A stunning reveal! Witness footage of the Dragon Ball Z MMORPG from closed beta!

    
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The last time I played a multiplayer-minded game based on the Dragon Ball Z franchise was Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which was… OK. It did make me want a legitimate MMORPG following the same idea, though. Sure enough, such a game apparently was on the show floor of this year’s ChinaJoy expo and even in beta testing, though it seems to be flying well under the radar and offering bare few updates. This is extremely weird considering the reach of the IP… or wholly appropriate if one considers the quality of most games based on the franchise. With at least one noteable exception.

The folks at MMO Culture found out more about the game: It’s a PC MMORPG loosely translated to Dragon Ball: Legend of Time and Space, and it reportedly has had closed beta tests this past January and earlier this May. It features four playable races — Namekian, Majin, Saiyan, and Earthling — though only the Namekians and Majin were playable during January CBT.

Despite the title’s addition to the ChinaJoy show floor, only one news outlet from Taiwan is reporting on it. That may well be for the best: The game’s official website has reportedly not updated since May, the title currently has no launch date, and at least one streamer’s opinion of the game’s January beta is extremely low, calling it worse than modern mobile games based on Dragon Ball. Bear in mind, though, that beta builds are not final and things could change, assuming development is still ongoing.

For now, there’s some footage of the game from ChinaJoy 2019 as well as that streamer’s beta footage in the embed below.

source: MMO Culture

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Steve Fury

Looks aggressively mediocre.

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Zane Paul

Reminds me of the mmo dbz games I used to play back in the late nineties on BYOND. They were all simple, fan made games but still good none the less. I spent many, many hours playing those and they’re still making more even to this day. Worth checking out BYOND if you’re into games in general

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Barnoc N'Draak

I welcome this news, albeit primarily for the rich vein of DB jokes I anticipate.

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JOMO

Aw man I was so excited. I would still try it in its current state if it was available here. I’ll always love anything related to Dragon Ball.

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NeoWolf

looks like Dragonball Xenoverse

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Hikari Kenzaki

It looks a LOT like DBO, but without the growing up mechanics and stock characters (that may just be because it’s early alpha)…
The real problem with making a new Dragon Ball game is you really can’t update the graphics past early 2000s or it will stop looking like Dragon Ball.

Also… in DragonBall era stuff, I get all the running around and stuff… but if this is DragonBall Z, WHY AREN’T THE FLYING?!?!?!

Ahem… cheers.

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cursedseishi

So… Someone got a hold of the Xenoverse assets I’m guessing? Or, rather, it’s based explicitly off the Xenoverse game timeline of sorts. Because that opening area is a dead ringer for the hub town for Xenoverse 2–as are a lot of the appearance options.

Not bad, mind you, but… Aside from the assets, it looks like a lot of it is being built off the skeleton of Dragon Ball Online, just with the Xenoverse-Lite UI. And if that is the Beta of the game, I certainly wouldn’t be looking forward to any massive improvements. The lack of updates on the site paired with the… simple system by which they are using for the gameplay means it won’t be anything more than your standard affair. And, again, we already have Dragon Ball Online–which far as I know is running in an emulated capacity with translation.

Got me all excited for a moment too… Though I will argue against the ‘quality’ of games as a side note! Mechanically? Sure, Dragon Ball FighterZ is the best in recent releases… But that is it. I want Hercule Satan playable, he isn’t. I want Gokule. He ain’t there.

But who has him? Dragon Ball Fusions, and more recently Super Dragon Ball Heroes. And while they may not be the most… technically demanding and greatest, most balanced games? Who cares! It’s Dragon Ball. I WANT Super Saiyan 3 Nappa. I want Business Suit Freiza. Gimme that… *takes breath* Xeno Maijinn Buu: Dark Demon God Dabura Absorbed… with his… crazy… sword and… stuff…

Or Janembuu…

I like fanservice in Dragon Ball games. Okay? The only truly, utterly horrible Dragon Ball games were that Kinect Title… and… Battle of Z? The… non-kinect version or whatsitsface… Those. Or any Dragon Ball title that refuses to put my man, Mister Satan, in them! He’s Dynamite!

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angrakhan

Draggin’ Ballz

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Sorenthaz

Pretty much everything that video showed makes it look like it’s just another attempt at NTL’s failed Dragon Ball Online.

I mean the appeal is definitely there because MMOs have kind of hit a dry spell and Xenoverse 2 has been quite popular among fans (which basically took the story of DBO with Mira/Towa, Time Patrollers, etc), but this doesn’t look like it’s anything other than a modified Dragon Ball Online ifthat.

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latorn

lol, love the headline! Also is it just me, or does the game’s UI look like its ripped right from SWTOR? xD

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Sorenthaz

Actually looks like it’s basically just taken from the late Dragon Ball Online.