After a hearty bit of backlash from fans in regards to their DLC strategy, Arc System Works has announced that they will instead be offering at least two characters for free in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle — Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna from RWBY.
Team RWBY is now complete! Both Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long will be joining the roster of #BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle for all players at no charge! You can't break up the dream team. #BBTAG pic.twitter.com/VcYRB1LXPq
— ArcSystemWorks (@ArcSystemWorksU) February 7, 2018
The change was revealed on Tuesday night following the confirmation that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be one of the featured fighting games during EVO 2018. This mentality shift comes after furious online debate from fans in regards to the news that half of the title’s final roster would be coming down the line via paid DLC — an unprecedented idea for any online and tournament fighter.
Quickly after fan reactions started pouring out, Arc System Works released a statement that they would be taking opinions into consideration. The two main heroines from the RWBY web animation series offered for free is the result of this, but it is yet to be seen if the developer’s long term DLC strategy will be altered.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is still expected to land on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC/Steam this May 31 in Japan, then June 5 in North America.