HoYoVerse announces 2nd Zenless Zone Zero closed beta for PC and mobile

HoYoVerse has announced that registration for a second closed beta of Zenless Zone Zero is under way. Signups are available via the game's official site.

The new beta test will give players on PC and mobile platforms another taste of the game in its current state of development. It'll also feature more playable characters and accessible locations, including a few hinted at during HoYoVerse's last promotional round for the game.

According to HoYoVerse, the next Zenless Zone Zero closed beta will feature "redesigned" combat mechanics and a "thoroughly overhauled" city. Exactly when the test will take place wasn't specified, though.

HoYoVerse also debuted a new trailer for the game to promote the "Equalizing Test":

The new trailer shows off playable characters from the Belobog Heavy Industries and Victoria Housekeeping teams. As with previous trailers, the focus is on the characters' flashy attack animations, which extend to those of the enemies. The trailer also includes screen time for some of the service-provider characters like the proprietor of God Finger Arcade.

HoYoVerse also included new screenshots of the characters appearing in the second Zenless Zone Zero closed beta.

Zenless Zone Zero Beta Art and Screenshots

Check out HoYoVerse's full press release below:

Global interactive entertainment brand HoYoverse announces the 2nd closed beta test, also known as the Equalizing Test, for its highly anticipated urban fantasy ARPG Zenless Zone Zero. The title is returning with a series of changes and content updates that include new stories and explorable areas, more playable characters, re-designed combat mechanics, as well as a thoroughly overhauled city with new, immersive urban gameplay. The forthcoming beta test will kick off on PC, iOS, and Android, sign-up is now available on its official website: zenless.hoyoverse.com

Zenless Zone Zero is a brand-new urban fantasy ARPG by HoYoverse. In the game's story, contemporary civilization has been destroyed by a supernatural disaster known as the Hollows. Amidst this overwhelming calamity, the city of New Eridu has risen against the odds by harnessing the technology and resources necessary to combat the Hollow disaster, gradually evolving into the final beacon of modern civilization. Players will take on the role of a Proxy — a professional specialized in guiding people in their exploration of Hollows, and embark on an adventure with a group of unique companions to conquer unknown enemies and unravel the mysteries behind New Eridu.

The game features a standalone IP and a mixed narrative story-telling. In its latest beta, players will be able to explore a new story chapter that centers on Belobog Heavy Industries — one of the major factions in the game. Thanks to a series of immersive urban gameplay mechanics added to the upcoming beta, players will be able to probe into the Proxy Network known as Inter-Knot and take unusual commissions or play arcade games with friends, pet loveable animals, and roam around the vibrant Sixth Street.

Zenless Zone Zero also features a one-of-a-kind art style and music design that amplifies the feeling of audio-visual immersion. In the upcoming closed beta, the city of New Eridu will be further revamped with a full-scale visual update based on the previous beta. The game's track list will also be more modern, vibrant, and groovy. In addition, three new characters, each with their unique background and charm, will be coming to New Eridu to team up with players.

Apart from that, one of the game’s defining features is its thrilling action. By strengthening the impact and rhythm of combat animations and introducing a brand-new Perfect Assist mechanic, the game’s latest version is friendlier than ever to action game newcomers. At the same time, it introduces a newly developed challenge mode – Hollow Zero, which not only serves as a significant setting in the story but also is sure to meet the expectations of veteran action game players in terms of combat experience.

Zenless Zone Zero is in development for PC and mobile platforms.