BlazBlue

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Genres Fighting (main series)
Developers Arc System Works
Publishers Arc System Works (Japan)
Aksys Games (North America)
Zen United (Europe)
Platforms Arcade, various home and handheld console systems
First release BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
November 19, 2008[1]
Latest release BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
April 23, 2015
Spin-offs Xblaze series, anime series, manga, and novels

BlazBlue (ブレイブルー Bureiburū?) is a fighting game series developed and published in Japan by Arc System Works, and later localized in North America by Aksys Games and in Europe by Zen United. An anime adaptation aired in the fall of 2013. The BlazBlue series has sold 1.7 million games as of August 2012.[2]

Games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • JP November 19, 2008
  • NA June 30, 2009
  • EU April 2, 2010
Release years by system:
2008 – Arcade[3]
2009 – PlayStation 3,[3] Xbox 360[3]
2010 – PlayStation Portable,[4] Microsoft Windows[3]
Notes:
  • An arcade port exclusive to the Windows Store was released on December 21, 2012[5]
  • The original PC release was stripped down from GFWL and released on Steam on 2014 by H2 Interactive without online play incorporated[6]



Original release dates:
  • JP November 20, 2009
  • NA July 27, 2010
  • EU December 3, 2010
Release years by system:
2009 – Arcade[7]
2010 – PlayStation 3,[7] Xbox 360[7]



Original release dates:
  • JP November 21, 2012
  • NA March 25, 2014
  • EU April 23, 2014
Release years by system:
2012 – Arcade[8]
2013 – PlayStation 3[8]
2014 – PlayStation Vita[8]
Notes:
  • The PlayStation 3 port was updated to version 1.1 on May 14, 2014 in North America, the Vita version released with version 1.1 patched in[9]



Proposed release dates:
  • JP November 19 2015
Proposed system release:
2015 – Arcade[10]


Updated versions[edit]

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • JP December 9, 2010
  • NA May 10, 2011
  • EU May 10, 2011
Release years by system:
2010 – Arcade[11]
2011 – PlayStation 3,[12] Xbox 360[12]
2011 – PlayStation Portable,[11] Nintendo 3DS[11]
Notes:
  • The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift were updated for free to Continuum Shift II via a downloadable patch[12]
  • The portable versions do not feature online play



Original release dates:
  • JP December 17, 2011
  • NA February 14, 2012
  • EU February 24, 2012
Release years by system:
2011 – Arcade[13]
2011 – PlayStation 3,[13] Xbox 360,[13] PlayStation Vita[13]
2012 – PlayStation Portable[13]
2014 – Microsoft Windows[13]
Notes:
  • The PlayStation Portable port was only available in Japan, this version does not feature online play[14]
  • The Steam version was initially not available for purchase in European countries,[15] the regional lockout was dropped on May 19, 2015[16]



Original release dates:
  • JP April 23, 2015
  • NA June 30, 2015
  • EU October 29, 2015
Release years by system:
2014 – Arcade[17]
2015 – PlayStation 3,[17] PlayStation 4,[17] PlayStation Vita,[17] Xbox One[17]
2016 – Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Dubbed as BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma 2.0 in arcade release
  • The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions feature cross-platform online multiplayer[citation needed]
  • Unlike the original Chrono Phantasma release in North America, Extend features a localized Library Mode[citation needed]


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release dates:
  • JP January 27, 2010
  • NA August 2, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – DSiWare[18]
Notes:
  • 3D arena fighting game



Original release dates:
  • JP December 26, 2012
  • NA August 21, 2014
Release years by system:
2012 – 3DS eShop[19]
Notes:
  • 3D arena fighting game



Original release dates:
  • JP July 23, 2013
  • NA June 24, 2014
  • EU September 18, 2015
Release years by system:
2013 – PlayStation 3,[20] PlayStation Vita[20]
Notes:
  • Visual novel set 150 years before Calamity Trigger


Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san

Original release date:
  • WW February 25, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – iOS,[21] Android[21]
Notes:
  • Rhythm game starring Dead Spike, Ragna the Bloodedge's signature special move[21]



Original release dates:
  • JP April 9, 2015
  • NA August 11, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – PlayStation 3,[22] PlayStation Vita[22]
Notes:
  • The sequel to Xblaze Code: Embryo starring Nine and Celica from Chrono Phantasma in their childhood


BlazBlue: Battle Cards

Original release date:
  • WW May 14, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – iOS[23]
Notes:
  • Card battle game starring characters from the BlazBlue franchise.[23] Available for iPad and in the US only.


Other media[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • BlazBlue: Phase 0 (2010)
  • BlazBlue: Phase Shift (2011–2012)
  • BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience (2014–)
  • BlazBlue (light novel) (2010–2014)

Manga[edit]

  • BlazBlue: Remix Heart (2012–2014)
  • BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex (2010–2011)
  • BlazBlue: Official Comics (2010–?)
  • BlazBlue (Monthly Dragon Age version, 2013)

Anime[edit]

Other[edit]

  • An official radio show, BuruRaji (ぶるらじ, contraction of "BlueRadio"?), was produced and aired on Nico Nico Douga, featuring the antics of the game's voice actors through chibi versions of their characters, in the same style as the Teach Me, Miss Litchi! game segments.
  • An official yonkoma gag manga series, BuruMan (ぶるまん, contraction of "BlueManga"?), has been published infrequently on the official website.
  • Two comedic audio dramas have also been produced, titled BuruDora (ぶるどら, contraction of "BlueDrama"?). A light novel based on the game and written by Mako Komao, titled BlazBlue: Phase 0, was published by Fujimi Shobo; it is set before the Calamity Trigger storyline.

Playable characters[edit]

Character Calamity Trigger Continuum Shift BBSMBBR Chrono Phantasma Clone Phantasma Central Fiction
Amane Nishiki Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Arakune Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Azrael Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Bang Shishigami Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Bullet Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Carl Clover Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Celica A. Mercury Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickYe Red XN Green tickY
Hades Izanami Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Hakumen Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Hazama Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Hibiki Kohaku Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Iron Tager Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Izayoi Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Jin Kisaragi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Kagura Mutsuki Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickYabcf Red XN Green tickY
Kokonoe Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickYabf Red XN Green tickY
Lambda-11 Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickYe Red XN Green tickY
Litchi Faye-Ling Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Makoto Nanaya Red XN Green tickYa Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Mu-12 Red XN Green tickYabc Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Naoto Kurogane Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Nine the Phantom Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickY
Noel Vermillion Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Nu-13 Green tickY Green tickYg Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Platinum the Trinity Red XN Green tickYa Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Rachel Alucard Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Ragna the Bloodedge Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Relius Clover Red XN Green tickYbd Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Taokaka Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Tsubaki Yayoi Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Valkenhayn R. Hellsing Red XN Green tickYa Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY
Yūki Terumi Red XN Red XN Red XN Green tickYabf Red XN Green tickY
Total 12 19 5 28 10 32
Notes
  • ^a : Downloadable character.
  • ^b : Available as a console-exclusive content.
  • ^c : Can also be unlocked via normal gameplay.
  • ^d : Playable in Continuum Shift Extend.
  • ^e : Playable in Chrono Phantasma Extend/Chrono Phantasma 2.0.
  • ^f : First appeared in the console/pre-2.0 arcade version of Chrono Phantasma.
  • ^g : Appears as Lambda-11's Unlimited form.

Events and merchandise[edit]

Two official events have been held in Japan in June 2009 and February 2010, called BuruFesu 2009: Riot Summer (ぶるふぇす 2009 -Riot Summer-?) and BuruFesu: Spring Raid (ぶるふぇす -Spring Raid-?) (contraction of "BlueFestival"), respectively. A variety of other merchandise, including posters, artbooks, apparel, and figurines, has also been produced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.1up.com/news/blazblue-officially-coming-consoles
  2. ^ "BlazBlue hits 1.7 million copies sold worldwide". Joystiq. 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d "BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger". GameSpot. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Is On Windows 8 App Store For Like $7". Siliconera. December 21, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hannley, Steve (February 13, 2014). "BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Now Available on Steam". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Version 1.1 Patch Out On May 14". Siliconera. May 12, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Barder, Ollie (July 15, 2015). "'BlazBlue Central Fiction' Announced Along With Location Test Details". Forbes. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Patch V1.03 Coming This May". Aksys Games. April 15, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend And BBQ Mode Comes To PSP In May". Siliconera. February 17, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fight! BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend On PC". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. December 12, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Arc System Works Universe BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend Now Available in Europe on Steam". Arc System Works. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend Hits North America This Summer". IGN. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ "BlazBlue: Clonephantasma". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "XBLAZE Code: Embryo". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c MacGregor, Kyle (February 25, 2015). "There's a new BlazBlue rhythm game and it's out now". Destructoid. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "XBLAZE: Lost Memories". GameSpot. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "BlazBlue: Battle Cards". Retrieved July 18, 2015. 

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