Dragon Ball Online was an MMO by Korean developer, NetMarble. The Story was mostly written by Director, Takamiya, and the project was approved by Toriyama.The story is set in the age 1000, 216 years after Goku went to train with Uub at the end of Dragon Ball Z. Over this time many unforeseen changes have occurred in the universe. The Earth is now home to three new races: the Majin, the Namekians, and the Yardratians. The Majin are known to be the children of Majin Buu while the Namekians were forced to, once again, flee from their home planet due to unknown circumstances and take refuge on the Earth. Parts of the Earth have been terraformed to resemble that of Namek to make the Namekians feel more at home.Two conflicts fuel the story. The first is with an organization known as the Red Pants army, which seems to be a recreation of the Red Ribbon Army, and the second is a mysterious force known only as the Timebreakers. The Timebreakers motives are attempting to go back through the history of the Earth and alter all of the major events involving Goku, with the goal of either brainwashing him or stealing his DNA.The Timebreaker's meddling with time has caused a number of time leaks to open up all over the planet Earth. The character you play as is from an unknown Age that was unwillingly pulled into one of these time leaks and ends up in the Age 761 at the Kame House where you witness an encounter between Trunks and the Timebreakers. Trunks then takes you to the Age 1000 where you and he together try to preserve the Earth's history either by way of going through the time leaks or with the use of his Time Machine.As the makers of the game, NetMarble, only had the rights to the manga version, as well as the Toei character of Bardock, Dragon Ball Online completely ignores the events ofDragon Ball GT.The game was eventually shut down; the Korean servers went offline on September 26, 2013, with the Taiwanese and Hong Kong versions joining it on October 31.After the shutdown, a group of dedicated fans began making a reproduction of the missing data and setting up custom servers, essentially creating an updatedFan Remake to be titled Dragon Ball Online: Revelations. Its progress can be viewed here.
Bribing Your Way to Victory: One of the best examples was the "Super Saiyan potion" which instantly transformed your character into a super saiyan that was vastly superior to the regular Super Saiyan form available to players. It was only available, if real money was spent to buy it in the cash shop.
Defied in Revelations. The developers have confirmed that even though gifts may be rewarded for donations, no gameplay advantages will ever be sold.
Anti-Grinding: As you get stronger, the enemies give less and less experience. No, not talking about the amount of experience to the next level getting higher, even though it does as well; the enemies themselves will eventually get to the point where only 1 point is gained from defeating them.
Black Mage: Spiritual-type classes in general, Wonder Majins in particular.
Can't Catch Up: Full blooded humans are still this, per the directors words.
Cast from Hit Points: Two of most powerful attacks in the game, appropriately belonging to the Crane Hermit master classnote The Crane Hermit moveset is pulled primarily from Tien, known for self-harmful attacks in the anime/manga, are cast from LP instead of EP. The Martial Artist class has access to a similarly-powerful attack that likewise costs LP.
Cut Short: The servers were taken down before many of the plot elements were able to be revealed.
Dummied Out: There's evidence of a Saiyan/Human Hybrid Mechanic class in-game, along with Mech Maniac and Gun Maniac sub-classes, but as the data was far from the complete, and Netmarble ceased work on the game, its unlikely they'll come to fruition even in the Fan Remake.
Demoted to Extra: Several important characters like Yamcha, Chiaotzu, and Uub don't get one mention. Though their techniques are in the game, and the first two have Dogis available.
Also Full Blooded Humans, and Full Blooded saiyans who would not be playable at any point. Though some fullblooded saiyans like Bardock played a large role in the plot.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: New Namek and Yardrat were destroyed by Miira before the events of the game, which is why the inhabitants are now on Earth. Planet Burst is also a usable attack by the Pure Majin sub-class, although it doesn't actually destroy the world anymore.
Escort Mission: Occasionally, your character will have to deliver another somewhere on their back. Unlike most examples, they do not get in the way at all.
Explosive Breeder: The head director clarifies that humans in the future are actually saiyan hybrids due to directly descending from Goku and Vegeta. As only roughly 200 years have passed, they must've been really getting around...
Also Majin Buu, but thats not surprising considering he's magical.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Look at the billboards on the way to the city. Even after two hundred years, they're still making movies about Mr. Satan. Two at once.
Written by the Winners: As revealed in Chronicles the majority of humans in the future have forgotten the Z-Fighters existence in favor of Mr. Satan.
Muggles: The majority of humans are still this in the future as revealed in Chronicles.
Only Six Faces: There are relatively few options for customization. Given the source material's style, however, that's really all you need.
Overnight Age-Up: You have the option of completing a quest at Level 30 to become an adult.
Pet Interface: You had the option of purchasing a pet that will float alongside and level up with the player character. The pets were later removed with a patch, but will be brought back in Revelations.
The Power of Friendship: Krillin revived the Turtle School with this basis, in order to compensate for the general lack of strength humans have alone compared to aliens. However, as all the player humans are saiyan hybrids descended from aliens, and the Turtle Hermit class was very underpowered, the message is kinda broken.
Puny Earthlings: Double Subverted. Humans are a main playable race and fend for themselves with superiror martial arts techniques. Then the Head Director clarified that the Humans were actually Saiyan Hybrids descended from Goku and Vegeta, while actual humans are still irrelevant when it comes to saving the world.
Player Versus Player: From time to time, players can compete against each other in the World Martial Arts Tournament.
Skill Point Reset: The class masters in most settlements will allow you to reset your skills for a fee.
Super Mode: It's based on Dragon Ball, so this is kind of a given. In addition to every race being able to use the Kaio-Ken technique, each race has its own unique Super Form that can be unlocked via a wish from the Dragon Balls.
And before the game's events, we have Buu, who made himself a wife from part of his own body. One love beam later, and the entire Majin race was spawned.
Updated Re-release: Revelations, while mostly being the same as the original, does contain some gameplay tweaks such as flying no longer costing AP, along with hints of adding Dummied Out content. The developers have even discussed the possibility of adding completely new content once the main game is active again.
Uneven Hybrid: All human characters are actually part-Saiyan, being descendants of either Goku or Vegeta.