Quick Hits: Free-LC

Things might be turning around for our friends at Arc System Works.

Last night’s unveiling of the Evo 2018 games lineup didn’t have a whole lot of surprises; most figured that Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition would be there, as well as the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Melee. But there was one reveal that caught many, present company included, very much off-guard.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, a game that found itself waist-deep in controversy with dodgy DLC plans a month ago, was announced as a part of the official Evo 2018 lineup. But in addition to that, Arc System Works announced that RWBY’s Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long were both going to be free downloadable content for everyone.

While it doesn’t answer people’s questions about details like the pricing for both the base game and downloadable character packs, this is very much a step in the right direction. RWBY‘s main quartet making their fighting game debut is arguably one of the larger draws of Cross Tag Battle, and the fact that half the team would be DLC didn’t sit well with many. It’s hard to tell whether or not this was Arc System Works’ plan all along, but regardless, it’s a solid move that should bring back anyone turned away by the initial DLC announcement.

Hopefully, Arc System Works will be just as smart about everything else going forward.

‘Til we meet again,
Tom

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