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Guilty Gear Strive will mark the end of Sol Badguy's story according to developers

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 7, 2021 at 7:19 a.m. PDT • Comments: 32

The standard edition for Guilty Gear Strive will be releasing on June 11, 2021. Longtime fans of the series will have the opportunity to see how the Guilty Gear story will progress with this latest entry's story mode.

In an interview with 4gamer, Daisuke Ishiwatari and Akira Katano of Arc System Works discussed how this game will effectively serve as the end of Sol Badguy's story.

"I'm not going to go in to specifics, but this tells the story to the very end of the man we know as Sol. In the Guilty Gear Xrd series, Sol was the main character for the story," said Ishiwatari. "He and the incident from the past he was a part of are the basis for the story, and the answer he delivers to the world will be expressed in this game. I'm very curious to know how you feel about it, so please let me know after you've experienced it."

Of course, Guilty Gear is still a very important intellectual property to Arc System Works. Despite Guilty Gear Strive showcasing the end of Sol Badguy's story (whatever that could mean), this doesn't mean that Guilty Gear itself won't continue afterwards.

"I can't talk in specifics, but I do have plans for the narrative moving forward," continued Ishiwatari. "After Sol's story reaches its end, or perhaps even going back to stories that happen before that, I have been thinking about where Guilty Gear's story can go from here. This isn't about making a new game or not, but more about taking memos within my own head."

"After Sol's story reaches its end, or perhaps even going back to stories that happen before that, I have been thinking about where Guilty Gear's story can go from here." - Daisuke Ishiwatari

"Ishiwatari always says things like this, but it's hard to express," chimed in a laughing Katano.

"This may be a boring answer, but Guilty Gear is a very important IP to us and it's not something we can just cut ties with," stated Ishiwatari. "But, this game will mark the end of a part of it, without a doubt."

Though this will apparently mark some sort of end to some part of Guilty Gear's story, the developers already have some ideas on what they'll do after Guilty Gear Strive.

"The aspects we couldn't fit into the story this time will likely be presented in a different form later down the road," said Katano. "We've heard a lot of fans saying 'they're not going to end this time either, anyway,' too."

"In the past, I went to an American event together with the author of Trigun, Yasuhiro Nightow," said Ishiwatari. "He told me that 'rather than telling a story, finishing a story is much more remarkable.' Since hearing that, I've always felt like I need to put a proper end to it."

"WE WILL BE ENDING IT!" exclaimed Ishiwatari. "The theme of the story is something I've thought of since the start, and that has never changed. Please look forward to it."

A special thanks goes out to Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor for his contributions and translations used in this article.

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