Arc System Works’ XBlaze Leaves Players In Charge Of Story Impacting Events

By Sato . June 16, 2013 . 12:00pm

A New Guilty Gear and BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma are two of the games Arc Sytem Works are working on at the moment. In addition to the two anticipated fighters, they’re also working on a visual novel game called XBlaze, where you play as a young boy who was saved by a mysterious sword-wielding girl. Here’s a look at new characters and a new social-info network feature used for events.

 

Soichiro Unomaru

Age: 35

The director of Mitsurugi Engine Shin-Yokohama’s seventh laboratory branch. Soichiro is currently managing the union’s protection and integrity. He is also the one who is giving direct instructions to Mei and Es. He seems to try hard to give off a cool and calm impression, but actually has a berserk side of him that he doesn’t like to show. He admires anything cute and seems to have a say in Es’ choice of clothing.

 

Akira Kamewari

Age: 16

Akira is Touya’s close friend who goes to the same school but is part of a different class. His parents live abroad and he’s been living on his own since middle-school. He is rich and good looking, but he is easily flattered and is known for being “unfortunately handsome”.

 

Ringo Akagi

Age: Unknown

Ringo is Touya’s senior at his part-time job. She always passes mysterious comments about some sort of curry mannerisms towards Touya. She isn’t much of a serious worker, which annoys Touya.

 

Els Von Klagen

Age: 16

Els is a messenger from the Sorcerer’s Association who randomly applied to inspect on the area. She is a serious character, but she has a deep infatuation for Kuon, and can easily come up with lies as an excuse to be around her. However, it’s also because she’s genuinely worried about Kuon. She understands Kuon’s better than anyone else.

 

The TOi (Technology Of interest) system is an application widely used by the people living in the world of XBlaze. It is a convenient tool that uses the Internet to gather all sorts of information from any article chosen by the user. In XBlaze, you’ll often be given a choice to look or not to look at articles, which will have an impact in the story of your game.

 

Here’s a look at some icons to indicate TOi events and other happenings that may occur:

 

The TOi icon will appear whenever the TOi can be used (it will disappear if left alone). Whenever new information arrives, this icon will appear.

 

The TOi Lock icon appears when the application isn’t available to be used. The TOi appears during moments where the main character isn’t present, or during cut-scenes.

This is a different TOi icon that indicates a flag event. You won’t be able to use the TOi while these events are active.

 

As you advance through the story, you’ll automatically collect various new information that may be of Touya’s interest through the TOi system. There are no limits as to how much information you can read using this feature; however, you’ll have to keep in mind that these events will change the fate of your story.

 

In the end, it will be up to whether you want to take on as many of these events or be selective and try restricting yourself to certain types of articles given by the TOi. These events will also have an impact on the ending of the game.

 

There will be all sorts of TOi events going on in XBlaze, including some that may show familiar characters as seen in the silhouette above.

 

 

Arc System Works’ XBlaze is slated to be released on July 25 for PlayStation 3 and Vita.


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  • DanteJones

    Was it ever mentioned just how exactly XBlaze is tied into Blazblue? I’m guessing it’s part of the game’s story, but just wondering if I missed some info about it. The picture of Wagna has me wondering. :p

    • Aisha Lee

      I don’t think it was ever mention how this is connect to Blazblue. My guess is that Xblaze could being taking place in one of hierarchial cities thats not affected by the current Blazblue story and that the short haired blonde girl could be a murakumo unit.

      • Izanagi

        no, it’s confirmed to be set in 2050, 50 years before the black beast and 150 years before Calamity Trigger

    • LynxAmali

      I’m thinking prequel prior to the events of BB as we know it. Like, before the creation of the Nox, before the Black Beast, before any of that stuff.

    • Lacie

      If I remember correctly, I think I read somewhere that the game is “linked” to the Blazblue world.

      • mike dickson

        nah i think its the story takes place in the same universe during the events of blazblue imo

        • Izanagi

          don’t be so sure, some of the small details make it difficult: the azure being present when terumi is supposed to create it, the existence of a priestess that’s suppose to prevent the resurrection of the black beast when there is still 50 years before it returns, and so on.

          That said, I’m interested, the fighters are a bit hard for a newbee like me so a VN may be good

  • TheExile285

    Ragnya!

    Dammit, now I kind of want this to come over.

  • MashThat5A

    That silohette is Tao right?

    • TheExile285

      Sure

  • Griever_Zero

    Chances of Localization… very low….

    But hey, who knows we might be lucky :P
    Atleast I hope so >_>

    Digging the silouhette of Ragna xD

    • Tyler Beale

      Well, it IS BlazBlue-related, so I wouldn’t say “very low”…

      Pleeeeaaaaasssseeeeee, Akkkkkkksssssyyyyyyssss….

      • Griever_Zero

        Hmm. I wasn’t aware, then again.

        I’m european, so Its Zen United that get’s the games here. So I don’t really follow what Aksys do since they don’t do anything in this region.

        • TiredOfMyOldUsername

          On the good side though, PS3 isn’t region locked.
          So if Aksys localize and no1 do it in Europe it will still be possible to import.

        • Tyler Beale

          I believe Zen United is the BlazBlue EU publisher?

          • Griever_Zero

            Corrected^^ thanks for that, working on exams in the weekend exhaust your mind >_>

    • LynxAmali

      Really?

      Aksys has gotten pretty okay on the VN scene.
      Considering this very well might have something with an important relation to BB….

  • Shady Shariest

    What is it with Arc System Works!
    Their characters always look so composed and seasoned :<

  • Luke Blackwood

    Wow, what is that silhouette? Never seen that guy before, trying veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery hard to discover who he is…

    And then we discover it is actually Terumi cosplaying as Ragna to outtroll everyone.

    • http://geekorner.wordpress.com/ Geekorner

      Don’t you mean Hazma trolling everyone? :)

      • Luke Blackwood

        Well, since Hazama and Terumi are the same person…

        Although Hazama’s the more troll-ish side of him. Terumi is a bit more raging and freaking out :)

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      more like Tao cosplaying as ragnya

  • Tyler Beale

    Pretty please, Aksys? PRETTY PLEASE?!?!?

    (rewatches OP downloaded on my Vita)

  • Herok♞

    My guess is this game is a prequel from before the blackbeast wiped out all the humans.

  • Richard N

    Eh, doesn’t look like anything special. I rather we get some 5pb stuff first before this.

    • DyLaN

      We did get Corpse Party though. But still, I don’t think we will be getting those “;” series or the PS3 VNs.

      • Richard N

        Indeed we did, it was freaking sick for something that looked so cheap and old school. But yeah, definitely we ain’t gonna get those. Unless they do some sort of rerelease in the future and VNs somehow become more popular here by that time.

  • http://takopako.tumblr.com takopako

    Ringo’s outfit… :X

    bleh.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    It’s ok to jump an otome or two for this one, right aksys? :)

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    Looks like there’s fanservice for the boys and the girls. That aside, I’m interested to see how this fits into the BB universe. I’m guessing it’ll be a standalone story within the universe.

  • MrTyrant

    I like Ringo. She isn’t one of the main heroines right? such a pity.

    Aside from that I love the visual interfaces and detailed sprites/portrait of the novel.

    • Izanagi

      do you want a spoiler or not because if I make the initials M F. M and connect her to one of the six heroes thorough name and a famous cat lady through voice, would you get it

  • Go2hell66

    need a wallpaper of that ragna sillouhuette

  • XiaomuArisu

    I shall wait…..It has good chance coming over….I think

  • michel

    But… wouldn’t have been better, from a marketing and popularity point of view, to have the characters of BlazBlue as protagonists?… I think that a true BlazBlue RPG would have been more attractive…

  • Göran Isacson

    I must confess that I AM pretty curious as to how this connects to the Blazblue-verses story. Is it an AU? Is it taking place IN an AU that has connections to the main universe via cross-over shenanigans? Prequel? Game taking place in a city that is not affected by the BB story? Though if the latter, why such modest outfits on so many of the characters?

    Truth be told though, I do think it would be very interesting if it was the latter, a sort of look at how “regular people” that do not have wacky outfits and super powers live and handle their days in that zany world.

  • DyLaN

    http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=4687437&postcount=3078
    http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=4687450&postcount=3079
    http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=4687717&postcount=3081

    Reposted stuff abt XBLAZE connection to BB. Its def connected.

    I like tht the placement of the sprite tht makes it feels like the characters are talking to each other instead of the usual facing the camera one. So the social media aspect of the game will be kinda like the one in R;N? Equal gender fanservice rocks btw.

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