The Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2022 saw several announcements, updates, teases, and upcoming title releases. In particular, publisher Bandai Namco has been making waves during the tournament as they announced a new development for their 2D fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ.
In perhaps what could be the most significant update for the game, the publisher announced rollback netcode updates are arriving soon. Previously not included in the game upon launch, rollback netcode has been a critical feature in fighting games, especially during online play.
Dragon Ball FighterZ To Get Rollback Netcode Updates
Game producer Tomoko Hiroki took to the stage during the Grand Finals of Dragon Ball FighterZ at EVO to deliver the message to the fighting game community (FGC). The announcement received a generally favorable response from FGC; however, many have called for more implementation in other games.
If you didn't know, rollback netcode allows online matches to run smoothly irrespective of players’ internet connection, improving multiplayer experiences. In addition, the feature greatly enhances input responsiveness, especially when inputs or screens freeze, as it predicts the player’s next move instead of waiting for the input to happen.
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If the prediction is wrong, it speeds up the gameplay by a few frames to catch up with in-game audio and play more smoothly, while a correct prediction plays the game as normal. Without this feature, the gameplay is massively impacted due to slow or poor internet connection, resulting in delayed or unresponsive inputs and unbalanced matches.
The publisher will release the rollback netcode update for Dragon Ball FighterZ; however, it comes with a slight complication. The update, which is yet to receive a release date, will only be made available for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S version.
The game’s PC version will receive an additional option to utilize an older netcode for online play, which will come with updated PC specifications. Notably, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game versions will be “compatible” with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles for free, as they will be no rollback netcode update for those platforms.
This complicates this 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 if the rollback netcode would be available to Nintendo Switch consoles.
We will endeavor to keep you updated regarding any further developments.
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Featured image courtesy of Arc System Works / Bandai Namco.