BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, is a 2D crossover tag team fighting game developed by Arc System Works, to be released on consoles and PC in 2018.
The character roster consists of the characters from the licensed fighting games series involving Project BB Team, such as from Arc System Works' own BlazBlue, Atlus' Persona 4 Arena, French Bread's Under Night In-Birth, and Rooster Teeth's anime-styled cartoon RWBY. The character art for this game is drawn by Higuchi Konomi who previously worked as a character designer of the XBLAZE series.
This game will be a 2-on-2, two dimensional, tag team fighting game, which allows the player to switch between characters during a fight. Each character from both players has their own health bar.
The gameplay will not be similar as neither BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, nor Under Night In-Birth. Yet, some of their previous gameplay mechanics are retained and revamped, such as:
- There are only five button inputs: A and B normal attacks, Crash Assault/Sweep (a C button), Tag (a D button) and Partner Skill (an Assist button)
- ”Heat Gauge” is renamed Skill Gauge.
- A new system called Cross Gauge, which is mainly used for Tag-based combos.
- By consuming 100% “Cross Gauge” through pressing all 5 main buttons, Cross Burst will have the player’s secondary character to enter the fight while attacking their opponents, just as their main character retreat back.
- Once activated the Cross Combo by pressing Partner Skill Button, the player’s partner will follow the suit of their main character, and attack their opponents, but will deplete slowly to 0. While holding Partner Skills after “Cross Combo” Activation, the gauge in the middle of the screen will increase until it reaches maximum where the Partner Skill is usable via any directions+Partner Skill button
- ”Overdrive” from BlazBlue is now dubbed as Resonance Blaze, and can only be activated after the player’s teammate is down. The Resonance Blaze activation grants the player to refills the meter quickly, makes all Distortion Drives stronger, regenerates health, and can cancel Skills to Distortion Skills. However, Resonance Blaze can only be activated once.
- The B+C throw button function is retained from BlazBlue.
- As a result, the button function of “Furious Action” moves from Persona 4 Arena, which is very common for Dragon Punch-based move can only be activated by pressing A+Tag.
- Using special moves with C button as an EX move retained from Under Night In-Birth.
- Standing C is a Crash Assault. An Overhead attack which is unblockable against crouching opponents. After landing the attack, the timing which the player press the button will affect amounts of damage.
- Cross System version of Crash Assault can be activated by pressing Partner Skill button, which switches the player’s main character who performs the Distortion Skill with their secondary character who will follow the main character with Distortion Skill.
- Jumping C act as an Air Combo Finisher, with some of the characters' Jumping C were originally Air Special Moves, much like Smart Combos' certain moves.
- Normal string attacks mechanic is based on Under Night In-Birth, such as having Crouching C as the primary sweep attack, and “Passing Link” chain normals.
- An Auto-Combo called Smart Combo can be activated with either tapping A or B normals.
- New input function for Distortion Skill Moves can only be activated through using special move command input+2 normal buttons, which cost 2 Skill Gauges.
Cross Tag will have the first four sided storyline episodes called “Episode Mode”, which may tell the episode stories of all playable cast from each of four consisting series.
Inside a dimension called the Phantom Field, 40 individuals from four different worlds appeared. Then, a mysterious voice told them that if they want to return to their world, they need to protect something called the "key stone". What that, the warriors begin fighting each other to steal their key stones.
It is confirmed that there will be 20 default rosters and 20 DLC characters, totally 40 characters. As a result for the half of game’s planned roster, this game caused backlash from fighting game fans who have been promised a large roster at launch, while also citing that the game uses mostly reused assets from earlier Arc System Works fighting games. Robert Ramsey of Push Square called the title ugly compared to Arc System Works' other project, Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Bold Italic denotes for DLC characters
- Ragna the Bloodedge
- Jin Kisaragi
- Rachel Alucard
- Hazama Honoka
- Noel Vermillion
- Iron Tager
- Makoto Nanaya
- Es Mitsurugi
- Platinum the Trinity
- Jubei Mitsuyoshi
Persona 4 ArenaEdit
Under Night In-BirthEdit
- Character All-in-One Pack: Cost $20. Also available for FREE via Limited Edition DLC Code or Deluxe Edition. Each Character Set Packs includes 3 characters, and cost $5 or at the set packs' release date for 2 weeks. Single Character Pack cost for FREE permanently.
- Character Pack Vol. 1: Blake Belladonna
- Character Pack Vol. 2: Yang Xiao Long
- Character Set Vol. 1: Platinum the Trinity, Kanji Tatsumi, Orie Ballardiae
- Character Set Vol. 2: Jubei Mitsuyoshi, Aigis. Carmine Prime
- Character Set Vol. 3:
- Character Set Vol. 4:
- Character Set Vol. 5:
- Character Set Vol. 6:
Limited Edition BonusesEdit
- Special box with special collaborative illustration by Tochimichi Mori (Arc System Works), Shigenori Soejima (Atlus), Seiichi Yoshihara (French-Bread), and Ein Lee (Rooster Teeth)
- “Character All-in-One Pack” DLC code
- Art book
- Acrylic standy (PS4 version-only)
- Multi storage pouch (Switch version-only)
- Due to RWBY's original series is first aired in North America, RWBY characters start out with speaking in English as their default voice.
- Originally, RWBY side was the only one to have dual audios between English and Japanese set for their characters, until it is confirmed on Arc System Works that the characters from each of three other series asides from RWBY will also have an English dub.
- The first Persona game to appear on PC.
- The first Under Night In-Birth game to appear on Nintendo console.
- The first console exclusive fighting game for both BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth series, which does not count title updates.
- This is RWBY series’ second video game appearance since RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.
- Prior EVO Japan Build, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY characters didn’t have secondary Distortion Drive.
- Currently, non-BlazBlue cast do not have their respective emblems (such as Persona Cast’s Arcana and RWBY Cast’s Team Member Emblems) for Resonance Blaze Activations added. Under Night In-Birth cast is the primary example for nothing having almost every existing Emblems within their home series.
- Currently, the character BGMs is currently reused from the pre-existing BGMs, based on the characters’ first appearances.
- Despite Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the latest update/sequel of Persona 4 Arena, the Persona characters’ title representation is mistitled as original Persona 4 Arena.
- In the promotional material that consists of four main characters from each franchise in clock-wise with Ruby is on the top, Yu is on the right, Hyde is on the bottom, and Ragna is on the left. However after the official artwork cover of the game is revealed, Ragna and Hyde's positions are switched.
Before this game was announced, Rooster Teeth, the creator of RWBY teased the possibility of a RWBY fighting game being revealed at Evo 2017 on their Twitter account.
On July 16th, 2017, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle was announced at the Evo 2017 championships, following Ryusei Ito's victory in BlazBlue: Central Fiction. Ruby Rose was revealed to be playable in the game via the announcement trailer, confirming the presence of RWBY characters and Rooster Teeth's involvement in the game. It was announced that Konomi Higuchi will serve as the game's lead character designer.
According to Toshimichi Mori on Famitsu Interview, this game will be exclusively to be released on console. Some characters are currently do not match well with BlazBlue Universe's sprite graphics, such as Persona 4 arena's spinning juggle knockback sprites will be rotate to 45 celcius, and Under Night In-Birth characters' sprites will be redrawn to match out BlazBlue graphics. Currently, there are no plans on including characters from other franchises such as from Guilty Gear in this game, despite Arc System Works’ awareness of this requests and wanted to expand it in the future, if possible. The game's main target crowd is the fans abroad rather than in Japan.
It was announced on October 15, 2017 to be released for PlayStation 4, PC & Nintendo Switch.
An American branch of Arc System Works will publish the North American version of this game.
According to Mori at Famitsu interview, regarding of the full-game and DLC prices ever since this game sudden have a controversy regarding of the roster size and inclusions, their release currencies will cost at lower prices, so that more people can get the game and play.
- ↑ http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/portal/post-6756/
- ↑ https://gematsu.com/2017/11/arc-system-works-america-publish-blazblue-cross-tag-battle-north-america
- ↑ http://www.siliconera.com/2017/10/03/blazblue-cross-tag-battles-leaked-footage-shows-ruby-rose-action/
- ↑ https://www.famitsu.com/news/201801/13149729.html
- ↑ http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2018/01/half_of_blazblue_cross_tag_battles_character_roster_is_dlc_fans_are_raging
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