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Arc System Works confirms that the upcoming fighting game Guilty Gear Strive will now be released in June 2021.

Players hoping to enjoy the seventh mainline game in the Guilty Gear series on April 9 are in for a little disappointment. Arc System Works has announced that Guilty Gear Strive has been pushed back by two months and will now be released on PlayStation 4 and PC on June 11. 2021.

The game is eagerly anticipated by longtime players of the series, which promises to change things up with a new dash move and the removal of Xrd‘s Blitz Shield/Attack and Danger Time mechanics.

In a press statement confirming the new Guilty Gear Strive release date, Arc System Works says:

“The added time will allow Arc System Works to continue working on delivering the best experience possible for players by polishing some aspects of the game, such as online lobbies and server stability.”

The shift in release date means that players who have pre-ordered the Deluxe and Ultimate versions of Guilty Gear Strive will now get Early Access to the game on June 8. For those three days, players can sample 13 of the game’s 15 characters and experience the story mode’s prologue. Online multiplayer will also be off-limits.

Arc System Works has also confirmed that owners of the PlayStation 4 edition can upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.

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