Coming off the success of the company’s best-selling Dragon Ball game to date, Bandai Namco is currently full-speed ahead on Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. The game is a direct sequel to the previous installment and will feature a number of new additions to the series, many of which were based on player feedback from the first game.
For starters, the main hub world will be more than seven times larger than the previous game. This change brings with it new areas for your character to explore and more things to do outside of combat. Whether you are flying from one side of the world to another, or taking part in a hoverboard race, Bandai Namco expects players’ experience with the main hub much different this time around. And while in the previous game there was just one main hub world to explore, in Xenoverse 2 there will be many different worlds for the player to discover, including fan-favorite Planet Namek.
The ability to create your own hero returns this time around, allowing players to select from one of five different races. Each race carries with it different perks, be it improved speed, strength or defense. Players will now also be able to select from a variety of new characters in the game’s Versus Mode, including Lord Slug and Future Gohan.
The game itself retains the comic book art style of the previous game and will run at a silky smooth 60fps. The worlds you fight in are much more detailed than before and will include different effects, such as destructible environments.
Battle mechanics have also received a great amount of attention with the inclusion of the Homing Dash and Aura Burst Dash. Homing Dash allows fighters to get to their opponent quicker, increasing the speed of gameplay, while the Aura Burst Dash allows you to dodge attacks while flying towards you opponent.
From the combat side of things, Ki blasts (a fighter’s bread and butter) can now curve, making it more difficult for players to dodge while also making the attack seem more realistic. Players now will also have the ability to steal their opponent’s stamina, a tactical move that could help turn the tide of a battle.
Bandai Namco intends to keep supporting the game well after the initial launch with free updates, post-launch DLC and access to tournaments.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC near the end of 2016.