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|ブレイブルー オルタナティブ ダーク ウォー|
BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War
Arc System Works, Linked Brain, GEN.inc (before September 2018)
JP: Arc System Works
Chain Combo x Novel RPG (Role-Playing)
BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War is a mobile game for iOS and Android systems.  A companion promotional webcomic, BlazBlue Walker, was serialized with biweekly releases between Jan 11, 2018 and August 29, 2018. On Jan 17, 2021, the official BBDW Twitter account (@BBDarkWar) began making posts under a mascot character, Twikaka, and releasing a continuation of BlazBlue Walker under the name Introducing BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War with weekly chapters every Saturday.
On November 29, 2021, the official support twitter announced BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War would terminate it's services on January 31, 2022.
- Main article: BlazBlue_Alternative:_Dark_War/Quests
|Feb 4, 2021||Weekly Famitsu||February 18, 2021||Introductory Article|
Overview, Interview with Mori Toshimichi
After the initial announcement of Dark War in August 2017, MORI Toshimichi, 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.  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. At this panel, Dark War's story was stated to be a prologue to BlazBlue. Gameplay was revealed to include teams and equipment, and that combos would form a major part of the gameplay.
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)
Dark War was also touched upon briefly in the BBCFMC's included interview with producer Mori-P. It would have branching choices similar to those of the XBlaze series, featuring a single main story with branching sub-stories. The short stories would feature characters whose stories were cut or could not fit into the main series, with Mori-P 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.
Pre-registration 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.
On Jan 13, 2021 with the release of the game's Reboot PV, the pre-registration rewards were changed, adding EXP Crystals to different tiers, adjusting the P$ rewards, changing the Crystallized Azure cost for each pull from 30 to 200, removing Noel (Academy Uniform) from the last tier and making her a guaranteed reward, and adding Noel's grimoire to the final tier instead. Line was also added as a pre-registration option.
After September 22, 2021 it will not be possible anymore to receive the pre-registration rewards. Most of the rewards will be available in beginner-only missions instead.
The pre-registration milestone rewards are as follows:
|Feb 15, 2018|
|Feb 16, 2018|
|Jan 15, 2021|
|Jan 26, 2021|
|Feb 12, 2021|
BlazBlue Radio NEO
- Gematsu, BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War announced for iOS, Android
- BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Official Website (JP), Main Page
- Siliconera, BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Launches in Japan in 2018, Teases New Heroine Named Ciel Sulphur
- MCM London 2019, PQube x Arc System Works panel, https://twitter.com/BlazBlue_Wiki/status/1134209294625206272
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction Official Setting Material Collection, Special Interview with Mori Toshimichi
- ArcNama Regular Broadcast, Jan 2021 episode
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 5,000
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 10,000
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 30,000
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 50,000
- Famitsu App (JP), シリーズ最新作『ブレイブルー オルタナティブ ダークウォー』2021年2月に配信決定！事前登録も再開
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), Preregistrations have reached 100,000
- Twitter, BBDW (@BBDarkWar), BBWalker Ep. 14 is released and preregistrations have reached 20,000