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Blazing Strike is a new 2D fighting game coming in 2022

And it'll have GGPO rollback netcode

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 20, 2021 at 3 p.m. PDT • Comments: 34

We reported on Blazing Strike back in 2019 when it had a Kickstarter with a $70,000... which was never met. Mark Chung of RareBreed makes Games (he's currently the only member) shut the venture down and appeared to call it quits, but we've got some good news here two years later.

Publisher Aksys Games has partnered with RareBreed makes Games to bring Blazing Strike out of the ashes and into fruition, and the Capcom and SNK-inspired 2D fighter is now set to launch next year in 2022.

Nostalgia is a big theme here as Chung kicked off the project with a clear intent to remind players of the magic of titles like Darkstalkers, Street Fighters 2 and 3, and earlier King of Fighters entries. The following snippet from the press release sheds more light on the upcoming game.

"'I was always fond of classic fighting games and I wanted to make a fun fighting game with an emphasis on mobility,' said Mark Chung, founder of RareBreed Makes Games. 'Our goal is to create an homage to the classic pixel art-based 2D fighters, but with updated game mechanics that not only will bring nostalgia to 90’s arcade kids but will offer something new and entertaining to all gamers, regardless of whether they have played fighting games before.'

"Blazing Strike features a 4-button system with six normal attacks: light, medium and heavy punches and kicks, as well as three defense moves: block, guard and parry. A Rush Trigger enables fighters to execute fast-paced attacks and movements, but using it will slowly drain the Rush Meter, sending the character into a temporary groggy state. This allows players to execute exciting combos while having to manage the Rush Meter. The game will include three play modes: Story Mode, Arcade Mode and VS Mode, with training, sparring and online match via Persona AI, and online play powered by GGPO."

That last little bit marks a much appreciated departure from older ways as fighting game players have very much realized that rollback netcode (which is what GGPO uses) is superior to delay-based netcode for our style of online gaming.

You can check out the handful of stills via the gallery below and then peep the gameplay trailer to get a stronger idea of what's coming down the pike. Blazing Strike is set to release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC next year.

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If you'd like to see more, be sure to check out RareBreed's YouTube for more videos and the old Kickstarter page.

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