Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: Cygames
Developer: Arc System Works
Release Date: Dec. 14, 2023

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'Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising' Delayed A Few Weeks, Gets 2nd Open Beta And New Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2023 @ 9:38 a.m. PDT

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising is a new installment in the fighting franchise and will feature a variety of new ways to enjoy the Granblue Fantasy Versus series.

Following the previous title, Arc System Works, known for its Guilty Gear franchise, and Cygames have teamed up to develop Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising.

This new game maintains the high-quality presentation that the Granblue Fantasy franchise is known for and the easy-to-play game system praised by both newcomers and fighting game veterans alike in the previous Granblue Fantasy Versus title. Additionally, the game will feature many new game elements, including all-new characters, mechanics, and modes.

Furthermore, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will utilize long-awaited rollback netcode technology for an even smoother and more responsive online play experience. The game will also support crossplay between PS4, PS5, and PC (Steam), allowing players to engage in battle and interact cross-platform with more players for a more united player community and dynamic gameplay.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will feature a variety of new ways to enjoy the Granblue Fantasy Versus series. The game will add a host of numerous new and rebalanced gameplay mechanics to battles as well, allowing players to engage with a simple, yet profoundly tactical gameplay experience.

Ppublisher/developer Cygames has shifted Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising's original November 30th release date to December 14, 2023 to allow for additional fine-tuning.

Cygames has also revealed additional information regarding a second open beta test and preorder bonus content through the PlayStation™Store.

In accordance with the new release date, Early Access play included with preorders of the Deluxe Edition from the PlayStation Store will now begin on December 11, but may be rescheduled for maintenance or other reasons.

Cygames sincerely apologizes to fans looking forward to the game’s release. The decision to move the release date was made to further improve the game’s quality and deliver the best experience possible to players.

Second Open Beta Goes Live November 9 – November 12 (PT)

A second open beta test for Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will be held from November 9 to November 12 on the PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Steam platforms.

This beta test will feature cross-platform multiplayer as well as the Grand Bruise Legends! party mode. More details regarding the beta will be announced on the official GBVS X (formerly Twitter) account.

Additional Preorder Bonus Announced: PSN Avatar Set

An additional PSN Avatar Set preorder bonus will now come included with preorders for Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising from the PlayStation™︎Store. This preorder bonus is not currently planned to be included with the game post-release.

The avatar set includes:

  • Gran
  • Djeeta
  • Siegfried
  • Nier
  • Narmaya
  • Beelzebub
  • Seox

(This preorder bonus will be included with existing preorders and is available only for the PS4 and PS5 platforms.)

Granblue Fantasy: Versus on Sale Now

Granblue Fantasy: Versus is currently on sale on the PlayStation Store and Steam for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to hop in and try the first entry in the series!

Sale Period

PlayStation Store: Until 11:59 p.m. November 8, 2023 (local time)

Steam: Until 9:59 a.m. November 8, 2023 (PT)

Obtain an Exclusive Badge by Transferring Save Data

Players who transfer their save data from Granblue Fantasy: Versus to Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising can obtain an exclusive badge to display on their player profile. Don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to purchase the game while it is on sale to obtain this exclusive bonus content!

(Up to 4 badges can be displayed on a player’s profile card.)

(This bonus content can be obtained when creating a save file for Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising if GBVS save data is present.)

Key Features:

  • Large Character Roster: Players will see many characters – new and old ones - join the fray. In addition to the 24 characters from the current GBVS cast, multiple new characters will join Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising at launch. The first new character will be announced during the finals of GBVS Cygames Cup Special 2023 to be held on the 25th of February. To learn more, go to the GBVS Cygames Cup Official website.
  • New Gameplay Mechanic: Ultimate Skills: Players will be able to perform Ultimate Skills, an even more powerful version of Plus Skills from GBVS, briefly slowing down the opponent’s movement—enabling new ways to extend combos and punish openings or whiffed attacks that would normally not be possible otherwise. Information about additional new mechanics and systems will be released in the future.
  • New Story Mode: In line with the increased volume of the story, an abridged version of all 50 chapters featured in RPG Mode from the first GBVS will be made available in an all-new Story Mode. By eliminating item collection, growth elements, and some quest battles, the story can be enjoyed more easily in preparation for a new original saga featuring new characters set to unfold in Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising.
  • Graphic Enhancements: In-game shaders and post-processing effects have been enhanced to further replicate the iconic art style of Granblue Fantasy while not compromising visibility when playing. The visual overhaul combined with higher quality images both contribute to the game’s fresh new look and play experience.
  • Online Lobby Expansion: a feature enjoyed in the previous game has now been greatly enhanced while still allowing players to control their lobby avatars, communicate with other players, and request a match. Before, players were able to move freely on the deck of the Grandcypher, but now the stage is expanded to include an entire island.
  • Grand Bruise Legends! Mode: Players will be able to play with dozens of others in “Grand Bruise Legends!”, a dedicated online battle royale mode featuring a variety of mini-games.
  • Mini-games include a variety of rules, where players can either unite and fight against enemies or sabotage other players in free-for-alls in several battle royale-style games. This mode can serve as a break between intense one-on-one matches, or as the main mode for players who feel they aren’t yet ready to play fighting games online.
    • Rising Royale: It’s a race to the finish in this free-for-all obstacle course. Use items to obstruct your opponents and enjoy the chaos that unfolds in this mode where anything goes!
    • Gold Brick Hoarder: Players are divided into teams in this contest to wrangle as many Gold Bricks as they can into their team’s stockpile within a time limit. Like Rising Royale, players can also choose to focus on disrupting the enemy team’s progress instead.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising is coming to PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam) on December 14, 2023 for $49.99.

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