Joseph Kartje (Community Manager), Brandon Williams (Localization Producer), and Jason Enos (Marketing Director) from Bandai Namco Games America, yesterday, hosted a segment on Twitch where they gave a preview of Dragon Ball Xenoverse lasting over 75 minutes! This includes showing off character customization, fighting mechanics, 1-vs-1 local multiplayer, and a few characters duking it out in new gameplay! Christopher Sabat, the voice of Vegeta, Piccolo, and many others from the Dragon Ball Z anime also joined the crew over at Bandai Namco through the magic of technology.
It’s worth noting Bandai Namco is aware fans are very interested in a demo, however, they can’t promise anything at this time. Dragon Ball Xenoverse is just two months away from launch and if we had to guess, if there is no demo, it’s possible the reason may be due to developer time constraints.
Also, Dragon Ball Xenoverse will have a minimum of 70 playable characters. As of today, almost 40 have been confirmed. Some characters will occupy multiple slots, while others will not. First Form Frieza, Final Form Frieza, and Full Power Frieza for example, take up three slots. Goku, Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan 2 Goku, and Super Saiyan 3 Goku occupy one slot because the Super Saiyan transformation is considered an ultimate attack.
Our good friend Anime Games Online has also broken out interesting parts from the video above. The first video gives an overview of gameplay mechanics. For example, the functionality of the ki and stamina meters when performing special attacks or ultimates such as transformation into a Super Saiyan. For those wondering, Super Saiyan 1 and 2 can be equipped to a created character, however, they occupy the two ultimate slots and it would prevent any other ultimates from being equipped. No official word on Super Saiyan 3 transformations for custom characters at this time.
The second video shows character creation for a Majin, something we’ve never seen before. We have previously seen Saiyans and Namekians created.
The third video features the Bandai Namco crew explaining Toki Toki City and customization of custom characters outfits and skill sets. At 1:07 you will even see a very cool looking created character from Frieza’s race.
This fourth video shows a defensive mechanic called push blocking. With the press of the guard button at just the right moment, the opponent is pushed back before their attack connects.
Gameplay, in order are Goku vs Final Form Frieza, Appule vs Piccolo, and Burter vs Piccolo.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Combo Showcase
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Trailer 2, Extended Version
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Trailer (PS4/PS3/Xbox One/360)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Goku’s Training, More Battle of Gods Screenshots
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Beerus, Whis, Majin in Spectacular HD
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Online vs Local Multiplayer Comparison
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: Tenkaichi Budokai Preliminary and Main Event
Dragon Ball Xenoverse: February 17 American Release, Day 1 Edition, Box Art
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.