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Granblue Fantasy Versus (Preview)

An early look at the upcoming fighter!

Granblue Fantasy Versus

The Granblue Fantasy mobile game has really blown up since its debut in 2014. In addition to inspiring an anime adaptation, the ever-growing franchise now has two console games on the way, including a full-on 3D action adventure from Cygames called Granblue Fantasy Relink—with a little help from the fine folks at PlatinumGames (Bayonetta 2, Vanquish)—and a fighting game from none other than Arc System Works.

Arc System Works has been around since the late 80s, and ever since coming onto the scene with the electric and still relevant Guilty Gear series, the company has built a strong reputation within the fighting game genre specifically. In recent years they’ve expanded into more licensed outings, including competitive darling Dragon Ball FighterZ and the more recent Kill la Kill: IF. Granblue Fantasy Versus continues the tradition with 2.5D fighting action with an anime style that fits the well-regarded aesthetic of the Granblue Fantasy series.

Granblue Fantasy Versus

Characters from the franchise are making their fighter debut here, including obvious choices like Gran, Katalina, and Lancelot, among others. Each have all their appropriate special moves in place, and both Arc System Works and co-developer Cygames have taken great care to model their movesets and animations to keep them in line with the originals. In addition to the versus action at the heart of its title, Granblue Fantasy‘s first entry into the fighting game world will feature a story mode with a completely original story. Cygames’ Tetsuya Fukuhara recently said, “A very interesting ending is waiting,” so be on the lookout for some twists and turns.

As for the fighting system itself, while Versus uses weapons-based combat, Fukuhara spoke about some of the differences with Official PlayStation Magazine UK. Versus will end up being a much slower game when compared to Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, with simplified combos and special moves that can be pulled off with the press of a button. It sounds like Arc System Works is going for something simple yet deep that will appeal to both fighting game fans and players more familiar with the core Granblue Fantasy outings.

Granblue Fantasy Versus

At the time of this writing, there’s nothing more specific than a general 2019 release date for Granblue Fantasy Versus. Eager fighting enthusiasts did get a chance to check it out recently, though, thanks to a closed beta test that ran from May 31 to June 1. Promotions even had professional fighting game players like Daigo and Fuudo facing off against one another, so the competitive future for Granblue Fantasy Versus is looking pretty bright so far.

publisher: Arc System Works
developer: Arc System Works
system(s): PS4
available: 2019
rating: TBA

This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Otaku USA Magazine. Click here to get a print copy.