What a wonderful time it is for Arc System Works. First P4 Arena (Ultimate in Japan) has just launched to great acclaim, and their current flagship series Blazblue has just sold 1.7 million sales (of which a few events have been planned in honor of its success as well as the series’ 3rd anniversary).
Shoryuken and Siliconera both report that recently at BluFes 2012, the next installment of the series has just been announced. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be gracing fighting game fans itching for the next turn of the wheel of fate.
The installment looks to include three new playable characters (Amane Nishiki, Bullet, and Azrael), some redrawn poses as well as some drastic costume changes for some characters (Noel for instance looks fairly different this time around), tweaks and additions to movesets, as well as new music.
No word yet on release date for consoles or if this will be a physical release (but it seems most likely). There is however a winter 2012 window for arcades so I can’t imagine a console release to be far behind. Either way this is great news to myself who really enjoys the franchise.
Hit the jump for a trailer!