Lobby avatars and sprites datamined for all unreleased BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle DLC characters; release dates also possibly leaked

By on June 8, 2018 at 9:00 am

With BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle now available in Asia and North America, dataminers have been hard at work looking into the files of the PC version of the game — and have found more (nearly irrefutable) evidence of the identities of the nine remaining DLC characters that have yet to be officially announced. Investigation of the Nintendo Switch’s version of the beta revealed announcer and match victory calls for BlazBlue’s Izayoi, Nine The Phantom, and Mai Natsume, Persona 4 Arena’s Mitsuru Kirijo, Akihiko Sanada, and Labrys, as well as Under Night In-Birth’s Merkava, Yuzuriha Sougetsu, and Mika Returna — whom were already highly-speculated to fill out the remaining three Cross Character Packs, due to the deciphering of silhouettes shown during Blake’s announcement back in January.

We now have Lobby avatars for all 16 remaining DLC characters, courtesy of ItsaMeWaleed, which you can see below in all their chibi glory. I’m still not sure if I should consider chibi Merk cute or terrifying…

Colors 1-15 have also been datamined for Team RWBY’s Yang Xiao long, revealing her reference palettes; Guilty Gear: Baiken (color 8), BlazBlue: Makoto Nanaya (color 9), Persona 4 Arena: Chie Satonaka (color 10), Under Night In-Birth: Yuzuriha Sougetsu (color 11), and RWBY: Nora Valkyrie (color 12). Her color 13, much like her sister Ruby Rose, is a reference to her mother, Raven Branwen, allowing the sisters to complete half of Team STRQ when paired together in these colors, which you can see in full below.

Colors for Cross Character Pack 2’s Aeigis, Jubei and Carmine have also been found.

Additionally, the sprites of the nine currently-unannounced DLC characters have also appeared to surface, along with some gameplay of an unfinished Mika, with the Tenth Executor seeming to be voiced in English by Cassandra Lee Morris.

An additional set of character icons for NPCs that can be added to your customizable Player Card has also been found, featuring the likes of kajun Faycott, Lex Bartholomeus, Kuon, Nanako and Roytaro Dojima, Gneral Teddie, Igor and the RWBY Chibi versions of Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang. There’s even more evidence pointing to the potential arrivals of Senran Kagura’s Asuka and Yumi.

Finally, the release dates for the remaining nine DLC characters may have been revealed by the Nintendo eShop. In addition to noting that Cross Character Packs 2 and 3, along with Yang, would be available on Tuesday, June 19th (so they can be legal at Evo 2018), it mentions that the yet-to-be-revealed Cross Character Pack 4 will supposedly drop on Monday, August 6th, just a day after Evo concludes. Cross Character Pack 5 is slated to arrive Tuesday, August 21st, with Cross Character Pack 6 bringing the full roster up to 40 fighters on Tuesday, September 4th.

With the next Arc Nama stream scheduled for Friday, June 15th, we’ll hopefully get an official reveal of some of these leaked warriors, but nothing is officially promised for the broadcast.

What are your thoughts on all of these datamining revelations? Share your reactions in the comments below.

Sources: ItsaMeWaleed (Twitter); TFGBBTAGNEWS (Twitter); OtherEhm (Twitter); FatboySmough (Twitter); _SammyBu (Twitter)

Oklahoma-based freelance journalist who enjoys fighting games of all sorts. When he's not grinding out setups, he enjoys watching anime and wrestling.