News from Japan: BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle story, 2m Monster Hunter sales, New Gundam Breaker details

By Cory Arnold
20 February 2018 15:37 GMT

Now we’ve checked out all the scores from the latest Famitsu, let’s see what’s rocking in Japan.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle story mode announced

Arc System Works’ upcoming BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a fighting game that features an all-star cast of characters from Arc System Works’s own BlazBlue, Under Night in Birth, and Persona 4 Arena series’ as well as from the animated series RWBY. It will release on June 5, 2018 in America on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC for $49.99 both physically and digitally, as well as some controversial DLC packs.

The new story mode, called Episode Mode, will deliver individual stories for each of the four series that are features in the game. Further information such as plot introduction and how much the stories overlap has not yet been revealed.

Monster Hunter: World sold over two million in Japan

In this weeks edition of Famitsu, it was reported that 652,614 digital copies of Monster Hunter: World were sold within the first three days of release in Japan. Pairing that with 1.35 million physical sales in the time frame puts the total sale number at just over two million.

Persona 3 & 5 Dancing games add new characters, costumes, more

Atlus has revealed via Famitsu that new characters will be joining the party. For Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, Futaba Sakura and Haru Okumura join. Meanwhile, Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night will see Fuuka Yamagishi and Ken Amada. Perhaps unsurprisingly since they have been seen in promotional material thus far, but until now they were not officially confirmed.

In addition, both games will have a Music Video mode where you can play a rhythm game over scenes from their respective anime as well as live concert footage.

A few song performances have been explained as well. In Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, the female characters will perform Last Surprise in new and original outfits described as “sexy”. The male characters will dress as a boy band and perform Life Will Change.

For Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night, the ladies get Kimi no Kioku while adorning Hatsune Miku-esque garb. For the boys, it’s ‘ultramarine’ colored clothing and Subete no Hito no Tamashii no Tatakai.

Finally, for you fans of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, a costume of the protagonist Demi-fiend is seen worn by the Persona 5 protagonist in one of several new screenshots posted by the Persona Twitter account.

New Gundam Breaker gets new Gunpla and game systems

The latest Gundam Breaker title, aptly named (for now) New Gundam Breaker, announced via Famitsu several new playable Gunpla. Specifically, they are Gundam Barbatos, Gundam Bael, Gundam Kimaris Vidar, and Lupus Rex. These four are from Sunrise’s 2015 anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

A couple new game systems were also briefly detailed. You’ll be able to choose from various types of ‘inner frames’ with different EX skills and other aspects to further customize your Gunpla this time around. The five main types are Balance, Striker, Gunner, Enchant, and Search. It is not known if these alter the appearance at all.

As parts can be changed mid-battle, thus altering your Gunpla model as the fight goes on in New Gundam Breaker, there will be a function called Awakening which allows you return to the composition you originally started the battle in.

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