BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

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ブレイブルー クロスタッグバトル
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Logo.png


Arc System Works


JP: Arc System Works
US: Arc System Works[1]




PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam

  • JP: May 31, 2018
  • US: June 5, 2018

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is a game in the BlazBlue series planned for release sometime in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. It will be published by Arc System Works in Japan and by Arc System Works America in North America. The game combines four franchises: Arc System Works' BlazBlue, Atlus' Persona 4 Arena, French Bread's Under Night In-Birth, and Rooster Teeth's RWBY.

It was revealed at the main stage of the 2017 Evolution Championship Series (Evo 2017). [2]


On the stage of stories, mixing the four worlds together into a special alternate "Phantom Field."

The fighters have been abruptly summoned to that world, with an unknown "voice:"
"If you wish to return to your world, protect the [Keystone]."
—In the end, is that voice telling the truth?

The entrusted keys number four.
Enemies, or friends?

The fighters take a risk in order to return to their own world, and throw themselves into the battle to steal each other's "Keystone"—.[3]


Episode Mode - Enjoy an original story.

"Episode Mode is an offline one-person mode. The story is split among the four franchises, with each episode focusing on the characters from one franchise, and expanding into an original scenario. For the fighters who have been called from all sorts of worlds, just whose voice is that!? That conclusion, for fans, absolutely can't be missed! Each episode can be saved and loaded at any time. Rest assured if you wish to see other scenarios while in the middle of one story." [3]
Play Mode
Aside from the Episode Mode that's been introduced on the previous page[s], the title will also have many other modes. To those who haven't quite touched fighting games before, if you use the Tactics Mode and Training Mode, you can learn how to play. For the others, there are many modes where you can battle with others. Play the different modes and enjoy the game!! [3]
  • Survival Mode - Fight against the computer to test your own strength and limits in a mode where you fight against all sorts of opponents.

Playable Characters


BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Ragna the Bloodedge Icon.png
Ragna the Bloodedge
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Jin Kisaragi Icon.png
Jin Kisaragi
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Rachel Alucard Icon.png
Rachel Alucard
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Hazama Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Noel Vermillion Icon.png
Noel Vermillion
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Azrael Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Iron Tager Icon.png
Iron Tager
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Makoto Nanaya Icon.png
Makoto Nanaya
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Nu-13 Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Es Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Platinum the Trinity Icon.png
Platinum the Trinity*
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Jubei Icon.png

Persona 4 Arena

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Yu Narukami Icon.png
Yu Narukami
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Yosuke Hanamura Icon.png
Yosuke Hanamura
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Chie Satonaka Icon.png
Chie Satonaka
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Yukiko Amagi Icon.png
Yukiko Amagi
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Kanji Tatsumi Icon.png
Kanji Tatsumi*
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Aigis Icon.png

Under Night In-Birth

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Hyde Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Linne Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Waldstein Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Gordeau Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Orie Icon.png
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Carmine Icon.png


BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Ruby Rose Icon.png
Ruby Rose
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Weiss Schnee Icon.png
Weiss Schnee
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Blake Belladonna Icon.png
Blake Belladonna*
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Yang Xiao Long Icon.png
Yang Xiao Long*

* Downloadable Content (DLC)



Persona 4 Arena

  • Entrance
  • Junes Food Court
  • School Gate (Yasogami High Entrance)
  • Ring

Under Night In-Birth

  • Metropolitan Centre: Intersection
  • Sleeping Fountain Plaza
  • Riverside Space (Riverside Plaza)
  • Town Center - Crossing
  • Central Station


  • Abandoned Temple



Persona 4 Arena

  • Reach Out To The Truth (P4 Arena ver.) - Yu Narukami's theme
  • The Hero from Junes - Yosuke Hanamura's theme
  • Like A Dragon - Chie Satonaka's theme
  • Princess Amagi - Yukiko Amagi's theme
  • A Pure-Hearted Beast - Kanji Tatsumi's theme
  • Heartful Cry (P4 Arena ver.) - Aigis' theme

Under Night In-Birth

  • Scraper Sky High - Hyde's theme
  • Night Walker - Linne's theme
  • Maximize Power! - Waldstein's theme
  • Rushing Heart - Gordeau's theme
  • Purity & Strictly - Orie's theme
  • Bad Surface - Carmine's theme



  • The Limited Edition is 10,584¥ and contains the base game for the selected platform, the Cross Tag Character Collection, an artbook, and an acrylic stand (アクリルスタンディー Akuriru Sutandī) in the PlayStation 4 version or a gadget pouch (マルチ収納ポーチ Maruchi Shūnō Pōchi) in the Nintendo Switch version.
  • The Deluxe Digital Edition of the game contains the base game and the Cross Tag Character Collection for $69.99.[4][5]


Icon Item Details Price
Cross Tag Character Collection
(Includes all 6 character packs)
Character Pack 1
(Platinum the Trinity, Orie, Kanji Tatsumi)
Character Pack 2
(Aigis, Carmine, Jubei)
Character Pack 3
Character Pack 4
Character Pack 5
Character Pack 6
Additional Character Blake Belladonna Free
Additional Character Yang Xiao Long Free
Icon Item Details Price
追加キャラクター All-in-One パックTsuika Kyarakutā All-in-One Pakku
(Includes all 6 character packs)
追加キャラクターセット Vol1Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol1
(Platinum the Trinity, Orie, Kanji Tatsumi)
追加キャラクターセット Vol2Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol2
(Aigis, Carmine, Jubei)
追加キャラクターセット Vol3Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol3
追加キャラクターセット Vol4Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol4
追加キャラクターセット Vol5Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol5
追加キャラクターセット Vol6Tsuika Kyarakutā Setto Vol6
追加キャラクター 【ブレイク・ベラドンナ】Tsuika Kyarakutā [Bureiku Beradonna]
(Blake Belladonna)
追加キャラクター 【ヤン・シャオロン】Tsuika Kyarakutā [Yan Shaoron]
(Yang Xiao Long)

* Free for the first two weeks after release


It was announced early on that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle would not take place in the main BlazBlue storyline, but was said to be a possibility. The main story would focus on the crossover of the four series, and Guilty Gear characters would not be present. Futhermore, there would be no arcade version, and it would be a straight release to consoles. Mechanically, it would be different from BlazBlue.

At the time of the game's announcement, the "expected" or obvious characters had already been decided for the roster. The game was announced relatively early in its development cycle due to the developers wanting to hear the players' requests for characters.[6] Overall, characters were chosen with the game balance and game system in mind first and foremost, so that a wide variety of players would be able to play and enjoy the game. The characters from other (non-BlazBlue) franchises were chosen by sending a list of characters over to their companies. The list would be whittled down there, and sometimes they would make a request for a specific character to be included.[7]

A playable build was first exhibited in October 2017 at four events worldwide: New York Comic Con (NYCC) in New York (Oct 5-8), South East Asia Major @ GameStart 2017 in Singapore (Oct 14-15), RTX London in London (Oct 14-15), and Arc Revolution Cup 2017 (Arc Revo) at Toushinsai in Tokyo (Oct 21).[8] Arc Revo's playable demo featured an updated build referred to as the "Toushinsai build" in the gameplay manual, which included the third introduction trailer's characters as playable except for Weiss.[9] Following these events, Arc System Works put out a survey on BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's official website in both English and Japanese requesting feedback from participants of any of the four events. It was available until Nov 8, 2017 at 8 am PST. [10]

Cross Tag Battle's first gameplay video was released during New York Comic Con, on Oct 6. Character trailers and additional gameplay videos are shown during the monthly Japanese-language ARC SYSTEM WORKS Official Live (あーくなま定期便 Ākunama Teikiben), aka ArcNama (あーくなま Ākunama), hosted by Arc System Works. ArcNama is streamed on the third Friday of every month at 8 pm JST simultaneously on Twitch and NicoNico,[11] and its first episode was streamed August 2017. Arc System Works also published an article with updated screenshots of gameplay for the newly-announced characters Weiss and Hazama during RTX London.[12] An additional character trailer (Character Introduction Trailer #2) was revealed at RTX London 2017.

Characters included in the demo for EVO Japan 2018
A "Special Promotional Trailer" was broadcast during Arc System Work's Fighting Game Awards (ASW FGA) at the end of the BlazBlue portion of the tournament, prominently featuring and introducing all twenty characters that had revealed up until then, as well as revealing the Japanese release date, Blake, and the final character count of forty characters, twenty of which (including Blake) would be downloadable content (DLC). This was followed up with further details about the release, including the North America release date, prices for physical and downloadable versions, and details about the limited edition.

Furthermore, it was announced that Arc System Works would appear at the 2018 Japanese Evolution Championship Series (Evo Japan) with a new demo featuring twenty playable characters (the twenty non-DLC characters).[13] It was announced at a later date that Arc System Works would also be appearing at Taipei Game Show 2018 (TaGS, TGS) along with a playable demo of Cross Tag Battle. This second playable build of Cross Tag Battle was presented simultaneously at Evo Japan (Jan 26-28, 2018) and Taipei Game Show (Jan 26-29, 2018).

On Feb 6, 2018 it was announced that Cross Tag Battle would be the fourth game present at the Evolution Championship Series 2018 (Evo 2018). Along with a broadcast of a fully English-subtitled version of the ASW FGA trailer, it was revealed that Blake and Yang would be provided as free DLC.[14]

On Feb 7, 2018 the first English-language Arc System Works Official Livestream, ARCLive, was announced on Twitter[15] and streamed on Twitch at 4 pm PST. Mirroring the Japanese-language version of the livestream, various Arc System Works titles are showcased during the live with gameplay, including Cross Tag Battle. It was mentioned on stream that the series would be streamed weekly. During the first ARCLive, an ASW staffer reconfirmed that Blake and Yang would be free DLC, that the four RWBY characters would have both English and Japanese voices, and clarified that Blake would be available at launch, while Yang would be available shortly after launch.[16]

At a press release in mid February 2018, attended by BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori and company representative Kidooka, it was announced that Cross Tag Battle would support dual audio with full English and Japanese voices.[17]

On March 8, 2018, Arc System Works America revealed that Cross Tag Battle would be playable at Anime Ascension at Irvine, California, and Anime Boston at Boston, Massachusetts.[18] A week after, it was also revealed to be at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. These three conventions would have available the first playable build of Cross Tag Battle to feature the English dub.[19]

Development Builds

In the first build in October 2017 at Toushinsai, Reject Guard used only half a skill gauge and Distortion Duo only used one skill gauge. Resonance Blaze had a maximum of four levels, and the amount of time spent in Resonance Blaze was extended depending on its level. One round lasted only 120 seconds, and players started with all three out of three skill gauges. The initial roster consisted of Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, Yu Narukami, Yosuke Hanamura, Hyde, Linne, and Ruby Rose. Hazama, Rachel Alucard, and Weiss Schnee were added to the roster in the Toushinsai build. [20]

In January 2018's build, Reject Guard and Distortion Duo had their costs changed to use 1 skill gauge and 2 skill gauges respectively, Resonance Blaze's max level was increased to five, and the amount of time spend in Resonance Blaze was changed to fifteen seconds excluding hitstun regardless of level. One round's length was increased to 180 seconds, and players started the round with only one skill gauge available out of a maximum of six. Additionally, this build added stage names to the pre-battle cutscene, as well as the Crash Assault "Crash!" indicator. [21] The roster was increased to twenty, adding in Noel Vermillion, Azrael, Iron Tager, Makoto Nanaya, Nu-13, Es, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Waldstein, and Gordeau.

My Tag Cheer Campaign

On March 2, 2018, the BlazBlue official twitter announced a special campaign called the My Tag Cheer Campaign (推しタッグ応援キャンペーン Oshi Taggu Ōen Kyanpēn)[22]. During this campaign, fans could tweet with the hashtag #BBMyTag to express their favorite tag-team in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Tweets in the hashtag containing original art would be retweeted by BlazBlue's official account, and fans could like or retweet others' tweets to show support. Especially popular tag teams would have a gameplay video made for them. Additionally, players who participated in the hashtag were automatically entered into a drawing for a specially-illustrated tapestry drawn by Konomi Higuchi, the main designer for Cross Tag Battle.[23] It was later clarified that only participants living in Japan could be sent the prize, although participation itself was open to everyone.[24]

#BBMyTag Gameplay Videos
  1. Mar 2, 2018 Weiss/Waldstein
    Beginning today, the "My Tag Cheer Campaign." Our starting tag-team ended up being Weiss × Waldstein! Although it's a surprising combination, there's more than enough potential! Please enjoy, and be sure to turn the sound on.
  2. Mar 15, 2018 Blake/Azrael
    We're grateful so many have participated in the "My Tag Cheer Campaign." We introduce today the hot topic of Blake・Azrael's tag team! The two of few words...



Jul 16, 2017
Initial teaser trailer
Ragna the Bloodedge
Yu Narukami
Ruby Rose
Sep 15, 2017
Character introduction trailer #1
Jin Kisaragi
Yosuke Hanamura
Oct 15, 2017
Character introduction trailer #2
Rachel Alucard
Weiss Schnee
Oct 20, 2017
Character introduction trailer #3
Noel Vermillion
Chie Satonaka
Nov 17, 2017
Character introduction trailer #4
Yukiko Amagi
Dec 8, 2017
PlayStation Experience 2017 trailer
Dec 15, 2017
Character introduction trailer #5
Iron Tager
Makoto Nanaya
Jan 13, 2018[Note 1]
Special Promotion Movie
Blake Belladonna
Feb 15, 2018
Character introduction trailer #6
Platinum the Trinity
Kanji Tatsumi
Mar 15, 2018
Character introduction trailer #7
Mar 16, 2018
Europe announcement trailer


Oct 6, 2017
New York Comic Con build
Ragna/Yu vs. Ruby/Hyde
Ruby/Yu vs. Jin/Linne
Jin/Hyde vs. Yosuke/Linne
Ragna/Hyde vs. Ruby/Linne
Oct 24, 2017
(Famitsu) Toushinsai build video
Ruby/Hyde vs. Ragna/Yu
Ruby/Yosuke vs. Jin/Rachel
Ruby/Yosuke vs. Ragna/Yu
Ruby/Jin vs. Hyde/Jin
Ruby/Linne vs. Ragna/Ruby
Oct 25, 2017
(Dengeki) Toushinsai build video 1
Ruby/Hyde vs. Ragna/Yu
Ruby/Yu vs. Yu/Linne
Oct 25, 2017
(Dengeki) Toushinsai build video 2
Jin/Yu vs. Ruby/Rachel
Jan 26, 2018
(MeiMeiGamer) Taipei Game Show build
Ruby/Hyde vs. Ragna/Yu
Weiss/Linne vs. Noel/Yukiko
Jan 29, 2018
(Bahamut Gamer) Taipei Game Show build
Yukiko/Weiss vs. Noel/Hyde
Linne/Ruby vs. Linne/Noel
Yu/Gordeau vs. Makoto/Ragna
Yosuke/Nu-13 vs. Waldstein/Yu
Jan 29, 2018
(macyayaya) Taipei Game Show build
See video description for timestamped matchups

External Links


  1. Uploaded on YouTube Jan 22, 2018, unlisted


  1. Gematsu, Arc System Works America to publish BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle in North America
  2. Polygon, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle announced at Evo 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Weekly Famitsu, March 8 2018 issue, p. 22
  4. Player.One, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Price, DLC And Dual Audio Revealed
  5. Arc System Works (JP), Long-Awaited DLC Information!
  6. Famitsu (JP), Interview with Toshimichi Mori (EVO 2017)
  7. Twitch, ArcSystemWorksU, Feb 12, 2017 ARCLive - Live Q&A with the Producers of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear
  8. Arc System Works (JP), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's first playable demo will be available in four cities worldwide!
  9. Arc System Works (JP), BBTAG Command List (Toushinsai Build)
  10. Twitter, BLAZBLUE OFFICIAL (@BLAZBLUE_PR), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Free Play Survey Announcement
  11. Twitch, Arc System Works, Arc System Works Official Live: August Episode
  12. Arc System Works (JP), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle announced for the platforms PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam!
  13. Famitsu (JP), BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's release date, Blake Belladonna revealed!
  14. Twitch, redbullesports, 2018 EVO USA Announcement Show
  15. Twitter, ArcSystemWorks (@ArcSystemWorksU), ARCLive Announcement
  16. Twitch, ArcSystemWorksU, Feb 7, 2018 ARC Live EP5
  17. Shoryuken, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle reveals US pricing, English dubbing questions answered
  18. Twitter, ArcSystemWorks (@ArcSystemWorksU), "BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle" playable over Easter weekend
  19. Twitch, ArcSystemWorksU, Mar 14, 2018 ARC Live EP6
  20. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Toushinsai Build Manual & Movelists (JP) (pdf)
  21. Reddit, r/BlazBlue, u/mactonya, BBTAG Command List & Informations
  22. Twitter, BLAZBLUE OFFICIAL (@BLAZBLUE_PR), "My Tag Cheer Campaign" Announcement
  23. Arc System Works (JP), Twitter campaign #BBMyTag "My Tag Cheer Campaign" Begins!
  24. Twitter, BLAZBLUE OFFICIAL (@BLAZBLUE_PR), "My Tag Cheer Campaign" Clarification