Bandai Namco announced this morning that Dragon Ball Xenoverse will come to North America on February 17, 2015. The latest gaming adaptation of the classic anime series will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.
Unlike other attempts to emulate the classic series through gaming, Dragon Ball Xenoverse will feature a brand new storyline. A mysterious force has been altering the timeline of the world of Dragon Ball, and it will be up to a new face in order to restore things back to normal. Rather than stepping into the shoes of Goku, Gohan, or Vegeta once again, players will get to create their own character for the first time. This character can be customized both in terms of attacks and clothing, and can even team up with the many powerful faces of the series.
Besides the unique campaign, the title will also feature a new World Tournament Budokai Tenkaichi mode, which was officially announced today. Similar to the older entries in the series, this mode will allow gamers to pit their favorite fighters from Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT against each other in order to see who is the strongest.
In addition to the release date, Bandai Namco also revealed that Dragon Ball Xenoverse will receive a special”Day 1 edition, which will include one additional character, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, and two unique Frieza Solider Battle Suits.
While the last entry in the Dragon Ball franchise did little to impress me, I’m interested in Xenoverse. For starters, it completely abandons the formula of the last game in favor of a more open-world style of play. I also appreciate the fact that it appears that developer Dimps will actually focus on having a story mode this time, which has been a major flaw of the past few entries.
We will continue to have coverage of Dragon Ball Xenoverse in the lead-up to its February 2015 release, so stay tuned.