Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- announced

The game will use Unreal Engine and 3D models; series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari will resume the director role.


Persona 4 Arena and BlazBlue series developer Arc System Works has revealed its upcoming 2D fighting game, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, during the company's 25th anniversary event held in Japan.

Are you ready to rock with Guilty Gear once more?!
Are you ready to rock with Guilty Gear once more?!

The reveal trailer (below) showcases two of the main characters from the Guilty Gear series: bounty hunter Sol Badguy and holy order warrior Ky Kiske. The two are shown duking it out, using their signature moves from previous games.

The trailer also teased characters Millia Rage and Eddie. The game will be built on the Unreal Engine, using 3D models for the first time in the series.

Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari will be reprising his role as the game's director, and while the game is currently slated for an arcade release, no launch date or home console version has been announced.

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Now THIS is how you do classic 2D art/graphics in modern 3D!

This is one of the very first games that's REALLY TRULY and ABSOLUTELY nailed the beautiful look of classic 2D artwork and visuals but now with 3D tech and the benefits that come with that.

Now, all the classic developers (Capcom, Konami, Sega, Nintendo...) need to have a look at this game then go back and do remakes of all their very best 2D games using this technique to preserve the original style and charm while bringing their games bang up to date.

Get to it...

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@amaneuvering Agree. Idk how they do it but they make the 3D models appear as if they're 2D!! I love it!! I usually prefer colorful sprites to 3D graphics but this is just awesome!! It's like the best of both worlds. We need more of this.

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@amaneuvering oy, Fire Emblem: Awakening has amazing anime 3D cutscenes.

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@Falru @amaneuvering

Yeah but I'm on about having this quality and style of "cel-shading" in the actual games.

The cutscenes in Fire Emblem look lovely but at times you can still see it's quite clearly 3D graphics trying to mimic the traditional drawn animation look.

I mean the result they've achieved in this Guilty Gear game is the closest to traditional hand drawn artwork and animation that I've ever seen and this is all running in realtime 3D during actual gameplay.

This really hasn't been achieved before quite like this and to this level that I've seen.

Imagine the next Legend of Zelda game with this quality of "cel-shading" for example...

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I agree :)

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@LeeCz @amaneuvering

Yeah, it's one of the first times I've looked at what we commonly refer to as "cel-shaded" graphics and not been able to see any obvious difference between them and great traditional 2D art/animation, in a good way.

See, the one thing I always thought 3D could bring to the table was the ability to be able to rotate and move around these lovely 2D worlds and characters without them distorting or looking slightly wrong in any way, which often happens in 2D animation for example, but up until now having the games in this "cel-shaded" style always came at the expense of the precise visual look of the 2D art, which imo is usually always more beautiful and appealing than any previous attempts at "cel-shaded" graphics.

Now however it looks like these guys have FINALLY nailed it at last.

I would actually like to see all future animation and "cel-shaded" games done like this.

It is basically the very best of both worlds and with the way they are doing it here there doesn't appear to be any compromises with what made each of the original individual methods and styles so great in the first place.

We could finally be looking at a new era of game graphics were we get loads of games that actually look as beautiful, colorful and vibrant as most games used to look back in what I consider the golden era of 16bit sprite based gaming but now with all the advantages and benefits that 3D brings to the table.

Now I can actually imagine finally doing justice to proper modern day 3D versions of classic 2D games like Street Fighter 2, Super Mario World, Final Fight, A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Turtles in Time, Earthworm Jim, Super Punch Out!!, Parodius, U.N. Squadron, Golden Axe, Aliens vs. Predator Arcade, etc etc, that actually capture the complete visual beauty and delight of the original 2D games without loosing anything of their charm and style in the transition to 3D...

As you can probably tell, I'm actually kinda excited.


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@amaneuvering This is simply fantastic, and seeing such an industry standard like Unreal Engine used this way is very novel. What I wouldn't give for NIS to get on board this development and make the next Disgaea like this.

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@amaneuvering Remake of U.N. Squadron would be awesome, and yes, the graphics are VERY impressive.

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@amaneuvering I'm obviously not sure about the amount of work that went into this, but it's generally less time (and thus resource)-consuming to animate 3D models, as opposed to drawing every frame by hand. So this could actually speed up the animation process, making it more than a viable esthetic for future '2D' games.

I'm quite excited as well ^^

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That's some fantastic looking animation.

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Heaven Or Hell?

Lets Rock!

Hope there is still great catch songs like in older installments :)

Unidentified Child, A Simple Life, Noontide and many more. It be great if older music be unlockable..... or selectable :D

For me GG have second best characters in 2d fighting games.

I like them all.... well A.K.A. is weird :D

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im sure this for ps4,wow i cant wait bought ps4 (thank u bro and mom and dad they always give a money and make a rich ;D

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You mean the system that doesn't even have a release date and may or may not be finished? Nice try.

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Wow, I haven't played GG for over a decade. I remember I-No, the final boss, was a real pain to kill. I don't think a fighting game boss ever gave me this amount of grief. At least she was cool unlike that freak Seth.

I mostly used Sol Badguy and Ky (like everyone else I guess) but this time I want to play as Dizzy or someone unique.

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@SoreThumbsBill Back in the days Johnny was the most played character online. Coin toss ftw

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Cannot wait! I never played Guilty Gear but I absolutely love BlazBlue (Chrono Fantasma looks awesome). I'll be picking this one up for sure. It's probably the PS4 game they mentioned a while ago.

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@supermoc10 ...I hope not, not looking forward to forking out money for a PS4 this soon.

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@LesserAngel @supermoc10 don't think it's ps4 if so then it sure ant useing much power prob be a ps4/ps3 game

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@BillyColeman @LesserAngel @supermoc10 Like you said it will be both would be crazy to be only ps4 right now.

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Ky's ponytail is there to better differentiate him from Jin... and also to balance out the fact that Sol is twice as buff as he used to be. Seriously, guy must have bought a Bowflex.

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Now Ky Looks more like a chick. 0.o

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thats supposed to be a dude?!

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@snova9308 @baxwam You should see Bridget.

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@snova9308 @Dragn_mastr @baxwam You should be, it's a "trap"...

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@Dragn_mastr @snova9308 @baxwam

Im afraid to find out

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Oh F yea. I love GG. Blaze blue is good too. Its just I prefer the character design waaaaaaaaaaaaayy more and the music is better

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Seems like someone is inspired by King Of Fighters 13 artstyle.

Give me Jam Kuradoberi and I'm good to go.

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wow they did just to the game and then some with that engine. I mean I love Sprites special HD ones but this is like anime in HD in 3D. Now if only there could Games like RPG that look likes this as I not big in to fighters but GG is probably the only one I like at this point. Love the music in them too

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Attention Capcom: I know some games you should look into remaking using these graphical techniques please :)

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when my friend said it was using 3D models, i thought it would look like crap.

then... i saw the trailer. the GLORIOUS trailer.

i want it now ._.

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It's definitely getting closer to EVO. You can feel it in the air!!! GET HYPE!!!!

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@quigonzel yessss sir

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Dat 2D/3D transition. That's really awesome news. I dunno why someone felt the need to make Ky 10% more feminine, but it's not the weirdest thing in Guilty Gear by far.

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Sweet, gonna take a while for the Console versions though.

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Can't wait..

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Guilty Gear series is SO UNDERRATED... I remember playing the first one and being blown away! The characters were so weird too!


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never played the series but it looks interesting

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@jsmoke03 One of the best combat game out there. Prepare yourself for fast paced, blisters enducing fights!

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SICK!! this looks awesome!!

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I should be hyped about this... but holy crap Ky looks like such a girl.

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@Annonith He was never too masculine to begin with.He's still awesome though.

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@ArcherRO a malkavian! Awesome ;)

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@Annonith I know, and Bridget looks like she could be a guy!

(wait for it)

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@Falru @Annonith Wait, I thought that was Millia Rage?

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@nini200 @Falru @Annonith In the video yes but really?

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