Dragon Ball Xenoverse is just a few short months away from its February 2015 release. Representatives from Bandai Namco Games have been traveling the world to show off the latest Dragon Ball adventure at various events, one of which took place in Paris, France. Dragon Ball Xenoverse game producer Masayuki Hirano was at the Paris event where French website Momotaros had the opportunity to speak with him about the game.
The big takeaway we had was the single player campaign for the game will last 10 hours, assuming you are skillful. Thanks to character creation and online, however, the multiplayer experience will bring what could be infinite replay value. It’s also mentioned the story will not include movies and specials, it will focus on the Dragon Ball Z anime sagas, beginning with the arrival of Raditz to the ending with Buu. From Anime Games Online’s understanding (and we could be wrong) that does not rule out the playable status of characters such as Broly, he could be playable, it means the single player campaign won’t cover his story. The original interview was published in French, but we have translated it to the best of our ability in English below.
Question: In the trailer for Dragon Ball Xenoverse, we could see the history of Dragon Ball Z could be changed from beginning to end. Is it possible to alter the stories presented in the Dragon Ball Z movies (Broly etc …)?
Masayuki Hirano: There is a confusion about Dragon Ball Xenoverse, it is not possible to change the story of Dragon Ball, instead the story of Dragon Ball was changed by forces and the player’s objective is to restore the history. The scenario presented in Dragon Ball Xenoverse is centered around the original story of Dragon Ball Z and contains the entire history of Raditz to Buu. Unfortunately, the specials and movies are not included in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
Question: How long will the single player mode last in Dragon Ball Xenoverse?
MH: In solo mode, if the player plays and wins all the fights, we estimate the total playtime to be 10 hours. Do not forget about character creation mode and the online mode, which will extended the length of the game to what may as well be infinite.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse allows players to rediscover history by rewriting it with a character created by the player, the idea is very original. Did you speak before with Toriyama-sensei and if so, what was he thinking?
MH: For the console versions, this is in fact the first time it will be possible to create your own character. In Japanese arcades, however, there is a game called Dragon Ball Heroes which allows players to do the same. We, of course, had the permission of Toriyama-sensei and it is acceptable for us to touch and change the world.
Question: Will there be a balance between the characters who clash online? For example, is it possible to win by playing with a character like Yamcha and Krillin?
MH: We worked on balancing the characters, but of course it is obvious that it will be challenging to win against Goku with Krillin or Yamcha. However those playing with a skill, can accomplish such a feat.
Question: Do you play video games, and if so which ones?
MH: I currently play Destiny and Battlefield when I can. I love video games.
Note: The video interview is in French/Japanese, the above text is the English translation
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be making it’s way to the PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will offer in-game transformations, characters with the most detailed facial expressions ever seen in the Dragon Ball universe and new cel shaded graphics. Players will be able to create their own character and take it into battle to fight against familiar faces from the world of Dragon Ball and the created characters of other players online. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse is in development by Dimps (the company behind the Budokai series) and will be published by Bandai Namco Games in Japan on February 5th, Europe on February 13th and North America on February 17th.