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Fighting games since Street Fighter II have had the nasty habit of re-releasing the same game with added tweaks. Fundamentally however they’re still the same core experience at heart, and while Phil found BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend for the PlayStation Vita that “grew on [him] the more [he] played it”, to those who bought the original Continuum Shift, it seemed like a bit of a cop-out. This is when you realise that many different versions of the second BlazBlue have graced not only the console market, but also various handhelds and wonder if they’ve run out of ideas.
Worry not fighting game aficionado! While the localisation of Persona 4: Arena is either still in progress for Europe or just released in America, Arc Systemworks are already hard at work on the third BlazBlue, subtitled “Chrono Phantasma”. As with every other BlazBlue game, all the previous cast from the series return (including handheld exclusive Relius Clover), with Noel Vermillion sporting a new look. They are joined by three new combatants; Amane Nishiki, a suspect cross-dresser with a magical kimono; the rather scantily clad pugilist Bullet; and Azrael, a demonic being who thinks an undone coat will keep him safe from opponents blows. Each of the returning cast also gain new moves to try out against their adversaries.
As of yet, this is only the announcement of the Japanese Arcade version, but with the success of the various console/handheld versions, it is only a matter of time. It will appear in Arcades in Japan around Winter 2012. For now, here is a rather flashy trailer with a lot of Japanese voice-overs. Is this the next step?