That Dragon Ball Dead by Daylight-like is Holding a Closed Beta Next Week

There is nothing more frightening than Imperfect Cell.

Bandai Namco is planning a closed beta for Dragon Ball: The Breakers starting next week on December 4. The upcoming test will drop you into the role of survivor or killer—I mean survivor or raider—in an asymmetrical battle similar to something like Dead by Daylight.

If you want to try out the strange mishmash of Dragon Ball action and game genre, registration is open now until November 30 on Bandai Namco’s official site. There are four sessions spread out over two days through Steam, but if you’re trying to open up time in your weekend to parade around as Oolong, here’s the full schedule:

  • Session 1: Saturday, December 4 at 3 am to 7 am CET
  • Session 2: Saturday, December 4 at 1 pm to 5 pm CET
  • Session 3: Saturday, December 4 at 10 pm to 11 pm CET
  • Session 4: Sunday, December 5 at 3 am to 7 am CET

The Breakers is a 7v1 showdown against some of Dragon Ball’s biggest baddies and the earthlings they terrorize. So far we’ve seen familiar characters like Bulma, Oolong, Kid Buu, Cell, and Frieza show up, along with a couple of new additions designed for the game. The earthlings are trapped in a Temporal Seam and rely on Super Time Machines to get out of the arena, and it sounds like you’ll be in a race against time as Raiders “become stronger by the minute.” Sure, you’ve got numbers on your side as an earthling, but Frieza has destroyed whole planets, so there’s that.

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I get it, Dead by Daylight didn’t invent the format, but Behaviour sure did rocket the asymmetrical experience into newfound popularity and it shows. I’m a bit of a Dead by Daylight fiend who also just happens to have enough nostalgia for Dragon Ball to be interested in whatever is going on here. The comparison may not have hit me quite as hard from only a gameplay demo, but the opening cinematic from Bandai Namco’s announcement trailer is eerily creepy for a Dragon Ball sequence. Imperfect Cell was already pretty damn terrifying, so the echo of those squeaky steps sends my anxiety to Pyramid-Head-Chasing-Me-Through-DBD-Map levels.

Bandai Namco just announced The Breakers for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch last week, with a release window set for sometime in 2022.