Evo 2019 saw an influx of news for fighting game fans, but one stuck out above the usual fighter announcements and balance patches. A new Guilty Gear is on the way from Arc System Works, and it's set for sometime next year.
Arc System Works took the stage during yesterday's Sunday finals in Mandalay Bay events center in Las Vegas to announce the new entry, simply called "Guilty Gear" right now. Not much is known about it at this point, other than its existence, a vague release window, and this trailer.
Of course, it being Guilty Gear and Arc System Works, it looks somehow even more gorgeous than its predecessor Xrd Rev 2. As shown in a faux battle between series leads Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske, there seems to be even more pans from 2D to 3D, though fights still take place on a flat 2D plane. At one point there's even what looks like a stage transition, and the trailer ends with a hint of a new character. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth watching Arc System Works' GDC talk on how the team developed its brand new 2.5D art style for Guilty Gear.
We were pretty impressed with Xrd Sign, and its two follow-ups-Rev 1 and 2-kept the fight going strong. Though a lot of people remember Arc System Works for its more recent Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear has been a pillar for the fighting game developer, and it's really exciting to see what the company might have in mind for a fully fledged new entry in the series. We'll keep an eye out for more info as we approach the new year.