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Poll results: A sixth fate will be joining BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle; which series do you want to see added to the crossover fighter?

Update: We've updated the story with the results of the poll, so hit the jump to find out which series led the race with the most votes that people want to see as the sixth fate in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle released as a crossover title between four different franchises with BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, Persona 4 Arena and RWBY. Three of them had games that were originally developed or published by Arc System Works while one was entirely new to fighting games entirely.

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Destination: Fight! 5 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will be a joyous one indeed, because it is the return of Destination: Fight!

Destination: Fight! 5 will be taking place as usual in Skövde, located centrally in Sweden.

This event has a bunch of games being played, with tournaments being held in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Slap City, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Rivals of Aether.

Players from all around are set to gather the event, including Svampen, KSP|Ixion, Cyrox, PsychedelicPet, LD|Zake, Martin, Hiari, LBA|Popi, KaiserSWE, KSP|Bobbis, SmashSK, Stimoro and many more... Including myself!

It's a two-day event, and almost every game will be receiving stream time, so make sure to tune in for your games of choice and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at Destination Fight and Neophos.

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Anime Ascension 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is hosting the 2019 installment of Anime Ascension, which is taking place in Irvine, California.

First, I'd like to note my regret at not being able to post this event sooner than finals day, which is simply because of how many resources EVO Japan took up this weekend.

However, the best part of the event is still to be seen, so make sure to tune in for the hype finals of the main games which all had around 60 entrants each.

The main titles being played are BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Jona, PG|SKD, KidViper, PG|MarlinPie, UYU|KizzieKay, BxA|Blaze, LPT, BrkrDave, Hotashi, KPB|JDR, Betadood, CATPION|Daymendou, Clim and UYU|BeautifulDude, though there are many more as well, of course.

Streaming is being done at LevelUp Live.

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Here's a recap of everything that was announced over the EVO Japan 2019 weekend

EVO Japan 2019 ended up making this a particularly busy weekend. The tournament has been wrapped up and champions for each game played at the event have been decided.

Of course, there were also a number of announcements that may catch the interest of fighting game enthusiasts. It appears that developers are using this as an opportunity to build up hype about specific events for their games.

Although Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was one of the main tournaments with over 1,000 entrants, the competition was actually not part of the Capcom Pro Tour. As a result, Capcom had no announcements to reveal over the weekend.

Likewise, Nintendo also had no presence at EVO Japan this year. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were not played. Still, it is worth noting that a 3.0 update for Spring 2019 was announced a few days prior for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Not surprisingly, there were no signs of NetherRealm Studios titles either as Mortal Kombat and Injustice don't tend to be very popular in Japan. Jade's announcement should tide us over in the meantime.

Let's take a moment to recap everything that was announced at EVO Japan 2019 for those that may have missed them.

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Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth, and Arcana Heart's Heart Aino announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth, and Heart Aino have been announced as upcoming DLC for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. These announcements came following the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle grand finals at EVO Japan 2019.

Teddie (or Kuma in Japanese) comes from Persona 4: Arena. Meanwhile, Naoto Kurogane originated from BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

As for Seth, he typically appears in the Under Night In-Birth series. Finally, Heart Aino is the first representative from Arcana Heart 3 to join the fight.

Naoto Kurogane's title was stated to be "Bloodedge Kindred." Teddie was declared to be "the Beast in Heat."

Seth is simply the "Assassin." Finally, Heart Aino is referred to as "the Angel Who Fights for Love and Justice."

No information about the release dates of these combatants were released other than "coming soon" and "2019 Spring." Notably, the words "next update" appeared before these reveals so they might become available with the next patch.

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Rumor: Persona 5 Arena's development pushed back due to Granblue Fantasy Versus; Dragon Quest character may be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Earlier today, Cygames announced that their RPG series Granblue Fantasy would be crossing over into the realm of fighting games with a new title in development by Arc System Works called Granblue Fantasy Versus which may have had an impact on other projects if recent online postings are to be believed.

A recent anonymous post on Japan's 5chan text board suggested that Persona 5 Arena's development has been pushed back to make room for the new collaboration fighter. This normally wouldn't carry any weight behind it except the post was made December 10, five days before Granblue Fantasy Versus was revealed.

Persona 5 Arena has never been confirmed to be in development by ArcSys or Atlus, but BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori has alluded to future Persona projects beyond Cross Tag Battle's use of the P4A characters.

This all is still an unconfirmed rumor, so it should be taken with a healthy grain of salt though even more details about Persona titles and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC were also part of these postings.

Persona 5's protagonist, Joker, was announced to be Smash Ultimate's first DLC character last week, and his stage may be based off of the Mementos dungeon from the RPG where the mascot demon / Persona Jack Frost will make an appearance.

On top of all of that, another post suggests that a Dragon Quest character and stage will also be making their way to Smash Bros. as DLC for another partnership with Square Enix.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle patch 1.30 now available

As was promised last week, patch 1.30 was released recently for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, according to ArcSys on Twitter. Balance adjustments have basically been made to the entire roster.

Various characters received either buffs or nerfs. This is sure to cause some significant rises and falls in everyone's tier lists for the game.

Many universal mechanics also received adjustments. For example, the damage dealt as a follow up after the "Reversal Action" will now all be dealt to the red health gauge.

Meanwhile, the Reversal Action, Skill, EX Skill, and Partner Skill all have a minimum guaranteed damage. Tagging partner characters is more encouraged thanks to the increased red health gauge recovery speed.

All the patch notes were posted last week. You can check them out here.

The update is available for all systems — the PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

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Patch notes for the massive BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle update coming September 11

Arc System Works has been a busy company this year launching Dragon Ball FighterZ with Bandai Namco to start out 2018 followed by BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle later in the Spring, and both games ended up being selected for mainstage EVO 2018 games alongside another ArcSys title, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2. Now, they're also going to be running their own pro circuit for their published fighters as well.

ArcSys also released nine new characters for Cross Tag Battle last month following EVO, but it appears as though their plans for the game are far from over yet.

A new balance update was announced for the crossover BlazBlue title that will change some universal systems in the game and adjust what seems to be every character on the roster.

The patch is scheduled to drop next Tuesday, September 11th, but ArcSys released the full list of patch notes earlier tonight — they're quite hefty. This new update is the most significant the game has seen up to this point.

It appears as though presumed weaker characters like Yukiko are receiving a large number of buffs to their moves and properties including shorter recovery time and new combo options. Stronger characters like Ruby were either largely left alone or had some properties and hurtboxes nerfed.

Like some of the other previous updates to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, your replays from the previous version of the game will no longer be available, so take care of them while you still can. You can check out the full list of patch notes for every character after the jump.

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Arc Systems Works to make world premiere announcement today during Bar Fights at 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Cross Counter TV recently revealed that Arc System Works will be making a "world premiere announcement" today. This will take place at the House of Blues' Bar Fights event.

The event will be streamed on the Bar Fights website so those at home will be able to watch. You'll want to tune in at 8:00 PM when things are beginning. It is predicted that everything should wrap up by around 2:00 AM.

Arc System Works' most recent games are Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Notably, they are also acting as the publisher for the upcoming arena fighter, "Kill La Kill."

Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta were only recently announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ. It is certainly possible that they could be announcing the next two fighters after those two — who are rumored to be Android 17 and Cooler.

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2 was released on March 30, 2017 for Japan. Perhaps a new update has been in the works for this game? Unfortunately for fans of the series, Guilty Gear characters do not appear in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

2018 marks the company's 30th year anniversary and the 20th year anniversary for Guilty Gear. This could be the announcement of something truly special. Be sure to let us know your predictions in the comments section.

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Persona 5: Arena might be in the cards for ArcSys and Atlus in the near future, and I really hope it ends up happening

Persona 5, the latest installment in the ever-growing Persona series, has been a massive success for Atlus, even rising to the glory of being the best selling title in the franchise.

While this may seem at first glance to have little to do with fighting games, it's actually fully relevant. Unless you've lived under a rock the last 5 years, you should remember that Persona 4, at the height of its popularity blitz, received a fighting game developed by Arc System Works.

Persona 4: Arena was popular enough to where it got a second version, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, which added many more characters from the Persona 3 series, as well as a few who had missed the cut from Persona 4 and its enhanced portable remake for the PS Vita, Persona 4: Golden.

Not only was it a commercial success for Atlus and Arc System Works, but it was also competitively big enough to be at EVO twice, once for each version, in 2013 for the regular Persona 4: Arena, and in 2015 for Persona 4: Arena Ultimax.

Given that Persona 5 has brought the franchise to even higher heights than it has seen before, it would seem like a no-brainer for Atlus and Arc System Works to put together a collaboration for a Persona 5: Arena. After all, this was the most successful fighting game based on a separate license (as good as Hokuto no Ken may be, it never got an EVO, let alone two), at least for competitive standards, before this year's Dragon Ball FighterZ.

So, with that in mind, let's have a look at what factors could point towards a Persona 5: Arena happening in the near future, based on trends with the companies involved, statements from the people involved and why it's worth maybe getting your hopes up a little bit.

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Despite initial bad PR, good word of mouth has led BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle to a seemingly high number of entrants at EVO 2018

If there's one thing BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle was known for before its release, it was questionable DLC practices and the bad rap it got for them.

It was announced a while back that almost half of the game's roster would be locked behind DLC, with the paid DLC being characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4: Arena and Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late[st].

This obviously made people question the actions of ArcSys, since not only did they decide on having half the announced roster be DLC months before even launching the game, but people also felt that they were charging for recycled content from earlier games, since many of these characters used the same, or at the very least similar, sprites from their games of origin.

For a while, this was basically what the game was known for, and although these worries were curbed slightly when the pricing was announced, with the game being a budget-priced release and the DLC being fairly cheap as well, the stigma wasn't exactly gone after that, either.

Once the game was released though, a lot of people seemed to shift to a much more positive opinion of it. Twitter was ablaze with videos, posts and comments about the game being extremely fun, and all of the prior negativity seemed like a faded memory.

Fast forward to now, a month and a half after the game's release, and where is the game at now? Let's have a look at the current state of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and what the future may hold for this newly released title.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle patch 1.11 now live on PlayStation 4

ArcSystem Works has announced that BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle patch 1.11 is now live on PlayStation 4 consoles. There's been no word regarding the Nintendo Switch and Windows versions.

Most of the changes appear to be bug fixes rather than balance changes. With that said, there are a few changes that could affect the meta.

The characters that have received some changes are Noel, Rachel, Platinum the Trinity, Makoto, Yu, Yosuke, Kanji, Naoto, Aegis, Gordeau, Orie, Vatista, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang.

Of course, there are a number of general fixes being applied too. Many of the Persona characters have now been made to face towards the opponent while attacking.

Unfortunately, replay data from the earlier versions of the game will be disabled as a result of this patch.

Hit the jump below to check out what changed.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle tier list released by winner of Yoshimoto Gaming Tournament

Over the weekend, the Yoshimoto Gaming Tournament BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle event occurred. This event was apparently won by Kubo0055, who might be the best player at the game right now.

Upon winning, he received a Yoshimoto Gaming jersey which he will be wearing at EVO 2018. Before this game was released, he was known as a top Hyde player for Under Night In-Birth.

Not surprisingly, his team consists of Hyde and Ruby. After winning, Ozawa from Arc System Works thanked Kubo for being very active during the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle beta period.

Recently, Kubo has released a tier list for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Being that the game only came out in Japan only May 31st of this year, some might argue that it's still too early to form these type of opinions. As a result, these are still very early impressions.

Kubo appears to consider Yu Narukami from the Persona series to be the best fighter right now. As a result, he sits at the very top.

The y-axis represents "strong/weak" while the x-axis measures the "has faults/well rounded" of the characters. Click the image below to check it out!

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Arc System Works confirms future Persona projects

Marrying together turn-based RPGs with fighting games doesn't always go over too well -just ask Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring- though Arc System Works and Atlus managed to pull off just that with the Persona 4 Arena games, and now it appears new titles for the spin-off are in the cards.

In a recent interview with Compete, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's producer Toshimichi Mori alluded to not wanting to add brand new characters from the RPG series to the crossover game to save them for future projects.

The most obvious potential future project would be Persona 5 Arena bringing in the heroes of Atlus' latest mainline entry into the series alongside characters from the previous titles like Persona 4 Arena before it.

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Yang Xiao Long, Jubei Mitsuyoshi, Aigis, Carmine Prime, Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, and Vatista available for download in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

ArcSystemWorks has announced that Yang Xiao Long, Character Pack #2, and Character Pack #3 have been released for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. All the downloadable content should be obtainable on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.

Yang Xiao Long is the fourth member of Team RWBY. She is joining Ruby Rose, Blake Belladonna, and Weiss Schnee.

Like Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long is free to download. Might as well snag the character if you already have the game.

Character Pack #2 contains Jubei Mitsuyoshi, Aigis, and Carmine Prime. Meanwhile, Character Pack #3 will give players access to Hakumen, Naoto Shirogane, and Vatista.

Each of these downloadable packs cost $4.99. Alternatively, you can get all six packs for $19.99. Remember that Character Pack #1 is free until July 6, 2018.

After the jump, you'll find a trailer that demonstrates everything that ArcSys is releasing today.

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Gameplay is accessible yet deep though questions remain about its content: BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle review roundup

The wait is over for those in Asia and North America looking to get their hands on Arc System Works' newest fighter, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, which combines the worlds and rosters of BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, Persona 4 Arena and RWBY into one tag team crossover.

Reviews for the title are hitting the presses now and most of them are coming back very positive for the game citing approachable systems and mechanics while remaining fun and full of depth for those that take the dive.

Many reviews point to Cross Tag Battle as being one of the best entry points for those looking to get into anime fighters and fighting games in general with its universal systems similar to another ArcSys developed fighter, Dragon Ball FighterZ, though it can apparently leave some of the roster feeling very familiar when compared to each other.

The depth of this 2v2 crossover game comes from its tag mechanics which offer a multiplicity of options to cover almost anything your imagination can put together where setups and a healthy amount of tagging will be paramount for advancing skill levels in the game similarly to a game like Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

As for the biggest detractors in the game, the general consensus seems to fall to the game's overall lacking single player content beyond Episode Mode and Survival along with many of the planned characters for the game being paid DLC though there are five up to download now for free bumping what will essentially be the game's base roster up a bit.

You can check out the list of current reviews and scores after the jump, and be sure to click any of the links to read the full reviews.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in North America

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has been released in North America today. While Japan has had access to the game since May 31st, Europe still has to wait until June 22, 2018.

The game is available for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. You can purchase either the standard edition for $49.99 or the deluxe edition for $69.99.

Those that have purchased the deluxe edition will be able to immediately gain access to the 20 DLC characters when they become available. Otherwise, each Cross Tag Character Pack will have to be purchased for $4.99. Each pack contains three fighters.

Remember that Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna are free to download. While Blake is available now, Yang Xiao Long is not downloadable yet. These two will be free forever.

As pointed out by Rooflemonger, the character pack that contains Platinum, Kanji, and Orie is free for a limited time. You'll want to nab this pack as soon as possible.

Remember that BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is also a game that is appearing in the EVO 2018 lineup. This is apparently even being advertised on the game case as shown by Kotd45 on Twitter.

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