In an interview with Siliconera, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Producer, Masayuki Hirano, discussed some of the changes that are being made to the fighting game sequel and how many of the new additions were based on fan feedback.
“Based on user feedback, we got responses from fans who said they were playing online and the opponent does long range attacks and then keeps running to try to win with a time out,” said Hirano.
Hirano and the others at work on the title are hoping to fix this issue with a new system mechanic.
“…with Xenoverse 2 we are adding a new system called the Reverse Dash, which you can use to automatically pursue an opponent,” stated Hirano.
“During this dash if you put in a special command after you dash towards the opponent you will be able to change the direction you’re flying to get behind them. You will be able to dodge and prepare for a counterattack at the same time.”
There will also be a new mechanic called the “Stamina Break.” This will allow players to take away an opponent’s stamina while following up with a quick combo. This addition to the system was created after fans said it was too difficult to pull of combos due to the quick teleportation mechanic in the previous title.
Hirano was then asked about how the development team handles different kinds of feedback from competitive players and more “technically light” gaming fans.
“It may be a little difficult, but we want to listen to both,” said Hirano. “In terms of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, we wanted to make it easy for everyone to join in and fight, but keep the combat system deep. This way people that are hardcore fighting game fans will be able to enjoy the game as well.”
Hirano later confirmed that the game would include the same number of playable races from the previous game, but that they “are going into each race and expanding the experience with each one.”
The interview ended with discussion around the hub world, Conton City. Hirano stated that there will be a variety of side quests, and that players will be able to teleport to different areas within the Dragon Ball world to explore.
More recently, Bandai Namco UK announced that Frieza’s brother, Cooler, will play a role within the game’s story mode. Taking what Hirano said into consideration, this is likely to be one of the quests that takes players to other explorable locations, this quest’s being the planet Namek.
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If you are interested in seeing further breakdowns of the new combat system, YouTuber Ndukauba, has a video showcasing a few of the new mechanics.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later in 2016.