DNF Duel to launch in summer 2022 for PC and consoles including PS4/PS5

Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2021-12-20 13:54 JST)

Nexon has announced that the fighting game DNF Duel will launch in the summer of 2022. As for supported platforms, they mention, “DNF DUEL will be available for PC, in addition to console devices including PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.”

DNF Duel is a fighting game featuring characters from the online action RPG Dungeon Fighter Online. The game is being made by BlazBlue and Guilty Gear developer Arc System Works in conjunction with Eighting, who are known for titles such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

In DNF Duel, playable characters are comprised of the available classes in Dungeon Fighter Online. In the open beta that is currently running on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 until December 20, 6:00 a.m. (PST), the Berserker, Vanguard, Inquisitor, Striker, Grappler, Ranger, Kunoichi, Hitman, Crusader, and Dragon Knight are available as playable characters.

As for the gameplay systems, in addition to the two types of regular attacks, there are also two types of special moves. These special moves can be used with various D-pad and button combinations, and they are relatively simple to pull off. Using MP moves consumes some of the MP gauge located just below your health bar. MP can be recovered over time, by landing hits with moves that don’t cost MP, and through Conversion.

In DNF Duel, even if you guard an opponent’s attack, you’ll take damage. However, it will be “white damage” which recovers over time. But instead of recovering your white damage, you can convert it to MP using Conversion. Conversion is also special because it can be used to cancel various actions. On top of that, after a character’s HP is reduced a certain amount, they can use what’s called an Awakening Skill.

These risk versus reward systems seem to constantly give players tactical choices during matches.

It’s also been announced that online matches will have rollback netcode.

DNF Duel is scheduled to release in the summer of 2022. They have also stated they are aware of the issue where PS4 arcade sticks can’t be used on PS5 and say that it will be fixed in the retail version of the game.