Arc System Works releases a new BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma trailer, featuring three new characters.
BlazBlue, the 2D fighting series from Arc System Works, is about to get another installment. BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, featuring three new characters, changed skill sets, backgrounds and musical changes, has been announced as a 2012 release.
The three new characters are Amane Nishiki, Bullet and Azrael, who join the cast regulars in their ongoing battles to overthrow or defend the magic-wielding overlords of the Novus Orbis Librarium. Other than snippets very little has been revealed about this title; its designer, Toshimichi Mori, has confirmed its existence on Twitter, but - apart from the Tweets and the trailer - Arc System Works is keeping its secrets to itself.
This will be released for Japanese arcades in Winter 2012. Those who want to get in on the ground floor had best hit Akihabara's Hey arcade, as that's where the game will see its test run from August 6th to 12th. Previous BlazBlue installments have been released as Xbox and PS3 games, so there's reason to hope it will emerge from the arcades eventually.
Arc System Works is a Japanese game studio best known for its fighting game series, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. Earlier this year designer Daisuke Ishiwatari said that the best way forward for the company was to embrace and emphasise its Japanese roots. "Arc can't make FPSes or RTSes," said Ishiwatari, "but I want it such that the fighters we make can't be duplicated by overseas developers." Judging by this trailer, Arc System Works is following through on that idea.