BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

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BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

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Arc System Works, (before September 2018)


JP: Arc System Works


RPG (Role-Playing)


iOS, Android

  • JP: Feb 2021

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War is an upcoming mobile game for iOS and Android systems. [1] A companion promotional webcomic, BlazBlue Walker, was serialized with biweekly releases between Jan 11, 2018 and August 29, 2018.


This is a story of arriving at the Azure.

Taking a step away from natural peace,

The world starts to end...

The hell known as possibility begins.[2]



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Hero (Female)
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Hero(Male) Icon.png
Hero (Male)

Other Characters


After the initial announcement of Dark War in August 2017, Toshimichi Mori, the producer of the BlazBlue series, began occasionally posting teaser sketches on Twitter. The initial promotional website for Dark War included music, the Dark War logo, and two pages of a prologue.

On January 11, 2018, the game's official website was updated with a short pitch for the story and an image and short description of Ciel Sulfur. [3] The first episode of BlazBlue Walker was also released, to serialize on a biweekly schedule. Preregistrations opened on February 14, 2018, accompanied by a website update that added images and descriptions for both the male and female protagonist, as well as six other returning characters (Kazuma Kval, Trinity Glassfille, Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, Tsubaki Yayoi, and Bullet) alongside Ciel Sulfur. The Dark War logo was also replaced with a splash image featuring Raquel Alucard, Trinity Glassfille, Kazuma Kval, Jin Kisaragi, and Trinity Glassfille.

Originally planned for a 2018 release, the game was quietly delayed at the end of 2018. In May 2019, at a panel at MCM London, Mori confirmed the game was still in development.[4]

January 13, 2021, the game's PV was released and its release date announced for roughly February 2021 on ArcNama.[5]


Dark War's story will be a prologue to BlazBlue.[4] It will have branching choices similar to those of the XBlaze series, featuring a single main story with branching sub-stories. The short stories will feature characters whose stories were cut or could not fit into the main series, with Mori mentioning Hazama, Platinum and their relationship to Bell, Bullet, Hibiki, Meifang, Houichiro Hazuki, and characters that he personally would like to spend time writing about.[6]

Gameplay will include teams and equipment, and combos will form a major part of the gameplay.[4]

The BlazBlue: Central Fiction Official Setting Material Collection (pp.269-271) has this description for Dark War as an upcoming BlazBlue-related product:

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

The BlazBlue series' first smartphone RPG. Centering around the heroine Ciel, a new series opens up. Become acquaintances with characters from the series up until now, including [those] from the novels and comics, and make a party with those whom you like. (Release planned for 2018)


BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Preregistration.jpg

Preregistration opened on Feb 14, 2018 and was available via the official website by signing up with email or by following the official Dark War Twitter. The accompanying step-up campaign confirmed that the game would contain a gacha.

The step-up campaign provides the following cumulative bonuses when the respective number of preregistrations have been hit:

Reward Date Reached
3,000 150,000 P$ + AL Recovery Item x5 N/A
5,000 Crystallized Azure x60 (2 gacha pulls) Feb 15, 2018[7]
10,000 Gacha Ticket x2 Feb 16, 2018[8]
30,000 Crystallized Azure x90 (3 gacha pulls)
50,000 Crystallized Azure x150 (5 gacha pulls)
100,000 ☆4 Military Academy Uniform Noel

Although it was not a milestone on the step-up campaign, the official twitter reported pre-registrations surpassing 20k on July 4, 2018 along with the release of Rebel.14 of BlazBlue Walker.[9]


Reboot PV (Japanese)

External Links


  1. Gematsu, BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War announced for iOS, Android
  2. BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Official Website (JP), Main Page
  3. Siliconera, BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Launches in Japan in 2018, Teases New Heroine Named Ciel Sulphur
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 MCM London 2019, PQube x Arc System Works panel,
  5. ArcNama Regular Broadcast, Jan 2021 episode
  6. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Official Setting Material Collection, Special Interview with Toshimichi Mori
  7. Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 5,000
  8. Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 10,000
  9. Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), BBWalker Ep. 14 is released and preregistrations have reached 20,000