Bandai Namco has announced a strange new Dragon Ball survival game franchise called Dragon Ball: The Breakers. While most games associated with the series are action-oriented to some extent, Dragon Ball: The Breakers appears to break tradition being more of a survival game akin to titles like Dead by Daylight.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers is an asymmetrical multiplayer survival game in which seven players will play as survivors and one will play as the “Raider.” The Raider, who takes the role of one of the franchise’s villains, such as Cell or Frieza, will be tasked with disposing of the survivors while they attempt to escape the temporal seam in which they are trapped.
Enter the temporal seam. Will you match as one of the 7 survivors or with you take the role of the rival Raider?
— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) November 16, 2021
“Caught in an unexpected temporal phenomenon, seven ordinary citizens find themselves stranded in a Temporal Seam: they share their imprisonment with the Raider, a menacing enemy from another timeline with an overwhelming power,” says Bandai Namco’s official release about the game. “Their only hope for survival is to break out from the Temporal Seam with the Super Time Machine, but the Raider is on their tracks and becomes stronger by the minute. In a race against time the cunning of Survivors clashes with the power of the Raider, to break free or be broken.”
Players will be able to customize the appearance of their survivor characters via cosmetics earned in and out of the game. In addition, they’ll also be able to link their save data from DragonBall Xenoverse 2, which hints that their custom character from that game could also be played as a survivor in The Breakers.
This Dragon Ball survival game isn’t Bandai Namco’s first attempt at bringing an animé franchise into a multiplayer genre that isn’t usually associated with it. Last year, the company announced that they would be creating a multiplayer hero shooter based on the Gundam franchise.
As for how it’ll play, players will be able to find out soon as Bandai Namco has announced that a closed beta test for DragonBall: the Breakers is coming to PC. More details on this beta test are expected to be revealed soon.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers is scheduled to arrive on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X sometime next year.
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