BlazBlue (Franchise)

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BlazBlue (ブレイブルー) is a 2D fighting game series that first released in Japan on arcades on November 20, 2008, as BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Since then, the BlazBlue series has released a variety of games and evolved into a multi-media franchise, producing novels, comics, animation, and theater.

Creation & Development

Name Origin

The series experimented with different titles before it was finalized as BlazBlue. The story was set to be about the "Azure," so staff wanted to include the word "Blue" in it no matter what. The Blue Blood was the first idea, but became Blue Bloods to shorten the length. Further along the process, RiotBlue almost became the decided title, but had to be changed due to a potential copyright issue; the final title was changed to BlazBlue just two days before the official release. Toshimichi Mori mentions that upon the sudden name shift, a designer suggested that the "Blaz" in BlazBlue be pronounced "blay."[1]

History

Date of Release Title Visual
2008
November 20, 2008 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
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2009
April 9, 2009 WEB RADIO
BlazBlue Radio
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June 25, 2009 JP
June 30, 2009 US
PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
November 20, 2009 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
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2010
January 27, 2010 JP NINTENDO DSIWARE
BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale
(BlazBlue: Battle X Battle)
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February 20, 2010 EVENT
BlueFes 2010 -Spring Raid-
at Shinagawa Stellar Ball
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February 25, 2010 JP PSP
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
July 1, 2010 JP
July 27, 2010 NA
December 3, 2010 EU
PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
August 7, 2010 EVENT
BlazBlue Streaming
at Shibuya AMG Hall
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August 19, 2010 JP MOBILE
BlazBlue: Mobile Battle
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August 20, 2010 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Phase 0
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August 26, 2010 JP PC
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
September 9, 2010 EU PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
December 9, 2010 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
2011
January 22, 2011 LIVE
Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2011
at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA'
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February 14, 2011 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex
March 31, 2011 JP
May 31, 2011 NA
Nov 4, 2011 EU
PSP, 3DS
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
April 20, 2011 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 1
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July 1, 2011 NEWS BROADCAST PUPPET SHOW
BlazBlue Play
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December 17, 2011 JP PS3, XBOX 360, PS VITA
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
2012
February 14, 2012 NA PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
February 14, 2012 NA
February 22, 2012 EU
PS VITA
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
March 24, 2012 TOURNAMENT
BlazBlue Revolution
at Differ Ariake
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May 31, 2012 JP PSP
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
August 5, 2012 EVENT
BlueFes 2012 -Riot Summer Again-
at Shinkiba Studio Coast
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November 11, 2012 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
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December 21, 2012 JP WINDOWS 8
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
December 26, 2012 JP 3DS
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma
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2013
January 19, 2013 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - Part 1
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February 7, 2013 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Remix Heart
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May 19, 2013 EVENT
Arc System Works Festival
at Pacific Yokohama
September 20, 2013 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift - Part 1
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October 8, 2013 ANIME
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
October 9, 2013 JP COMIC
BlazBlue
October 24, 2013 JP PS3
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
October 24 - November 10, 2013 EVENT
BlazBlue Museum
at Akihabara Gamers
2014
March 3 - March 9, 2014 STAGE
Live Act BlazBlue ~Continuum Shift~
at The Galaxy Theatre (Tennōzu)
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March 25, 2014 NA PS4, PS3, XBOX ONE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
April 24, 2014 JP, NA PS VITA
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
June 20, 2014 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 1
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July 12, 2014 LIVE
Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2014
at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA'
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October 9, 2014 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Ver 2.0
December 11, 2014 STEAM
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
2015
January 7, 2015 JP
February 23, 2015 NA
March 23, 2015KR
APP
Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san
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March 29, 2015 LIVE
BlazBlue Music Live 2015
at Zeep Tokyo
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April 23, 2015 JP
June 30, 2015 NA
July 28, 2015 NA (PS Vita)
October 23, 2015 EU
PS4, PS3, XBOX One, PS VITA
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
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July 12, 2015 EVENT
Blue Fes 2015 -Lord☆Ultimate~-
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November 19, 2015 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
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2016
March 2, 2016 STEAM
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
August 10 - 14, 2016 STAGE
Live Act BlazBlue ~Continuum Shift~
at Shinjukumura Performing Theater
October 6, 2016 JP PS3, PS4
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
October 20, 2016 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Spiral Shift – Hero of the Frozen Blade
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December 12, 2016 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Variable Heart
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2017
April 27, 2017 STEAM
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
August 3, 2017 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue Central Fiction Ver 2.0
2018
March 22, 2018 JP, NA NINTENDO SWITCH
Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san
March 31, 2018 JP
June 5, 2018 NA
June 22, 2018 EU
PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH, STEAM
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
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November 20, 2018 BlazBlue 10th Anniversary BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Logo.png
TBA 2018 MOBILE
BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War
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2019
February 7, 2019 JP
February 8, 2019 EU
NINTENDO SWITCH
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition
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See Also

External Links

References

  1. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), BLAZBLUE Title & Logo Transition