Arc System Works published a Guilty Gear Strive Starter Guide video for the brand new character Giovanna. While fellow newcomer Nagoriyuki was designed to be a powerful heavy-hitter, Giovanna is a rush-down character whose playstyle encourages players to overwhelm opponents with fast close-range attacks.
Giovanna fights by using martial arts imbued with her companion wolf spirit, Rei. Although she is officially described as an officer in a special bodyguard unit for the President of the United States, she has Brazilian origins as her special moves are named in Brazilian Portuguese.
Giovanna’s rush-down design will allow her to launch multiple combos that test her opponent’s ability to block. Her leaping kick move, Sol Poente, can even hit in the opposite direction if used at point-blank range.
Trovão and Sol Poente will have frame advantages that allow Giovanna to guard safely if the attacks get blocked. Her Overdrive moves, Ventania and Tempestade, have quick start-ups so that players can easily connect them to her ground and aerial combos, respectively.
With Giovanna’s guide video published, all thirteen playable characters in the Guilty Gear Strive open beta are now accounted for. Although the fighting game will have fifteen characters at launch, Anji Mito and the mysterious 15th character will not be available until the game is officially released.
Guilty Gear Strive will release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on April 9, 2021. It will also be available in arcades this Spring. The game’s open beta test will commence on PlayStation 4 and 5 on February 17-21, 2021.