Dragon Ball FighterZ slated for a February 2018 release; Closed beta sign-ups are now open

By on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 am
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The Gamescom doors are now open and we’ve been flooded with new Dragon Ball FighterZ news. From a release date, news of an open beta as well as pictures of its collector’s edition, there’s a lot to digest from this Super Saiyan info blowout.

First off, Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s release date. According to Bandai Namco, DBFZ is coming in February 2018 with an open beta coming in January. If you want to get early access to the open beta, you can pre-order either the Standard or CollectorZ Edition of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The CollectorZ Edition comes with:

  • A special DBFZ steelbook
  • Three art boards
  • A 18cm diorama of Goku going Super Saiyan
  • A copy of Dragon Ball FighterZ

DBFZ Collector's Edition

Pre-orders of either edition will net players access to two exclusive Lobby avatars, early open beta access and most importantly, the early unlock of Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. By the sounds of it, these two characters will not be available as soon as you boot up Dragon Ball FighterZ, but will probably require you to finish the game’s Story Mode in order to play them. Arc System Works has done this in the past — locking Sin Kiske behind the original Guilty Gear Xrd’s Story Mode — but don’t worry about forking over some additional Zenny to play as SSB Goku or Vegeta.

Speaking of Story Mode, we’ve gained more insight into what actually happens in this special “what-if” scenario. It involves the resurrection of Android 16 and an invasion of Earth by cloned versions of the Z-Warriors. As Goku and pals fight off this wave of zombified clones, some of the Z-Warriors begin to succumb to the clone army. It looks ridiculous but that’s just what you want from a Dragon Ball Story Mode.

As for the closed beta, registration opens today, with Bandai Namco promising 11 playable fighters in the build. They are:

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Gohan
  • Piccolo
  • Future Trunks
  • Krillin
  • Cell
  • Freeza
  • Buu
  • Android 18
  • Android 16

European PlayStation 4 players can sign up via this link, US PS4 users can sign up using this link while Xbox One players will be picked via the Xbox Insider Program. The beta will run between September 16th-17th over four 3-hour slots, with start times differing based on your region. For up-to-date info on the start times for your area, information, check out your regional Bandai Namco Twitter account.

The last bit of news is that following Gamescom’s official Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament on Friday, there is set to be a “special announcement”, so tune in to see what it could be. More characters perhaps?

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe

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