Arc System Works has released a new batch of info about the upcoming 2v2 tag-team fighting game BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the first and most important among them being a release date which is now confirmed for May 31 in Japan and Asia, and June 5 in North America.
or those who might be hearing about it for the first time, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a crossover fighting game which takes characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY, and has them form teams of two in order to do battle with one another.
Specifically, the base roster includes Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, Rachel Alucard, TR-0009 Tager, ν-13, Hazama, Makoto Nanaya, Azrael, and Es from BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Yu Narukami, Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 Arena, Linne, Hyde, Gordeau and Waldstein from Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st], and Ruby and Weiss Schnee from RWBY.
There are 20 characters in total and this new announcement has confirmed that 20 more be joining the fray in the form of DLC, with RWBY’s Blake Belladonna being among the first. Arc System Works also illustrated how it intends to go about releasing the other 19 DLC characters with a roadmap, which shows six sets of character packs and even an all-in-one bundle who want to pay for all the characters in one fell swoop.
— DLC Character All-in-One Pack
— DLC Character: Blake Belladonna
— DLC Character Set Vol. 1: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character Set Vol. 2: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character Set Vol. 3: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character Set Vol. 4: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character Set Vol. 5: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character Set Vol. 6: ???, ???, and ???
— DLC Character: ???
All in all, the roster looks pretty good and even though it is clearly oversaturated with BlazBlue characters (which was kind of expected), 20 is still a respectable amount of characters for a base roster. That said, the fact that it represents HALF of the full roster in a game that’s clearly relying on reused assets is beyond crappy. Here’s to hoping that the DLC doesn’t cost too much.
To reiterate, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is due out for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on May 31 in Japan and Asia, and June 5 in North America.
Check out the launch roster/Blake Belladonna reveal trailer below: