Considering most games based on the Dragon Ball franchise tend to be either fighting games or RPGs, it’s safe to say that nobody was expecting it to offer its own take on the asymmetrical multiplayer genre. But last week, that’s precisely what Bandai Namco announced, with it titled Dragon Ball: The Breakers. At the time, the company promised that it would have another update and details about a closed beta test soon and, earlier today, it has shared them via a new gameplay trailer.
As a reminder, Dragon Ball: The Breakers is essentially Dead by Daylight. One player takes control of one of the franchise’s villains, like Cell, and must hunt down seven survivors, whose goal is to find the Super Time Machine and escape the solo Raider player. The new gameplay trailer is just over 11 minutes long and seems to cover every major aspect of how matches play out in Dragon Ball: The Breakers.
Some of it was already covered in the original announcement, but the trailer goes into more detail about the multiple win conditions for both survivors and the Raider (like how to activate the Super Time Machines and how its destruction is not an automatic victory for the Raider) and some examples of the skills players can use (the Raider, for instance, can destroy an entire area of the map every time they level up). It basically acts as tutorial to prepare players for Dragon Ball: The Breaker’s closed beta.
Anyone interested in trying out the beta can do so by signing up via the official website, although a Bandai Namco account is required. Much like the beta test for Elden Ring, registration only means signees have a chance of being invited to play the beta; it’s not an automatic guarantee.
There will be four playable sessions that will take place across December 3rd and December 4th. Session 1 lasts from 6pm – 10pm PDT on December 3rd, with session 2 running the following morning on December 4th from 4am – 8am PDT. Session 3 takes place a couple of hours after that from 10am – 2pm PDT, with the fourth and final session running from 6pm – 10pm PDT.
Judging by the gameplay trailer, it’s likely that the beta will only have one playable Raider character, Cell. Both Frieza and Majin Buu, two other prolific Dragon Ball villains, have been confirmed for Dragon Ball: The Breakers thank to its key art and more villains are expected to be added to the game via post-launch updates.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers releases in 2022 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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