 2015, picking up after Majin Buu's defeat in Dragon Ball Z. The show follows familiar faces like Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and company, while introducing franchise newcomers such as Beerus, Hit, Goku Black, Zamasu, Whis, and more.

If you're like me and have only seen Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, then you'll want to listen up. You can get the full first season of Dragon Ball Super -- for free -- over on Microsoft's website.

You'll need a Microsoft account to get the first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball Super (if you have Windows 10, you can sign in with your username), and you can either watch them directly from the website, on Xbox One, HoloLens, and mobile, or even download them to your PC for offline use. This is the English version of Super, so no subtitles needed here.

Dragon Ball Super's season 2 through 4 are also heavily discounted on Microsoft's website right now, dropped from $26.99 each to only $12.99 each. The whole offer ends tomorrow, though, so be sure to act fast.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Arc System Works / Bandai Namco's 3v3 team fighting title, currently has representation from Dragon Ball Super among its playable roster. Goku Black, Hit, Beerus, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito, and Fused Zamasu all hail from the series.

That being said, we recently took a look at some of the Dragon Ball Super characters that still need to join Dragon Ball FighterZ, so be sure to check out our picks here.

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Behrudy lists five buffs he'd like to see for Beerus in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Of all the characters that are currently playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Beerus is likely canonically the most powerful. Given, a case could be made for Fused Zamasu or Super Saiyan Blue Vegito...

The point is, Beerus is the God of Destruction of Universe 7. So what does that mean in terms of a fighting game like Dragon Ball FighterZ? Absolutely nothing.

Ironically, Beerus is widely considered to be the worst character in the entire game. It seems even Krillin, a canonically weak fighters, has more viability than Beerus right now.

Behrudy has apparently been playing this bottom tier combatant. Doing so has apparently inspired him to upload a video that details five buffs he believes Beerus needs.

By watching this video, it gives us a pretty good idea on what Beerus's problems are. According to Behrudy, Beerus suffers from bad normals, problems with his aerial down heavy causing a wall bounce, too much start up on his Destruction God's Rampage special, a bad reversal, and a lack of hitstun for his orbs.

Notably, Behrudy mentions that making it so that Beerus's orbs are no longer negated by Super Dashes would make Beerus the best zoning character in the game. Instead, Behrudy suggests increasing their hitstun. Hit the jump to check out the rest of his recommendations.

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Viennality 2018 results ft. Biohazard, TekkenMaster, HoneyBee, Hayatei

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Viennality is taking place in Vienna, Austria.

The big deal at this event is Injustice 2, of which it's a spot on the Injustice 2 Pro Series circuit, making it a landmark event.

Besides that, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat XL, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players attending include BC|Biohazard, NASR|TekkenMaster, BC|HoneyBee, PG|Hayatei, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, PG|Kitana Prime and many more.

It's a two-day event, so stay tuned throughout all of it to enjoy the full action.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, PND|Ketchup and Virtual Dojo Vienna.

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Sonic Boom 2018 results ft. Go1, Problem X, Luffy, Fergus, BigBird

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Sonic Boom 2018 is taking place in Madrid, Spain.

It's a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line.

With that in mind, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has over 100 entrants, so the competition will be fierce, to be sure.

Besides this, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are CO|Go1, Mouz|Problem X, RB|Luffy, UYU|Fergus, NASR|BigBird, Liquid|John Takeuchi, Epsilon|Takamura, FNATIC|Akainu, NVD|SaltyKid, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, Method|ImStillDaDaddy, FNATIC|Shakz, FNATIC|Brick, Overload|VegaPatch, EnVyUS|Layo and many more.

Streaming is being done at Madrid FGC, Madrid FGC 2 and FGCVLC.

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Go1 shows touch of death combo at the Sonic Boom 2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament

Touch of death combos have been a fairly viable strategy in the tournament scene for Dragon Ball FighterZ. Who could forget that moment when TSM|Leffen managed a touch of death against NRG|HookGangGod at Combo Breaker 2018?

While CO|Go1 was been dished out a few losses against FOX|SonicFox, HookGangGod, and GGP|Kazunoko during major events, an argument can still be made that he's still the best Dragon Ball FighterZ player. He still holds the highest number of tournament victories during the game's short time thus far.

Notably, Go1 isn't particularly well known for implementing touch of death combos into his game plan. Although there is an advantage to taking down one of your opponent's fighters early on, this is pretty resource intensive as it requires multiple bars of meter and Sparking Blast.

During Sonic Boom 2018, ENMA|Shanksended up running into Go1. It was here where Go1 decided to pull of his own touch of death combo.

The sequence started with Go1 activating his Sparking Blast mid-combo as Perfect Cell. Thanks to assists and tag-out supers from Bardock and Vegeta, Go1 was successful in completely draining the life bar of Shanks's Android 18.

While Go1 was ultimately able to win the set, it's worth noting that Shanks was actually able to win this match.


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Abuget Cup results ft. Knee, Fuudo, Xiao Hai, Jeondding, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Abuget Cup is taking place this weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It's a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event and a Tekken World Tour challenger event, with over 100 entrants for Tekken and over 60 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, with both being very stacked with skillful players vying for the tour points.

Besides this, there will also be a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament at the event.

Players attending include ROX|Knee, CYG|Fuudo, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, UYU|Jeondding, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, FAV|Sako, AB|StormKubo, FD|Haitani, AR|Book, UYU|OilKing, CYG|GamerBee, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Mago, ROX|Chanel, AB|Poongko, Yamasa|Take, Gachikun, Yamasa|Nobi, Humanbomb, AB|Kichipa-mu, Fursan|Rangchu, AB|GunFight, Yamasa|Yuu, KR|CherryBerryMango and many more.

There will be dedicated streams for both Tekken and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so make sure to tune in to both to not miss any hype matches.

Streaming is being done at Advance Guard TV and Gimu Gimu.

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