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Granblue Fantasy Versus
  


 
 
PREVIEW
Granblue Fantasy Versus is an upcoming 2.5D fighting game being developed by Arc System Works and published by Cygames. The title's graphics engine and visual style is comparable to the likes of Guilty Gear Xrd and Dragon Ball FighterZ, using 3D character models made to look "2D" during gameplay. Currently the game has only been announced for PlayStation 4 with Japanese release on February 6th, 2020. Release dates for other regions are currently unconfirmed.

Cygames confirmed that Granblue Fantasy Versus will receive a English dub via western localization, making it the first game in the series to have one. It's likely the English voice team will mirror that of the animated series, Granblue Fantasy: The Animation.
 

The launch roster will feature 11 characters... 5 more will be added later as DLC.

 
The JRPG Granblue Fantasy was released in 2014 by Cygames, the studio behind collectible card game Shadowverse. In an effort to recapture the glory days of JRPGs onto smartphones, Cygames hired legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu for the soundtrack, and artist Hideo Minaba (known for his work on Final Fantasy V, VI and IX) to illustrate amazing artwork for the series. The JRPG is rich with lore and nearly 100 or so vibrant characters... so it'll be interesting to see which characters make the cut to the 2019 fighting game spin-off.

In addition to being a full-fledged fighting game with 11 characters at launch (and 5 upcoming DLC fighters via Season Pass), GBVS will feature a 2D side-scrolling "RPG mode" that you'll be able to play with local or online friends. RPG mode features a single-player campaign where you'll collect weapons and power-up your characters. In RPG mode, players will fight against a variety of enemy types, including huge boss fights against Primals. The weapons players collect in RPG mode will also be displayed in-game - changing a character's visible weapon to a new visual design. Characters and weapons can be leveled up and unlock new abilities and effects. Characters can also equip various items / armor pieces that also appear on character models.
 
 

Another beautiful 2.5D fighting game by Arc System Works? Nobody's complaining.

 
Granblue Fantasy Versus had a closed beta on PlayStation 4 that took place May 31st - June 1st, 2019. The first playable beta included 5 playable characters: Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot and Ferry, along with two stanges and online lobbies.
 

Interesting character designs! Ferry reminds me of Fran from FFXI... and is that a blue bomb? 

  
Stay tuned on FightersGeneration.com for Granblue Fantasy Versus News, Character Reveals, Artwork and Content!
 

  

Page Updated: December 5th, 2019
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Cygames
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Designer(s): Yuito Kimura                  Producer
Tetsuya Fukuhara        Director
Hideo Minaba                Character Design
Artwork By: Hideaki Sawada, Hideo Minaba
Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Release Date(s): February 6th, 2020       
TBA 2020                          
Characters Gran, Katalina, Lancelot, Ferry, Lowain, Charlotta, Ladiva, Percival, Metera, Zeta, Vaseraga

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First Impression:

I had way more fun than I was expecting with the PS4 beta. GBVS might actually be the "most fun" ASW fighting game I've played in quite a while, by far. The ultra-intuitive 2D gameplay almost feels more like (good) Street Fighter than the likes of Guilty Gear... with more solid, less "floaty" gameplay over your typical anime fighters. Movement feels slowish at times, but promotes calculated decisions, smart priority attacks, and paced out specials / projectiles. The "limited usage" special moves system also seems balanced. Throw in CVS2-style "SNK groove" dodging + KOF style dodge rolling... and Granblue feels like a very unique 2D fighter that I want to play more of.

It's a match-up heavy game... and the character movesets & playstyles are immediately catchy - right along with their personalities. All characters even have unique pre-fight interactions with each other (like MK11)! All this... and I have yet to mention the gorgeous visuals, with the art style simply knocking it out of the park. I get positive vibes from this game all around... GBVS has tons of potential. For me, it's much more artistically refreshing than the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ. Granblue's character designs are something different, make sense for a fighting game, and are worth checking out.

Prior to the announcement of Granblue Fantasy Versus; I became familiarized with some of the JRPG-inspired character designs and appreciated the vibrant and "clean" art style of the series. So far, I enjoy many of the characters based on looks alone. However, I've never played the RPG so I don't know much about the characters yet! On that note... As history has taught us time and time again... a fighting game is an excellent way to introduce a series and characters to a brand new audience! Granblue reminds me quite a bit of Final Fantasy in terms of visual style and designs (as intended). As big fan of Nobuo Uematsu and FF9, it's awesome to see this dream team now work on a proper fighting game!

Granblue is rich with lore, intriguing characters, and even some "crossovers" with other series. Among the crossovers are Attack on Titan and even fighting game franchises such as SNK's own Samurai Shodown and Capcom's Street Fighter! Series artist Hideo Minaba has illustrated an impressive variety of well-known fighting game characters for past events in the RPG. Is it possible we could see an actual SNK or Capcom character crossover in Granblue Fantasy Versus?! I've gotta admit, I have my fingers crossed!

Arc System Works introducing yet another new 2.5D fighting game in 2019 seems like a pretty wise decision. I think Granblue Fantasy Versus will offer something distinguishably different in terms of gameplay, visuals, and overall experience... I'd strongly recommend you don't overlook or pass on this game without giving it a try! 
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