Bandai Namco has confirmed that an open beta for its upcoming fighting game Guilty Gear Strive will be available on PS4 and PS5. The open beta will begin on February 19th at 3PM GMT and run until February 21st at 2PM GMT. The beta itself will allow players to pick from 13 fighters from the roster and play single player against bots, or go online and face off against other players. There will be cross play between PS4 and PS5 players enabled.
To sign up for the beta players can go to the Guilty Gear Strive official beta site, and will need to log in to their Bandai Namco account or create one. Last year, Dom had some hands on time with the closed beta and wrote:
The moment that the cranked heavy metal riffs start spilling out of your TV’s speakers, you know this is Guilty Gear. It’s arguably my favourite fighting franchise – sorry Virtua Fighter – offering a level of extraordinarily in-your-face action, and enthralling world building that none of the others have ever quite grasped. The Guilty Gear series has always been built on the belief that being the loudest and the coolest will make you stand out from the pack, and after going hands on with the Guilty Gear Strive closed beta, I’d be hard-pressed to disagree with them.
My only real worry, if it is a worry, is that Strive could lose out on its impact if it strays too close to the launch of the next generation of console. Fighting game fans should keep their targets firmly set on this one though, new consoles be damned.
You can read the full Guilty Gear Strive preview here.