The next Guilty Gear has set a new date. Following its previous delay into 2021, Arc System Works confirmed over the weekend that Guilty Gear Strive will launch in April 2021.
Guilty Gear Strive's launch date is slightly staggered, with two dates for the current and next-gen fighting game. The Deluxe and Ultimate versions of the game will have early access on April 6 with 13 of the 15 fighters and the story's prologue, while the standard version will go live with all content on April 9. The Ultimate Edition comes with the first season pass for Strive, as well as some other additional bonuses like a digital soundtrack, while Deluxe just has the season pass.
The news was announced during a Guilty Gear Strive panel hosted over the weekend, which had a few more reveals for the upcoming fighting game. Alongside the release date, the most notable announcement was the next fighter joining the roster: a newcomer named Giovanna. She looks to be a rushdown fighter who gets in your face with help from her wolf pal, and frankly, looks like my new main.
Also shown at the end of the trailer was a teaser for Anji Mito, a returning fighter from Guilty Gear canon. He's a pretty interesting character that will be fun to see return, and Arc System Works also confirmed there will be 15 fighters at launch, leaving just one slot after Anji. Let speculation run rampant as to who gets the last launch spot.
A few exhibition matches, featuring some notable fighting game players like Dogura, also showed off the new user interface. The old look received some negative feedback and Arc System Works promised a revamp; as a result, the new version looks fine. It's certainly better than it was before.
Guilty Gear Strive looks to be a major step for the series as a whole. The approach seems to be a ground-up revision of what makes Guilty Gear tick, and hopefully, it works out for the best. Guilty Gear Strive will hit PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam on April 9, 2021.