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Sand Land project announced with new teaser trailer

Bandai Namco will adapt Sand Land, a manga from Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama.
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Image: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Bandai Namco has just released a brand-new teaser for an upcoming game based on Sand Land, the hit manga from legendary Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama.

No release window has been announced yet. There are few details about the project, except that it will include the world, characters and vehicles from the source material. You can watch the full teaser on Bandai Namco’s YouTube channel here:

The art design already looks absolutely remarkable, and it’s very encouraging for fans of the original manga, who will surely expect as much care as the Dragon Ball series has seen over the years. Fans shouldn’t overlook the music for today’s teaser either, which also displays a key understanding of the desert world.

Sand Land offers ample opportunities for a variety of genres, but it could very well be adapted into an open world, if the devs were ambitious enough to delve into each of the iconic settings and characters from the original manga.

This shouldn’t be used at the expense of entertaining storytelling, though. Sand Land has a signature pacing that should be acknowledged, even if it is less widely known than Dragon Ball.

It’s honestly surprising that Bandai Namco took so long to begin mining more obscure stories like Sand Land, which have enormous potential and a built-in audience for the author. It may feel niche, but it really shouldn’t be.

Today’s new teaser accurately represents the vibe and art style fans could want, but it only gives a hint of the core Sand Land conflict, which is explained to be an “extreme water shortage” on Bandai Namco’s official post today.

Fortunately, more details about the game itself, and what direction it might take, are promised to be revealed on December 17th, 2022.

You can read more about the upcoming Sand Land adaptation, or other Banda Namco titles and updates by checking out the rest of our news section!

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