Granblue Fantasy sets flight for new skies
TOKYO – December 17, 2018 – Japanese game developer Cygames has announced Granblue Fantasy: Versus, a new beat ‘em up based on its Granblue Fantasy series, and revealed a new promotional video for its forthcoming PlayStation®4 action RPG, Granblue Fantasy: Relink.
Granblue Fantasy: Versus is a classic beat ‘em up being developed by Arc System Works under the direction of Cygames and will be released on PlayStation®4. Designed to appeal to fighting game novices and veterans alike, it marries the characters, artwork, and story from one of Japan’s most fervently loved RPGs with a classic beat ‘em up design courtesy of one of the world’s greatest fighting game developers. With characters from the original Granblue Fantasy series, such as Gran, Katalina, and Lancelot, the game will be a must-have for existing fans, while providing a new way for western gamers to experience the series for the first time.
Each character will boast a full suite of special moves based on their abilities from the original game and while Versus will maintain the beautiful visual design of the original series, it will also introduce a host of new features that will usher in a new era for fighting games.
Check out the promotional trailer here: https://youtu.be/ZQQo9vSj1_A
Granblue Fantasy: Relink is an action RPG that is being jointly developed by Cygames and PlatinumGames, the renowned Osaka-based indie developer. Following last year’s promotional movie, which depicted a furious battle against a Goblin Chieftain, the new movie builds on last year’s reveal to show more action, snippets of story, and more details about the action system.
It shows off a new passage of play set in a mining village, revealing enemies like the heavily shielded Goblin Tanker, protected by an imposing shield. The video culminates in a boss battle against the Primal Beast Furycane, a whirlwind-wielding centaur, crackling with electrical energy – at least until the beast is felled by our heroes. Just as they think it’s all over Furycane transforms once again, and the video ends on the cusp of a fight to the death.
Check out the promotional trailer here: https://youtu.be/8KJRsdPmCNQ
And the playthrough movie here: https://youtu.be/J8dRStNJ_kM (contd)
Both games were shown off at the annual Granblue Festival, which took place at Makuhari Messe on December 15 and 16 and celebrated all things Granblue. Also taking place at Makuhari Messe were the Cygames festival, and the Shadowverse World Grand Prix tournament, where the best Shadowverse players in the world were competing for a first prize of a million dollars. Together these festivals embodied the Cygames mission statement: to deliver the best in entertainment, whether that is anime, cosplay, sports, esports, smartphone games, console games – or beyond.
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About Granblue Fantasy: Versus
Game Title: Granblue Fantasy: Versus
Genre: Beat ‘em up
Release date: 2019 release, download version available
Scheduled for release in Japan and overseas
Planning and direction: Cygames, Inc.
Development: Arc System Works
Heroes of the sky! Get ready for a new adventure! In 2019 Cygames and Arc System Works will explore new realms, releasing all-new installment in the legendary Granblue Fantasy series. Expect a new era of anime fighting games, featuring anime-amazing visuals, cutting-edge sound, and an all-new game system designed to appeal to fighting game veterans and novices alike.
About Granblue Fantasy: Relink
Game Title: Granblue Fantasy: Relink
Genre: Action RPG
Release date: TBD
Development: Cygames, Inc./PlatinumGames
Get ready for new action, new adventure, new stories starring the much-loved characters from the hugely popular Japanese RPG Granblue Fantasy.
The original Granblue Fantasy was released on smartphones in 2014 and has been downloaded over 23 million times. Granblue Fantasy: Relink will bring the brilliant blue skies and amazing artwork of the original smartphone title to life on home consoles, overseen by the game’s original art studio, CyDesignation, in collaboration with the action experts at PlatinumGames.
Cygames, Inc. is an acclaimed developer and operator of popular mobile games. Formed as a CyberAgent group company in May, 2011, Cygames has risen rapidly to become one of the biggest names in Japanese videogames.
The company started out making smartphone games, including Rage of Bahamut, which was one of the first Japanese card battle games to make inroads into international markets; Granblue Fantasy, which remains one of Japan’s most best loved RPGs, and which boasts art and sound from industry veterans such as Hideo Minaba (art) and Nobuo Uematsu (sound); and Shadowverse, which is one of Japan’s leading esports, (this year’s World Grand Prix tournament took place in Tokyo on December 15-16, with a first prize of a million dollars).
The success of its mobile titles has allowed Cygames to expand into other media too: manga, merchandise, and anime, among other things – including Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 and Zombieland Saga, (possibly the first zombie idol anime).
A variety of sponsorships also follow from the company’s mission to deliver ‘the best in entertainment’: Juventus FC is one of the biggest sporting brands in the world; Tenshin Nasukawa one of the world’s hottest mixed martial arts prospects; Cygames Beast is a team of Street Fighter players led by the legendary Daigo Umehara; Team Cygames regularly produce results at the top CCG tournaments; and Sagan Tosu is CEO Koichi Watanabe’s hometown soccer team.
Now, the company is turning its hand to console games. Having won plaudits for the VR title Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS, the trailer for Project Awakening caused a stir at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Now, the company is ready to unveil the latest news about two titles based on its smash hit RPG: Granblue Fantasy: ReLink, and Granblue Fantasy: Versus.