At last, we have some concrete information regarding the beta testing period in North America. As we already know about the Japanese version, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be available in a limited capacity on PlayStation Network, with certain times for those who pre-ordered and different days for those who are still on the fence. But now, we have confirmation regarding the American side of things, and there’s lots of good news.
For the most part, the English beta of BBTAG mirrors the Japanese open beta of the game. Those who pre-order the game will have a wider window of play, starting from May 9th. Arc System Works posted useful charts that detail what are the available modes and numbers of characters and on what dates, dependent on whether players pre-order the game or not. Notably, those who pre-order can try the game three days earlier (immediately as pre-orders become available on May 9th) and have access to VS 2P Mode. Only people who pre-order will be able to compete against other human players. There will be an online “Casual Lobby” available too.
After the window of the first beta ends on the 14th, the game will be available as a downloadable, offline demo. Those who didn’t pre-order will have access to a very limited version of the game that includes just the protagonists of each universe and two modes. Pre-ordered copies permit pretty much the same access as in the beta period, but without online play.
Note: this is for PlayStation 4 users only. The Japanese beta does include a window for Nintendo Switch users; the US ASW branch will have information regarding this matter available soon. If you pre-ordered through means other than PSN, the beta will start for you on the 12th.
Here’s a full list of the 20 playable characters:
- Iron Tager
- Nu 13
- Persona 4 Arena
Are you ready to try your hand at Crossing Fates? Let us know in the comments if you’re planning on it, and stay tuned to Shoryuken for continued BBTAG coverage.