Arc System Works has announced that it is extending the open beta for Guilty Gear Strive until Tuesday 23rd February, but players will only be able to download the client until the end of today. The beta will now close at 2.59pm GMT on Tuesday. The extension was confirmed after the beta had some server issues on the first day which meant people could not connect online, and play Guilty Gear Strive against others. Arc System Works made the announcement on Twitter.
Extending the Open Beta Test: We have decided to extend the Guilty Gear -Strive- Open Beta Test two days for all participants, ending Feb. 23 at 6:59AM PST. Please note that the Open Beta Test game data can only be downloaded until Feb. 21 at 6:59 AM PST.
The beta itself allows 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.