BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Adds RWBY's Yang Xiao Long
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Arc System Works announced on Tuesday that the character Yang Xiao Long from the 3D CG animated series RWBY will join the roster of playable characters in its BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 2D crossover fighting game. In addition, it revealed that the characters Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long will be available as free DLC characters. It also revealed the visual for Yang.
The PlayStation 4 and Switch game will ship in Japan and Asia on May 31, and worldwide on June 5.
The base game will feature 20 characters, and 20 more characters will be available via DLC (including Blake and Yang). The additional characters will be available in several DLC releases: an Additional Character All-in-One Pack, Blake Belladonna by herself, six Additional Character Set volumes with three characters each (to be revealed later), and another additional character (to be revealed later).
In Japan, Arc System Works will offer a BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Limited Box featuring an exclusive collaborative box illustration (pictured below) between Toshimichi Mori (Arc System Works), Shigenori Soejima (Atlus), Seiichi Yoshihara (French-Bread), and Ein Lee (Rooster Teeth). The box's bonuses include the art box itself, the download code for the Additional Character All-in-One Pack, an art book, and an acrylic illustration standee (PlayStation 4 version only) or a multi-use storage pouch (Nintendo Switch version only).
The early copies of both the regular edition and the limited edition will also include the original soundtrack.
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between Arc System Works' BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena fighting games, French Bread's Under Night In-Birth game, and Rooster Teeth's RWBY franchise. The title is a two-versus-two game. Arc System Works' newly established North American branch Arc System Works America, Inc. will release the game as its first title.
Confirmed characters include:
- Rachel Alucard, Hazama, Noel Vermillion, Azrael, Iron Tager, Makoto Nanaya, ν-No.13-, and Es (BlazBlue CentralFiction)
- Ragna the Bloodedge and Jin Kisaragi (BlazBlue)
- Yū Narukami, Yōsuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, and Yukiko Amagi (Persona 4 Arena)
- Hyde, Linne, Waldstein, and Gordeau (Under Night In-Birth)
- Weiss Schnee, Ruby Rose, and Blake Belladonna (RWBY)
BlazBlue CentralFiction originally debuted in Japanese arcades in November 2015, and the game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in October 2016. Aksys Games released the game in North America in November 2016.
Arc System Works released the home console version of the Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] game in Japan last July on the PS4, and Aksys Games and Rice Digital will release the game on Friday, February 9. 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.