Arc System Works has confirmed that Guilty Gear Strive will be released on April 9th for PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam. The studio also announced the game’s Deluxe and Ultimate Edition. The Deluxe Edition will come with the Season Pass, while the Ultimate Edition will have the Season Pass plus the soundtrack and special character colours. The Season Pass itself will contain five fighters, two stages, and new story content. Speaking of fighters, new fighter Giovanna was also announced and you can see her in action below.
Giovanna rounds out the base roster of 15 characters. Add the five DLC characters and there will be a total of 20 fighters to choose from. Guilty Gear -Strive- has been in development since 2018, with the full announcement coming in the middle of last year. The start of 2020 then saw Arc System Software hold a closed beta well in advance of the game’s planned release, originally planned for 2020, to give the team enough time to digest the feedback and data and adjust the game.
We went hands on with the beta, with Dom sharing his thoughts on how it sought to shake up the series:
“While the franchise may have fallen from some player’s memories, visually Strive looks to be making an emphatic play for their hearts, and I’ve every confidence that this Closed Beta, and future open ones, will help the team hone the action to within an inch of its life. Change isn’t always a bad thing, but it’d be a shame to lose part of Guilty Gear’s own DNA by chasing the pack.”
You can read the full preview of Guilty Gear Strive here.