More off-camera footage from this weekend’s Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- local-test shows the title’s two new characters in action on the battlefield.
Japanese fighting game fans took to arcades this weekend to play-test the upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd update, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-. Various arcades are hosting the current developer-build of the Arc System Works Fighter; like the local-test for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, developers are taking player feedback from these testing sessions and putting them towards further development on the title.
Along with a handful of mechanical changes, balance tweaks and new gameplay features, -REVELATOR- adds two new characters to the roster. He only made a cameo during the Xrd -SIGN- Story Mode, however fan-favorite Johnny will be playable in the updated version, along with Jack-O, “That Man’s” enigmatic third servant. A recent interview between Famitsu and Guilty Gear series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari detailed gameplay mechanics for both Johnny and Jack-O.
While Johnny essentially plays similar to his Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R counterpart, Jack-O is a comical “summon” character. As previously stated by Ishiwatari, Jack-O can summon up to three ghosts that attack in regular intervals. Depending on which button input is used- P, K, S (Punch, Kick, Slash)- Jack-O will place a lantern on the stage; the summoned ghosts will travel at either Low, Mid or Air heights respectively. Each lantern possesses its own life-bar; if the lantern isn’t destroyed, the summoned ghosts will get stronger, leveling-up with each successful strike. The character is stated to be influenced by the RTS genre, and gameplay found within Guilty Gear 2: Overture.
Both characters can be seen below, in off-camera arcade footage provided by YouTuber “JyunaJP”. Keen eyes will notice the new “May Ship II”, “Edinburgh MagicaPolis” and “Babylon in five years” stage variants:
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- is roughly 60% complete; a release date has not been announced, however the previous installment Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- was released 10 months prior to its arcade debut.