In keeping with this weekend’s fighting theme, Bandai Namco have confirmed dates for the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ Switch open beta test. Players can get a taste of how the phenomenal battler will perform on Switch for a little more than two full days running from August 9th at 9:00pm PDT/5am BST/ 12pm HKT until August 11th at 11:59pm PDT/8am BST/3pm HKT.
To get involved, simply download the open beta client pre-load available right now from the Nintendo Switch eShop and then find ways to manage the hype until Friday.
The beta will feature a generous 23 playable characters from the cult series including many familiar faces and some of the most beloved. This should allow first time players to get to grips with the three character tag team format of the battler. The characters include Android 16, Android 18, Beerus, Captain Ginyu, Cell, Frieza, Teenage Gohan, Adult Gohan, Super Saiyan Goku, SSGSS Goku, Goku Black, Gotenks, Hit, Kid Buu, Krillin, Majin Buu, Nappa, Piccolo, Tien, Trunks, Super Saiyan Vegeta, SSGSS Vegeta, and Yamcha.
Participants can dabble in four different Dragon Ball FighterZ game modes. Arena Match pits players against one another in the classic one-versus-one format. Practice Battle Tutorial is fairly self-explanatory and will teach the fundamental mechanics of the game. Finally, we have Circle Match and Circle Party Match modes where players take part in successive battles against one another or all jump into the same battle for guaranteed fighting mayhem.
Bandai Namco are also including the Extreme Type control scheme, which switches up the standard controls for an easier time setting off those devastating special moves. In addition, Replay Channel allows previously played fights to be rewatched for viewing pleasure, personal improvement, or to slap on some Z-Stamps if you fancy it.
The full retail version of Dragon Ball FighterZ is scheduled for a September 27th release in Japan and September 28th for the rest of the world. The game launches on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If the existing versions of the game are anything to go by, the Switch port is expected to perform equally well, the beta test allowing Bandai Namco to iron any lingering performance issues and squash any bugs in anticipation of next month’s release.