Grimnir will be a playable character in Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, publisher Cygames and developer Arc System Works announced during the Nier gameplay trailer that debuted at the game’s EVO 2023 panel.
Creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara also introduced additional new elements such as costumes, new training mode features, the new online lobby, minigames, and transferrable data from the original Granblue Fantasy: Versus.
Get the details below.
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising set out to expand the boundaries of the fighting game genre. And now… we’re taking that experience to new heights!
Aiming for a 2023 release, our teams are working hard to make Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising the definitive fighting game experience for beginners and veterans alike.
- New mechanics
- Enhanced Visuals
- New characters / New story
- Rollback netcode
- And more!
The core Granblue Fantasy: Versus gameplay experience will remain the same—the new characters and mechanics will serve to elevate movement options and strategic gameplay to new levels!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the online beta!
The visuals of Rising feature stunning, anime-like expressions through new post-processing effects. All in-game visual effects have been enhanced, along with some character models being updated for a more refined appearance.
Rollback and Cross-Play
Rollback and cross-play are coming to Granblue Fantasy: Versus at long last!
We’ve been working on making this happen ever since the launch of Granblue Fantasy: Versus. After extensive research and discussion, we decided to rework everything into Granblue Fantasy Versus: Risingas the cost to implement these features would nearly amount to the cost of making a new game.
It wasn’t a cheap solution by any means, but we’re glad we finally made it a reality!
Previously Announced New Playable Characters
New Playable Character: Grimnir (voiced by Griffin Burns in English, Megumi Ogata in Japanese)
Grimnir can command the winds to advance across the battlefield in multiple directions and shift the trajectory of his projectiles at will. By utilizing his superior mobility options, he can rush down foes and oppress them with attacks from every angle.
I can’t stand losing in fighting games! It’s a lonely battle…
Introducing “Partners”! Here to encourage, praise, and advise you! All partners fully voiced!
—Guider to the Eternal Edge Gran’s Alternative Costume
More costumes slated for future release! Here’s a sneak peek at Gran’s.
Versus ranks will be determined on a per-character basis!
New Training Mode Features
Seamless situational training and combo practice.
Trials have been integrated into Training Mode.
On-screen frame data!
Engaging New Features
The online lobby is expanding into an entire island! Aside from the standard match stations, other fun attractions will also be available for players to take a break from their matches.
Race to the finish while avoiding obstacles and use items to take out other players in this topsy-turvy battle royale!
—Gold Brick Hoarder
Whangle up Gold Bricks and take them to your team’s stockpile within the time limit, Just like in Rising Royale, you might need to play dirty to win! Cygames, Inc. Developed by ARC SYSTEM WORKS
Can you survive Beelzebub’s explosive onslaught? Watch your step as bombs obliterate the ground beneath you and be the last one standing!
Is that… downtown Shibuya?! There are plenty of games yet to come!
Transferrable Data from Granblue Fantasy: Versus
For those who enjoyed Granblue Fantasy: Versus, you have our sincerest thanks. The following data can be transferred to Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising:
- Story Progress
- Tournament Trophies
- EX Colors
- Battle Pass Rewards (Weapons, Colors)
Release Date Announcement Coming Soon
“That’s all for today’s panel, but we have more announcements planned for the EVO finals [on August 6], so please stay tuned,” said creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara while the following slide was shown:
Asked if “more announcements” meant a release date, Fukuhara replied, “No comment. At any rate, please wait until the day after tomorrow!”
Watch the new trailer below.
Nier Gameplay Trailer