During the 2014 Tokyo Game Show, Bandai Namco Games have revealed that the next major game in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, will be coming to PC via Steam. In addition to this, the publisher has released a slew of new screenshots and gameplay videos.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be out on PC outside of Japan, where it will only be released on consoles. This marks the first Dragon Ball game coming to Steam, and the second on PC – after the MMO Dragon Ball Online. The announcement of the PC version comes after recent Japanese publishers’ foray into the PC market, with such titles like Naruto Shippuden Ninja Storm 3 and Revolution, Metal Gear Rising Revengence, and the recently announced PC port of Final Fantasy XIII. It will not be releasing on PC in Japan.
The game itself will be developed by Dimps, who produced the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for the PlayStation 3. The game will feature a full 3D fighting and destructible environments similar to recent titles in the franchise. One major new feature of the game is that it has an original story and a new player created custom character. The game involves time travel where a bunch of demons, named Mira and Towa (from Dragon Ball Online) have affected the timeline of the series. The Supreme Kai of Time notices this problem and calls the aid of a new mysterious character from the future, you.
The game is initially set in Tokitoki City where players will be able to meet a different version of Trunks, where he will send the player back in time in order to fix the time distortions created by the demonic pair. Here is where the player can create their own character, a similar premise to Dragon Ball Online. Players can choose the race of their character from Earthling, Namekian, Majin and Frieza. Bandai Namco has released some new screenshots of the customisable races from the game, as well as some visuals of the default custom character – with red hair.
You will be able to further customise your character with edits and changes to your character’s clothes, hair and style:
And here are some of the customisable characters in action, with a look at the new Trunks:
Some screenshots of the new characters and new environments, including the Supreme Kai of Time’s planet and the Time Storage Vault, were also released:
The main story of the game will be titled History is Changing, where you as the playable character must go back in time to key moments in the series to fix up all the problems.
Here are some visuals of the major characters in the game, including TokiToki a mysterious creature raised by the Supreme Kai of Time:
And of course, Bandai Namco have released lots of screenshots of the gameplay of Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
And Bandai Namco has also released a few new trailers and gameplay videos for Dragon Ball Xenoverse at TGS 2014:
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the upcoming instalment in Dragon Ball’s long running franchise of games. It will be developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco Games. It will be Dimps’ 11th game in the franchise, with their last game being Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for the PlayStation 3. Over 50 games have been developed based on Akira Toriyama’s top selling manga of the same name, since 1986 – two years after the manga’s debut. The series even spawned a MMO titled Dragon Ball Heroes which released for the PC.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be coming out the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and on PC – via Steam – in early 2015. Further information on the game will release soon.
So what do you think about the game coming to Steam? And how does the customisable character sound to you? Leave a comment below.
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