May 19, 2013

Arc System Works News

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Now THIS is some news I can sink my teeth into! (In other words, please excuse me while I gush about some newly revealed additions to properties that I'm hopelessly obsessed with.)
Earlier today (May 19, but you COULD say that it was yesterday since it's already May 20 in Japan), one of my all-time favorite video game developers held a 25th anniversary event at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Japan. And boy howdy, they revealed some great lookin' stuff there!
Now, some of you may remember when I posted about the new BlazBlue game last year, and some of you may not. That game has already been out in Japanese arcades for a few months, but the console release isn't supposed to hit shelves until this October... Well, we now have some evidence that this is a conscious marketing decision, because there's something else coming out this Fall that will undoubtedly raise awareness for the series, and presumably lead to better video game sales.

Check to see what I'm talking about after the break...

A BLAZBLUE ANIME. FINALLY. Yes, yes, we're finally getting a BlazBlue anime!
It's about time, amirite? I mean, I know a lot of us BlazBlue fans have been clamoring for an anime ever since we saw the opening to the first game. Well, now it's happening! And, fittingly enough, it appears that this anime will be a retelling of the story from the first game (i.e. a perfect spot for newcomers to jump in). BlazBlue Alter Memory is set to begin airing this Fall! And yes, it looks like the original voice actors from the games will be reprising their roles for this.
In other news...

We're also finally getting a new Guilty Gear video game!
For those of you who weren't aware, Guilty Gear is another 2D fighting game series (for the most part), and was Arc System Works' previous flagship franchise before BlazBlue came along. And for those of you who have been keeping track, it's been over five years since the last proper installment (Guilty Gear 2: Overture in 2007), and even longer since the last one that was actually a fighting game (Guilty Gear: Judgment in 2006, which was only on the PlayStation Portable).
The new game is titled Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and, unlike its predecessors, it looks like it'll be using 3D character models instead of 2D sprites. That said, the movements look as smooth as ever, and the game appears to be making good use of its new engine (the Unreal Engine). As for the actual release, no specific date or gaming consoles have been announced yet.
Moving on to one last piece of news...

We finally got a good look at Xblaze Code: Embryo, which is a rather mysterious game that Arc System Works has been very gradually unveiling for a while now.
The game will be releasing in Japan on July 25 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It appears to be a visual novel, but I've yet to see anything that outright confirms this. And yeah, while I'm hoping for a Western localization, there's no guarantee of that happening, especially if it is indeed a visual novel...
More to the point, what the heck IS Xblaze? Well, it ties into the BlazBlue universe... somehow... Of course, the details are still incredibly scarce, but the new video we got certainly gives us some clues. The main male protagonist appears to have some sort of ability that bears similarities to Ragna's "Soul Eater" drive, and the man with long white hair seems to be able to summon swords like a Murakumo Unit would. Also, I can't be the only one who sees similarities between that guy dressed in purple and Hazama/Terumi...
Whatever's going on, that video has gotten me thoroughly hyped, and I REALLY want this game to come to the West!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't even need to look to know who had posted this. ;)