Arc System Works is about to bring a sizable addition to its crossover fighting game BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle with its 2.0 update launching on November 21.
The update itself will include balance updates, character interactions, and a new scenario, but headlining the patch are nine new playable characters. Four of these fighters were previously announced before, including – Yumi from Senran Kagura, Neo Politan from RWBY, and Akatsuki and Bliztank (an actual sentient tank with thoughts and feelings of its own, apparently) from Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Now Arc System Works has announced the other five:
– Celica (BlazBlue)
– Elizabeth (Persona)
– Adachi (Persona)
– Hilda (Under Night In-Birth)
– Susanoo (BlazBlue)
While the balance changes will be free for all players, accessing the new characters and scenario will require the Ver. 2.0 Expansion Pack, which will run you $24.99.
Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch last year, and made an appearance at this year’s EVO as part of the tournament line-up.
With these new additions to its stable of characters, Cross Tag Battle now spans seven franchises in all its crossover glory. While I never got around to playing it initially, seeing the game has come close to recreating the entire roster of the Persona 4 Arena games makes me tempted to jump in. Those were some of the few fighting games I was ever good at when they came out on PS3, and short of buying an Xbox One and playing it through backwards compatibility, there’s not really a way to play the games on a modern system. On a related note, it is kind of questionable that Atlus has made a habit of promoting the culprit of Persona 4’s murder mystery in things like Cross Tag Battle and of course the Persona: Dancing spin-offs, but we are 11 years out, so maybe I’m just being picky. I will take solace in him being lovingly referred to as “The Egocentric Police Dick” in the trailer.