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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

Publisher

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

Designer(s)

Toshimichi Mori
Yūki Katō
Higuchi Konomi

Composer(s)

Daisuke Ishiwatari
Kikuo
Raito

Platform(s)

PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC

Release Date(s)

2018

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, is a crossover tag fighting game developed by Arc System Works.

Information

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.

Gameplay

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.[3]
  • 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+Partner Skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Playable Characters

BlazBlue

Persona 4 Arena

Under Night In-Birth

RWBY

Gallery

Images

Videos

Trivia

  • Due to RWBY's original series is first aired in North America, RWBY characters start out with speaking in English as their default voice.
    • Currently, only RWBY characters to get dual audios between English and Japanese set, while the rest of three confirmed series to appear in this game remained uncertain.
  • 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.
  • This is the first Under Night In-Birth fighting game to be released exclusively on console versions, instead of being released on Arcade. Not counting update versions of certain Under Night In-Birth titles.
  • According to Toshimichi Mori on Famitsu Interview:
    • 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.
  • 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.

References

Game series
Main Series
Spin-offs

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