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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle eclipses 450,000 copies sold 2 years after launch

They're doing a big sale for the game in Japan as celebration

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 10, 2020 at 8:11 a.m. PDT • Comments: 32

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has served as one of Arc System Works' mainstage and premier fighting game entries since even before its release back in 2018, and now we have a better understanding of how the game has performed these past two years.

Arc System Works announced today BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle reached 450,000 copies shipped and sold digitally which may not seem like a ton at first glance, but is actually pretty decent for the series overall.

"Thank you very much!," said Producer Toshimichi Mori in response to the news."I think that this is thanks to all of the cooperating companies, all staff, and the users who support us. I would like to continue to deliver to everyone something interesting and exciting, and I look forward to your continued support."

To help celebrate the occasion, ArcSys is implementing a second anniversary thank you sale for BBTAG cutting down the base price of the game by 76 percent to 1,000 yen (around $9 USD) for the next few weeks while the Special Edition / 2.0 version of the game is 33 percent off.

These prices only currently seem to apply to the Japanese PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions, as no announcements have been made for other territories as of yet.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus is the latest fighting game to release developed by Arc System Works (though published by Cygames) which has managed to sell over 350,000 copies since its February 2020 launch.

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The developers / publishers have never really been very open with the sales numbers for BlazBlue games with the last concrete statistic I can find dating all the way back to 2012 when ArcSys said that the series as a whole had sold 1.7 million copies up to that point.

No figures appear to exist publicly for previous entries like Central Fiction Chrono Phantasma though we do know BBTAG debuted to lower sales in Japan compared to those other two.

Cross Tag Battle served as a special crossover title to bring the 2D ArcSys family of fighters together with BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth characters returning for a 2v2 adventure.

One of the big draws of BBTAG's initial release was its fourth fate in the animated series RWBY making its debut in a fighting game roster with its main cast of heroes.

The game has added well over a dozen new fighters after launch including three new series with Senran Kagura, Arcana Heart 3 and Akatsuki Blitzkampf representatives joining the roster.

As for what the future of the game holds, ArcSys has been rather quiet since the upgraded 2.0 release of the game though it did receive an update earlier this year to add in a new tournament mode.

Arc System Works recently announced a restructuring initiative within the company as well to account for their growth over the past few years and push to reach a wider audience outside of Japan.

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