BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.png
Limited edition boxart, featuring (clockwise from top) Ruby, Yu, Ragna, and Hyde
Developer(s)Arc System Works
Publisher(s)
  • WW: Arc System Works
  • EU: PQube[1]
Producer(s)Toshimichi Mori[2]
Artist(s)Konomi Higuchi[3]
SeriesBlazBlue
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Release
  • JP: May 31, 2018
  • NA: June 5, 2018
  • EU: June 22, 2018
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle[a] is a 2D fighting game[4] developed and published by Arc System Works, released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.[5] It features characters from the BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY franchises by Arc System Works, Atlus, French Bread, and Rooster Teeth respectively.[6]

The game received mostly positive reviews, with praise directed towards its visuals, music, online functionality, and game mechanics. However, heavy criticism was directed towards its lack of overall content at launch, as well as its downloadable content (DLC) practices.

Plot[edit]

A singularity called the "Phantom Field" is mixing the reality of BlazBlue with three other chosen universes. Members of those worlds are abruptly summoned while instructed by a "Phantom Field", the mysterious voice itself, that they must protect the "Keystone" in order to return to their homes. But as the Keystone is divided into four among the groups, it results in a battle to acquire them.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is much different from previous entries of BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth. Yet, some of the gameplay mechanics from the main latest installments of these three said series are retained while having some additional revamp for this game. Cross Tag Battle features 2v2 battles and tag-ins similar to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.[7]

Characters[edit]

Cross Tag Battle has a total of 40 fighters with 20 in the base game and another 20 available as Season 1 DLC.[8] On June 7, 2018, Arc System Works president Minoru Kidooka confirmed that Season 2 DLC is planned.[9] Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long were each scheduled to be downloadable content available for free, with the remaining 18 characters available for a premium.[10] In the PC version's release, Blake was made available at launch as the 21st base character, while Yang was added via update patch at her release date, leaving only 18 characters of Season 1 DLC.

BlazBlue Persona 4 Arena Under Night In-Birth RWBY
Notes:
Downloadable content character
Free downloadable content character

Development[edit]

In an 2016 interview with Forbes, Mori Toshimichi revealed his interest in making a RWBY fighting game, which attracted Rooster Teeth's attention.[22]

Before BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's reveal, Rooster Teeth teased the possibility of a RWBY fighting game being revealed at Evo 2017 on their Twitter account.[23]

On July 16, 2017, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle was announced at the Evo 2017 championships following Ryusei Ito's victory in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.[24][25] Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, Yu Narukami, Hyde Kido and Ruby Rose were revealed to be in the game via the announcement trailer.[26] Later, it was announced that Konomi Higuchi would be the game's lead character designer.[3] According to game director Toshimichi Mori, Cross Tag Battle would be released exclusively on consoles. Some characters from Under Night In-Birth were redrawn for this game to match out Blazblue's visual style. Recently, Arc System Works revealed a teaser trailer for a potential 5th franchise to be included, although it is not yet known which franchise it will be. According to the producer, the game's targeted userbase is non-Japanese.[27] Accordingly, Cross Tag Battle is the first BlazBlue game since Chrono Phantasma to be dubbed into English, with an option to toggle between English and Japanese voices on a by-character basis.[28]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic76/100 (PS4)[29]
79/100 (Switch)[30]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8/10[31]
Famitsu35/40[32]
GamesMaster88%
GameSpot9/10[33]
IGN8.3/10[34]
OPM (UK)6/10

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle received mostly positive reviews, with praise directed towards its visuals, music, online functionality, and game mechanics.[29] However, heavy criticism was directed towards its lack of overall content at launch, as well as its downloadable content (DLC) practices. Famitsu awarded it a score of 35/40.[32]

Before release, Arc System Works announced that there would be twenty paid downloadable content (DLC) characters for the game for its first season, resulting in Cross Tag Battle launching with only half of its planned roster at 20. This caused backlash from fans, with the arguments that the game mostly reuses assets from earlier Arc System Works fighting games, and that half of Team RWBY would be sold separately.[35] In response, Mori announced that Blake and Yang would be released free of charge.[10][36] In addition, he stated that costs for the DLC characters would not exceed that of the game's base retail cost.[37][10]

The game was nominated for "Best Fighting Game" at The Game Awards 2018.[38]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BureiBurū Kurosu Taggu Batoru (Japanese: ブレイブルー クロスタッグバトル) in Japanese

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/PQubeGames/status/974676675022741511
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  27. ^ https://www.famitsu.com/news/201708/08138078.html
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