Anime 2D fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ will receive rollback netcode updates for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles.
Published on August 8, 2022
Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2022 saw many announcements, updates, teases and upcoming title releases. Notably, publisher Bandai Namco is making waves during the tournament as they announced a new development for their 2D fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ.
In what might be the most significant update to the game, the publisher announced that rollback netcode updates are coming soon. Not included in the game at first launch, rollback netcode has been an important feature in fighting games, especially during online play.
Dragon Ball FighterZ Rollback to Receive Netcode Updates
Game producer Tomoko Hiroki took to the stage during the Grand Finals of Dragon Ball FighterZ at EVO to deliver a message to the fighting game community (FGC). The announcement received a generally favorable response from the FGC; However, many have called for more implementation in other games.
— Bandai Namco Esports (@BNEesports) 7 August 2022
In case you didn’t know, Rollback Netcode allows online matches to play smoothly regardless of players’ internet connection, thereby improving the multiplayer experience. In addition, this feature greatly increases input responsiveness, especially when input or screen freezes, as it predicts the player’s next move instead of waiting for the input to occur.
If the prediction is wrong, it speeds up the gameplay by a few frames to capture the in-game audio and play more smoothly, while a correct prediction keeps the game playing as normal. Without this feature, slow or poor internet connection would severely affect gameplay, resulting in delayed or unresponsive input and unbalanced matches. Rollback Netcode improves online play by allowing matches to play smoothly regardless of players’ internet connections. (Picture: Arc System Works / Bandai Namco)
Publisher Will Release Rollback Netcode Update For Dragon Ball FighterZ; However, it comes with a bit of complexity. The update, which has yet to receive a release date, will only be made available for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions.
The PC version of the game will receive an additional option to use the old netcode to play online, which will come with updated PC specifications. Specifically, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game versions will be “compatible” with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles, as they will have no rollback netcode updates for those platforms. Publisher Bandai Namco revealed details about the rollback netcode update for Dragon Ball FighterZ. (Picture: Arc System Works / Bandai Namco)
It’s complicated for last-gen console owners, who need to own a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S console to take advantage of the feature. Furthermore, there was no confirmation on whether Rollback Netcode would be available for the Nintendo Switch console.
We will try to keep you updated about any further developments.
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Featured image courtesy of Arc System Works / Banda Namco.