Publisher Arc System Works and developer French-Bread will host a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 open beta test for Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes from November 16 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET to November 19 at 11:00 p.m. PT / November 20 at 2:00 a.m. ET, the companies announced.
The open beta test will feature online matches, offline matches against the CPU, two-player matches, and training mode.
Here is the full rundown of what will be available:
- Casual Match (Network) – Battle other players online. This mode does not affect ranking.
- Character Select (Network) – Choose the character you will use in online matches.
- Vs Player – Players can battle against each other.
- Vs CPU – Battle against the CPU.
- Watch – Can observe CPU vs CPU matches.
- Free Training – Practice with playable characters.
- Option – Change the in-game settings.
Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 digital editions of Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes will also begin on November 17. The Deluxe Edition will include the base game, downloadable content “System Voice 25 Character Set,” and the Season Pass. Users who pre-order will also gain access to the game 72 hours ahead of its official launch.
Here is an overview of the game, via Arc System Works:
Created in collaboration with developer French-Bread, Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes brings the final chapter in the “Hollow Night” storyline that began with the first series release over a decade ago. As an original addition to the fight game genre, the game brings novel-styled action, powerful duels with foes, fantastic visual environments, 21 returning characters, new In-Births joining the roster, compelling background music, and for the first time in the series, rollback netcode has been implemented.
Players take the protagonist role of high school youth Hyde as he encounters the mysterious girl, Linne, prompting his inner EXS powers to awaken. As the two band together, they struggle to defeat the fearsome Paradox. This leads to the appearance of the enigmatic Kuon the Aeon, who crushes the two victors and proclaims his advent of the world’s end. Linne disappears and Hyde, now determined to save their world from Kuon, ventures alone into the Night…
Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes is due out for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam on January 25, 2024 worldwide.
Update 11/08/23: Arc System Works has updated the open beta test dates. Instead of November 17 to 20, it will now run from November 16 to 19.