The start date for the Nintendo Switch Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is right around the corner and Bandai Namco shared a few details of the event. The beta is set to start next weekend and will give owners of Nintendo’s hit console their first opportunity to play the critically praised fighting game before the full release launches in September.
Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta – Nintendo Switch
Players that want to take part in the trial version are required to download the open beta from the eShop or Nintendo’s website. The beta begins on August 10th at 12 A.M. ET and August 9th at 9 P.M. PT. The beta runs through the weekend and will conclude on August 11th at 11:59 P.M. PT.
Those that have downloaded Dragon Ball FighterZ’s beta will have the chance to try four different types of game modes including, Practice Battle Tutorial, Arena Match, Ring Match, and Ring Party Match. Players will also have the chance to try the entire starting roster for the game, along with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, for a grand total of 23 playable fighters. Don’t forget to check out the full beta roster below.
Dragon Ball FighterZ officially launches on the Nintendo Switch this September 28th. Bandai Namco revealed that the Switch version will include some new options for local multiplayer, specifically an offline six player Party Match mode and 2v2 and 1v1 type matches. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to clarify if these changes will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.
There are some cool bonuses for pre-ordering the game, including immediate access to both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Additionally, those that commit to the game before launch will receive a digital Japanese copy of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a rare Super Famicom that has never been released in North America.
Nintendo takes the throne once again as a driving force within the gaming industry. The Japanese video game maker faced some troubled times starting with the Wii and continuing through the release of the Wii U. Now the company and their new console are once again in the limelight for a good reason. Since it was released in 2012, the Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles worldwide but the Nintendo Switch is expected to dwarf those numbers.
Time For Big Numbers
Launching in March of this year, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million consoles by the end of March 2018. They increased their forecast from 10 million consoles and all this buzz is beginning to catch the attention of game publishers and developers across the globe. Nintendo has welcomed third-party and independent developers to develop software for the Switch but previous blunders kept most away. However, with the Switch flying off the shelves, people are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.
Bandai Namco Takes Notice
Recently news broke that Bandai Namco, a highly respected Japanese game developer, will be producing three Switch-exclusive games. Expected to release between the spring and summer of 2018, word broke after their latest financial briefing. Executives from the company admit they were surprised by the success of the new console and want to bring three ‘big’ games to the revolutionary console. There were no other details but the fact that it caught the attention of this big name developer could mean this is only the beginning.
Major Industry Players Impressed
Even well-known industry players like Phil Harrison who was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation in the mid-90’s was impressed by Nintendo’s latest success. He states in an interview with GamesBeat, “Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously.” (http://bit.ly/2zDO41g)
Harrison makes mention about adding a dynamic console to the market and this is a major realization game developers and even console manufacturers have made as well. Switching up how people view a gaming console could be the beginning of a fundamental shift that takes place throughout the industry.
A Look At The Power Of The Switch
The Future Looks Bright
The future looks bright for the Switch and Nintendo as a whole. Games that were never expected to make it to a Nintendo console like Skyrim and Doom being released have people excited. Opening the doors to independent developers is absolutely mindblowing. Developers openly stating that they are surprised by its success and beginning to develop games for the new console is impressive. However what’s more impressive is what this could mean for gaming.
The video game industry was flipped upside down with the emergence of the Nintendo Switch. There are big things coming and gamers are the ones that will benefit.
Bandai Namco teased their new RPG, Code Vein last week with an animated teaser trailer. Following the video Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu released an article giving more details on the upcoming mystery project.
The teaser aptly titled, “Prepare to Dine”, was initially thought to be a reference to Bandai Namco’s previous RPG, Dark Souls. To many fans surprise Code Vein was revealed to be an entirely new IP. The “Dine” in the title refers to the player’s ability to control a super powered vampire that eats monsters to gain power.
The game is being developed by the same team that made the popular “God Eater” series. Bandai Namco is out to create a new “dramatic exploration hard action RPG,” for new consoles that is unrelated to the God Eater series.
All the Gory Details
The story behind Code Vein is fairly interesting, set in a dystopian future players will take control of vampires also known as Revenants. These vampire have figured out how to transcend humanity but unfortunately in the process they have lost their memories (very inconvenient). The teaser trailer showed off what happens to a Revenant who fails to consume blood, they become a giant monster called a “lost.”
For an unbeknownst reason, Revenants have been outcast from society and must live in an area known only as Vein. The vampires have to cooperate with each other to discover the mysteries of their world and maybe a way to escape. The game takes on a dungeon crawler feel with players entering caves with an AI buddy to help them out. These companions will help players overcome various challenges but not without the hero helping them out as well.
Players get to use a variety of special abilities along with a series of melee weapons to dispatch the lost. Short swords, great swords, spears and hammers will all be used to damage the enemy and when defeated, their power will be absorbed through the Revenant’s blood veil. This piece of armor takes the shape of an article of clothing and Revenants all have a different form of blood veil.
Code Vein certainly sounds like an exciting experience that we can’t wait to see more of. Don’t forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on this awesome vampire RPG as they are made available!