Granblue Fantasy Versus, the fighting game adaptation of the mobile RPG franchise Granblue Fantasy, will be launching in Japan very soon–February 6, 2020–but it’s coming westward not long after. Publisher Xseed has announced that the game is going to launch on March 3, 2020 in North America. This will also be the first official release of a Granblue game in the West.
The PlayStation 4-exclusive fighter comes from developer Arc System Works, which is well-known for its long history of making great fighting game series such as Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. Fans of Granblue should also note that ArcSys has a good track record of adapting outside franchises to fighting games as we’ve seen with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Last year, we streamed Granblue Fantasy Versus during its beta phase and you can check out gameplay in the video below.
Granblue Fantasy Versus uses a similar 2.5D anime-inspired art style seen in the recent Guilty Gear games and uses familiar elements from the RPG to convert them into fighting game mechanics. There will also be an RPG Mode that features a story and cutscenes; it’ll also play differently from a traditional fighting game, incorporating a 2D side-scrolling brawler style gameplay.
A total of 11 characters are set to be part of the launch day roster with five planned as DLC:
- Chaos Bringer (DLC)
- Narmaya (DLC)
- Soriz (DLC)
- Djeeta (DLC)
- Belial (DLC)
For more on the game, be sure to read our Granblue Fantasy Versus preview from Anime Expo 2019, where we also interviewed creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara. You can also watch the official Granblue Fantasy Versus opening cinematic that was revealed earlier this month.
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