Arc System Works will hold a Guilty Gear Strive cross-play open beta test for PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. The company will launch a beta client that will let PlayStation and PC users fight against each other in the fighting game. The test will begin on October 13, 2022, at 21:00 (9 PM) ET and end on October 17, 2022, at 3:00 AM ET.
The cross-play beta client will appear as a separate entity from the existing full game. People interested in testing the PlayStation-PC connectivity will have to download the standalone client on PlayStation Store and/or Steam.
The client will contain 21 playable characters consisting of all 15 launch characters, 5 DLC characters from the first Season Pass, and the latest addition, Bridget. That means all testers will be able to try out the DLC characters even if they have not purchased them in the full game.
Cross-play for Guilty Gear Strive was initially limited to the PS5 and PS4 as part of the same console family. After the open beta test concludes, Arc System Works will eventually add cross-platform multiplayer between the PlayStation and PC versions to the full game with a future update patch.
Arc System Works revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2022 that it will bring Guilty Gear Strive to Xbox Series X and Xbox One in Spring 2023. However, it has yet to announce whether the Xbox versions will also support cross-play or not. While the fighting game also has a thriving arcade community in Japan, the company has not announced cross-play between the Japanese arcade visitors and the global console and PC users either.
Guilty Gear Strive is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and arcades. Arc System Works will also bring the game to Xbox Series X and Xbox One in Spring 2023. The PlayStation-PC cross-play open beta test will take place on October 13-17, 2022.