A trailer for Act 2 boss Hades Izanami has been revealed. She will become available for play alongside the Act 2 update on January 28th. She possesses boss-like abilities such as floating and form-switching among others.
Act 2 of BlazBlue Central Fiction is scheduled for a January 28th release. As you can see from the updated opening, series antagonist Izanami is hinted to be the new final boss of this arc.
Apart from the additional story content, the Act 2 update also includes numerous additions such as the ability to select a "VS CPU" character in Arcade and Sparring, a brand new game mode called "Speed Star", a new course for Score Attack and a number of added features in Sparring.
BlazBlue Central Fiction's second act is scheduled for a Late January release and with it comes various gameplay additions including the new "Speed Star Mode". It does not include any balance changes.
In Act 2, Nightmare Memory, the characters are gradually becoming aware of the "out of place feeling" of the world. Just what is the source of the unending tragedy's repetition? A shocking truth will become known.
In Speed Star Mode, the player must defeat random enemies within a time limit. The player character is "invincible", they do not take damage when they are hit with attacks, but when the time reaches zero it's game over. Time can be extended by performing various feats such as activating Overdrive, entering Active Flow or doing 3000 damage in a combo. There is a chance for encountering a "bonus character" that will give higher amounts of additional time when performing such actions.
Another new feature is the ability to select a "VS COM" character in Arcade Mode and Sparring Mode. Using this feature, a player could be playing with Nine in Sparring Mode but can fight off against any challengers using Ragna. The VS COM character can be changed on the Arcade Mode Act selection screen or the Sparring Mode selection screen by pressing the Start button. You can not change the "VS Human" character from what was initially selected however.
Score Attack Mode's "Course D" will be unlocked and Sparring Mode is receiving a substantial expansion. Among the additions to Sparring are the ability to show command lists (for both the player and the opponent), a restart button and the ability to change the dummy's posing between standing, crouching and jumping.
Arc System Works is releasing Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late, and Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code on Steam in the West! This is a big step for ASW, as they have been reluctant to release games on PC in the past.
First up is Xrd -SIGN-, coming on on December 9 for $30 USD. They're even having a special offer where if you buy the game in the first month, they'll throw in all the DLC (characters, colors, system voices) for free.
Japnese video game news site 4gamer published today and article with a round table discussing fighting games including Mr. Kazuto Sekine aka "Pachi (Blazblue series, Guilty Gear series)," Mr. Ryohei Endo (Guilty Gear 2 Overture, Blazblue Chrono Phantasma), Mysterious Masked Man No.1 (P4U Series), along with Atlas' Masked Man No. 2 (Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold), and soft circle French-Bread's Mr. Kamone Serizawa (Under Night In-Birth, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax).
The article is provided in English and Japanese, English link below.
Central Fiction's third new character arrives in an update coming in December. Her name is "Nine the Phantom". Nine is the first character in the series to not have a "Drive" ability; she instead uses magic.
Arc System Works and 4Gamer have published a video where they show off the two new characters Naoto and Hibiki. Even though it's all in Japanese, there's still a lot to be learned about how these characters work.