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Guilty Gear Strive showcases changes to Roman Cancel system and other mechanics, professional players and streamers gain early access to beta

Start digging in on that match footage

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 16, 2021 at 8:56 a.m. PST • Comments: 17

The long-awaited week has finally come for Guilty Gear Strive's open beta, and Arc System Works has been catching people up on how to play all of the characters present inside of it to this point.

Now, they've released the final starter guide going over the basic mechanics and systems available in Strive, including the new Roman Cancel, as professional players and streamers were given access to the beta early to showcase the fighting game in action.

There's the obvious stuff like how to guard against moves, though some can joke about blocking being something new to Guilty Gear, but there are more interesting aspects to it than the basics.

Instant Block and Faultless Defense are back for Strive in much of the same way they worked in previous games though there seems to be a new layer to combine the two together.

While IB reduces pushback, Instant Faultless Defense carries over the chip damage negation and farther pushback from FD at the cost of meter with it being even more effective.

Roman Cancels are changed up a bit from previous games with Yellow now being used for more defensive purposes while Purple seems to have combined with what Yellow used to do for start up.

The most interesting and exciting change about the iconic system though is the new mechanic that allows players to move a notable distance on activation when a dash is inputted directly before the RC, which opens the door to a ton of new possibilities.

Ahead of pre-orders and the general population diving into online, Arc System Works gave out early beta codes to the biggest streamers and best players across the FGC to showcase real-time matches.

General players will be able to download the beta client on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 starting February 18 at 7 p.m. PT while those who pre-ordered a digital copy can get in a day early.

As of the time of reporting, the servers are back offline — but scheduled to come back later today — so archive footage can be found on Twitch for players like Maximilian_Dood, Panda|Justin Wong, Jiyuna, Kizzie Kay, EG|SonicFox, and pretty much anyone else that you'd expect to get in.

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