BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle fight intro

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Blake Es gameplay

Following up on this morning’s stream revealing Japanese pricing and a new character trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Arc System Works America hosted a press event in San Francisco focusing on the game. They made some important announcements concerning the western release, namely the pricing and dubbing.

First of all, Arc System Works announced that the game will have dual audio. There will be both English and Japanese voice tracks for all characters, not just the previously-known RWBY dual audio. This means that BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be the first time the Under Night In-Birth characters are heard with English voices, as well as Es and whatever other newer BlazBlue characters may get announced down the road.

The other substantial announcement from the event was the price of the game and its DLC in the US. The base game will cost $49.99 USD, for both the physical and digital versions. The six three-character packs, now called “Cross Tag Character Packs”, will cost $4.99 each, with the first one including Platinum, Orie and Kanji available for free for the first two weeks. The packs will be available together with the “Cross Tag Character Collection”, which will include all 18 characters for $19.99.

There will also be the Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes the base game and all of the Cross Tag Character Packs, and will cost $69.99.

In an interview with Destructoid, producer Toshimichi Mori also addressed Arc System Works’ mishandling of the DLC announcement. According to him, their biggest mistake was announcing Blake before mentioning that she was free, planning to take a more gradual approach to the announcements. You can find the full interview here.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle launches on Steam, PS4 and Switch on May 31 in Japan and Asia, and June 5 in the rest of the world.


Chris Melchin
Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. He's a fighting game player, with a focus on BlazBlue and Under Night In-Birth games. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Persona 5, and Little Busters. He started watching anime in high school, and his favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also writes Vocaloid music for his personal YouTube channel, and has a (slight) obsession with Megurine Luka.