Dragon Ball's Online Multiplayer Game The Breakers Has No Crossplay Plans

Namco Bandai currently has no crossplay plans for Dragon Ball: The Breakers, meaning that anyone hoping to either join together to fend off monsters like Cell or terrorize other players across different consoles is likely out of luck. Akira Toriyama’s long-running Dragon Ball franchise has spawned many video games over the years, from 2D fighters like Dragon Ball FighterZ to RPGs like 2000’s Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. However, Namco Bandai is looking to take the series in a new direction with the upcoming Dragon Ball: The Breakers, as shown when the game was first announced in November.    

Anyone who’s played asymmetrical survival horror titles like Friday The 13th and Dead By Daylight will be familiar with Dragon Ball: The Breakers’ premise. Players take the role of a group of civilians tasked with surviving an attack by one of the Dragon Ball franchise’s most fearsome and iconic villains, while another controls the monster hunting everyone down. A recent Closed Beta test for Dragon Ball: The Breakers showed the fiendish android Cell destroy part of the in-game map, and previous press information revealed that the villainous “Raiders” (so far consisting of Cell, Frieza, and Buu) will evolve into stronger forms with each survivor they take out - just like they did in the classic Dragon Ball Z manga and anime.

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Unfortunately, one feature that might not be included in Dragon Ball: The Breakers is crossplay, or the ability for players to connect across different platforms like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. In a recent sit-down with Siliconera (via Nintendo Life), Dragon Ball: The Breakers producer Ryosuke Hara revealed that there is “no plan” to incorporate either crossplay or cross-save features at the moment. Hara’s use of the phrase “at the moment” seems to imply that Namco Bandai might implement these features later on, but he also stated that his development team isn’t ready to disclose any post-launch plans for Dragon Ball: The Breakers yet.

Crossplay has become an increasingly popular feature in online multiplayer games over the past few years, with titles like Riders Republic and Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid supporting play across different systems. While the ability to play with friends regardless of their console of choice is appealing for online gamers, crossplay hasn’t been without its drawbacks. There was a recent controversy regarding Halo Infinite crossplay between the PC and Xbox console versions of the successful sci-fi shooter, with players on the latter complaining about widespread cheating from PC players during multiplayer match-ups.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers looks promising thanks to its multiplayer premise of surviving against some of the most notorious villains in all of anime. However, the apparent lack of crossplay might be off-putting for players hoping to challenge their friends across any system. Namco Bandai might decide to implement crossplay and cross-save features for Dragon Ball: The Breakers before its planned launch later this year, but as of right now the development team has no plans for such features.

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Source: Siliconera (via Nintendo Life)



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