Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has been out for some time now on different platforms, but fans of the series who may have been waiting out the price tag to try out the title can rejoice: on top of Dragon Ball Project Z being announced, there's a launch of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 free version today in the West which will allow players to crack into some of the game's content as a teaser.
The Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 free version looks like it's being offered as a kind of teaser for the full game. Given that other popular AAA titles this year have employed the same sort of lure of what is essentially a free trial meant to entice more people in the fanbase to pick the full game up.
Bandai Namco has put out a press release about the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 free version that it's offering for PlayStation and Xbox users, which is being referred to as Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite. The press release notes that there's going to be the ability for players to try out parts of the story from the main game, parallel quests, and online battles. Players are also going to able to try out the much-acclaimed photo mode to take some stunning screenshots. The full press release from Bandai Namco is as below:
New players entering Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 through the “Lite” version of the game will be able to experience the following:
- Play five story episodes—“Raditz’s Attack,” “The Saiyan Threat,” “Ruckus on Planet Namek,” “The Ginyu Force Strikes,” and “The Galactic Emperor”—from the main game.
- Take part in Online Battles and Online Quests – with the option to play against those with the full version of the game (Online events and expert missions will remain exclusive to owners of the full game).
- Compete in Hero Colosseum mode, with all content and online matches.
- Additionally, players will be able to transfer saved data from the “Lite” version to the full game if they choose to purchase the full version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
From the press release, it's quite clear that Bandai Namco is intending for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 free release to get players hooked enough to shell out for the full game. From the saved data feature along with giving fans access to arguably the most entertaining parts of the game (Hero Colosseum and the online battles), this taster is arguably designed to get its hooks into fans by also introducing some of the more engaging narrative beats from the campaign as example content.
While it's unsure if this free version is going to materially result in an uptick of Dragon Ball fans picking up the full version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, it looks like a worthy initiative from Bandai Namco in terms of the breadth and depth of playable material being offered for free. At the very least, we expect that it's going to get some tongues wagging.
Source: Bandai Namco Press Release