During the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable, Arc System Works have announced that Guilty Gear -Strive- will be launching in early 2021 for the PS4, PS5, and Steam and with it, a returning character in Leo Whitefang along with a newcomer in Nagoriyuki.
You can view the brand new trailer below, featuring the new additions.
Nagoriyuki is the newest addition to the Guilty Gear universe and is a vampire with a number of unique and powerful abilities, while Leo is one of the three “Allied Kings” of the Allied Kingdom of Illyria, and is an accomplished warrior in his own right, with a relentless fighting style.
This brings the current roster list to 12 and a new character is expected to be unveiled come October.
Arc System Works is partnering up with Bandai Namco Entertainment to bring Guilty Gear -Strive- to the Middle East and Asia as it is currently scheduled for a PlayStation 4 release in the Autumn (September onwards) of 2020.
-Strive- is the seventh game in the long running fighting game franchise that is a staple at Evo tournaments on a yearly basis. Bringing with it new gameplay and an updated graphical design, Arc System Works will also be holding a closed beta test that will run from April 16-19 and will feature playable characters like Sol, Ky, Chipp, Axl Potemkin, May, and Faust.
Daisuke Ishiwatari was excited about the partnership and had this to say:
“We are pleased to announce that BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT will be distributing the latest title in the Guilty Gear series, “Guilty Gear -Strive-“. I am surprised that the chit-chat I have exchanged with Harada-san a few years ago has come to fruition.”
“I wish this partnership will bring new joy to more users in Europe and Asia.. We are working hard with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment to get people in Europe and Asia to play Guilty Gear more than ever before. Please look forward to it!”
Katsuhiro Harada, Mr. Tekken himself, is also pleased about the news and is more than happy to be partnering up with Arc for -Strive-.
“I have always been thinking that it would be great to partner with Arc System Works, and I’m happy we were able to push this forward. We wish to further enhance and promote the fighting game community together.” “The continued collaboration between the two means we can bring more exciting games to every dojo around the world!”