Guilty Gear Strive reveals final season one DLC character – Destructoid
Death has No Gender
Something wicked this way comes. As part of this weekend’s ARCEVO tournament festivities, Arc System Works revealed the fifth and final DLC character rounding out season one of fantastic fighter Guilty Gear Strive — Ask not for whom the bell tolls: Testament has returned.
A veteran character of Guilty Gear‘s deep, extended lore, Testament first debuted at the climax of the original Guilty Gear way back in 1998. Since then, they have made sporadic appearances throughout the series’ lineage — both in the ring or simply lurking in the shadows. Testament is a notoriously troubling character to fight, capable of controlling the battlefield with their blood traps and reaping souls with their attractive but sinister familiar EXEBEAST. Importantly, they also like potatoes.
Testament’s new design is, bluntly put, fucking stunning. The previously sublime-yet-masculine character has fully embraced their non-binary nature — now going by They/Them pronouns. While their amazing and alluring trademark Gothic style remains — typically befitting that of the Grim Reaper — Testament has completed the look with a show-stopping top hat and a redesigned Crimson Scythe. I think they look amazing. Their redesign is one of the greatest fighting game glow-ups ever.
Jesus Christ, I wish I looked that good.
Testament will launch in-game on March 28 for season pass owners, before being made available to purchase for all players on March 31. Until that day, Strive players will likely be waiting to explore Testament’s revamped gameplay — terrified that the nightmare matchups from Guilty Gears of yore will return to claim more hapless players’ souls. They will be accompanied by a new stage “WHite House Reborn”. So yep, you can now throw down on Pennsylvania Ave.
In addition to Testament’s reveal, ArcSys also confirmed that a second season, comprised of four more DLC characters, is set to kick off later in 2022. Regarding technical matters, the developer will also be implementing crossplay support between PlayStation and PC platforms, and is also looking into connectivity and stability improvements for Strive‘s online dust-ups.
But that’s not all. As one final reveal, ArcSys announced that March 28 will see the arrival of an all-new “Digital Figure” Mode. This is, essentially, a sandbox for the Strive photo mode, and will allow players to construct dioramas out of Guilty Gear Strive characters, stages, and background items in order to create dynamic custom photoshoots.
This is a particularly neat idea, especially given Strive’s gorgeous visual design. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the awesome portraitures that will no doubt be created by the GG faithful. With a new character, a new stage, a new mode, the second season of DLC, an upcoming story expansion, and the much-requested crossplay tech, it seems Hearts will be Blazing in the remainder of 2022 and beyond.