Eddie Returns To Guilty Gear Xrd Along With A New Mystery Character

By Sato . November 21, 2013 . 11:30am

Arc System Works just announced that they’ll be holding their third location test for Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- soon, where we’ll be seeing the return of Eddie, as well as a new mystery character. The location test will last from December 6th until the 9th, for a total of four days of rock and roll fighting.


Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN-’s official website gives us a peek at Eddie, who once led an organization of assassins. Up until now, he’s been known as Eddie, but due to unknown reasons, his name has been changed to “ZATO=ONE”. Just to clarify, Eddie is actually the name of the shadow, and Zato is the deceased corpse that is being controlled by the shadow.


He seems to have a bunch of new special attacks, with one called “Invite Hell,” which can be followed up with a “Shadow Charge Set,” when Invite Hell is active. He also seems to have another interesting ability called “Summon Eddie,” along with an option to return him.


The above is a look at the new mystery character who has yet to be shown. More details on the mystery character will be revealed upon the start of the third location test of Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN-.


Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- is currently in development and will be released in spring 2014.

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  • Combo

    “Up until now, he’s been known as Eddie”

    Not quite, he was called Zato-1 in OG Guilty Gear and GGX. They changed it to Eddie in XX because Zato “died”, and the character was just Eddie possessing his corpse. Not sure why they would change it back to Zato-1 again.

    • leingod

      Maybe the shadow resurrected the corpse? Dunno.

    • icecoffemix

      Timeline reboot?

      • gangrelion

        I would not be surprised if they just ignored Guilty Gear 2.

        • Except there are many details of this game that pertain to GG2, so this could very well be one very weird retcon.

          • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

            Xrd is a sequel to GG2

          • I know. There are still details that just feel odd if you played GG2, or all the GG games for that matter. And that’s not even including the character designs. So I expect just a little bit of retcon is involved. Not that I’m kidding myself, as we all know fighting games don’t always have the most consistent reasons as to, for example, why characters that are supposedly dead are still alive and playable. They’re like comic books, even. Arcsys will come up with some reason as to why Zato is still alive.

          • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

            Ah, now I get it. Yeah some events related to happen in Xrd are weird if we check the timeline. I will just play the waiting game since ArcSys said they want to do Xrd as if it is a sequel and reboot at the same time to atract both old players and new ones. Yeah that Zato-1 come back feels strange since he died and the body was possed by Eddie. maybe Zato and Eddie are coexisting

          • Daniel

            Actually, if you played eddie in AC+, one of his endings (Which is his canon ending) states that he overcame death (Since Eddie is a forbidden beast and therefore has a short-ilfe span, and which also explains that he throughout the game he needed a new young host to extend his life span.) And therefrore claimed Zato’s body as his own and flies off.

        • Ninastars

          I sure hope not. The story was actually progressing there meaning Xrd could have a decent story mode if it’s continuation to it and some of the new characters were genuinely cool.

    • Go2hell66

      Guessing zato somehow came back to life

    • z_merquise

      The voice actor for Zato-1 (Kaneto Shiozawa) died and was replaced by Koyasu Takehito. I guess that also gave Arc Sys the idea to “kill” Zato and replaced by Eddie.

      If ever the character is back to Zato, I wonder if they’ll replace the voice actor too.

      • Natat

        IIRC Shiozawa and Ishiwatari were good friends. So out of respect of his deceased friend, it was decided to have Eddie take Zato’s place.

      • Grape Monet

        Nope, Koyasu is still his voice actor.

  • Go2hell66

    Zato-1 looking like he came straight out of an episode of jojo’s bizarre adventure

    • Ninastars

      Now we just need Zappa in to complete the JoJo set.


      Well He’s VA is the new voice of Dio Brando so…DIo Brando collors!!

  • It’s actually Zato-1, not Eddie

  • Kaihedgie

    Just the one I was waiting for

  • Why the “hell” is the article saying Invite Hell is a new attack? He’s had that attack for a while.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Wasn’t the character always known as Zato-1? And of course he is in it, we saw a peak of him in Millia’s eyes in the first trailer. The mystery character looks like something that came out of monster girl type of game haha.

    Anyway, am I the only one who is still really damn impressed with the visuals? I’m not really knowledgeable into all the tech stuff, but that fluid movement of 3D polygons is outstanding. I always thought that Naruto Ninja Storm was the best ”3D anime” out there, but this is on a whole new level.

    Also Sato, wasn’t it confirmed to be on PS3 and PS4? Is it on Xbox One as well? Just want to make sure cuz’ those tags might give a wrong idea…

    • DaiRaiOh

      He was referred to as Eddie in Guilty Gear XX. It honestly has been a while since Zato-1 was used

      • Crimson_Cloud

        And it’s been a while since I played the game so.. heh…
        But seriously, more importantly, isn’t it a problem that tags are showing Xbox one?

        • colorblindnightmare

          The tags are a bit confusing. But as far as the visuals go, I’m stilly really blown away by them and most of the footage has been on a camera phone!

          • Crimson_Cloud

            I know, right? I’m not really the one who looks at graphics but man… this one takes a huge cake. ˇˇ


    You not going to skip a Dio themed costume now are you Ishiwatari?

  • Nameless App 1989

    So when does the 3rd location test start?

  • Freakmasta

    Still no Baiken?! (T^T)
    And the new chara looks like some goth lolita scorpion. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was…it IS Guilty Gear.

    • Chiupon

      Feels like it’s gonna be Valentine or Aria or w/e

      • MrJechgo

        Valentine? with THAT much stuff? I doubt… the balloon would be enough for her and a dead giveaway, but the silhouette has too much “junk” attached to it to make look like Valentine.

        • Chiupon

          It’s just giving me that vibe. Like, the red silhouette… I feel like that much junk wouldn’t be a problem for her — BUT

          upon re-examining the silhouette, it looks like a little girl in a bed surrounded by toys. So it’s probably a loli.

    • MrJechgo

      If ASW is smart, they should know by now that EVERY character needs to be added to this version. However, I think that they just can’t reveal every character at once. That’s why we’re getting 2 characters at once each time, because the game is still in development as we speak.
      Aslo, for a 3D fighting game, you can expect a much larger roster than for a 2D one.
      (I was about to make a comparison to Killer Instinct, but that would have came out as really out of place here)

      • colorblindnightmare

        try out of this universe. I’ve gotten to try KI and I personallu think it’s kinda weak.

  • Ticktockman

    I think the mystery character could be Zappa, tied to a bed exorcist-style and with all his spirits floating around. That would be a cool redesign

    • colorblindnightmare

      oh wow. I didn’t even cinsider that possibility for the mystery art. As cool as that would be in game that would be hell to animate!

  • Pdugna

    Nice and still tons of room on the Webpage for more characters, now just need to figure out the mystery character….sucks I never played that Xbox360 GG game….

    • colorblindnightmare

      As far as game quality goes it wasn’t that great. Alot of fun, good new stuff to add to the cannon, and thw god tier soundtrack of course.

  • The Watcher


  • MrJechgo

    Wow, that’s one Hell of a silhouette there…
    I was hoping for Paradigm or Valentine from Overture, but the shape doesn’t match either character at all.

  • ShootThatWay

    Aw yeah, all the assassins are here.

  • hazelnut1112

    They brought back Dr. Seuss from the dead to design character(s) for them.
    GET HYPE!!!

  • Kitestwinblades

    “cluster of torture” chair silhouette… This will be interesting xD

  • anthony apduhan

    Dr. Paradigm?

  • Is the new character Mr. Roger from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, perhaps?

  • rekka_zan

    Judging from the artwork, I guess Zato is alive in this game. So Xrd’s story could be a reboot, or Zato came back to life by some means, or he’s not the same person as the original Zato, or he time-traveled from the past.

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Maybe you should read this:


      tl;dr: It is confirmed that Xrd is a reboot.

      • rekka_zan

        I think I’ve read that before, but I didn’t think that “a fresh start” equals “a reboot”. Maybe because I saw I-No, who didn’t appear in the first GG. I though “a fresh start” would be a new story arc, like a second seasond of an anime.

        A bit disappointed that it’s a reboot, but maybe it’s for the best because GG’s story had become convoluted at some point.

        Edit: I see many people in the comments say that it’s not a reboot, but a sequel to Overture. GG Wiki also says that it’s “presumably” takes place after Overture. So I guess it could be either a reboot or not.

        • LuciferD666

          Daisuke confirmed in an interview that it is “after Overture” There is an artbook ARC recently released giving a prologue to this game. Revealing it is after Overture. It involves the after effects of Sol,Paradigm,Sin,Ky,and of Dizzy(who was coded as “The Maiden of the Grove” in GG2) before Xrd.It is translated by Suzaku(if I spelled that right).


          • Servant BerserCAR


            Dang. I didn’t know about that. Sorry for my ignorance, folks. Carry on. ◔ ◡ ◔

          • Göran Isacson

            Holy heck, so it IS after Overture? In that case… man May REALLY isn’t very tall, is she? Like, not even a single growth spurt? And Bridget….

            … My God. What if. What if when Bridget is shown and is all grown up, he’s SUPERMANLY? My God. I. I think I kind of want this now.

          • rekka_zan

            Suddenly, plot twist : the new character shillouette is Bridget :))

          • Göran Isacson

            Heh, one would wonder what he’s done to get bedridden or confined to a chair…

            … Ooor maybe it’s some horrible accident that’s disfigured or crippled him, and one should not wonder because that leads to bad thoughts :(

      • LuciferD666

        “Fresh Start” means renewing how the audience views them(Arc System Works)as a company.Meaning they are going to use this game to give everyone they are targeting a new take on how they work.

        It is not a reboot for Guilty Gear. If you were gonna say anything regarding the word. It is a reboot to game engine only. Which is intended to give a modern feel to the fans and newcomers alike.

  • David

    shadow kinda looks like a person some reason i’m guessing it’s a girl…but yea i’m guessin it’s a girl bound to a bed or a chair

  • Ixbran

    Mmmmmmmmmm Eddie/Zato has got to be two of the hottest males in gaming history. <3

    cant wait, he was one of my favorite characters to play as in Guilty Gear

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    Great, although they call him Zato-one, does that mean Zato is alive and not a corpse? Or maybe now eddie and zato are a duo.


  • Shady Shariest

    Looks like the stuff you hid in your closet attacking you O_o’

  • Go2hell66

    Why is there an xbox one tag on this article

  • Weird Al Yankovic

    Mystery character is Peacock.

  • Göran Isacson

    While I’m not superstoked about having “Zato-1” back because it feels like a retread of old news and his retirement was actually for a good cause, I do wonder if they can come up with a reason that will make me change my mind, or some mindblowing twist… also, mystery chair/bed whatever has piqued my curiosity. Very interested in seeing where this goes.

  • celery

    ;u; Yup I’ll definitely be getting a PS4 for this, then!

  • Vash bane

    oh ho I was never good at fighters that had chain moves this is going to be a challenge for me lol

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