Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Developers On How They Choose Characters

By Sato . November 22, 2013 . 2:05pm

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is an upcoming fighting game featuring an all-star cast of light novel characters from various series published by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint. A while ago, we saw a few details on the game’s characters, but more recently, key developers working on the game spoke with Dengeki and shared some of their thoughts on character selection.

 

During the interview, Dengeki asks producer Ryutaro Nonaka and director Takahara Terada how exactly they decide on which characters will be in the game.

 

“Firstly, it’s got to be ‘the most popular characters’,” answers Terada. “Objectively speaking, the goal is to get protagonists and heroines. However, it may not look that way, as we’ve also selected some of the most popular characters of their respective works.”

 

“In addition, we’ve also considered using characters who would transition well into fighting games,” continues Terada. “For example, look at the ‘A Certain’ series, where we have a playable character of Misaka instead of Touma [Kamijou, from A Certain Magical Index]. Touma has the ability to negate an opponent’s abilities, which would make him into a character who’d require some sort of habit. For this reason, we’ve made him into a support character.”

 

“There’s also the problem of ‘if we make a fighting game with nothing but popular characters, they’ll all be the same’,” chimes in Nonaka. “If there are long-ranged characters, then we’d also like to have some short-ranged characters as well, so we gave a lot of thought to the roster adjustment.”

 

“When I first thought of the roster on my own, I really wanted to have characters from various works, and I decided to with one character per-title, but ended up having one title with two [characters],” shares Terada with a laugh. “While I can’t tell you which title for now, but I’ll just say that I was so indecisive, I bent the rules a little. Also, there was a little drama during the character selection for Durarara!!, as it wasn’t decided until the very last moment to have it be Shizuo.”

 

“We really wanted to include Durarara!!, but we couldn’t decide which character,” says Nonaka. “Then Terada and I went to meet the staff members of Dengeki Bunko, where we saw a Shizuo figure in the office, and he looked way too cool [laughs].”

 

“There were many lying around, but that one in particular was really cool and stood out,” says Terada. “It was a figure of him swinging around a traffic sign, and we thought it’d be cool to have something wild like that [laughs]. And during the meeting right after, ‘Shall we make it Shizuo?’ was our proposition.”

 

Finally, Dengeki asks if we’ll be seeing more support characters than playable ones, as the character selection screen seems to hint at that.

 

Terada: “I’ll leave that to your imagination. [laughs]”

 

Nonaka: “At the moment, we have a perfect 1:1 ratio of playable and support characters, but in the end, support characters might have… er, huh, there really is a gap in the character selection screen. [laughs]”

 

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will launch spring 2014 in Japanese arcades.


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  • fairysun

    I think Mikoto’s support should be Kuroko.
    She can teleport behind the enemies and paralyze/stun them.

    Besides, her way of speaking …. OMG !

    • Tonton Ramos

      I agree… if they can put Accelerator as a playable character and Touma will be his support.

      • WyattEpp

        Accelerator’s support? I can see it now: The opponent is trampled by a small stampede of stone-faced clones, Last Order joyfully riding on top.

    • Eder García

      well Mikoto and Touma are representing To Aru Majutsu No Index right? Kuroko might represent To Aru Kagaku No Railgun

    • Narrator 1

      The problem with that is that the theme of the crossover is Dengeki light novels. Kuroko has a big role in the Railgun manganime, yes, but she’s at best a support character in the actual books. Touma and Misaka are, on the other hand, the main character and de facto lead heroine, respectively.

  • Sakurazaki

    Can’t wait to play me some DFC.

  • Kaetsu

    Oh cool! I didn’t know Celty was in this game along with Shizuo.

    • Detrimont

      too bad it’s only as a support

      • Kaetsu

        Damn. I thought that was a picture of a tag-team battle :(

  • Eclipse

    Interesting interview. If it’s possible, I’d personally love to see at least one more playable character from Toaru Majutsu no Index added to the roster.

    It’d be so awesome to have Kanzaki Kaori (with Stiyl as support) in this~!

  • Alicemagic

    “Touma has the ability to negate an opponent’s abilities, which would make him into a character who’d require some sort of habit. For this reason, we’ve made him into a support character”

    Oh come on, I can’t be the only one who wanted to destroy some screwed up illusions instead.

    • Demeanor

      They should totally allow us to pull off the all-solving-mighty-punch-to-the-face with our Kamijou-chan support character! XD
      I want Kanzakiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!

  • Punny Fuzz

    Hey you know what WOULD make a good fighting game character?

    Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan.

    you should make that happen Terada.

    just saying.

    • Wappuli

      Not just “good”, she would fit perfectly in a fighting game.

  • Kayseur

    Popularity and ability to fight… I still think Kuroneko was more fitted for this role instead of Kirino. With her chuunibyou personnality and, well, popularity.

    As for Shizuo, he’s fine, but I wish they had a Celty figure lying on their office desk if that was the reasoning then haha. (She’s here as a support, yes, but that’s just not the same.)

  • colorblindnightmare

    Thank you for picking shizuo and celty! They were my two favorite characters in drrr. Not sure who I will sub though.

  • wererat42

    “In addition, we’ve also considered using characters who would transition well into fighting games,”
    So… how does that explain Kirino?

    • DyLaN

      She the joke character.

    • Lynx

      Joke character?
      Based on popularity?

      Don’t see how they’d fit a fighter anyway.

      I’m eagerly ANY news that Tomo/Misao/Kurogane, Tatsuki or Shuri got in. They’d transfer really well IMO. Have Tomo use the abilities he gets in the second half as offense or as a support (in that case, Tatsuki would be the offensive) Kurogane could be a special and Shuri…could be Shuri.

      Alas, AC aint that popular compared to Oreimo.

  • Erena Arisu

    SHIZUO <3 i will buy this game just for you babe

  • Jesse

    I wonder if there’ll be any more characters? I don’t know how popular some characters like Boogiepop still are. D=

    • 40

      I’m sure there will be more. I know what you mean, though. I personally am waiting for Inukami. Youko and Keita would be awesome. Not that it matters too much being an arcade and all…

      • Jesse

        Oh right, Inukami is a Dengeki Bunko series, too. It’d be great to see Yoko, again. =D

        • 40

          I wanna see Keita in his elephant “costume.”

  • zferolie

    Give me my Holo/Horo!

  • Dark Zerato

    “When I first thought of the roster on my own, I really wanted to have characters from various works, and I decided to with one character per-title, but ended up having one title with two [characters],”
    One couple for Index and another for Railgun. That’s would be the deal. I hope we could have Accelerator and Index.

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      Railgun is not a LN so no

  • Notquitesure?

    IZAYAYAAA!!!!!!

  • BentoBlame

    I don’t think C³ is popular so chances of seeing Fear Kubrick and her assortment of torture device weapons in fighting game action are pretty slim.

    Other than that I’m OK with the current roster so far.

  • Bec66

    How about giving us Dengeki VS Capcom after this game?

  • Neppygear

    I want a PS3 port. It doesn’t even have to be localised, I’d so import it. ;_;

  • https://www.youtube.com/Theotanasia Kagura

    I’m still waiting for Aisaka Taiga and Okami-san!

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Even though I really adore Taiga Aisaka, I still can’t imagine what kind of fighting style she will use against all of those… godly characters out there. (._.)

  • http://kino-govno.com/authors/asuchkov/ Artem Hikkov

    Make Accelerator and Fiamma of the Right playable. And let them oneshot everyone.

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