Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Gets New Trailer and Name, Shows Off Gorgeous Graphics

Newly named Guilty Gear -STRIVE- gets a brand new gameplay trailer from ArcREVO America 2019 and teases a yet unnamed character.

That mysterious new Guilty Gear title coming out late 2020, the one with all the fantastic gameplay trailers. It finally has a name: Guilty Gear -STRIVE-. And that name was announced in a brand new gameplay trailer featuring all the combatants revealed so far, as well as other classic characters that have yet to be formally introduced:

As you can see from said trailer, we also get a glimpse of a new fighter who has yet to be named. The trailer itself was revealed during the ArcREVO America 2019 and another trailer, along with a demo, will be released in January 2020 during XII Frosty Faustings. EVO 2020 in Japan will be host to a playable demo of Guilty Gear -STRIVE-. So far we know that the previously announced characters are the protagonist Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske, Axl Low and May, and Chipp Zanuff and Potemkin.

During the stage event dedicated to Guilty Gear at Tokyo Game Show 2019, Daisuke Ishiwatari and Akira Katano explained how they particularly detailed the characters’ facial animations and how it’s basically “3D Sakuga.” You can really see that with the tons of different expressions the characters emote during their attacks and supers. At that same event, they also mentioned that the stage change mechanic has actual gameplay mechanics embedded into it. We’ve translated the full event here if you want to read more.

Guilty Gear -STRIVE- was first teased during EVO 2019. Daisuke Ishiwatari, the General Director, stated how the new Guilty Gear game isn’t an “evolution” of the series, nor a “return to its roots,” but instead a “complete rebuild of the franchise.” Instead of adding or removing elements compared to the previous games, he described the development as completely breaking it down, picking up everything that made the series charming and unique, and rebuilding it with those components.

Ishiwatari then mentioned that this new Guilty Gear game is a “big challenge which will go head to head against the essence of fighting games.” He added that going this route is a risky bet, but they’re confident they can pull it off and bring out new possibilities, using all the experience and materials they’ve accumulated so far. He ended the message saying he believes games are bridges which can connect people, so he hopes this new Guilty Gear will reflect this idea.

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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