The Nintendo Switch hasn’t really seen much in terms of traditional, 2D fighting games. With that in mind, Nicalis looks to end the drought with “Blade Strangers.”
Announced over Twitch’s pre-E3 stream, Blade Strangers comes from Studio Saizensen — the team that brought you Sega’s Blade Arcus. Unlike the latter though, Blade Strangers is a crossover fighting game, featuring a number of characters from Japanese indie games such as Cave Story, Code of Princess, as well as the Umihara Kawase series.
Also unlike Blade Arcus, Blade Strangers will use traditional 2D sprites, albeit ones rotoscoped from 3D models. The rotoscoping is done via proprietary technology that they’ve developed, however each sprite is still tweaked by hand where necessary.
The game’s planned features include story mode, mission mode, versus, training, and online versus. Story mode will be like the traditional arcade mode, but will feature character interactions and clashes. There’s also mention of making the game have the easy inputs of a Super Smash Bros. game, but with the speed and complexity of something like Guilty Gear or Street Fighter.
Aside from Nintendo Switch, the game is also set to be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and in arcades as well. For more on the game, check out this footage from the stream, as recorded by Nintendo Everything.
Source: Nintendo Everything