Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, the fifth mainline entry in the increasingly confusingly-titled fighting game franchise, will release for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 some time towards the end of this year. The game is already available in Japan as of February, but is currently only playable in Japanese arcades.
Despite this new entry being exclusive to PlayStation consoles, the series’ previous entry, Guilty Gear 2: Overture (yes, that’s actually the fourth mainline game) was exclusively released for Xbox 360 in 2008. It drew mixed reception, largely being criticized for turning a strong 2D fighter into a shakier 3D fighter.
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN however will return to good old-fashioned 2D fighting, character models and all. It will take place in 2187, a year after the events of Guilty Gear 2: Overture, and will feature fifteen playable characters in its home console releases, contrary to the original arcade game, which only has thirteen playable fighters. This includes an all-new boss villain, Ramlethal Valentine.
This new game will maintain many of the series’ core fighting mechanics, and will again be developed by Arc System Works. Despite being a lesser-known fighting game developer, Arc System Works is considered to be among the best by hardcore fighting game enthusiasts, with their Guilty Gear series being an underground hit that features as a frequent favourite during fighting game tournaments. While Arc System Works self-publishes these games in their native Japan however, Aksys Games handles publishing of the Guilty Gear series in North America, and that will continue to be the case for Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN.
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN is confirmed to be among the games playable on the E3 2014 show floor, so look for more news related to this upcoming release there. Eggplante will continue to rock your news on Guilty Gear as well.