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Granblue Fantasy Versus announced as a fighting game collaboration between Arc System Works and Cygames

Might look a little familiar to Guilty Gear fans

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 15, 2018 at 5 a.m. PST • Comments: 77

Arc System Works created their own unique take on cell-shaded '3D that looks like 2D' fighting game engines beginning with Guilty Gear Xrd which has since caught the attention of other developers / publishers and led to some collaborations like Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Cygames revealed at their Granblue Fes 2018 event in Japan that a new fighting game spin-off for the popular RPG is in development called Granblue Fantasy Versus, and its art style may look familiar to Guilty Gear players because it is being developed by Arc System Works.

Five characters from the RPG were shown off in Granblue Fantasy Versus' reveal trailer including Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot and Ferry.

The title is described as "a brand new fighting game from the developers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, set in the world of Japan’s megahit RPG, Granblue Fantasy featuring original gameplay tailor-made to appeal to both Granblue and fighting game fans alike" according to its official website.

Its HUD and interface are not shown off in this first trailer, but the combat engine looks quite similar to the recent Guilty Gear titles with an emphasis on weapon-based fighting along with a variety of magical attacks.

Granblue Fantasy Versus is scheduled to release on the PlayStation 4 in 2019 for Japan though no other planned territories have been announced at this time. You can check out the official images of the new ArcSys x Cygames fighter in the gallery below plus the full reveal trailer and character descriptions after the jump.

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Gran

This hero's adventure began when he received a letter from his father asking him to come to the Island of the Astrals, Estalucia. Now he travels the skies with his flying lizard-like buddy, Vyrn, and the mysterious blue-haired girl who saved his life by linking it with her own, Lyria.

Honest to a fault, he'll come to the aid of anyone who needs his assistance. Although his swordplay is rough and self-taught, he possesses the power to overcome any obstacle—thanks in no small part to Lyria's assistance.

Katalina

A former imperial knight that abandoned her post to protect Lyria.

When she was loyal to the empire, she was charged with guarding Lyria, but this changed when she caught wind of the twisted experiments that were being performed on the girl. This prompted her to orchestrate an escape for Lyria, the catalyst that began their sky-bound adventures with Gran. As skilled as she is logical, she is a compelling ally who lacks only a sense of direction—and any sort of talent for cooking.

Charlotta

A Harvin knight who serves as captain of the Lumiel Order of Holy Knights. Strict with herself, but kind to others, she's earned the trust of all her comrades and possesses superlative martial skills. But she also has a childish side, evidenced by her love of the Little Skyfarer's Lunch, a famed kid's meal popular throughout the skydoms.

With gusto she swings the Claíomh Solais—a shining blade nearly the same size as its wielder—easily felling monsters that are ten times her size.

Lancelot

A dual-wielding master swordsman who serves as the captain of the Order of White Dragons of Feendrache Kingdom. If danger would rear its ugly head in the kingdom he so loves, he would risk both life and limb to see it defeated. Despite this, he can never seem to keep his room clean.

He rushes across the battlefield at blinding speed, a flurry of shining, crystalline slashes. Those who set eyes on this fighting style immediately recognize why he was made captain of his order.

Ferry

An Erune girl who once resided on the Mist-Shrouded Isle. She became a spirit at the moment of her death. This grim transformation occurred while she was waiting for her frail sister to return home, a period that had lasted well past her death. At Gran and Lyria's behest, she sets out on a journey to discover the whereabouts of her now-grown sibling.

In addition to the crack of her whip, she fights with the faithful bite of her ghostly pets, overwhelming her opponents with phantasmagoric assaults.

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