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Arc System Works and Bandai Namco let loose the open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ for every player out there who owns an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. Originally, players who pre-ordered the game had access a day earlier on January 13th, but now any and everyone who downloaded the client and play-test the game on January 14th.
Gamespot is reporting that the client download became available for pre-loading on January 12th, but the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta didn't open for those who pre-ordered until midnight, January 13th. Gamers could hop in and play-test the game, featuring Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Kid Buu, Cell, Krillin, Piccolo, Nappa, and Android 18.
A number of stages and music choices are also available, allowing players to experience multiple modes of play as well.
Since the beta is free, all you have to do is download the 2GB client, pop it open, select your name tag, choose which region you're playing in, and then choose the language and the server you would like to participate in.
Once you get the basics done the game will take you to the lobby screen, which allows you to move around and see other players in the game world, similar to Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball Xenoverse series. The lobby contains a few usable modes, including the Battle Tutorial, which features around a dozen or so practice tests, and there's the world battle mode where you can test your might against other players in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
There is no offline mode present in the current iteration of the beta, so it's something to consider if you're planning on play-testing the game.
The actual gameplay will vary between 1-vs-1 all the way up to 3-vs-3 bouts. The tag-team gameplay enables players to take on a very distinct style of play, not entirely dissimilar to the old King of Fighters games. However, unlike King of Fighters, the tag-team mode here allows for instant tag-outs, similar to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. So there's a lot more fluidity to the fights as pugilists tag in and out to do battle.
Once all three members of a team have been defeated, the match ends.
Much like other Dragon Ball games out there, you can perform basic combos, fight in the air, unleash technicals, and utilize the super moves that the series has become infamously known for.
The open beta will last up until January 15th 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time so get in while the getting in is good. The full game will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One starting January 26th. Unfortunately, PC gamers will not be able to beta test the game ahead of launch, which is a real bummer, but if you own an Xbox One or PS4 you can grab the beta right now.