BlazBlue wasn't a hard sell on me. All anyone really had to say was "new Arc System Works fighter," and I picked up the first-run limited edition--y'know, the one that came with several DVDs worth of tutorials and bonus materials.
The spiritual successor to Guilty Gear is getting another installment this February 14th, updating the game's roster with all characters (including DLC fighters Platinum, Valkenhayn, and Makoto) in addition to newcomer Relius Clover.
The four permanent additions will have complete plot segments and branching paths in the now-updated Story Mode, where you're able to catch up on the plots of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and you'll fight your way through each character's story until you've uncovered enough to see a "True Ending" for the whole story--maybe one that'll lead into that third game that Arc System Works' Toshimichi Mori was talking about?
Of course, Continuum Shift EXTEND is coming out with a Limited Edition, and it's quite a steal. While the standard version runs at $39.99, for the $59.99 LE you'll get a copy of the game for PS3 or Xbox 360, a 2012 Calamity X Continuum Calendar featuring art from the series, a 40-page "art collection," and a soundtrack CD. Sadly, the upcoming PS Vita version of the game won't be getting a Limited Edition.
For those of you looking to test your skills against other strong BlazBlue players, you won't get your chance at EVO this year, but you can still test your mettle at BlueRevo, or BlazBlue Revolution, an open-invitation team tournament. The winning team at the BlueRevo US Finals on February 25, 2012 in LA will be flown to Japan to take on Japan's best at the BlueRevo Finals in Japan on March 24th.
That's not a lot of time to practice, so get crackin'! Are you going to be picking up Continuum Shift EXTEND when it hits Stateside on February 14th, 2012?