BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is an upcoming hi-res 2D fighting game. It will serve as the spiritual successor to the Guilty Gear franchise, and is developed by the same team. It has been confirmed for a simultaneous Japanese and US release at the end of June (no word on an EU release). That alone should show how confident they are with this game; fighting games rarely get released in the US until their selling power is first tested in the asian market. If you need more proof of their belief in this game, see their pre-order specials below.

A pre-order from Gamestop you will get an exclusive 32-page artbook. If you go theGamecrazy route, you'll get an exclusive special edition Mana Potion energy drink. Anyone who pre-orders the game at any retailer will also be upgraded to the Limited Edition version, receiving a 48-song soundtrack and bonus disc with tutorials and strategies, for no extra cost.

Here is the synopsis of the game's story and some of its selling points:

In the 13th hierarchical city, Kagutsuchi, the Librarium regulates the amazing power of “Armagus”, a fusion of magic and technology. Currently they are after a wanted criminal named Ragna The Bloodedge, also known as “Death”, who wants to destroy the Librarium. Due to Ragna possessing a powerful form of Armagus known as the Azure Grimoire, people far and wide are after not only his bounty, but his grimoire as well. This is where our story begins...

  • Over 10 unique combatants to choose from! Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager.
  • Drive your way to victory! Use the unique “Drive Attacks” specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents.
  • A plethora of off ensive and defensive options at your disposal! Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle!

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