It's been a good year for fighting game fans with all the buzz over Street Fighter IV and King of Fighters XII, not to mention the announcement of the high resolution port of Marvel vs Capcom 2 for XBLA and PSN. The confirmation of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 port of Arc System Works' high-res 2D fighter BlazBlue only sweetened the deal, and its about to get a whole lot sweeter. Publisher Aksys Games at last confirms a Limited Edition package for the initial run of the game.
In addition to the game itself, the LE package includes a two-disc soundtrack collection containing 42 music tracks from the game. That's actually 13 more tracks than what was featured in the arcade's Original Soundtrack collection already released in Japan.
Also bundled with the LE is a special "tutorial" DVD. This instructional DVD isn't just some PR flack, instead promising content contributed by the fighting game freaks at Shoryuken.com and the Arc System Works-oriented discussion board Dustloop.com. These fans know their stuff, so it should be interesting to see what expertise they're willing to impart on budding BlazBlue brawlers:
The tutorial will breakdown the basics and advance strategies per character. It’ll even walk you through various combos, ranging from basic to advance. And just when you think you can’t get enough of it, we’ve included high level match play, so that you can see the strategy and tactics in play. Narration is also done by the players themselves plus a special guest star...- F*&% YEAH!
Finally, pre-ordering the LE package at GameStop (online only) also nets you a free bonus artbook. Those with itchy Calamity Trigger fingers who already pre-ordered the title prior to this week's announcement should automatically be entitled to the LE bundle by default, which is reassuring. Well, it's certainly reasonable considering the LE is just about the only version of BlazBlue available to order at the moment! Of course, the LE lives up to name and is indeed limited to the first run of the game, so future shipments of BlazBlue will be "standard" retail editions.