March 4th, 2009, 17:30 Posted By: wraggster
For those who found Street Fighter IV to be a little bit too 3D, Arc System Works may have the game you're looking for. The latest issue of Famitsu has first word on a home version of the publisher's latest arcade fighter, BlazBlue. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 will get a conversion of the game, with a Japanese release planned for summer.
BlazBlue is a high definition 2D fighter from the makers of Guilty Gear. Known for its sharp visuals, the game is now available for play in arcades. Be sure and check out all our coverage of the arcade version.
The home versions will see some big additions. Most notable is an all new story mode, with individual stories on offer for each character. This mode promises branching stories based off both battle results and player choices, along with full voice for all dialog. Arc has even gotten Studio Gonzo to work on animated sequences!
It appears that this story mode will be huge in terms of volume, with general director Toshimichi Mori joking with the magazine that the staff complained about there being too much content! Players can expect the equivalent of a full Japanese-style dialog-based adventure game, with over 30 hours of play time.
Also new for the home is network compatibility. Players throughout the world can look forward to online matches along with online rankings and a viewing mode. Download content is also being planned.
The game will also see a few gameplay changes, most notably the addition of Astral Heat special moves for all characters. In the arcade version, only a few of the boss characters had access to these moves.
Since online play is confirmed to be worldwide, we're going to assume Arc has some plans for BlazBlue in international markets. We'll let you know once something official is announced outside of Japan.
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