From Faust’s paper bag mask to Undine’s face in one of Dizzy’s wings, the Guilty Gear series has characters that ooze originality. Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN adds Bedman to the roster, a sleeping fighter strapped to a rollaway bed.
"I just came up with him," Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari laughed when Siliconera asked about designing Bedman. "I wasn’t lying in a bed when I came up with him. I was thinking of different ideas of a character who would be iconic and would stand out. One of them happened to be in a bed and I thought that was cool. Sometimes lightning strikes and I just get an idea. Otherwise, I think, think, and think to come up with an idea that’s different from other characters," Ishiwatari replied.
How did he come with Ramletherl Valentine, a boss character in Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN? "She sort of resembles the character from Guilty Gear II with different kinds of hats. I wanted to create a new type of female character that wasn’t in the previous games," Ishiwatari explained. "That was the source of inspiration for Valentine."
I asked Ishiwatari how he felt about getting the Guilty Gear license back since there were some rights issues after Sammy merged with Sega.
"Actually, I was surprised that we didn’t have the license," Ishiwatari laughed again. "We could’ve still made a Guilty Gear because the license was only for characters after X. So, we had the original core characters and we were able to work with them but we couldn’t use the Guilty Gear X characters or anyone after that." That explains why Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske could be in Guilty Gear 2: Overture since they were from the original Guilty Gear.
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN has only been announced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, but what about PC? A representative from Arc System Works fielded this question, "We have BlazBlue on PC and also on Steam. What we’re doing is testing how it works out and depending on how it goes we could consider it, but we can’t give you an answer at the moment."