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Strive is the next main instalment in the popular fighting game franchise, set for release on PlayStation 4 in late 2020.
The publishing deal reconfirms the relationship between the two companies, after their collaboration on 2018’s Dragon Ball Fighter Z.
A closed beta test for Guilty Gear Strive is set to run from April 16 to April 19, 2020. Both Online Match play and VS COM will be available in the beta and participants will be able to play with characters Sol, Ky, Chipp, Axl, Potemkin, May, and Faust.
Daisuke Ishiwatari, general director of the Guilty Gear series, said in a prepared statement:
“We are pleased to announce that Bandai Namco Entertainment will be distributing the latest title in the Guilty Gear series, Guilty Gear Strive. I am surprised that the chit-chat I have exchanged with Harada-san a few years ago has come to fruition.”
He added: “I wish this partnership will bring new joy to more users in Europe and Asia. We are working hard with Bandai Namco Entertainment to get people in Europe and Asia to play Guilty Gear more than ever before. Please look forward to it!”
Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada added: “I have always been thinking that it would be great to partner with ARC SYSTEM WORKS, and I’m happy we were able to push this forward. We wish to further enhance and promote the fighting game community together.
“The continued collaboration between the two means we can bring more exciting games to every dojo around the world!”