Dragon Ball Xenoverse: New Interview Reveals Game Under Development for Over 2.5 Years

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is making it’s way to the Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 3, Micosoft Xbox One, and Microsoft Xbox 360 to North America, Europe, and Japan. A release date has not yet been announced. It hasn’t even been specified what year (2014 or 2015) the game will come out, just that it is in development. Details about the game are limited, but a new interview thanks to Treevax from the 2014 Japan Expo with Masayuki Hirano at publisher Bandai Namco Games and Masahiro Kashino at developer Dimps reveals a few small tidbits related to the game. The video below also includes the Dragon Ball Xenoverse presentation given at Japan Expo, interviews with Bandai Namco community staff, and a bit of commentary of things learned. The

From the interview, which starts at 33:40, here are some of the highlights:

First of all, the game has been in development for over 2.5 years. It will be completly different from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Xenoverse is developed by Dimps, while Battle of Z was by Artdink. The team behind Dragon Ball Xenoverse heard the criticism Battle of Z received and are confident fans will be pleased with this latest Dragon Ball fighter.

Secondly, it’s confirmed the game will be more than 1 vs 1. Put another way, 1-vs-1 is in, as seen in footage, but it’s not just restricted to that. Could there be team battle? Or up to 6 players brawls? That much is unannounced at this point in time.

Third, story mode isn’t an open world affair like Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 on the Sony PlayStation 2. The game’s concept isn’t to explore the Dragon Ball world, but to intervene with it.

Fourth, the game will feature characters beyond just the Dragon Ball Z series. Does that mean DBGT and DB is included? Could beyond the series mean including DBZ movies and specials? Or, does it mean original characters created for the game? That is also unannounced at this point in time. They just mentioned it will go beyond the main story and have a robust roster.

Fifth, manual ki charging will be making a return. It wasn’t in Dimps’ previous DBZ game (Burst Limit), but the development team is working on implementing it in Xenoverse.

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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!