EVO, the annual fighting game tournament, is back with an in-person event for the first time since 2019. In addition to competitions including the first MultiVersus tournament, EVO 2022 also includes some welcome quality-of-life announcements from Bandai Namco and SNK: Dragon Ball FighterZ and Samurai Shodown will both feature rollback network codes.
SNK broke the news with short but flashy “Samurai Soul” trailer (opens in new tab) This tells players to embrace death and embrace rollback, which will be updated next year. Bandai Namco simply brought producer Tomoko Hiroki to the Dragon Ball FighterZ Finals Announce “We decided to roll back the network code for Dragon Ball FighterZ,” the audience applauded.
Hiroki-San’s message to the DBFZ community at #Evo2022! pic.twitter.com/R79RemTHQ9August 7, 2022
Rolling back network code is a big deal in the world of online fighting games, and a feature often requested by their community. With traditional delay-based networking code, button presses don’t take effect until they’re received by the opponent, meaning both players see the same thing at the same time, but there’s a delay between the input and the action. Using rollback network code, each player can instantly see their moves, along with simulated predictions of what their opponents are doing, which will be corrected if proven wrong. Hence: rollback.
Sometimes rolling back just means skipping the first few frames of the attack animation, sometimes it can cause noticeable teleportation, but it’s still more welcome than the mushy feel of lag-based input – especially when network lag may be Unpredictable fluctuations can lead to instability.
Rollback network code has been implemented in various games such as Killer Instinct, Injustice 2, Lethal League, Street Fighter 5, and Them’s Fightin’ Herds.even Spelunky 2 uses it (opens in new tab)Notable holdouts include Tekken 7 and Soul Blade 6, though its addition to Dragon Ball FighterZ means it will also appear in future games in Bandai Namco’s other fighting game franchise.
We might not have to wait long to find out, as EVO 2022 also makes time for a new Tekken game.