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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
The PS Vita version of Chrono Phantasma Extend has launched online and in stores. This latest version features the 2.0 balance patch, an improved online lobby, and a host of new additions, including characters, stages, and story modes. A new Guard Gauge System has been also added, along with its associated Barrier Gauge and Guard Crush. Stylish Mode, a way for newcomers to learn the mechanics, has been expanded with four new features: Auto Guard, Combo Attacks, Special Abilities, and Distortion Drive. Additionally, online play has been updated with an improved online lobby that allows players to invite others into a customizable room, where they can fight or watch the ongoing match in Spectator mode.
BlazBlue is back with Chrono Phantasma Extend for PS3, PS4, and Xbox One. A handheld version for PS Vita is slated for release on July 28. Extend features the 2.0 balance patch, an improved online lobby, and new characters, stages, and story modes. The 28-character roster can now utilize an updated Guard Gauge System, with its Barrier Gauge indicating when to attack or block and the Guard Crush to follow once the Barrier Gauge is empty. Newcomers can learn the ropes by engaging Stylish Mode, which now has four new features, Auto Guard, Combo Attacks, Special Abilities, and Distortion Drive. Online play has also been updated with a modified online lobby that allows players to invite others into a customizable room, where they can battle or enter Spectator mode to check out the current match.
Aksys is keeping the 2D fighter train rolling with another release, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend. The expanded re-release of the PS3 original will feature 28 characters, including two newcomers (Celica and Lambda), as well as new stages, scenarios, and a side story, Remix Heart, with Mai Natsume and Kajun Faycott. Digested versions of Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift are also being included to get new players up to speed on all of the storylines. New players will also have access to an expanded Stylish Mode, which has been augmented with four new features (Auto Guard, Combo Attacks, Special Abilities, and Distortion Drive) to make moves less difficult to perform. The Guard Gauge system has been tweaked, too, with the Barrier Gauge meter indicated when best to attack or block.
Developer Arc System Works and publisher Aksys Games have decided to up the ante for Evo 2014 with $30,000 for the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma pot. The top U.S. player at the tournament will also be flown with a friend to Japan on Aksys’ dime so that both can compete in Arc Revolution Cup 2014 on August 30. Series creator Toshimichi Mori and Rachel Alucard’s voice actress Kana Ueda will also be on hand at Aksys’ booth to sign free posters, as will stations to practice Chrono Phantasma, try a playable demo of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, and check out BlazBlue Battle Cards and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!.
The PS3 version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be updated to version 1.1 at 12:00 a.m. (PST) this Wednesday, according to Aksys Games. The patch will focus on improving the challenge and training modes. The PS Vita version will be released as 1.1 when it launches on June 24.
The BlazBlue brawlers return to the ring today with the release of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantsma. As Ragna the Bloodedge hunts down Yuuki Terumi, players will be able to battle using the new Overdrive mechanic, which charges characters the more health they lose, and seven new characters. The new roster additions are available on-disc and online, with four available from the outset, another unlockable, and the remaining two added via DLC (Kokonoe is up today and Yuuki Terumi on May 27). Network play is also said to be improved and enhanced with new mode upgrades.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be making the transition from PS3 to PS Vita this summer. The handheld version will follow its console counterpart, which is set to be released on March 25, and include all of the characters from the original release as well as five new characters, two DLC characters, a summary of events from Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, a new beach-themed storyline, and a revamped Story Mode.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be hitting store shelves on March 25, according to Aksys Games. The PS3 fighter will also come with a launch-copy extra, a voucher with a DLC code for an additional character, Yuki Terumi. The voucher will be included in both the standard release and the Limited Edition.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be released in a standard version as well as a premium edition, according to publisher Aksys Games. The PS3-exclusive fighter will introduce five new characters to the series as well as downloadable costumes, redesigned characters, new moves, an estimated 30-hour story mode, a revamped networking mode, and new ranking system. The limited edition will include a 40-page art book, a soundtrack, a figurine of Rachel Alucard, and an unrevealed fourth item (ooohhh – a mystery!).