By Andy Na / April 24th, 2013
In a recent Famitsu interview detailing two new characters for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, director Toshimichi Mori discusses the two new fighters, Kagura Mutsuki and Yuki Terumi, and their fighting styles that set them apart from the rest of the roster. These new characters’ entries are meant for the console release, as the arcade version is currently available in Japan.
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma will have a very in depth story which will last for over 30 hours.
Kagura Mutsuki is a character that had been previously mentioned by name during one of the story arcs from the arcade version. According to the director, Kagura is supposed to be a character with a positive personality, which he states was lacking in the series. He expects Kagura to be likeable and well-received by fans with his cool and straight-forward attitude, and his interesting role in the story.
He will be the first BlazBlue character whose special attacks are performed by holding commands, meaning that he will be very accessible for beginners, and still be a force to be reckoned with. His attacks all consist of projectiles and anti-air attacks, while his sword is meant for regular melee attacks; great against fast and aerial-focused characters.
His Overdrive skills are based on stances and will change according to whether he is standing, in mid-air, or in a crouch. The skills perform multiple attacks upon activation. This will put Kagura at a disadvantage against faster characters, due to his emphasis for holding commands, and his lack of mobility.
Yuki Terumi, on the other hand, is supposed to be a separate persona of Hazama, and will play a key role in BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma‘s story. Not much has been said about his involvement, as Mori stated he did not want to spoil anything for the fans. Yuki will have a different play-style compared to Kagura’s, and will rely on flashier movesets.
He can constantly use Distortion Drives, and players are expected to understand how Heat Gauges work in order to play him, because these attacks, including Rapid Cancels and Crush Triggers, constantly consume them. Yuki’s attacks are close-ranged, and he does not have many Dragon Serpent attacks, as that would make him play too similarly to Hazama. His regular attacks are also faster than Hazama’s, giving Yuki an edge.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is scheduled to release in Japan on October 24th for PlayStation 3. There are currently no dates for a Western release or multiplatform announcements as of yet, so stay tuned for more.
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