One of our forum members, PhilVer 0 had the opportunity to go to AnimeExpo in LA last weekend and check out the location test of the new arcade fighter BlazBlue by Arc System Works. They weren’t allowing pictures to be taken but he managed to get a couple taken without getting kicked out. The game is still incomplete (they said about 60% done) and to not expect it until early next year (“maybe Spring ’09”). To quote Phil directly:
The game is not balanced yet and its only 60% complete. Noel is top tier as well as a few others. Can this game be consider cheap when it comes to some characters? Yes, since you can continue attacking characters when they’re on the ground I believe infinities are possible can Noel is one of those characters you can do it with real easy.
The game is [Guilty Gear] like I said and hopefully they’ll fix the problems with the game by time of the release. This game in my view is going to be a hit, and if they fix the problems it will be a bigger hit.
He also mentions that it runs on WIndows Vista, which is new for Taito to try out as previously they were using a modified version of WinXP on the TypeX2 hardware. In addition to BlazBlue showing up at the expo, they also had Battle Fantasia (which will be coming out for the Xbox 360 and perhaps the PS3) and GG Overture up to play at the Expo. After this showing of new fighters do you think it will continue the push towards more fighters coming along from other companies?
For more, check out the post about BlazBlue on the forum.