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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle (New Logo)

Name

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle ブレイブルー クロスタグバトル

Developer

Arc System Works (Project BB Team)
Atlus
French Bread
Rooster Teeth
Examu
Marvelous
Subtle Style

Publisher

JP Arc System Works
NA Arc System Works America, Inc.[1][2]
EU PQube

Designer(s)

Toshimichi Mori
Yūki Katō
Higuchi Konomi

Composer(s)

Daisuke Ishiwatari
Kikuo
Atsushi Kitajoh
Shoji Meguro
Raito
Jeff Williams
Steve Goldshein
Alex Abraham
Nobuyoshi Sano
Atsushi Ohara
Ayako Saso
Shinji Hosoe
Takayuki Aihara
Mutsumi Ishimura
Tatsuhashi Hayashi
AkiHee Motomiya
charly
A-Chap
ha-j

Platform(s)

PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Arcade

Release Date(s)

Consoles:
May 31 2018 (JP)
June 5, 2018 (NA)
June 22, 2018 (EU)
Arcade:
April 25, 2019

Cost

Original Price
$50
$70 (Deluxe Edition)
PC
Depends on the Regions[3]

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, is a 2D crossover tag team fighting game developed by Arc System Works, released on consoles and PC on May 31, 2018. The Arcade Edition was announced on January 25, 2019 to be released in April 25, 2019, with the location test set in February 9 - 10, and at Toushinasai on March 23 - 24.

InformationEdit

The character roster consists of the characters from the mostly 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, later followed by Examu’s Arcana Heart, Marvelous’ Senran Kagura and Subtle-Style’s Akatsuki En-Eins. The character art for this game is drawn by Higuchi Konomi who previously worked as a character designer of the XBLAZE series.

GameplayEdit

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 the said past fighting game series’ gameplay (not counting RWBY). 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 2 “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.
    • ”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 like Instant Kill activation in Guilty Gear, except only renders Cross Gauge useless.
      • When 2 players’ own partner are defeated while the Cross Gauge level reaches Level 4 and activates Resonance Blaze state, Astral Skill can be accessible through costing 9 Skill gauges with the command input down three times+2 higher normal buttons simultaneously.
    • Once activated the Cross Combo by pressing Partner Skill+Tag buttons simultaneously at 1 gauge, 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. It also put the characters into Resonance Blaze state without rendering Cross Gauge useless while still having their partners alive.[4]
  • 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. However, some can still be cancellable.
  • 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 higher normal buttons simultaneously, which cost 2 Skill Gauges.

StorylineEdit

Cross Tag Battle 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”, chosen 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". With that, the warriors begin fighting each other to steal their key stones.

Playable Characters/ControversiesEdit

The starting roster confirms to have 20 default rosters (21 in PC version) and 20 Season 1 DLC characters (19 on PC version), totaling 40 characters.[5][6] 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.[7] Season 2 DLC characters has been planned, according to Arc System Works president Minoru Kidooka, including this game's producer Mori, starting from their appearances in Arcade Edition on April 25, 2019.[8]

Bold Italic denotes for DLC characters
* denotes for DLC characters who appeared as default character at PC version’s launch
(number) denotes for which Season Pass the DLC characters come from

BlazBlueEdit

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

Under Night In-BirthEdit

RWBYEdit

Arcana HeartEdit

Senran KaguraEdit

Akatsuki En-EinsEdit

Downloadable ContentsEdit

  • Character All-in-One Pack/Season 1: Cost $20. Also available for FREE via Limited Edition DLC Code, or either Deluxe or Special Editions. Each Character Set Pack includes 3 characters, and cost $5, or FREE at the set packs' console release date for 2 weeks. Single Character Packs cost for FREE permanently, while in PC’s case can only be available at launch by default or in the future arcade time release-like update patches. Adds Examu’s Arcana Heart (due to its pink color square) in Season 1.5, which cost $8. Highly recommend to purchase Special Edition.
    • Character Pack Vol. 1 (June 5, 2018): Blake Belladonna
      • Available at PC Launch by default
    • Character Pack Vol. 2 (June 19, 2018): Yang Xiao Long
      • Available at PC time release update patch
    • Character Set Vol. 1 (June 5, 2018): Platinum the Trinity, Kanji Tatsumi, Orie Ballardiae
      • Pre-Order Basic PC Edition FREE for Limited Time until July 6, 2018
    • Character Set Vol. 2 (June 19, 2018): Jubei Mitsuyoshi, Aigis, Carmine Prime
    • Character Set Vol. 3 (June 19, 2018): Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, Vatista
    • Character Set Vol. 4 (August 6, 2018): Tsubaki Yayoi (Izayoi), Mitsuru Kirijo, Merkava
    • Character Set Vol. 5 (August 6, 2018): Mai Natsume, Akihiko Sanada, Yuzuriha
    • Character Set Vol. 6 (August 6, 2018): Nine the Phantom, Labrys, Mika Returna
    • Character Set Vol. 7 (April 25 (Arcade), and May 21 (DLC), 2019): Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth the Assassin, Heart Aino
      • According to Arc Live at December 6, 2018 and ArcNama in Mid-January 2019, this pack was announced at January 24, 2019, starting from initially appearing in Arcade Edition. Initially had other character interactions aside assist calls forgotten, but Arc System Works eventually responds in May 23, 2019 to fix this sooner in Season 2.
  • Version 2.0 Expansion/Season 2: Adds Marvelous' Senran Kagura (due to its cyan color represents second timeline) and Subtle-Style's Akatsuki-En Eins alongside updated storyline. Special Edition only. Cost $25.
    • Base Roster (November 21, 2019): Yumi, Akatsuki, Blitztank, Neo Politan, 2 BlazBlue fighters and 3 remaining unknown fighters.
  • Color Packs: Cost $3 Each Pack.
    • June 5, 2018: Pack 1 - 3

BonusesEdit

See also: Bonuses

GalleryEdit

ImagesEdit

VideosEdit

GameplayEdit

CharactersEdit

Neo BlazBlue RadioEdit

TriviaEdit

See also: Trivia

DevelopmentEdit

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. However, only Arcana Heart characters who are visibly got their sprite upgrades than the rest of the series sides. Although, there were 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, starting from Arcana Heart itself for this game. 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.

After the 2017’s New York Comic Con events, Arc System Works created a survey to hear the fans’ opinions for this game on their official website, until it is closed on November 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM.

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/portal/post-6756/
  2. https://gematsu.com/2017/11/arc-system-works-america-publish-blazblue-cross-tag-battle-north-america
  3. https://steamdb.info/app/702890/
  4. http://www.siliconera.com/2017/10/03/blazblue-cross-tag-battles-leaked-footage-shows-ruby-rose-action/
  5. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201801/13149729.html
  6. https://clips.twitch.tv/CourteousOddFloofOptimizePrime
  7. http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2018/01/half_of_blazblue_cross_tag_battles_character_roster_is_dlc_fans_are_raging
  8. https://www.arcsystemworks.jp/portal/post-12020/
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