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Dragon Ball: The Breakers Gameplay, Release Date, & Closed Beta Info

Dragon Ball: The Breakers was announced recently, giving Dragon Ball fans an unlikely but promising new game set in the iconic anime world. While the Dragon Ball series has plenty of fighting games under its belt, the newest release promises to stray away from the norm with an asymmetrical horror experience similar to Dead By Daylight. Fresh off the announcement of this unique game is news about its release date window, gameplay elements, and closed beta information.

Coming nearly two years after the most recent Dragon Ball game, Dragon Ball: The Breakers is not only an exciting announcement for Dragon Ball fans but a unique new entry for anyone who loves the survival horror genre. Dragon Ball: The Breakers promises to hit the same beats as other asymmetrical-horror games, and to do so with a new style never before seen in the genre.

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Bringing in Dead By Daylight gameplay elements into a Dragon Ball game is pretty interesting, and only time will tell if this will pay off for The Breakers. For now, it's a strange but unique take on the Dragon Ball franchise, which will hopefully appeal to new and old fans alike. For those interested in learning all there is to know about Dragon Ball: The Breakers, information regarding the game's release date and closed beta are found below.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers is coming sometime in 2022. Though a specific release date has not been announced yet, players can expect to see the game as early as January. It is set to release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Bandai Namco and game developer Dimps have also confirmed that Dragon Ball: The Breakers will be compatible with the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game is currently available for pre-order on Bandai Namco's website.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers pits a team of seven "survivors," including Bulma and Oolong, against the "raider," iconic series villain Cell, who appears to evolve over the duration of a match. While no in-game footage of them exists yet, promotional art of the game shows Frieza and Majinn Buu looming over the cast of humans, suggesting that the two may also be playable in the game as well. This isn't surprising, as the two Dragon Ball villains are also well known for their multiple evolving forms, and are undeniably as terrifying as their co-star Cell. Language on the game's website seems to suggest that other Dragon Ball villains may make an appearance as post-launch content or DLC, meaning that even Frieza's transforming brother may even make an appearance.

Interestingly, Dragon Ball: The Breakers has been confirmed to be set in the same shared universe as Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2. The connection is explained by the Temporal Stream, a spot in the timeline in which players must try to escape each match. The most important part of this connection is that players will be able to link their Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 saves with Dragon Ball: The Breakers. While it hasn't been confirmed what exactly linking these saves will do, it can be assumed that players will be able to play their Xenoverse characters in The Breakers.  Whatever the case may be, now is an excellent time to replay Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 or check out Dead By Daylight's new DLC killer.

Excited Dragon Ball fans who can't wait for the game will be happy to know that a closed beta will be released ahead of the game's launch. Though the exact date of the closed beta hasn't been announced yet, Bandai Namco US announced in a Twitter post that the release will be "soon." The closed beta has been confirmed to release on PC, giving players on the platform who manage to get access a slight experience advantage on day one.

Unfortunately, console players will have to wait for the full release to play Dragon Ball: The Breakers. In the meantime, Dead By Daylight's console release can give players unfamiliar with the asymmetrical horror experience a chance to prepare for Dragon Ball: The Breakers' release.

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