Guilty Gear Strive, the latest entry in Arc System Works’ acclaimed fighting franchise, aims to take things a step further with improved animations and new fighting mechanics. It’s coming to PS4, PS5, and PC, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it in 2021.
Releasing for all three platforms on April 9, 2021 (or three days earlier for the Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition) Guilty Gear Strive looks to be a good starting point for newcomers without sacrificing the series’ famous depth. Among Arc System Works fighters, it’s arguably the most “hardcore,” with Dragon Ball FighterZ appealing to less-experienced players due to its auto-combo system and streamlined mechanics–not that there isn’t plenty of depth in that game, too.
Guilty Gear Strive doesn’t ditch the 2D art of its predecessors, but it does give the art a ton of detail that make it look like you’re watching a climactic anime battle. There are 3D elements to the characters, as well, letting them portray more emotion and adding a new sense of weight to the fights.
One of the characters Arc System Works recently showed off was Giovanna, who makes use of a green spirit wolf for some of her attacks. She’s one of 15 characters who will be on the roster from the beginning.
The Deluxe Edition of Guilty Gear Strive releases on April 6, 2021, and includes the game along with the season pass, while the Ultimate Edition also includes a digital soundtrack, digital artwork, and special colors. There will be five characters in the season pass, and it will also include additional story content. In the meantime, you can try to learn the basics with these starter guide videos.
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