Enjoy new BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle gameplay from the latest build, featuring team-specific intros and Blake Belladonna

By on March 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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During last week’s March Arc Nama stream, the hosts played a few exhibition matches in the upcoming crossover tag team fighting game BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. However, this was a noticeably more updated build, as we were finally able to see the game’s victory screen implemented, as well as a Team Preset option that will likely be similar to Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Most notably however were the newly-implemented Team-specific pre-match intros, which will occur both from pairs of related characters — such as BlazBlue’s Jin Kisaragi and Noel Vermillion — but also between crossover pairings, such as Rachel Alucard and Under Night In-Birth’s Linne. Additionally, it appears that achieving victory with such a duo will also trigger a special victory conversation between the two, as opposed to the standard win quotes spoken by unrelated characters.

We also received a brief, yet revealing, gameplay snippet of the unlikely duo of BlazBlue’s Azrael and Team RWBY’s Blake Belladonna, dishing out some stylish combos as only they can.

Fear not my fellow Tyrants, for though Azrael does appear to lack his Drive (The Terror) certain specials they formerly enhanced, such as Valiant Charge, will now act as if a Weakpoint is permanently applied, allowing the Mad Dog to retain his signature corner carry combos at the expense of 1 Bar of the Skill Gauge to trigger the EX version of the move.

As for Blake, she slices up a helpless Yosuke Hanamura with her Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe: Gambol Shroud, before finishing him off with a Distortion Skill reminiscent of how she defeated Roman Torchwick.

You can see both videos — along with a full gameplay analysis from Koefficient and stat cards for the newly-revealed Aegis, Carmine and Jubei — below.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Japan and Asia on Thursday, May 31st, with a North American release on the same platforms following on Tuesday, June 5th. A European release on PS4 and Switch, published by PQube Games, has been confirmed for this summer.

Sources: Nerd455’s Fighting Game Central; Dandy Antagonist; Koefficient; TFGBBTAGNEWS (Twitter)

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