Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is already available in Japanese arcades, with the home console version coming later this year. Arc System Works has already confirmed that more characters will be added into the PlayStation versions of their fighter, including the likes of yet another brand new character via DLC.
While several updates have been released across multiple generations of consoles, the upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- will be the first title to feature a new gameplay engine. Utilizing Unreal Engine, Xrd will also be the first 3D title in the series since the release of Guilty Gear 2: Overture for the Xbox 360. In reverse fashion from Persona 4 Arena, the new Fighter from Team Red and Arc System Works acts as a direct sequel to Overture, while keeping within the series’s fighting-game roots.
Earlier this Summer, Arc System Works announced that the PS3 and PS4 versions of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- would feature extra characters not seen in the Japanese arcade release. According to the latest issue of Famitsu, new character “Elphelt” will make her series debut as a DLC character for both console versions. Unlike most of the GG cast, the kind-hearted nature lover is a ranged gun-wielding fighter. Elphelt has two different gameplay styles which use both her shotgun and rifle: The shotgun is her primary “damage” weapon, suited for close-range strikes; Elphelt’s rifle is equipped after inputting a specific command (not revealed within the Famitsu feature) and is best used for long-range attacks, however she cannot move while in this stance. Elphelt will put either weapon away after it has been fired, however the player can manually “reload” each gun after an attack, which allows for more shots and a longer gun-duration. Both the shotgun and rifle stances will include a timing-mechanic which can result in extra damage. If the player shoots immediately after pulling out a gun, the attack will do moderate damage; if the player waits, Elphelt’s physical stance will improve, and the following shot will result in a knock-down with increased damage.
While she has yet to be seen in action, a plethora of screenshots have been released, courtesy of Famitsu:
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- will release on 12/4 in Japan, with the North American date to follow shortly thereafter. Elphelt has no release date, but is currently listed at the suggested price of 800 yen ($7.46 USD). Sin Kiske of Guilty Gear 2: Overture was revealed earlier as the first DLC character, and will be available for both versions.
Source: Famitsu, Arc System Works
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