The BlazBlue series has had a dedicated fandom since its creation by Arc System Works in 2008 with BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. While the series lacks the major notability of other fighters, including even Arc’s own Guilty Gear series, it’s focus on stoty and large variety of characters earned it a cult following among fighting game fans.
Those two factors were enhanced by the fact that all the major releases in the series have had high-quality dubs. As BlazBlue Central Fiction is bringing the current storyline to a close, it began to concern fans that there was no word about a dub for BlazBlue Central Fiction from either Arc System Works, the publisher Aksys, or others involved in the process of releasing the game overseas.
That led to people asking them online, which would normally be the conclusion of all this as one of the companies would say something. CJ Iwakura eventually ended up getting in touch with us about the situation and sharing what he had posted on the topic about there being no dub, including some comments by voice actors from the series. The comments below are by Patrick Seitz, who voices Ragna the Bloodedge, the primary protagonist of the games, and Cristina Vee, who voices Noel Vermillion, the primary heroine of the games, which means that we’re talking about major voices for the series here.
— Patrick Seitz (@Seitz_Unseen) July 22, 2016
@Seitz_Unseen same here…
— Cristina Vee (@CristinaVee) July 23, 2016
BlazBlue Central Fiction was released in arcades last year in Japan, has a September console release in Japan, and is supposed to release in North America this fall. That would leave rather limited time for recording at this point.
With this, we reached out to all the parties we could, including both Arc System Works and Aksys Games. So far, we have had a near total lack of response, despite giving several days for any sort of reply from the parties. The only ones who have replied are Strangely Compelling, who do PR for Arc System Works games on PC and mobile and are doing the localization of the text. They told us to contact the other companies involved as they are not handling public relations and any public comments would be coming from either Aksys or PQube Games. Neither of them has responded to our inquiries at this time, nor has Arc System Works.
This matches completely what their response on social media has been towards concerned fans, and the fact that they are dodging giving comments leads one to wonder why that is. If they were doing a dub for it, all logic insists that they would have quickly and clearly cleaned up the confusion and concern of fans regarding the issues.
We will keep you up-to-date on this story as we find out more.
Do you think that the dub for BlazBlue Central Fiction is being done? What do you think is happening here? Share your thoughts in the comments below!