ArcSystemWorks announced on January 13 the smartphone RPG Blazblue Alternative Darkwar will be released in February 2021, in Japan, on iOS and Android. Blazblue Alternative Darkwar is a direct sequel to the BlazBlue series and focuses on the “dark war” events of the storyline. The scenario is fully supervised by Toshimichi Mori, the general director and key person behind the BlazBlue series. A new trailer and a key visual were published as well. You can find them further below.
ArcSystemWorks actually first announced Blazblue Alternative Darkwar back on August 8, 2017. The game will finally be released now after four years of wait. Blazblue Alternative Darkwar was supposed to release in 2018, but received no new announcements since.
Back then, the game also revealed its original character Ciel Sulfur. She’s a member of the Mitsurugi Agency and assists the player, occupying the main Heroine role. Ciel Sulfur is voiced by Rina Honnizumi, a relatively new seiyuu who voiced Plunderer protagonist Hina, protagonist Nelke in Atelier series anniversary game Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World. And Elena Schizler in Tactical RPG Brigandine.
Needless to say, Blazblue Alternative Darkwar is a f2p game with gacha elements. As usual, a pre-registration campaign is ongoing, with an S Class Noel (School Uniform) in the balance alongside several items.
The artwork showcases BlazBlue iconic characters Ragna the Bloodedge, Noel Vermillion,? Es,? and Naoto Kurogane, together with Ciel Sulfur. The game also has a cute mascott, Twikaka, who will be in charge of the official Twitter account.
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ゲームの情報をお届けしたり?グラサンの人から色んなものをぶんどってくるにゃ!#BBDW #ブレイブルー pic.twitter.com/hwmj9mUVoF
— BBDW (@BBDarkWar) January 13, 2021
BBDW was only announced in Japan for now. ArcSystemWorks is also working on a fighting game adaptation of Dungeon & Fighters. Several new DLC characters are regularly added to Dragon Ball FighterZ and Granblue Fantasy Versus too.
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, or BBTAG, is also still a thing on Switch. The game is a crossover between RWBY, Persona, Under Night In-Birth, Senran Kagura, Arcana Heart, and Akatsuki Blitzkampf.
Lastly, Guilty Gear Strive is releasing on April 9 on PC via Steam, PS4, and PS5.
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