GG Xrd 1st location test cast by Rokuro
In almost no time at all, the 3rd location test for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- has started and will be going on this entire weekend! Since the second location test, there have been two characters announced: series veteran Eddie, who is back to his old Zato-1 name for some reason, as well as a completely new character named Bedman. Bedman is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa, a very popular voice actor who many ASW fans will remember as the voice of Akihiko in Persona 3 and P4Arena. Bedman has impressive range and is unique in being the only Guilty Gear character with an 8 way airdash.
On the side of system changes, instant kills have been added to the game but reportedly they are only animated for Sol and Ky: instant kills for other characters just immediately make the “Destroyed” screen appear. Blitz Shields have had a slight input change: instead of pressing any two buttons for the high version or down + any two buttons for the low version, the two buttons now must be hard slash + any button other than Dust. There is a new mechanic called Hellfire: reportedly, it powers up all Overdrive moves and only activates when the player’s life is low, indicated by a flashing portrait. One mechanic that wasn’t really clarified before was Instant Blocking: it is not listed in the Xrd website system page and was not tested by many of the location test attendants. But Kedako has confirmed that IB is still in the game.
The last new change is a cosmetic one: previous location tests recycled character voice clips from Accent Core, but now the new re-recorded voices for every character have been added in to the game.
I will be updating this post throughout the weekend as more information becomes available.
Here is a list of sites currently running articles on this 3rd wave of location tests, with lots of nice pictures.
4gamer (has screenshots and character portraits without text)
Radio Kaikan (tons of images of Bedman and Zato)
Gamer (lots of Bedman and Zato, as well as images of Sol and Ky IKs)
Aristobule has began uploading camera videos on his Youtube account.
The second location test for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is happening this weekend! I’ll be updating this post periodically as more information becomes available. Since the first test, 4 characters have been added to the roster: Axl, I-No, Faust, and Slayer. There is now more information available on the different roman cancels: Yellow RC costs 25% meter, and is only available for certain moves on whiff. They can only be performed during a move’s active frames. Purple RCs are 50%, and they show up when an RC is attempted on a whiffed move that is not YRCable, or on a move’s recovery frames. Finally, there are the red RCs, which show up when an a non projectile move connects with the opponent. There is also a new system mechanic called Blitz Shield that is pretty much a parry. It costs 25% meter, and is performed by pressing two buttons for the high version, and down + two buttons for the low version.
If any shaky cam videos surface from this 2nd loke test, they’ll be posted in the Dustloop Xrd Video posting thread so be sure to check that.
Here is a list of sites currently running articles on the 2nd wave of location tests, with lots of nice pictures.
EDIT: Some short videos have appeared! Since ASW is fairly strict when it comes to recording from location tests, these will probably get taken down very soon so watch them while you can.
Good quality intro poses of Sol, Slayer, Millia, Faust, and I-No
Winposes for Sol, DI Sol, and Millia
Faust kancho super on Millia, Sol, Potemkin, and I-No
Aristobule has also recorded a ton of random footage which can be seen on his Youtube account here
Laurent from French FG site Basgrospoing also recorded a number of videos on their Youtube channel
Just a quick heads up: the second edition of the Mikado Masters Cup series will be going on this entire weekend! Jonio will be streaming the tournament on his Nico community, so check his Twitter periodically to get the newest stream link. The stream link for today’s event is up here, and is set to go live at around 9:30PM PST. Here is the schedule of events:
10/12: 3on3 tournament, West vs East Japan team battle
10/13: Singles tourney, Newcomers tourney
10/14: Random team tourney
Just thought I’d leave this here. Dizzy has been my sub character in Guilty Gear for a very long time. Her setups in AC +R are quite different compared to vanilla AC, so I wrote some notes to help me remember things. Maybe some people will find this useful!