BlazBlue: Central Fiction

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ブレイブルー セントラルフィクション 神の観る夢
BlazBlue: Central Fiction

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Developer

Arc System Works

Publishers

JP: Arc System Works
US: Aksys Games
EU: PQube

Genre

Fighting

Releases

Arcade

  • JP: November 19, 2015

PS4

  • JP: October 6, 2016
  • US: November 1, 2016
  • EU: November 4, 2016

PC (Steam)

  • WW: April 26, 2017 [1]

Nintendo Switch

  • JP: February 7, 2019 (as BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition) [2]
  • US: February 7, 2019 (as BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition) [3]
  • EU: February 8, 2019 (as BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition) [4]

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the fourth and final game in the BlazBlue series. It was released on October 6, 2016 in Japan, and internationally on November 1 and November 4 of the same year on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. A port titled BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition was announced for the Nintendo Switch at TGS in 2018,[5] and it includes all of the DLC characters (Mai, Es, Susano'o, and Jubei), colors, and announcer lines as part of the base package, as well as an exclusive 25th color.[2]

Story

As he awakes, the man doesn't remember anything.

He has no idea where or who he is, but something has led him into Kagutsuchi.

He knows he is called the “Grim Reaper,” an enemy of the Librarium

He knows he holds the “Azure Grimoire”…

He knows the Librarium is chasing him…He delves deep into Kagutsuchi, alone, with an almost nostalgic feeling…

Heading to the “Cauldron” in the deepest part of the city…

Was this a “pre-established harmony”…or a “central fiction”…? [6]

Modes

Practice

  • Tutorial Mode - Learn everything from the basics of 2D fighting game mechanics to the advanced and unique systems of BlazBlue, as the characters walk you through the fundamentals.
  • Training Mode - Practice moves and set a variety of parameters and enemy actions. Use this mode to brush up combos or improve the execution of special attacks.
  • Challenge Mode - Take on missions set for each character. The missions will increase in difficulty as the previous mission is cleared. Do you have what it takes to finish them all?

Story

  • Story Mode - Enjoy an even more in-depth story of the BlazBlue universe. In this episode, we travel to Ikaruga to unravel Ragna, Jin and Noel's fate. Who are the Phantoms of Time? And how will their story end...?
  • Library - A glossary explaining all the terminology that shows up in the Story Mode. It will also cover some 2D Fighting terms you should know so even you may one day become a BlazBlue expert.

Battle

  • Arcade Mode - Enjoy the characters' individual stories while fighting your way through the computer opponents, just like in the arcades.
  • V.S. Mode - Fight against a computer of your friends to your heart's content. When there'a party in your house, this is the mode you want to be in.
  • Grim of Abyss Mode - Defeat waves of enemies, strengthening your character along the way. Reach the bottom level of Kagutsuchi
  • Score Attack Mode - Choose your course and fight against the computers with regulated settings and compete for the highest score. Scores will be logged in the rankings.
  • Speed Star Mode - Defeat all the enemies that appear, and compete for the quickest completion time. Dealing massive damage or using Special Finishes will increase the maximum time. Can you complete it all!?

Network

  • Network Mode - Connect to NETWORK MODE to battle with other players, and compare your stats online. This mode cannot be played without connecting to PlayStation™ Network.
    • Ranked Match - Play an online match with set regulations. When you've defeated rivals your skill level, you will be pitted against even stronger opponents. The results will affect you overall ranking, so be sure to bring your best game.
    • Player Match - You can enjoy matches with a variety of rules. Invite your friends to play a serious match, or simply train with each other. Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
    • Online Lobby - Play against opponents around the world. You can also chat with others, or even host your own events. Be sure not to miss out.
    • Rankings - Check characters' levels, or Score Attack rankings or various other stats. Match Replays that have been uploaded can also be downloaded from here.
    • D-Code Edit - Edit your D-Code, or online profile as it were. Titles, Player Icons, Lobby Avatars will all be shown on your D-Code.
    • My Room Settings - Edit your "My Room" that will be used during Player Matches. The furniture can be purchased from the Online Lobby's vending machine. Customize to your heart's content!
    • PlayStation® Store - Purchase or get information on the latest and greatest BlazBlue DLC.
    • Forum - A board where you can submit and read messages. You may also post Training Mode Dummy information or your My Room settings. People are able to comment so be sure to share all your content with everyone! Cursing, slander, and harmful comments will not be tolerated.
    • Player List - View the match history of your opponents or view information on players you've registered as "rivals".

Collection

  • Replay Theater - Store and Replay Match Videos. Playback matches of the past to hone your skills, or show off to your friends. You cna analyze matches with the top fighters.
  • Gallery Mode - View the illustrations in Story Mode, listen to music, watch videos, or enjoy the voice acting here. Some items will require P$ so be sure to keep playing BlazBlue to rack up those P$s.
  • Item Shop - Purchase character colors and Battle BGM that can be used while in-game. Be sure to keep playing BlazBlue to rack up those P$s.

Options

  • System Options - Change various settings in the game, including the vibration, save, auto-save, etc.
  • Game Options - The game's difficulty, number of round to victory, round time limit, and system voices can be adjusted here.
  • Display Options - Change the settings for the display, and HUD.
  • Sound and Language - Adjust the audio balance and language settings. BGM, voices, sound effects and language options are among this option.
  • Network Options - Adjust settings related to Network Modes and replay uploads here.
  • Button Settings - Change the button layout and configuration here. It's a good idea to adjust these prior to the match.

Playable Characters

Returning

New

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Izanami
released in arcades for Act II
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Susano'o
console exclusive

* Downloadable Content (DLC)

DLC

Characters

Icon Item Details Price
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Jubei.jpg
Playable Character Jubei
Aug 31, 2017
$7.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Mai Natsume.jpg
Playable Character Mai Natsume
Nov 1, 2016
$7.99
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Playable Character Es
Nov 1, 2016
$7.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Susanoo.jpg
Playable Character Susanoo
Nov 1, 2016
$2.49

System Voice

Icon Item Details Price
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System Voice - All Characters
Nov 1, 2016
$29.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC System Voice Set A.jpg
System Voice Set A
(Ragna, Noel, Nu, Arakune, Litchi, Taokaka, Bang, Izanami)
Nov 1, 2016
$9.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC System Voice Set B.jpg
System Voice Set B
(Jin, Hakumen, Tsubaki, Makoto, Hazama, Terumi, Kagura, Hibiki)
Nov 1, 2016
$9.99
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System Voice Set C
(Naoto, Rachel, Valkenhayn, Gii, Nago, Amane, Azrael, Relius, Carl)
Nov 1, 2016
$9.99
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System Voice Set D
(Nine, Kokonoe, Celica, Jubei, Platinum (Luna), Platinum (Sena), Tager, Bullet, Lambda)
Nov 1, 2016
$9.99

Additional Colors

Icon Item Details Price
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Famitsu Colors.jpg
Famitsu Additional Colors
Mar 31, 2017
Free
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Dengeki Additional Colors
Mar 31, 2017
Free
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PS4™ System Colors
Nov 22, 2016
$1.99
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Additional Color 1 Set A
(Ragna, Valkenhayn, Bang, Rachel, Platinum, Nu, Naoto, Nine, Terumi, Azrael, Tager, Arakune, Celica, Litchi, Mu, Izanami)
Nov 1, 2016
$3.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Additional Color 1 Set B.jpg
Additional Color 1 Set B
(Hazama, Relius, Carl, Amane, Kokonoe, Lambda, Bullet, Jin, Hakumen, Kagura, Hibiki, Tsubaki, Makoto, Noel, Taokaka, Izayoi)
Nov 1, 2016
$3.99
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Additional Color 2 Set A
(Ragna, Valkenhayn, Bang, Rachel, Platinum, Nu, Naoto, Nine, Terumi, Azrael, Tager, Arakune, Celica, Litchi, Mu, Izanami)
Nov 1, 2016
$3.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Additional Color 2 Set B.jpg
Additional Color 2 Set B
(Hazama, Relius, Carl, Amane, Kokonoe, Lambda, Bullet, Jin, Hakumen, Kagura, Hibiki, Tsubaki, Makoto, Noel, Taokaka, Izayoi)
Nov 1, 2016
$3.99

Miscellaneous

Icon Item Details Price
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Dengeki Items.jpg
Dengeki Items
Mar 31, 2017
Free
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Famitsu Items.jpg
Famitsu Items
Mar 31, 2017
Free
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Gunslinger Stratos Pack.jpg
GUNSLINGER STRATOS Pack
Jan 10, 2017
Free
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Niconico TV-chan Pack.jpg
NicoNico TV-chan Pack
Jan 10, 2017
Free
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC hangame BUNYA Set.jpg
hangame BUNYA Set
Jan 10, 2017
Free
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Toukiden 2 Collaboration Items
Jan 10, 2017
Free
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Plush Set (Guys).jpg
Plush Set (Guys)
Nov 1, 2016
$0.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Plush Set (Girls).jpg
Plush Set (Girls)
Nov 1, 2016
$0.99
BlazBlue Central Fiction DLC Plush Set (Master and Servant).jpg
Plush Set (Master and Servant)
Nov 1, 2016
$0.99

Publicity

Release Date Title Issue Contents
October 22, 2015 Weekly Famitsu November 5, 2015 Introductory Article
Arcade Mode

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November 19, 2015 Weekly Famitsu December 3, 2015 Introductory Article
New Systems, New Characters, Nine

Article Preview

January 1, 2016 Weekly Famitsu February 2, 2016 Introductory Article
Izanami

Article Preview

April 28, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.613 Introductory Article
June 9, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.616 Introductory Article
June 16, 2016 Weekly Famitsu June 30, 2016 Introductory Article
Es, Limited Edition

Article Preview

June 23, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.617 Introductory Article
July 16, 2016 Weekly Famitsu July 30, 2016 Special Feature
System, Naoto Kurogane, Hibiki Kohaku, Character Overview

Article Preview

July 21, 2016 Weekly Famitsu August 4, 2016 Introductory Article
Story Mode, Gameplay Recording Mode

Article Preview

July 28, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.619 Introductory Article
August 25, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.621 Introductory Article
September 8, 2016 Weekly Famitsu September 22, 2016 Introductory Article
Story Mode

Article Preview

September 15, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.622 Introductory Article
September 29, 2016 Weekly Famitsu October 13, 2016 Introductory Article
Es

Article Preview

September 30, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.623 Introductory Article
October 13, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.624 Introductory Article
October 27, 2016 Dengeki PlayStation Vol.625 Introductory Article
October 18, 2018 Weekly Famitsu November 1, 2018 Introductory Article
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition

Article Preview

Reception

Central Fiction sits on favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 84; they also rated it their 29th best PlayStation 4 game of 2016, making it the third best fighting game to have released that year behind Mortal Kombat XL in the 23rd spot and Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- in 17th. [7] Destructoid rewarded the game an 85/100, citing it as having "One of the biggest stories in fighting game history". [8] PlayStationLifestyle awarded Central Fiction an 8.5/10, praising the modes and characters but expressing disappointment in the lack of an English dub with this game being the series' first to have excluded it. [9]

The lack of an English dub for Central Fiction has caused a lot of controversy among fans of BlazBlue to the point that a petition was created that appealed to Arc System Works and Aksys Games with the expression of a dub being created as downloadable content. Various English members of the cast backed this petition. This included: Patrick Seitz, the voice of Ragna; Mela Lee, the voice of Rachel, and Cindy Robinson, the voice of Makoto. The petition was never recognized by ASW and it currently sits at over 6200 signatures as of October 2017. [10] Seitz later published a post on his official Facebook page about the situation and revealed that neither him or the other VA's were contacted to be told they would not be returning. [11]

Videos

Trailers

Arcade PV 1 (Japanese)
Home Console PV 1 (Japanese)
Home Console PV 2 (Japanese)
Home Console PV (TV Version) (Japanese)
Es (Japanese)
Mai Natsume (Japanese)

Openings

Opening (Console ver.)
Opening (Arcade ver.)
Act 2 Opening (Arcade ver.)
Act 3 Opening (Arcade ver.)
Central Fiction 2.0 Opening (Arcade ver.)

Gameplay

Jubei gameplay demo

External Links

References