Could the most recent online Dragon Ball fighter be going offline after only a year or so of operation?
Sources say no, so you can absolutely rest easy. Via Game Informer, Dragon Ball Xenoverse is still going strong, though it seemed for a few fleeting moments that the plug could be pulled from the fighter. Bandai Namco has confirmed that it's still very much alive, though it's having some issues at present.
Eagle-eyed Twitter users like @RyGuy176 tweeted some distressing messages they had seen online when trying to get on and play some Xenoverse. These messages included notifications such as "Online service for 'DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE' has ended. The following features will not be available." and went on to list several different features (read: all of them) that would not be up and running for users.
Bandai Namco has clarified that the team is looking into these strange connectivity issues at present, as well as the limitations some players are currently experiencing. The game hasn't been taken offline, and Bandai Namco is looking to restore online functionality soon. In fact, they have no plans at this time to take the servers down any time in the near future. Good, because we need more of that sweet, sweet DLC.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is an exciting fighter with tons of different characters from the Dragon Ball Z universe, even though it can absolutely feel quite fiddly. You can even play as the new Super Saiyan God version of Goku as seen in the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F films. Gamewise, it plays a lot like its distant cousins Dragon Ball Z Budokai and the lot, except battles take place in an open 3D environment rather than the face-to-face brawls that fans might be used to.
It's good that there's nothing going on with Dragon Ball Xenoverse, though, especially since the latest film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F is entering theaters next week in the US. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F picks right up where Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods left off. Without spoiling much of the film, it revealed the Super Saiyan God form for Goku, which we're seeing a whole lot more of in this new movie. After squaring off with Beerus, the God of Destruction, our hero Goku finds that he can now make use of the "Super Saiyan God" form, which actually comes in multiple stages. After Goku and company fought against Beerus and his master Whis, peace has returned to our lonely planet and for all the inhabitants.
The upcoming movie should be a treat for Dragon Ball Z fans, but it's really the cherry on top of the "Dragon Ball Xenoverse isn't being shut down" sundae.