Atari announces sequel to best-selling Dragon Ball Z game

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 to ship this Winter.

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Atari announces sequel to best-selling Dragon Ball Z game
A thrilling new addition to the Dragon Ball Z series is coming to the PlayStation 2, Atari, Inc. announced today. Featuring never seen before character fusions, a new single player mode, cel-shaded graphics and opponents new to the video game world, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 is a sequel to the best-selling Dragon Ball Z: Budokai game. Currently in production by developer Dimps, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 is scheduled to ship in December 2003.

"The Dragon Ball Z video games have attained significant success because they invite fans to 'play the show'," said Martin Spiess, senior vice president of marketing for Atari Europe. "Budokai 2 will once again demonstrate Atari's ongoing commitment to delivering fresh and compelling interactive entertainment."

"This new installment in the authentically realised interactive Dragon Ball Z universe draws players further into the high octane world of Dragon Ball Z, so that they really feel like they're fighting in the world of the TV series" said Naoki Eguchi of Bandai Europe. "Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 features exciting new gameplay and gorgeous graphics, which will attract and hold DBZ fans' attention like no other DBZ game has before."

With highly detailed cel-shaded graphics, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 features 34 of the toughest, most seasoned heroes and villains from throughout the Dragon Ball Z sagas. Players can battle in eight highly destructive arenas covering five gameplay modes, including Versus, Tournament, Training and the all-new, single-player experience, Dragon Mode, where players join forces with a team of AI-controlled DBZ fighters on a quest to capture all seven Dragon Balls. Fans can perform fusions - the combination of two fighters into one - and play as the mighty villain Buu, who appears in three forms: Maijin Buu, Super Buu, and Kid Buu.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 follows on the heels of its successful predecessor. As of June 2003, Atari's Dragon Ball Z video game franchise has generated worldwide sales totaling over 3.5 million.

Originally developed in Japan, Dragon Ball-related merchandise has generated over $3 billion in worldwide licensed merchandise. It is among the top-rated series on Cartoon Network and was the number-one rated show among all U.S. cable TV programs for 'tweens 9-14, boys 9-14 and men 12-24 during the 2002 season's launch line-up. For the second consecutive year, "Dragon Ball" was the most searched-for term on the Internet according to Lycos.

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