Guilty Gear is back! … Kind of. It’s been 4 years since Guilty Gear Accent Core was released, and outside of the weird action/strategy hybrid Guilty Gear II for Xbox 360 in 2009, there hasn’t been much news regarding Arc System Works’ rock metal themed fighter this generation. Thankfully, Sol Badguy and crew are poised to make their comeback tour sometime soon, as Sega announced today that they’ll be porting the latest version of Guilty Gear over to arcades, XBLA and PSN.
While Arc System Works has since gone on to focus on BlazBlue and the upcoming Persona 4 fighter, Guilty Gear will always be my favorite creation of their’s; I’ve never had the patience for Street Fighter’s more delibately paced, technical style and I don’t have the reflexes to keep up with Marvel vs. Capcom’s frenetic pace and chaotic presentation, but I’ve always felt that the Guilty Gear series occupied the sweet middle ground in between those two games.
As a fan of the series, I’m sort of disappointed that the biggest news in years regarding the franchise is simply a port, but I’m glad that the series is getting another chance. As to be expected, the new port will feature online play and upscaled visuals, and I would assume that all of the extra features from the original 2008 PS2/Wii release would be included as well.
No price or concrete release date were announced, but considering it’s just a port, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (say that three times fast) hit before the end of the year. Now, how about a brand new HD Guilty Gear? Please?