‘BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle’ Gets Backlash Over Planned DLC

Since their announcement last year at Evo 2017, fans have been excited for Arc System Works’ latest installment in the popular Blazblue franchise.

‘BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle’ combines the cast of multiple fighting game series — BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth. It will also include characters from RWBY, Rooster Teeth’s anime-style web series.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Clockwise from top: Ruby Rose (RWBY), Yu Narukami (Persona 4 Arena), Hyde (Under Night In-Birth), and Ragna the Bloodedge (BlazBlue)

Cross Tag Battle is going to be a 2D fighting game, in an era where most of its competitors are using 3D cel-shaded models. Being a four-way crossover of popular franchises, fighting game aficionados were understandably hyped.

That is until last Saturday when Arc System Works announced that there will be 20 DLC characters for Cross Tag Battle. This caused controversy and backlash from the fans as this decision effectively halves the game’s 40-character roster.

Cross Tag Battle Characters
The 20 launch characters. All other characters will be DLC

There will be a total of six DLC sets, containing 3 characters each, and two standalone DLC characters – the first one was recently revealed to be RWBY’s Blake Belladonna.

Blake Belladonna from RWBY
RWBY’s Blake Belladonna, the first of twenty DLC characters

Community reaction on social media was mostly negative, some pointing out how this feels like Arc System Works stripping the game of content just to nickel-and-dime the gamers.

What are your thoughts on the developer’s decision to have half the roster be DLC?

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle launches in Japan on May 31st and in North America on June 5th for the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Nina Pangan
GB's Community Manager and Lady of Memes and ShItposts, First of Her Name, The Yuri Shipper, Liaison of the Otakus and the Weebs, Neko Cuddler and Lover of Dragons
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