Guilty Gear -Strive- Second Open Beta Begins May 13 on PS4 and PS5

Guilty Gear Strive

Arc System Works have announced the dates and times for the second open beta of Guilty Gear -Strive-.

Exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (with crossplay), the beta can be downloaded May 7th (8:00 a.m. PT), and begins May 13th at 8 p.m. PT. The open beta concludes on May 16th at 7:59 a.m. PT. Those who participated in the prior Open Beta will find it will be updated to the new client automatically.

The Open Beta will allow access to Versus Mode against CPUs and other players, Tutorial and Training modes, and Online Matches. However, Player Matches with player created rooms will not be available.

Playable characters include Sol, Ky, May, Axl, Chipp, Potemkin, Faust, Millia, Zato, Ramlethal, Leo, Nagoriyuki, Giovanna, Anji, and I-No. The characters have also undergone balancing thanks to feedback from the February open beta.

Changes include the same moves being used a number of times in a combo causing the opponent to fall more quickly, general adjustments to aerial actions (gaining recovery on landing for most of them, but jumps and air dashes covering less distance), and command normal forward P becoming an anti-air attack.

Other changes from the last beta include players being able to select a Duel Station to queue up for battles, and a rematch function. In the Rank Tower can be done up to three times, or until either player’s recommended floor changes; while in Open Park, rematches can be offered as many times as both players agree.

Matches will also show values or ping, rollback frames; and are encouraged to be included in any report or feedback on errors encountered during online matches.

You can find the abridged rundown (via the official website) below.

“Guilty Gear -Strive-“ is the latest entry in the critically acclaimed Guilty Gear fighting game franchise. Created by Daisuke Ishiwatari and developed by Arc System Works, “Guilty Gear -Strive-“ upholds the series’ reputation for a high octane soundtrack, groundbreaking hybrid 2D/3D cell-shaded graphics and intense, rewarding gameplay.

The fate of the universe will be determined…
Head into the final confrontation with That Man, the person responsible for all the destruction and damage to the world and its inhabitants. Join Sol Badguy, his rival Ky Kiske, and a total starting roster of 15 unique characters as they face the astonishing conclusion to a story 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

A Sensory BLAST for Your Eyes and Ears
Rock out to the thrashing tracks laid down by series creator and music composer, Daisuke Ishiwatari! Bang your head and beat your opponent to the killer soundtrack while being blown away by the most stunning and dynamic 3D cell-shaded visuals produced to date!

New Revolution in Fighting Games!
Guilty Gear -Strive- brings a number of new and innovative gameplay mechanics designed to allow players new to the series to quickly learn the fundamentals while maintaining the deep, creative gameplay Guilty Gear is praised for. New additions to the series such as a wall-breaking mechanic will allow for new and exciting approaches to battle.

Innovative Rollback Netcode
Guilty Gear -Strive- will incorporate all-new rollback network code to ensure that online players from across the globe can seamlessly and fluidly battle each other.

Guilty Gear -Strive- launches June 11th, 2021 on Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The Deluxe and Ultimate edition launches June 8th.



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