BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game Ships in N. America in 2018

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Game is new Arc System Works America branch's 1st title

Video game developer Arc System Works announced on Monday that its newly established North American branch Arc System Works America, Inc. will release the Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game in 2018. The release will be the first title that the branch will publish.

Arc System Works America, Inc. was established in Torrance, California on November 1. Arc System Works initially announced its North American branch on Thursday. However, it later removed that announcement and posted a new announcement on its official website on Monday. The new branch is in charge of sales, marketing, promotion, customer support, licensing, localization, and developing new partnerships with companies for the North American market.

Blazblue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between Arc System Works' Blazblue and Persona 4 Arena fighting games, as well as French Bread's Under Night In-Birth game. The game also includes characters from Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise. The title is a two-versus-two game, and Arc System Works is planning to release it for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Japan next year.

Confirmed characters include Rachel Alucard, Hazama, and Noel Vermillion (BlazBlue CentralFiction); Ragna the Bloodedge and Jin Kisaragi (Blazblue); Yū Narukami, Yōsuke Hanamura, and Chie Satonaka (Persona 4 Arena); Hyde, Linne, and Waldstein (Under Night In-Birth); and Weiss Schnee and Ruby Rose (RWBY).

Blazblue CentralFiction originally debuted in Japanese arcades in November 2015, and the game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 last October. Aksys Games released the game in North America last November.

Arc System Works released the home console version of the Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] game in Japan on July 20 on the PS4, and Aksys Games will release it overseas in late 2017. The game will also be available for download on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita on the same day.

Arc System Works developed the original Persona 4 Arena and released it in arcades in Japan in 2012. The game contains characters from Atlus' Persona 4 and Persona 3 role-playing games. The game shipped for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in 2012, and in the West in 2013. Arc System Works released a sequel titled Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in Japan in 2013, and in the West in 2014.

[Via Gematsu]

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