POSTED:  Thursday, February 15th, 2018         (Feb. 16th, 2018)

Kanji Tatsumi, Platinum the Trinity & Orie Join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, DLC Pricing Details


The latest trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is live on Youtube. Like past trailers, this month's BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle announcement trailer confirms 3 characters for the game, one from each series (excluding RWBY). Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 Arena, Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue, and Orie from Under Night In-Birth are joining the cross-over 2D fighter. It's also worth noting that these 3 have been confirmed as DLC characters. However, these 3 will be included as free DLC characters for those who pre-order.

[UPDATE #1] Arc System Works also confirmed DLC pricing for the North American version. The base game will cost $49.99 and the Digital Deluxe Edition (with all DLC included) will cost $69.99. Additionally, individual character DLC packs will retail for $4.99 each and there will be a total of six. The complete DLC bundle will also be sold separately for $19.99. One again, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long, Platinum the Trinity, Kanji Tatsumi, and Orie have been confirmed as free DLC at launch.

[UPDATE #2] Producer Toshimichi Mori also made some statements to Destructoid regarding the early backlash (from some fans) about character DLC.

Regarding Arc System Works being faulty with announcing their DLC plans for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Mori stated:

"I'm in total agreement. We've been making efforts to make the price accessible for everyone, but we should have communicated it a lot more clearly though so we didnít have that misunderstanding. Our first mistake was announcing [fighter] Blake as DLC before saying he was free.What should have happened is that we should have said Blake is coming as a DLC for free. But because of so many events late last year and early this year, we wanted to announce things little by little. Unfortunately the first announcement was muddled. We said Blake was DLC but we should have announced it all at once. That caused confusion and Arc is very sorry for that."

Mori also made a statement regarding the current state of DLC and how it's imperative for the survival of fighting games in this day and age:

"For me, DLC can present a bit of a surprise for gamers. It also helps games to survive in the long term. But at the same time not everyone is going to agree or understand what the developer thinks. From the development side itís hard to convince everyone, but if we listen to everyone weíll go bankrupt. So what we can do is try to design DLC in a way where more people are understanding about it, which is basically all that we can do. I do agree with some people that DLC should be in the game to begin with, but thinking about the business side that isnít always the case. As creators itís always fun to continue developing for a certain title, but without the gamerís support itís hard. For more people to understand what DLC stands for, we can make efforts to clarify in the future how it fits into the game as a whole. Hopefully we'll create a broader perspective."

Stay tuned on for more coverage of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

Sources:  Arc System Works (Youtube)ShoryukenSiliconera
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