Studio Saizensen Crossover Fighter Blade Strangers Launches Summer 2018, Opening Movie and Gameplay

Nicalis has announced the release window for the Studio Saizensen-developed fighting game, Blade Strangers.

The crossover fighting game will launch sometime this summer at retail and digital storefronts on PlayStation 4 and Switch, and digitally via Steam on Windows PC. A price is set at $39.99.

Here’s some more new screenshots:

Here’s the game’s opening movie, as well as a new gameplay video:

Here’s a rundown on the game:

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.

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.

The game’s roster includes: Solange, Ali, Master T and Joe the Liongate from Code of Princess EX; Kawase, Noko and Emiko from Umihara Kawase; and Curly Brace from Nicalis’ indie sensation Cave Story.

Key Features:

  • Fighter roster includes characters from previous Studio Saizensen games (like Code of Princess EX and Sayonara Umihara Kawase), Nicalis games (like Cave Story+) along with other familiar and surprise entrants.
  • Accessible and intuitive controls designed to bring fresh blood to the ranks of fighting game players everywhere.
  • Play offline Story, Missions, Arcade and Versus modes or try to climb the leaderboards in the competitive Online modes.
  • Each character has three alternate color settings and their own familiar “home” stage for players to select.
  • Proprietary development system transforms 3D models and animation into 2D spritework; every frame looks like a gorgeous anime drawing come to life!
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