Arc System Works' Code Shifter Mashes Up Their History

Published: January 9, 2020 12:30 PM /


Code Shifter cover

Arc System Works has created tons of games over the years, and like 50 of them were either in the Guilty Gear or Blazblue franchises. Now, these worlds are being merged together in a strange little pixel art action game called Code Shifter.

Check out the Japanese trailer for Code Shifter to get a feel for the game:

The game will include characters from the following franchises according to Gematsu:

  • Guilty Gear
  • BlazBlue
  • River City

Many of the characters from these franchises are instantly recognizable in Code Shifter, but who are these other gals?

Code Shifter programmer

The Perky Programmers of Code Shifter

The main character of Code Shifter isn't Alex or Sol Badguy or anyone else you might recognize from an Arc Systems Work game. Instead, it's a programmer named Stella.

Stella works at a software company called "Awesome Rainbow Corp." The company is working on a game, but bugs are popping up out of nowhere, frustrating the developers and putting the game's launch at risk. Consequently, Stella has to fix the situation with her custom debug program. The program works by sending her digital avatar "Sera" into the game to fix things up. Along the way, you'll encounter characters from many Arc System Works titles.

That's not all that's coming with this game, though! There will also be a "Colorful Fighters" brawler mini-game that lets up to four players beat the crap out of each other with 30 characters, some of whom have to be unlocked by playing the base game.

Code Shifter is coming to the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on January 30, 2020 at a price of ¥2,000 (≈$18.28), pegging its Western release price at probably around $19.99. No Western release date has been announced, but we should be getting it "soon"; you can see some more screenshots at the game's official website.

What do you think of Code Shifter? Does a crossover game of this style appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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