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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle online lobby

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle was playable over the weekend, with a new playable build of the game appearing at anime conventions Sakura Con and Anime Boston, as well as the fighting game tournament Anime Ascension. This new build featured a number of new elements not present in previous event builds, such as unique match introductions for specific pairs of characters and, for the first time, the English dub.

Casual games of the build were streamed on the AksysNation Twitch channel, and the video archives are still available there for the next two weeks. Alternatively, the videos have been uploaded separately to YouTube, and you can see it here:

The new build is the first time the Under Night In-Birth characters as well as BlazBlue’s Es have been given English voices. There are also unique interactions between certain characters at the start of matches, giving the first look at how the characters from different series will be interacting with each other. People have compiled all the special intros seen so far into a single video, which you can see here.

In addition to the English news, the official website for the game has been updated with information on Aigis, Carmine and Jubei, the characters revealed in the most recent introduction trailer. The update to the site also includes a new overview trailer, showing off the base cast as well as giving us a look at some animated sequences, the story mode and other singleplayer modes, and the online lobbies. Similar to the lobbies Guilty Gear Xrd or Dragon Ball FighterZ, the lobbies are rendered in 3D and players can select and customize an avatar to move around and interact or play with other players.

You can see the new trailer here:

Finally, this week will see another Arc Live English livestream, this time featuring Cristina Vee, the voice actress for Noel Vermillion and Nu-13, and the next ArcNama stream to reveal new characters will be on April 19. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is set for release on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam on May 31 in Japan and June 5 in North America, with a European release through PQube coming in the summer.

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.