When Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection was announced, Namco Bandai Games said the enhanced and re-mastered HD versions included in the set would only be DBZ Budokai 1 & 3. Leaving many fans, yours truely included, to wonder: “Why is Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection missing Budokai 2?”
At Comic-Con 2012, during a Gamespot live stage demo, right after the game was confirmed that exact question was asked. And here’s the answer they got from Namco Bandai’s senior global brand manager Jason Ends.
To quote: “Well, the overall Budokai series is one of the best. So, I mean, the fans love it. Even from critical acclaim it’s one of the most popular [DBZ game series]. But looking at it — down and dirty — what the fans really loved and cherished, sure you find fans that love all three of them, but [Budokai] 1 and 3 really stuck out, so we sort of chose those as the ones to kind of put in this HD Collection.”
Watch the Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection stage demo interview here that includes lots of HD gameplay footage:
While Namco Bandai was quick to confirm achievements and trophies were added to the two games, nothing has been said about adding online multiplayer (that’s a really bad sign, in case you were wondering).
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection will be available on Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 in America & Europe sometime in Winter 2012.