Arc System Works today uploaded a new BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma promo video that focuses on time-release characters Nu-13 and Mu-12. The video also offers a brief glimpse at Izayoi (Tsubaki Yayoi).

The new video comes one day before the first such character – Nu-13 – is unleashed into revamped world of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, out now at arcades (or game centers, as they call it there) all across Japan.

Apart from the promo video, Arc System Works has also put up a character profile and move list – in both the Stylish (easy commands, based on Persona 4 Arena’s system) and Technical (regular) modes of play – for Nu-13 on the game’s official website.

Chrono Phantasma is the third full instalment of the BlazBlue 2D fighting game series, and is said to take place – story-wise – mostly in Bang Shishigami’s hometown of Ikaruga (hence most of the stages this time around are based there).

Gameplay mechanics have also received a drastic overhaul, starting with the introduction of the Overdrive system. When activated, Overdrive temporarily powers up your character and stops the round timer. Combos that you land on your opponent while in Overdrive mode cannot be “Burst” out of.

Each character receives a different power-up in Overdrive mode. Nu-13’s Overdrive mode, for instance, is called Unlimited Drive and lets her summon more blades than usual whenever she uses her D-button attacks.

Other major changes to the BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma system include a new universal “Crush Trigger” move that is activated by hitting the A+B buttons simultaneously while your joystick is in the neutral position. This replaces the “Guard Primer” guard-break system in previous BB games, and works somewhat similar to Persona 4 Arena’s A+B attack in that you will need to block a specific way – in BB:CP, players will have to activate Barrier Block in order to defend against the Guard Primer, which leaves them completely open to a follow-up attack otherwise. Crush Trigger cost 25% of your Heat gauge to perfume, and drains a portion of the defending player’s Barrier meter even on a successful Barrier Block.

Tomorrow, when Nu-13 is added to the arcade fighter, she will be the 21st playable character in the game.

Nu-13’s unlock is followed by Mu-12’s next Wednesday (December 5), and Izayoi’s release on the following week (December 12).

A PlayStation 3 port of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is planned for sometime in 2013.


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