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BlazBlue
BlazBlue Logo.png
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
Official website blazblue.jp

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 20081119November 19, 2008
NA 20090630June 30, 2009
EU 20100402April 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 20091120November 20, 2009
NA 20100727July 27, 2010
EU 20101203December 3, 2010
Release years by system:
2009 – Arcade[7]
2010 – PlayStation 3,[7] Xbox 360[7]



Original release dates:
JP 20121121November 21, 2012
NA 20140325March 25, 2014
EU 20140423April 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 Winter 2015
Proposed system release:
2015 – Arcade[10]


Updated versions[edit]

Title Details

Original release dates:
JP 20101209December 9, 2010
NA 20110510May 10, 2011
EU 20110510May 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 20111217December 17, 2011
NA 20120214February 14, 2012
EU 20120224February 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 20150423April 23, 2015
NA 20150630June 30, 2015
Release years by system:
2014 – Arcade[17]
2015 – PlayStation 3,[17] PlayStation 4,[17] PlayStation Vita,[17] Xbox One[17]
Notes:
  • 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 20100127January 27, 2010
NA 20100802August 2, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – DSiWare[18]
Notes:
  • 3D arena fighting game



Original release dates:
JP 20121226December 26, 2012
NA 20140821August 21, 2014
Release years by system:
2012 – 3DS eShop[19]
Notes:
  • 3D arena fighting game



Original release dates:
JP 20130723July 23, 2013
NA 20140624June 24, 2014
EU 20150918September 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 20150225February 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 20150409April 9, 2015
NA 20150811August 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 20150514May 14, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – iOS[23]
Notes:
  • Card battle game starring characters from the BlazBlue franchise.[23] Available for iPad 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.

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.

See also[edit]

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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