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BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Logo.png

Developer

Arc System Works, Linked Brain, GEN.inc (before September 2018)

Publishers

JP: Arc System Works

Genre

Chain Combo x Novel RPG (Role-Playing)[1]

Releases

iOS, Android

  • JP: February 16, 2021

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War is a mobile game for iOS and Android systems. [2] 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.[3]

Story

Main article: BlazBlue_Alternative:_Dark_War/Quests

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.[4]

Characters

Main article: Characters (BBDW)
To add a character, create a page for them here.
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Acht
  
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Avenge
  
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Bullet
  
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Djeeta
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Drei Icon.png
Drei
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Es Icon.png
Es
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Fuzzy Icon.png
Fuzzy
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Hazama Icon.png
Hazama
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Izayoi Icon.png
Izayoi
  
Blazblue Alternative Dark War Jubei Icon.png
Jubei
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Juusan Icon.png
Juusan
  
BlazBlue Alternative Dark War Linhua Icon.png
Linhua
  
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Ripper
  
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Sechs
  
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Tweyen
  
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Zwei
  

Publicity

Release Date Title Issue Contents
Feb 4, 2021 Weekly Famitsu February 18, 2021 Introductory Article
Overview, Interview with Mori Toshimichi

Article Preview

Development

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. [5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

January 13, 2021, the game's Reboot PV was released and its release date announced for roughly February 2021 on ArcNama.[8]

Pre-registration

Screenshot of the pre-registration campaign on the official website

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:

Reward Date Reached
To all (none)
3,000
 x150,000
 x5
BBDW Item EXP Kesshou 2.pngEXP Crystal (M)
Gives 500 EXP.
 x5
N/A
5,000
BBDW Item Ao no Kesshou.pngCrystallized Azure
200 Crystallized Azure is needed for 1 pull of the Crystallized Azure Gacha. It has free and paid versions.
 x400
BBDW Item EXP Kesshou 2.pngEXP Crystal (M)
Gives 500 EXP.
 x10
Feb 15, 2018[9]
10,000
BBDW Item EXP Kesshou 3.pngEXP Crystal (L)
Gives 5000 EXP.
 x5
Feb 16, 2018[10]
30,000
BBDW Item Ao no Kesshou.pngCrystallized Azure
200 Crystallized Azure is needed for 1 pull of the Crystallized Azure Gacha. It has free and paid versions.
 x800
 x500,000
Jan 15, 2021[11]
50,000
BBDW Item Ao no Kesshou.pngCrystallized Azure
200 Crystallized Azure is needed for 1 pull of the Crystallized Azure Gacha. It has free and paid versions.
 x1000
Jan 26, 2021[12]
100,000 [13]
BBDW Item EXP Kesshou 3.pngEXP Crystal (L)
Gives 5000 EXP.
 x10
Feb 12, 2021[14]

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.[15]

Videos

Opening

Animated by Yostar Pictures

Trailers

Reboot PV (Japanese)
Promotional Video (Japanese)

BlazBlue Lab

BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #1
Topics: Gameplay
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #2
Topics: Story
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #3
Topics: Character Progression
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #4
Topics: Launch Stream / Gacha / 1st Roadmap
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #5
Topics: Introducing "MEMORIES RESTORATION" event / Introducing Es and Raquel / Event banner draws from Mori until pulling Es / Roadmap until July
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #6
Topics: Introducing "Wondrous Glasses and A Test of Love ~Spectacles of Eros CARNAGE~" event / Introducing Kokonoe and Noel (Fire) / Quiz with HONNIZUMI Rina / Updated roadmap
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #7
Topics: Showcasing BBDW Premium Card Set Vol. 1 / Introducing "Guide of Devilish Dreams ~ Nightmare Fiction" and Hazama & Fuzzy / Games with HONNIZUMI Rina and Ozawa / Boss Challenge / Fanart Corner / Roadmap
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #8
Topics: Introducing "A Dream of Empty Skies" event, Another Dark Mai & Meifang Lapislazuli / Games with HONNIZUMI Rina and Ozawa / Fanart corner / Talk with MORI Toshimichi
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #9
Topics: Introducing "Welcome! To Ishana Fes! ~Grab Hold! Mage, Saint-to-be!", Nine (PS) and Chachakaka / Challenge battle with HONNIZUMI Rina / Fanart corner / Talk with MORI Toshimichi
BlazBlue Lab: Letters from the Devs #10
Topics: Introducing "Summer-dyed Sunshine! ~Blue Seas, Talking Island~" event, Summer Platinum, Mai and Kuon / Challeng battle with HONNIZUMI Rina and Summer characters / Fanart corner / Upcoming updates, with MORI Toshimichi

BlazBlue Radio NEO

BuruRaji NEO #8 ~BBDW, Start!
Hosts: IMAI Asami / KONDŌ Kanako / HONNIZUMI Rina
Guest: SUGITA Tomokazu

External Links

References