Anime fighter BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will punch onto Steam in June

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You might know that Japanese developer Arc System Works is bringing 2D fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ to PC (opens in new tab) later this year. But it's also working on another anime fighter, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, and has just announced that it will land on Steam on June 5.

A new trailer, above, gives you a taste of what to expect. You'll be able to tag characters in and out of fights in a shower of blue lightning, fireballs and big hair-dos. It will launch with a roster of 20 characters pulled from four different franchises: BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena (a fighting game based on the JRPG series), Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.

The developer also revealed that Blake Belladonna, from RWBY, will be the first character available as DLC. The first of many, in fact, with 20 characters planned for DLC in total, doubling the size of the starting roster. 

They'll largely arrive in sets of threes and you'll be able to buy a season pass-style bundle if you want to pay for them all up front. I have no doubt some fans will want to nab them all, but there's something about locking half of all the planned characters behind an additional paywall that doesn't sit right.

Arc System Works opened up a North American headquarters in November (opens in new tab) specifically so it could make more games for Western audiences, so expect these two fighters to be the first of many new games that pop up on Steam in the coming years.

Thanks, Gematsu (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.