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BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Definitely Coming in 2012

Plus, details about the home version's story mode from producer Toshimichi Mori.


BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma has a Winter 2012 release date. That could technically mean February 2013, but in an interview with Famitsu, which was posted to Famitsu.com today, producer Toshimichi Mori assured players that the game will hit arcades some time in calendar 2012.

The first location test was held for the game immediately following its announcement. Mori also told Famitsu that they'll be holding a second location test as soon as they've made adjustments. This could come as early as some time this month.

If you can't make it out to an arcade to try the game out, you'll want to head out to Makuhari in late September for Tokyo Game Show. Arc is currently planning to show the arcade version at the September event. Attendees will be able to sample a near final version.

Mori also discussed the game's story. Chrono Phantasma will continue the story from Extend, so he suggested that players go back and play through Extend leading up to release.

Regarding the home version (currently confirmed just for PlayStation 3), Mori said that this is currently just in the planning stage. Rather than individual stories for each character, they're planning on having three main stories. In the end, the three stories will come together and show the true ending. You will be able to switch characters as you advance through the story.

Mori assured that the volume will remain at the same level as past BlazBlue home conversions.

Other home modes mentioned by Mori include a tutorial mode and something similar to the survival-like Abyss mode of past BlazBlue games. For tutorial mode, he said to expect more instructor voices.

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