This week’s Tokyo Game Show in Japan brought a few key updates and hands-on impressions for the upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 from Bandai Namco. In particular, several people have shared the latest full-length promotional video for the game:
In the video, Trunks asks if you (as the player) want to become a Time Patroller. This group is responsible for stopping changes to the timeline, returning history to the way it should be. You can hone your skills at their gym, school, and other facilities. The Kaiōshin of Time points out that changing history is a grave offense, so don’t be like Trunks! Both say they are waiting for your enlistment. The narrator explains that only you can save Dragon Ball‘s history, which is under threat. To prevent changes to history, you can team up with anyone else playing the game and undertake quests. You can do group battles with up to six people against one common (giant!) enemy. Unexpected things may happen midway through, like an ally becoming an enemy. Towa has new magic to power-up bad guys far beyond their limits.
Much like the first game, XENOVERSE 2 will feature a playable beta version exclusively on the PlayStation 4 home console. The closed beta will run from 08 October 2016 to 10 October 2016, followed by an open beta from 14 October 2016 to 17 October 2016. Those who digitally preorder the game on the PlayStation Network will gain access to the beta, while other codes will be made available through various means; Japanese players may, for example, purchase the upcoming November 2016 issue of V-Jump for access.
Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game will launch for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game will launch across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game will exclusively launch on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.
The original Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, developed by Dimps for Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2014 and launched in February 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam) internationally. The game saw a user-created character teaming up with Trunks and the Kaiōshin of Time to correct anomalies and disruptions to the timeline caused by the villains Mira, Towa, and Demigra. As of February 2016, the game had shipped over three million copies worldwide.