The spiritual successor to Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, got a direct sequel of its own in the form of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift for arcades. A console port for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms was already confirmed for Japan, but today publisher Aksys Games announces that North America won't be left in the dust of a whole lotta BlazBlue brawling. The Japanese launch of BlazBlue: CS remains on track for this July, and for the time being it appears North American players won't have to wait much longer afterward for the localized release should Aksys Games' current "summer 2010" release window stands as firm as Iron Tager does.
Not least of BlazBlue: CS' new additions are the three new playable characters, already tightly woven into the BlazBlue narrative: Tsubaki, Hazama, and the console-exclusive µ-12 (pronounced "mu-12"). The cast of the original BlazBlue game also return with new gameplay balances.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Key Features:
- New Modes, including Beginner Mode, Tutorial Mode and Challenge Mode!
Beginner Mode welcomes a wider audience with an easier control scheme; anyone can jump right in and play! Tutorial Mode allows novices and pros to practice everything from the basic mechanics unique to BlazBlue to the most complicated and powerful combos. Challenge Mode offers advanced players a chance to complete character-specific combo goals and missions.
- Take over Kagutsuchi by creating your own army in Legion Mode!
Defeat the enemy armies positioned at various locations on the map. The ultimate goal is to fill the entire map with your color by defeating all the enemy armies. Recruit enemy soldiers by defeating them!
- Brand new characters, stages, soundtracks and moves!
Welcome Hazama the mysterious mastermind, Tsubaki the valiant female knight and µ-12 to the world of BlazBlue!
Three-dimensional effects and 2D visuals integrate seamlessly on every one of four completely new stages, accompanied by seven banging new songs written by famed composer Diasuke Ishiwatari specifically for Continuum Shift!
- Online battling domestically and overseas!
Players can battle others from around the world via Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network. Players can not only search for matches, play games and observe matches online; they can also chat with friends while playing.
Now Aksys wants YOU to get on the BlazBlue hype train. The question is, will they be planning another sweet limited edition bundle like they did for the previous BlazBlue console release? Will North America also get a chance to score a Nendoroid Petit Noel Vermillion, currently only available as part of the Japanese limited edition box sets?!?