The 2014 Japan Expo took place last week and game producer Masayuki Hirano was at the event giving a presentation on Dragon Ball Xenoverse. In his presentation he showed off footage (watch it here) of Goku taking on Vegeta and Cell. Just before the battles begun, like in many games, the characters and stages were selected. This gave a quick look at what the character select screen and stage select screen may look like. Keyword MAY as the game is under development so things could drastically change.
Anyways, right above the icon for Vegeta are “L1” and “R1” buttons to switch pages in the character select. The build shown at the event had a yellow highlighted “1”. Using our skills in Photoshop, Saiyan Island filled in the space designated for pages and found there could be a maximum of 6 page icons. Since there are a total of 21 characters on page 1, we deduced there would be 126 slots for a maximum of 126 playable characters (21 slots below x 6 pages = 126).
We say maximum because if you recall for Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, there could have been 50 playable characters since there were 5 pages of slots with 10 characters each. Page 5, however, only had 4 of the 10 slots occupied and 3 of those slots were the custom characters, leading the final roster count to be 41.
Also, based on the character selection screen, it looks like there could be up to 6 players who can battle at once. If you look closely you will note there are six shadows for selected characters. Saiyan Island has marked them each with an arrow. It’s likely there could be up to 6 selected for online, if even true, as local gameplay on PS3, Xbox 360, and PS4 can only support 4 controllers.
Still, if the game can support 4 player battles locally, that would be quite interesting. Based on a screenshot released a few weeks ago we can see Goku and the Mysterious Warrior take on Vegeta and Nappa in what seems to be a 2-vs-2 battle.
In terms of stages, we see 24 total (3 of which are unlocked and 21 locked). Like the character selection screen, this might not be the final roster screen. Hirano-san has mentioned things can change.
Lastly, is an interview conducted by French website Yassuke with Hirano-san. The interview was originally in French, but a roughly translated English version is below. It reveals the game will focus on the Dragon Ball Z storyline roster, although based on our understanding, the door for Dragon Ball GT characters is still open. Our personal opinion is that we won’t see DBGT characters because Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (the latest movie) overwrites some of the points from that series, but again, nothing is confirmed at this point.
1) What is the difference between this game and other Dragon Ball fighters?
The gameplay. We have taken some aspects from the previous works and of course made some improvements, but the real difference comes from the ability to interact with the world of Dragon Ball in story mode.
2) What are the differences between the PS3/Xbox 360 and PS4/Xbox One versions?
Although the gaming experience is the same between the different machines, the PS4 and Xbox One benefit from a better visual appearance with more details and better graphics. Players can also share their gameplay with the sharing options of these two consoles.
3) Does the story of the game spread out to the “GT” part of Dragon Ball?
The story is based on the “Dragon Ball Z” series. I can’t disclose too much at this time, but it is possible there could be characters from other parts of the series.
4) I think the mysterious character from the future looks suspiciously like adult Gohan. Is this him?
(Laughter) I can’t say any more, but you may or may not wrong.
5) You mentioned being able to change the events of the story of Dragon Ball Z? To what extent can we change history? Vegeta will he, for example, emerge victorious in combat for the first time against Goku?
(Laughter) I can unfortunately not say too much yet, but you can imagine what opportunities players will have with this mysterious character from the future who did not come all this way for nothing. Anyway, we will provide further information on this aspect of the game very soon.
6) The ability to change the events in the game, will be there be several different purposes of this?
Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be making it’s way to the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will offer in-game transformations, characters with the most detailed facial expressions ever seen in the Dragon Ball universe and new cel shaded graphics. A mysterious red haired character with a Capsule Corp jacket will some how be involved in this game. Dragon Ball: Xenoverse will be published by Bandai Namco Games and is in development by DIMPS (the company behind the Budokai series). No release date has been announced at this point in time, but we hope to keep you up-to-date with the latest right here on Saiyan Island!