The Dragon Ball FighterZ beta starts this weekend, so here’s when you can jump into the action.

The 3-on-3 fighter looks great, with lightning-quick combos and a crisp art-style that’s faithful to the beloved anime, but now’s our chance to get to grips with how it actually plays. Unlike the closed beta back in September, this time it’s open to all players.

The console-exclusive beta will begin on Saturday January 13, 2018 if you’ve pre-ordered the game, while everyone else will be able to get in on Sunday January 14.

Unfortunately, there will be no Dragon Ball FighterZ PC beta this time around.

Download instructions
In the US: The word from Bandai Namco’s official US twitter is to search on the store for the beta client on January 13, and it’ll be live for you to download.

In the UK: If you’ve pre-ordered, you’ll need to register and redeem your code on the official site.

Otherwise, just search the digital storefront on the day the beta starts.

Pre-load
The official stance on pre-load is that more details will be announced “at a later time”. But on Twitter, Bandai Namco’s UK account said that pre-order players would be notified when they can download the beta client on January 11, 2018.

You will be notified on email when you can download the Beta client on the 11th! https://t.co/bwgGx3exAj

— Bandai Namco UK (@BandaiNamcoUK) January 9, 2018

We’ve listed the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta start times in GMT, PST and EST, but if you click the time links it’ll bring up a new window with the equivalent time in cities around the world.

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Characters
11 different characters will be available for you to use including Goku, Vegeta, Cell, Frieza, Krillin, Piccolo, Android 18, Adult Gohan, Kid Buu, Nappa and Beerus. We have a full page on the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta roster, which rounds up every character announced for the full game so far, so give that look for more info. There’s a good variety of fighters, with Trunks, Yamcha and Captain Ginyu making appearances.

Stages
There are seven stages available in the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta, including fan-favourites like Namek and a night time arena.

  • Planet Namek
  • World Tournament Arena
  • West City
  • Volcano
  • Wasteland
  • Cell Games Arena
  • Rocky Field (Evening)

Modes
There are a variety of modes on offer in the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta as well, including online matches, a tutorial mode to teach you the ropes, and a taste of the game’s story.

  • World Match
  • Battle Tutorial
  • Rankings
  • Replay Channel
  • Stamps
  • Lobby Avatar Customisation
  • Two Dramatic Scenes

The full game will be out on January 26, 2018 internationally and February 1 in Japan, for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Read more here: VG247