Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising Online Beta Test Delayed; Closed Pre-Access Beta Announced

Cygames and Arc System Works have confirmed that the previously announced online beta test for their upcoming refined 2D fighter, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, has been delayed from its May 2023 launch window. Unfortunately, a new date has not been provided.

The reasoning given for this delay is due to stability issues during online play that they’d like to remedy as much as possible before an official public launch. Additionally, the companies announced that to test rollback netcode functionality, a closed pre-access beta will be held, with its date and registration opportunity being revealed when the schedule for the online beta test is clarified in the near future.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising features the original 24-character Versus cast alongside several new ones. A newly implemented mechanic will be Ultimate Skills, which are more powerful iterations of Versus’ Plus Skills, enabling new combo extension opportunities and ways to punish opponents. Additionally, a new Story mode will be available in a more convenient fashion, abolishing item collection, growth elements, and some quest battles. It will be an abridged version of Versus’ 50 RPG Mode chapters, too.

This release will also feature enhanced graphics, an improved online lobby with a vaster environment, and Grand Bruise Legends! Mode, comprising minigames such as obstacle course Rising Royale and Gold Brick Hoarder.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam in 2023.

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