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Blade Strangers

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Action
Publisher: Nicalis
Developer: Studio Saizensen
Release Date: Summer 2018

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'Blade Strangers' (ALL) Gets Dated, Also Comes To PS4 and PC - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 25, 2018 @ 5:26 p.m. PDT

Blade Strangers is an online and offline brawler that features intuitive controls, high-quality visuals and stunning character animations.

The game combines the excitement and subtle dynamics of a classic one-on-one fighting game with the polish and features expected from a current-gen contender.

Blade Strangers embraces a traditional and streamlined four-button control scheme that offers accessible controls that are designed to bring fresh blood to the ranks of fighting game players worldwide. For advanced players, the intricate combos, counters and special moves provide tournament-caliber competitors with endless opportunities to hone their skills.

The action in the game is highlighted by the stunning character animations, which are created using a proprietary process. 3D character models are used to render individual animation frames, which are then rasterized into sprites and manually hand-touched up by talented 2D artists to create cel-like characters and movement.


The roster in Blade Strangers includes newly-created fighters in addition to characters from previous Studio Saizensen games (like Code of Princess EX and the Umihara Kawase series), Nicalis games (like Cave Story+) and four familiar surprise guest stars yet to be announced.

Thus far, the confirmed roster of playable characters in Blade Strangers includes:

  • Curly Brace (Cave Story+)
  • Solange (Code of Princess EX)
  • Ali (Code of Princess EX)
  • Liongate (Code of Princess EX)
  • Master T (Code of Princess EX)
  • Kawase (Umihara Kawase series)
  • Noko (Umihara Kawase series)
  • Emiko (Umihara Kawase series)
  • Lina (all-new character)
  • Helen (all-new character)

Blade Strangers will arrive feature-rich and action-packed with content at launch, complete with offline Story, Missions, Arcade and Versus modes in addition to highly competitive online modes where players can duke it out for leaderboard supremacy.

Blade Strangers will be available digitally and physically for Nintendo Switch and PS4 and digitally on the Steam platform in Summer 2018 for $39.99 MSRP.


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