Arc System Works wants fresh start for Guilty Gear series, aim is to get as many people playing as possible

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • August 17, 2013 at 10:07 a.m. PDT
Arc System Work's team working on Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- wants a fresh start for the series, and in the process, they hope to attract as many people as possible to start enjoying the franchise.

While details on how this would be accomplished weren't revealed; the first Guilty Gear was released back in 1998, and since that time hasn't been known as one of the most forgiving titles in the FGC for its learning curve.

Series creator, Daisuke Ishiwatari, said that his team had this goal from the start of the project, but didn't elaborate on how they're planning to accomplish it. Here are some screen shots from the location test going down, hit the jump to view more. Also, you can find gameplay details there as well.

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More Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- details

• The reason Arc System Works went with Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia Rage, Potemkin, Chipp Zanuff, May, and Venom for the location test is they were the first characters to be created, and were furthest along.

• They said there's plenty more characters coming, though, and completely new characters were hinted at.

• They're making the game's Roman Cancel usable at any time during attacks, on top of slowing down movements of everything except your character, but they're still testing this feature.

• Sol will be a character who players can go wild with by using special attacks.

• Ky will get a new ability called "Grinder," in addition to having more powered-up "Stun Edge" attacks.

• May will be a "catchy" character, and more acrobatic than before.

• Chipp will be getting more ninja-like moves, such as having the ability to stick to walls while attacking.

• Millia has always been a speed-based character, so Arc System Works plan on giving her new attacks that further utilizes her speed.

• Button configurations based on BlazBlue and Persona 4: Arena will be included, by default, as shown in the screen shot below.

Sources: Siliconera via Famitsu.


paralyzing said on August 17, 2013 at 10:11 a.m.

2014, year of the anime

xLuna said on August 17, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.

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ProfessorLester said on August 17, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

I hope

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

late news EVENTHUBS you take forever for posting news....! i'm happy it's time for arc system works to be number one fighting games company, take that capcom.

ProfessorLester said on August 17, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

idk EH is pretty fast for most news.

LeonX said on August 17, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

Good choice ArcSys :3

Crondizzle said on August 17, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.

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SonicfanQ said on August 17, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.

they will have me playing this amazing series. I wish nothing but success in guilty gears future

Struggs said on August 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.

@4 @5

geoomega can barely speak english. He is probably confused.

XDIEX said on August 17, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.

next gen hopefully

skeptical said on August 17, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.

sooooo, f2p?

HeatEXTEND said on August 17, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

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NoizyChild said on August 17, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.

And on cue, the GG elitists start claiming that the game is gonna die because they'll most likely lower the learning curve.

Try being happy that people want to play GG. You barely have a scene as is.

But then you'll cry if they kept it the exact same way, and nobody shows up to play it at tourneys. Then you'll bitch and blame Capcom for it.

BumbleBee said on August 17, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

What @ 2 & @ 7 said pretty much.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

SONICFANQ! i'm saying it, because this news were posted like 4 days ago in siliconera. and NO! this is just the beginning of a new ERA of fighting games where guilty gear, persona4 and blazblue are gonna take over...

Ninjanuity said on August 17, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

Didn't Ishiwatari already say he likes the difficulty of GG where it is? and wouldn't "down-grade" it? I don't see what people are worried about.

OSM said on August 17, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.


Don't even joke like that. :(

EG2 said on August 17, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

Netcode will make or break this game.

Smorgasboard said on August 17, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.

Sounds like sol will be the mash friendly character. Prepare for an army of sols online once this comes out.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.

arc systems has always had good reputation with NETCODE. so i'm not too worry about that.

Hakai said on August 17, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

Don't worry about it. #2, #7, and #14 are people who don't even play Guilty Gear. They probably don't purchase anything remotely related to Guilty Gear or any game they open their mouths about for that matter. You can ignore them.

JCrest87 said on August 17, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

Im so excited for this game, I loved Guilty Gear when I was younger. Wasn't a huge fan of Blazblue though so its good to see the series I fell in love with make a comeback.

Dtwizzy said on August 17, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.

lol @4 actualy thinking that GG will outsell SF or any other capcom fighting game. I even dare to bet that SFxT still have higher sales than the new GG.

Not bad talking GG or any other fighting game it's just that pretty much every other FG that isn't SF won't really sell or stay alive for a long time. I like pretty much all Fighting games it's just too bad that most of them don't stay relevant for too long.

2nd_striker said on August 17, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.

If they want as many people playing it as possible release the damn games in the eu as close to the us release as possible

DunnDeal said on August 17, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.

*sigh* every developer is always trying to cater to bad kids by making it as easy mode as possible. They're gonna quit the game in a month anyway no matter how if there's a simple mode or not.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

if arc system works release this game as the first new fighter in the new consoles. it goes without saying that it will attract many gamers that were not even into fighting games...because honestly ULTRA street fighter 4 is on the horizon, but everyone knows is not exactly a new NEW game.

Strider_Hien said on August 17, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

Leave it to haters,so that instead of being happy that a new entry in the series is being made,they actually whine?!?!?!?!?!

You guys have serious,SERIOUS problems.More people=Bigger comunnity.Get with the times....

The game's looking beautiful and I wanna test it out ASAP!

ya_boy said on August 17, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

Lol at the cry babies who think this game will be "casualized". This will remain the same game it always has with the high level execution and no one will play it.
It might look impressive as hell visually but it will still be the same game no one is playing.

LarsMasters said on August 17, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

Sin (from GG2O) & guests (BB's Ragna & P4A's Yu) please :D

DevilDanteX said on August 17, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.

Man I bet these guys saying R.I.P to guilty gear sucks at this game anyways...

Echo01 said on August 17, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.

Think I'll give it a go this time, always loved watching GG.

zombiebrian said on August 17, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

lol trolls saying RIP, games not even finished yet nor do they know exactly what he meant by this statement. Thats just silly

HeatEXTEND said on August 17, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.

@13 "GG elitists" lmfao

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

nope! those guys saying s h i t about guilty gear and arc system works are FANBOYS of street fighter mostly... even IGN knows that arc system works knows how to do fighters.

BlackMasamune said on August 17, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.

I wanna know how you make a FG more "accessible" without dumbing it down or making a fighter out of a popular franchise.

HooliganComboFTW said on August 17, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

It wasn't posted here but they were interviewed awhile back saying they would have button configure options that would be more BB or P4A style so maybe thats what they meant?

Also, get rid of that Ky ponytail. I'm sure they can come up with some other way to show he has "aged" besides changing his hairstyle.

Abbadon36 said on August 17, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

May = Adorable
Sols' Devil Trigger = SICK!
All it needs to succeed is, a good netcode, online functionality with modes, and a halfway decent tutorials for new comers! Sold and done!
Also pricing, $60 for a fighter scares alot of people off.

IAMSKINJA said on August 17, 2013 at 11:55 a.m.

So many removed comments.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

when you guys wanna talk bad a bout a fighter talk about street fighter 4..

ugly graphics

slow as hell..

keeps on updating making their fans pay more for what they already own.

tortastic said on August 17, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.

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RebornOdin said on August 17, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.


Stay free '12er.

We get it, you're whining about something that's popular simply for the sake of whining because you have no real point to make.

Skode said on August 17, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.

Ive never tried this series, i think the problem for me was not perceived learning curve (ive been playing fighters since the very first streetfighter on the commodore 64) but because i was late the party i had no idea where to start. I see indistinguishable baffling titles so ive no idea which was the latest version and trying to check them out on the marketplace on in the times i was tempted all i saw was umpteen update versions and expensive character unlocks... it was all just a bit too off putting for me personally.

zombiebrian said on August 17, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

@39 where did that come from

Doctrine_Dark said on August 17, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

There'll always be people who whine. No sense in giving them attention. Let 'em cry, I say. I never played much Guilty Gear back in the day, but I'm interested in this new one. The problem is people would rather have their own little bubble of players, essentially keeping the new players out. Sorry, but that's not a very smart way of establishing a healthy scene.

Some of you guys need to just get over it. I understand people want fighting games to require hard work to get good at, but first and foremost, they're supposed to be fun. I think some people lose sight of this.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

#44 agree with everything...

ZDH513 said on August 17, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

This game looks great i'm gonna be new into GG series but so far i have tried +R and i have to say the level of difficulty is ok but it is a bit much even other players agree that sometimes GG is a bit too unnecessarily difficult so don't make it so dumb down but a tad bit wouldn't hurt it would only increase the scene the only other deterrent i have is that the scene is filled with elitist who shove ppl like me out and it makes me wonder why do they want there scene to die so bad no wonder GG is no longer a main stage game

TheTHCGamer said on August 17, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

@39 You could say that about a few fighting games which includes ASW games. Theres nothing wrong with updates if you don't want them don't pay for them and if there affordable updates that bring new life into your favorite games I don't see the problem.

People are always talking about high learning curves for a particular fighting games when I really feel that's not the case. If you play fighting games in general you understand all fighting games can be enjoyed at all levels of play. You don't need to be an expert at a particular fighting game to enjoy it.

Guess what regardless if you dumb down a fighting game the same top players are still most likely going to dominate. ASW should do the little things to get new players hooked. For one make sure the online netcode is great and just add a solid tutorial mode for new players.

People need to stop labeling certain fighting games as having a high learning curve because it only ends up intimidating new comers. Sure some fighting games offer more depth but it should be explained in a way like if you want to take your skills to the next level there are advanced tactics the game offers.

GentleFist said on August 17, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

I'm sorry I think I'm seeing valid reasoning and common sense. I must be on the wrong site Kappa
But really, great points for all the topics you covered.

gtfopanda said on August 17, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

#39 is actually right when it comes to graphics, every character is on steroids and there's just a small pool of stages, some are even recycled.

AriesWarlock said on August 17, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.

Remember what Seth Killian said about Guilty Gear?

"...I love what the GG series have done, but the mechanics in those games are so crazy that normal humans can't play play them anymore..."

zombiebrian said on August 17, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.

fair enough he doesn't like the sf4 graphics but whats it got to do with anything on this thread?

gtfopanda said on August 17, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.

@ #51

Absolutely nothing if we're sticking with the news, but as usual that won't happen and people start comparing titles.

Eltnum said on August 17, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Well if it is going to be a Japan arcade exclusive for a while, which it most likely is, then they're already on the wrong track.

fabfred said on August 17, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

please come to this gen systems,and wheres the announcement of CLIFF!

Decoy2000 said on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

@35 Make a REALLY good tutorial.

Paradonyx said on August 17, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

They want to make this as accessable as possible to new people? Well,1. Don't keep it in Japan for half a year after its done and 2. Make this available for ALL consoles, Both current and next-gen consoles. Well, except Wii U kappa. I really want to know who plays fighting games on the Wii/Wii U BESIDES SSBB.

Paradonyx said on August 17, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.

Oh, and to add to that, screw the English voice acting. Just add English subtitles and you are good to go. I mean really, I'm pretty sure people would rather play sooner than wait for translations. I don't mind voice acting, but if it meant I could play this game sooner than the hell with English VAs.

SgtKonus said on August 17, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

There is a difference between making something more accessible and then catering to pure laziness.I hope Arcsys finds the sweet spot like Capcom did with SF4(imo).

kenmasters87 said on August 17, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

Man this brings back memories. Never got to play gg cause i was still under mom and dad inn 1998

Rainierman said on August 17, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

Totally looking forward to this! GG does have this kind of old-like feeling going because... well it is old. It can only get better from this if they plan to do something about that. Awesome!

hotpinkfighter said on August 17, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

remember when they announced a Guilty Gear vs. Street Fighter game? I don't remember the name of it. I was looking forward to seeing the Street Fighter crew re-done in Guilty Gear graphics.

AgentQuicksilver said on August 17, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

I'm really looking forward to this new guilty gear! I hope it's released on both current and next gen consoles. But if not, then next consoles would be nice to have an excuse to buy xbox one and ps4. The only complaint I have about guilty gear is that when I try playing guilty gear accent core w/e on ps3, I can never seem to find a match online :(.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.

hope blazblue goes this way in the graphics department.

Tangogamer45 said on August 17, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

Sheesh, it seems some people are playing by their fears by saying that the GG series will be instantly dead with Xrd on arrival because of the developers trying to make the game more accessible. I don't think a majority of elitists, or fanboys for that matter, understand where the FGC really manifested from: casual, fun play. By saying that new, inexperienced players are killing the FGC, think about how you, or all of us, started out: scrubs who didn't have any idea what we were doing or how to play. Several popular players who I happened to meet at a local event, and are some of the nicest people I've ever met, say they started out like scrubs, but they practiced and practiced until they got good and started kicking butt. They also said they would be happy for new meat to come in to learn about the FGC and the games they play competitively and join the club. And yet, you wannabe elitists look at these top players like they're some sort of god, or hero, whatever. I bet some of them would be ashamed because they have fans like ya'll. And besides, it isn't just Arc System Works that's trying to encourage new players, but also Nether Realm Studios and even Capcom are starting to do this as well, also the very same companies you buy and idolize games from.

Coming from a variety gamer who played his first Guilty Gear game on the PS1 all the way to X2, I am quite jaded and disgusted at how hypocritical the bad side of the FGC can be. Sorry for the report-long comment.

Tangogamer45 said on August 17, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

I think ASW is going to do an awesome job with this. It's good to see well-known companies like them starting to help out newbies get into fighting games. Hopefully, it'll be fun to play as well. Oh, and for new characters, I think Raven should definitely get a shot and also Sin from Overture.

Spartan_Rambo said on August 17, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.

I really like ASW as developers but they should do thing better, for example, focusing in only one fighting game instead of what they are doing right now, developing an update for P4A (arcades and possibly consoles), Chrono Phantasma (port to consoles and adding characters)a new fighting game that they were creating for the next gen with completely new characters etc, and the new GG, and honestly ASW isn't big enough to do everything at the same time, they should focus on one or two things at the same time.

geoomega said on August 17, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.

# 66 well arc system works has divisions for instance. the people making guilty gear is call team RED, and the people making blazblue tittles is call team BLUE, and arc system is helping out atlus with persona 4 fighting tittles.

swordsman09 said on August 17, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

ASW keeps announcing s*** right before something else comes out. If they want a successful project, they need to stop doing that!

Eye_of_Orochi said on August 17, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

They can begin with decent in-game movelists lol. Maybe a tutorial like BlazBlue's so you can understand all the mechanics. Hell, just so beginners can know those mechanics are in the game and how to use them.

XeroGravity said on August 17, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.


Eternal said on August 17, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

Want it to be played by as many people as possible? I hope that's a hint towards a PC port.

Tensa said on August 17, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

this game from what I've heard plays alot like +R or reload but abit of increased hitstun but I agree with some people that they should have waited on announcing P4A 2 even though its gonna be awhile for its release

JIHADJOE said on August 17, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

They really want as many people as possible? Android and IOS port!

chipndip said on August 17, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.

If it's anything like their other game, I might pass. Tried it out, but I couldn't get a handle on anything. I mean, that MIGHT be because some other dude was taking full advantage and kicking my ass over and over + I don't even own the game to go to training mode with, but I got a bad first impression and I'm not sure if I wanna follow through with this game anymore. <=/

tokyobassist said on August 18, 2013 at 12:02 a.m.

I blew up the GG community on a recent podcast episode for being so damn ungrateful and actually complaining about everything from Potemkin's looks to them making the game noob friendly when there was hardly any footage up.

Guilty Gear has a step learning curve at the moment and I feel like even for me, it's a great dessert with too much extra crap on it. FRCs, Slashbacks, Force Breaks, etc. I'm kind of glad they are trimming the fat so to speak. It's not like they are just going to dumb everything down after all the stuff they added over the years. Hell at best we'll get something fresh and new or we'll get a unique hybrid of all things GG alternatively.

tl:dr version: I'm hype. Don't care if you want to pout about it for another 5-6 years for a new Guilty Gear so be it. I'm sold.

HeatEXTEND said on August 18, 2013 at 5:53 a.m.

@71 Yes Please

Kawalorn said on August 18, 2013 at 7:27 a.m.

Yeah a PC port would be nice. Since almost every fighting game seems to be coming on it now, the chances aren't that bad anymore. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger is still the game I had the most fun with.

AlphaFox said on August 18, 2013 at 7:36 a.m.

I want my Kuradoberri Jam! Make it happen arcsys!

Amerika said on August 18, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.

@ #20

Except for that whole super delayed GG PS3/360 release that had god awful netcode. I was so excited for that but then never bought because there was no way to play it online reasonably since I live in Kansas and not SoCal.

geoomega said on August 18, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.

#79 guilty gear on ps3 and xbox 360 has very good net code. whenever i find a match it goes very smoothly.

Honeyman said on August 18, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

Reading these comments makes me chortle a bit. To generalise a little, it seems like:

Players who attended the location test weekend = several impressions of how the game looks, plays, characters, what's new, how nice the graphics are looking and their expectations for the finished arcade release.

Negative commentors on Event Hubs = Cel-shaded take on the game is gay, ASW broadening the audience means the game will be dead on arrival, where's my favourite character (they better be in it or I'm not going to play this game I left several comments on threads about), it isn't (enter feature of the game) like the same feature in (insert favourite fighter of the moment here) and so on.

Seriously, just either appreciate that one developer is going to considerable lengths to create an anime looking game in 3D and be excited about it or go and play the games you enjoy. Nobody likes a whiner in the end.

kirblar said on August 18, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

Look at the art style- when they talk about trying to get new players, it's not just about gameplay. The old art style was sort of dated. It felt very much of its time. The new art style is very much in the vein of Naruto/FMA, and is something I could see appealing huge to kids, which I couldn't say of the prior style.

V27reaper said on August 19, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

Ima be dustin' all OVER the place

jelaninoel said on August 20, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.

"aims to get as many people playing as possible" sigh i know what that means, but as much as i hate the dumbing down of great fighters, the aesthetics alone make me want this game to outsell mvc and AE combined. More fighters need to look like this and stop the ugly ass 3D


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