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Guilty Gear Strive's Baiken may have just had her render leaked by... a macaron shop?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 24, 2022 at 7:47 a.m. PST • Comments: 20

We've come across our fair share of fighting game leaks and rumors over the years, but none of them have come across quite as bizarre as this one. As we all know, Baiken is slated to be the next character coming to Guilty Gear Strive, but we've only officially been provided with a sneak peek at a cinematic involving her thus far.

However, it seems that Baiken's art render for Guilty Gear Strive has been leaked... by Honey & Butter, the macaron shop? Predictably, the render has since been removed from Honey & Butter's website, but an image of Baiken's render has been preserved thanks to a user on Reddit.

Baiken's render has apparently been leaked as a result of a Guilty Gear Strive and Honey & Butter collaboration event. More specifically, the Honey & Butter located at Irvine, CA 92618 is giving away a free lanyard to the first 80 customers that purchase a character-themed macaron on January 29, this Saturday.

The character-themed macarons for Guilty Gear Strive that are eligible for this offer include the Ky Vanilla Bean, the Ramlethal Honey & Butter, the Sol Badguy Nutella Hazelnut, the I-No Enchanted Berries and the Baiken Fruity Pebbles.

Although Baiken's leaked render has seemingly been removed from the website, the classic Guilty Gear character's name is still listed for the Fruity Pebbles macaron. While we didn't get a chance to see Baiken's render on the site ourselves, this gives a lot of credibility to the rumor.

It's noted on the website that "anime characters" are complex with their colors and details. This means that macarons that feature their designs are time consuming to make. Evidently, this is the reason behind the limited offer.

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Aside from that, it seems that Baiken's in-game appearance has also leaked over Twitter thanks to ZappaSlayer. It seems that these screenshots are coming from Baiken's unreleased breakdown trailer, but it's not entirely clear how these screenshots were obtained in the first place.

Regardless, all of this seems incredibly difficult to fake. It's very likely that these screenshots are legit leaks.

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Baiken was originally announced back in December to be coming to Guilty Gear Strive. She is currently slated for a release in January 2022, this month.

Although many of us were expecting a more exact date to be revealed at ARCREVO America 2021 Canada Qualifier from this past weekend, this didn't actually come to pass. Fans are now looking to Frost Faustings 2022 this weekend for more details.

If true, then it would mean that Baiken would likely have to be released on January 31, this Monday, for Arc System Works to keep their promise of releasing Baiken in January 2022 as that's the last day of the month.

As always, remember to take each leak with a drop of honey... I mean, a grain of salt.

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