Arc System Works is Mashing Up Guilty Gear, River City, and More in Code Shifter

Arc System Works is Mashing Up Guilty Gear, River City, and More in Code Shifter

Sol and Dizzy can clash with Kunio and Riki.

There's a lot of potential for crossovers in the catalog of Arc System Works, and it looks like the studio is taking advantage of that for a new action-platformer called Code Shifter. The platformer-fighting hybrid will mash up combatants from throughout Arc history, from BlazBlue and Guilty Gear down to River City Ransom.

In Code Shifter's story mode, you play as a game developer trying to debug their game by beating up the technical issues with your digital fists. To back you up, a bunch of Arc System Works characters join in, either as playable avatars or assist characters.

The game boasts 100 characters, though it's unclear how many will be fully playable and how many will hop in to give you a helping hand. The roster looks pretty stacked though; Sol Badguy, Faust, Jin Kisaragi, Riki and Kunio, and even some deeper cuts from Arc System Works history pop up. I'm pretty happy that Misako and Kyoko's River City Girls variation appears as a tag-team character, too.

This is a fairly packed lineup. | Arc System Works

Beyond the single-player campaign, there's also a multiplayer mode called "Colorful Fighters" where four players can duke it out as various Arc System Works characters. There are also some Ex stages to beat once you're done with the main campaign, to unlock even more playable characters.

Crossovers have long been a staple of fighting games, but the Arc System Works well seems relatively untapped. Aside from the excellent BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, there haven't been many opportunities for these characters to convene and duke it out. Code Shifter looks to change that when it's out for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in Q1 2020.

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Eric Van Allen

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