Back in early 2020, renowned fighting game developer Arc System Works released Granblue Fantasy Versus to the world. Based on the 2014 mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy, Granblue Fantasy Versus infused the IP with the intricate fighting game mechanics and 2D-esque 3D art style that have defined Arc System Works’ recent output. Some may have assumed that the game’s time has come and gone, but it turns out that Arc System Works has more plans for the fighter. On January 21, Arc System Works unveiled an updated rerelease with more content and rollback for the game, titled Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, which will release sometime in 2023.
According to the official website, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will boast new mechanics that expand upon the original fighting system. The only new mechanic revealed so far comes in the form of the Ultimate Skill, a stronger variant of Plus Skills that can slow opponents down to open up more combo and punish opportunities. Additionally, the rerelease will add on top of the original’s roster of 24 playable characters with newcomers that will play a part in a brand new story saga. Players can also “experience an abridged version of the story mode from GBVS.”
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising brings rollback netcode to the fight
As for online play, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising completely overhauls the original game’s online lobby, which now features minigames to play between fights. Some of these minigames include a Fall Guys–esque ‘Rising Royale'” obstacle course as well as a party mode called ‘Grand Bruise Legends.’ More importantly, though, the rerelease of Granblue Fantasy Versus will boast the ever-coveted rollback netcode, allowing players to hopefully experience more lag-free matches.
PC players can get a hold of Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising exclusively on Steam whenever it arrives in 2023. For those wondering, this rerelease does support cross-play with the PS4 and PS5 versions. So, if you have a friend who decides to buy the game on either of those consoles instead of PC, you can still enjoy it with them.