As promised, Granblue Fantasy Festival event 2023 brought with it a playable demo of Granblue Fantasy Relink, the long-in-development action-RPG adaptation of Granblue Fantasy proper and its characters. Along with the demo came a new extended trailer from developer Cygames. The trailer, which is the first brand-new footage to appear of Relink in almost a year, showed off more of the game’s story, gameplay, environments, and confirmed new playable characters. However, the trailer did not specify a release date for the game beyond its current “2023” window. During the stage presentation creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara apologized for not being able to narrow it down further.
Check out the Granblue Fantasy Relink trailer below. The trailer was uploaded in both Japanese and English dub versions.
Here’s the Japanese version.
And here’s the English version.
The new Granblue Fantasy Relink trailer shows the skyfarer crew of characters like Gran, Lyria, Vyrne, Katalina, Rackam, Eugen, Io, and Rosetta landing in the Zegagrande Skydom, the setting of Relink and a new area created for the game. There they’ll find new threats, particularly from the Church of Avia, which claims to be heading for “Utopia”. That might be another name for the Island of Stars, Estalucia, the ultimate goal of the crew’s journey.
The trailer introduces a new character in the form of Id, a powerful swordsman and one of the strongest warriors in Zegagrande. It also showed off gameplay from Gran and his allies. Previously confirmed playable characters like the members of the Dragon Knights (Lancelot, Vane, Percival, and Sigfried) were shown once again. However, gameplay was also shown from Lumiel Knight Charlotta, Harvin fisherman Yodarha, and Draph blademaster Narmaya. The playable characters will all have styles inspired by their Granblue Fantasy skills and move sets.
Players who prefer to focus on the Granblue Fantasy Relink story will also be able to use two “Assist” modes. Standard Assist will automate blocking and evading, while simplifying combo inputs. Full Assist will automate combat almost entirely, with the player only needing to handle movement.
Granblue Fantasy Relink is in development, and is targeted for release within 2023 on PC, PS4, and PS5.