Last week at Bandai Namco’s pre-TGS event in Tokyo, we sat down with some of the creators of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 to get the lowdown on the upcoming game–including the dates of the two upcoming beta tests.
The story mode of the time traveling adventure is about the same length as the original Xenoverse. While many of the battles from the previous game will be revisited in Xenoverse 2, they have been tweaked in various ways to give them a new flavor–stemming from the altered histories you’re attempting to fix during the game.
Outside of the story, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has a large focus on online play. In addition to the various types of one-on-one battles, there are also six player co-op boss battles (which will be covered in detail in another article). To give the public a chance to test these features, two online beta tests have been announced for this October. The first, a closed beta for PS4 preorders, will run from October 8 to October 10. The second, an open beta, will run from October 14 to October 17 and be available to all PS4 owners–even those without a PlayStation Plus account.
A large feature of the online portion of the game is a weekly updated ranking system. In fact, the #1 ranked character in the world gets a giant holographic statue in the hub city of every other player’s game (though, until the campaign is complete, the statue is of your character from the previous game instead).
But there’s far more new in Xenoverse 2 than just online features.
The hub city for the game is now much larger and you can transverse it by flying around and/or using a floating transport.
There are also numerous changes that affect your new original character. At the start, you will have more custom character creation parts to chose from.
Over the course of the single player game, you can become a student of multiple teachers simultaneously instead of one at a time.
Costumes now have customizable slots–meaning that, ideally, in the end game you will be able to wear your preferred clothing while still having access to the stat upgrades and skills you want.
New skills called “awoken skills” allow characters to have transformations beyond those seen in the first game: Saiyans can transform up to Super Saiyan 3; Frieza’s Race can go Golden; Namekians can become giants. The look of your energy blasts can also be changed using a new feature called “Z Souls.”
The entire roster, including the the DLC characters, from Xenoverse will return in Xenoverse 2. In addition to these Nail and Metal Cooler are joining the ranks of playable characters while Time Breaker Bardock from the Dragon Ball Heroes card game, joins as a new enemy character. Playable versions of Dragon Ball Super’s Goku Black and Future Trunks are also joining the games as a preorder bonus and season pass unlock respectively.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 25, 2016 in North America and on October 28, 2016 in Europe. The Microsoft Windows version will be released via Steam on October 27, 2016.