It’s too early for plot details, but a new BlazBlue is scheduled for next year, and it has the potential to feature tag-team mechanics.
Guilty Gear may have returned to arcades and consoles worldwide, but its spiritual successor is still going strong, with the recent Japanese release of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend. The updated version of 2014’s Sony-exclusive BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is already available overseas, with the North American version arriving on June 30. Chrono Phantasma Extend also marks the franchise’s entry into the next-gen platforms, releasing for both the PS4 and the Xbox One.
While it’s too early for story, gameplay or mechanical details, recent statements directed at Siliconera from BlazBlue creator Toshimichi Mori confirm that the next installment will release sometime next year. The plot itself is still under wraps, however Mori states that “the next game will have the last 25% of the story”. BlazBlue currently features 28 characters, with the 2016 title possibly increasing the roster to over 30. With so many characters to choose from, Mori is tossing around the idea of implementing “tag team” gameplay for the next BlazBlue. The franchise creator sees this gameplay mechanic being utilized in one of two ways:
“…One is you would pick two or three characters like Capcom vs. SNK 2 or simply choosing characters and tagging out like Tekken Tag Tournament…In Capcom vs. SNK 2 players choose characters and they come out in a certain order compared to Tekken Tag Tournament which has characters switching in real time.”
Mori cites the PS4 as being a system more than capable of handling this style of gameplay for BlazBlue, however there would be some visual downgrading in exchange for the new mechanics. “The flashiness might need to be cut down if we implement this though,” Mori states.
Due to their similar gameplay mechanics and visual styles, Arc System Works fans have requested a Guilty Gear/BlazBlue cross-over title since the former’s debut. According to Mori, Arc System Works is fully aware of the demand of a Guilty Gear X BlazBlue title, however he isn’t sure “how long that will take”:
“I know the fans want to see a crossover with Guilty Gear but I don’t know how long that will take. If we are going to do it, we want to do it right. Ask Ishiwatari about this later.”
The latest BlazBlue title, Chrono Phantasma Extend will release in North America on 6/30 for the PS3, PS4 and Xbox One; the PS Vita version will release on 7/28.
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