Bandai Namco has delayed sign-ups for the highly anticipated Dragon Ball FighterZ Closed Beta. When Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki was brought on-stage during EVO 2017, fans of the game were expecting something special. Rather than the announcement of Closed Beta dates, however, they got dates for the sign-ups. Now with that delayed, Bandai Namco knows they have to deliver.
To help calm those worries, Bandai Namco did provide a reasonable argument for delaying the sign-ups. In order to meet demand the “capacity” of the beta is being increased. That means the team will need to “bolster” their background systems not only for the game servers to be playable but for sign-ups, too. Fighting games don’t typically have Destiny-size betas, but with Dragon Ball FighterZ things might change.
Beta sign-ups were originally planned to go live tomorrow, July 26, so the delay is coming with relatively short notice. Now the beta sign-ups with go live about a month later, on August 22nd.
The beta itself will start on September 16 and end on September 18. While Bandai Namco doesn’t clarify, it should be assumed that this Closed Beta is for consoles and not PC. That’s how it was announced at EVO and it makes sense that it hasn’t changed since.
While Bandai Namco has given no reason to believe it has ulterior motives for the delay, some fighting game community fans have some suspicions. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite just happens to launch the day after the Dragon Ball FighterZ Closed Beta ends, September 19. Considering Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s gameplay is, at least at a skin-deep level, inspired by some of the Marvel vs. franchise’s fast-paced style, putting a beta so close to its competition’s launch could be seen as confrontational.
It seems just as likely that Bandai Namco is telling the truth regarding not being ready for Closed Beta sign-ups. Then they pushed the beta as far as they could without actually stepping on Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s toes. The hype and activity around the two fighting games, if anything, is likely to build market excitement for both. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will have plenty of time between its launch and Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s 2018 launch to prove itself.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Closed Beta registration starts August 22, with the beta itself arriving September 16. Stay tuned for more information in the months ahead.