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Faust literally dies in his time over loss animation in Guilty Gear Strive and it has us dying too

Okay, maybe a little less so for us, but still

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 29, 2020 at 6:52 a.m. PST • Comments: 12

Arc System Works have been among the best in the video game industry for their insane attention to detail most recently shown off in licensed titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Granblue Fantasy: Versus. They may be looking to set the bar even higher going forward, however.

The developer regularly shares small snippets of gameplay or character details for the upcoming Guilty Gear Strive, but their latest showcasing Faust's time over loss animation — something that should be so insignificant in the grand scheme of the game — is so full of charm and detail that we're dying to see what else the fighters will have to offer.

Playing up his new creepy and undead-like theme, Faust quite literally passes away if the clock reaches zero, as his spirit (paper bag still included) starts to float out of his body. That by itself would be great, but that's just act one.

His teddy bear crawls up his back to witness this occurring, and reaches up to pull Faust's ghost back down to continue the fight. The character himself seems to be quite confused as to what just went down.

To get a comparison, I loaded Xrd back up to see what Faust's time over animation is in the current title, and he simply falls over on his back in embarrassment and anguish.

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Sure, these lovely animations don't instantly equate that the rest of the game will be at that same level, but that does probably bode well if they're able to put that much thought and attention into small things like this.

There's still a good bit we don't know about Strive's final release as ArcSys continues to develop and tune the game though we will get the chance to try out the new rollback netcode early next year.

Guilty Gear Strive is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, PS5 and PC on April 8, 2021.

I guess it's also nice to know that Faust can still get into heaven after his time as a serial killer unless maybe he and Dr. Baldhead are very separate entities.

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