If there’s one thing that Dragon Ball Xenoverse has going for it, it’s that the game has its first original story in a very, very long time. Sort of. Thanks to time travel shenanigans, the Vegeta, Frieza and various other sagas are getting a remix, like a dubstep DJ butchering your favourite old albums in a versus compilation. And according to Vegeta, it’s not the confusion-ha story that’s going to sell the game, but the chance to create your own tale that will get asses in seats.
“We finally got a new story, but from a localization standpoint it was a little confusing,” longtime Dragon Ball voice actor Christoper Sabat explained to Polygon in an interview. Sabat, who voices powerhouse characters such as Vegeta and Piccolo, has also served as the voiceover producer for the game, and spoke about the mind-bending task ahead of him and his crew. “There was nobody to ask, ‘Okay, what is this? What exactly does this mean?’ That information was locked away in some creator’s head somewhere,” Sabat said.
I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but there will probably be a couple of times in the story where you tilt your head and get confused.
Which is actually a good thing really. Honestly, there’s only so many times you can watch Frieza make Krillin explode before Goku turns Super Saiyan and…hang on, that never gets old. That scene will always be awesome. But according to Sabat, it’s the character customisation options of this game that are the real draw, as they’re far more varied than in previous attempts from older Dragon Ball Z games. “I think the new story is cool, but I think where a lot of people are going to have a lot of fun in this game is the customized characters,” Sabat explained.
There’s so many ways to customize characters. I think most people would get their money’s worth just by popping open the game and making a character that they want to make. They’ve done crude versions of a character creator before, but nothing like this. When you make a character in Xenoverse, it looks like something that [Dragon Ball artist] Akira Toriyama could have made.
Besides the cosmetic choices in this mode, players will also have 20 different voices to choose from. And putting that together was a mammoth task for Sabat. “Those are the people who got the shit sandwich on this game, from a voice standpoint,” Sabat joked.
They had to come in and not only do the regular battle callouts, but they to do every single attack for every character.
When it comes to the primary voice-over cast however, Sabat tracked down as many of the original voice actors as he could, although some exceptions had to be made and replacements brought in. Hopefully some of those of replacements were from the Team Four Star gang. “I got everybody who was available and appropriate for the roles,” Sabat explained.
There’s some actors who I don’t even know where they are anymore. I wouldn’t even know where to find them. The original voice of Chiaotzu was a librarian at the University of North Texas. I don’t have a clue where she is now.
I’ve always said that the English dub of Dragon Ball Z was far superior to the original Japanese voice actors, as watching a single episode is usually the equivalent of watching Quint from Jaws drag his nails on a chalkboard for 21 minutes. Dragon Ball Xenoverse drops later this month on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Last Updated: February 4, 2015