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  • Acclaimed Flop: While reception to the game was positive, the opening sales have been proven to be lower than any baseline BlazBlue game.
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  • Ascended Fanon: Vatista's popularity regularly sees her be included by fans as the fourth member of Hyde's inner circle. Considering that she gets included in Hyde, Linne, and Waldstein's Steven Universe themed color pallete set, ArcSys wholeheartedly embraces this notion.
  • Ascended Meme: It's a common joke in the RWBY fandom that Weiss has the smallest cup size of the team and suffers A-Cup Angst. In this game, not only is Weiss the only girl of the RWBY crew to not get a more voluptuous figure in her character artwork, she is literally called "a flat-chested sidekick" by Platinum in their pre-fight interactions and lets out an exasperated "Excuse me?!" when she is told she fought okay "in spite of [her] cup size."
  • Christmas Rushed: It has been noted that the game's release has been timed in such a way to make it available by the time Evolution 2018 takes place, as BBTAG is indeed on the Evo 2018 lineup and is the most recently released game on the roster, dropping just three months before the event. Many fans theorize that the fact that the game is out in time for Evo played a major role in the game's highly controversial DLC management. Specifically, the fact that the DLC characters from the three DLC packs that were announced prerelease appear and are fought in the game's story mode is being pointed to as evidence.
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  • Cross-Regional Voice Acting: A special case with the RWBY characters in the original Japanese track, with both sets of actors, Japanese and English, credited from the get-go. The English voices listed first to denote the characters' origins as being from an American-made series.
  • Descended Creator: RWBY singer Casey Lee Williams does the voice of Neo.
  • Dueling Works:
  • Do Not Spoil This Ending: In the week leading to the game's release, Arc System Works released guidelines for streaming and video content. The one thing the guidelines prohibit (aside from uploading the game's soundtrack) is videos and streams of Episode Mode outside of brief clips, and even then, nothing after Chapter 2.
  • Executive Meddling: After 2.0 went up, an interview with Mori saw him admitting that Rooster Teeth pushed strongly for Neo to be RWBY's first post-launch rep over other characters (Mori has admitted in the past that Adam Taurus and Penny Polendina are him and the staff's favored characters from the show to appear in a game).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The game has picked up the nickname BlazBlue: M.U.G.E.N.
    • A more derogatory nickname that's popped up is ArcSys Fighting Jam due to all the recycled assets.
    • Some fans have come up with team names for specific character pairings, such as "Team Rose" for Ruby/Rachel (in which that one became an ascended one via pre-battle character interactions) and "Ice Queens" for Jin/Weiss. The team names basically double as ship names as well. There's even a spreadsheet dedicated to recording nicknames for all possible pairings.
    • Gordeau Cross Tag Battle — referring to how Gordeau has easily become the most-used character out of the base roster.
      • Gordeau himself has gotten the nickname "Black Scythe Bastard" from fans and detractors online after Ragna referred to him as such in the BlazBlue episode.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many fans called Weiss from RWBY getting into the game months before she was revealed in October 2017, given that she's Ruby's partner.
      • This goes double for Linne's inclusion as Hyde, while being the main character, is basically her lackey.
    • A Redditor said that he felt that RWBY would get less roster representation than the other series. As of this time, RWBY has 4 characters out of the game's full roster of 40.
    • At least one person had the foresight to expect Gordeau's arrival immediately after the EVO 2017 teaser trailer, something that would be proven true five months later in November. They also specifically focused on Gordeau's infamous Grim Reaper special, which was referenced by the developers giving Gordeau a 6-star "Grim Reaper" stat in place of Luck.
    • Due to the RWBY cast having dual audio options, some fans were convinced that the game would receive a dub, although some were concerned with BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Under Night In-Birth not being dubbed spilling over here.
    • Just about everyone assumed that Ruby would fangirl over the Impossibly Cool Weapons of the non-RWBY cast, particularly when it came to Ragna and his Blood Scythe. Unsurprisingly, this is exactly what happens when Ragna and Ruby are teammates.
    • Due to the color representing it, and the fact that the game is made up mostly of reused assets from games Arc System Works either developed or published, fans suspected Arcana Heart to be the fifth franchise introduced in Season 2 before it was actually revealed at EVO Japan 2019.
    • When a special Japanese-only retail version of the Special Edition was revealed, it was also announced that 19 stamps representing the BlazBlue side of the roster was to come with it... except that at the time, only 17 BlazBlue characters were known to the general public and the two unknown fighters were labelled as "??", all but confirming that two BlazBlue fighers would join the roster when the new update launched. This theory was later given more credence when Arc System Works released several acryllic artworks of character sprites during the Tokyo Game Show that consisted of fighters represented in the game thus far, except for two: Terumi and Celica. Later turned out to be half-true: Celica was confirmed, but Terumi was not — his alternate form Susanoo was.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Depending on region...
    • In Japan, there is a "Limited Box" edition of the game that, in addition to a DLC product code that bundles character packs 1-7, it also comes with an artbook and, depending on version, acrylic standees (PS4) or a pouch/case (Switch). JP version pre-orders previously offered the OST.
    • In Asia, there's a physical Deluxe edition which comes with the game and the DLC character bundle product code (PS4 only). There's also the limited edition which includes the artbook, steelcase, and OST, and depending on version, the character DLC bundle (PS4) or the DLC (product code for) Character Pack 1 (Switch).
    • For the U.S. Limited Edition, it includes the game itself (with reversible cover art based on the JP standard version), a steelcase, the game's soundtrack with 15 songs, acrylic standees, and a nice box to go with it. However, it will not include the DLC character bundle (packs 1-7), and was exclusive to the Arc System Works and Rooster Teeth stores. (It is no longer available.) Pre-orders with the standard edition previously offered a mini-soundtrack with 7 songs.
    • For Europe and PAL regions, it'll include the game, OST, and artbook, however, what's different from other versions is that this one includes a "battle bag" and 4 posters of the main characters of each respective series (Ragna, Yu, Hyde, Ruby). However, this too will not include the DLC character bundle. This LE is exclusive to the Rice Digital online store. All Day 1 standard edition copies will also include the mini-OST, but this will have 5 songs instead.
    • The Steam version used to include the 15-track OST and the artbook digitally, along with DLC Character Pack 1 for basic purchasers free until 7/6/18. However, the DLC has since reverted back to paid, and the OST/artbook is no longer offered.
    • While not an actual Limited Edition in a sense, the physical Special Edition of BBTAG includes all the DLC so far (character packs 1-7, along with DLC colors 14-16 on the disc/cart) up to the 2.0 content pack, which however, is a DLC code. Pre-orders in JP/Asia regions previously offered the Special Edition Artbook. EU/PAL regions will also have a physical Special Edition but its PS4 only. However, it will include the game with the non-2.0 DLC's on the disc, the 2.0 content pack DLC code and the SE artbook all inside as the Day One edition there.
  • Milestone Celebration: While probably unintentional, Cross Tag Battle's release coincides with the 10 year anniversaries of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and Persona 4, the 6 year anniversary of Under Night In-Birth's first iteration and the 5 year anniversary of RWBY's first episode.
  • Name's the Same: There are two Naotos in this game. One of then is an ace detective with a persona (Naoto Shirogane) and one that can manipulate his blood as a weapon (Naoto Kurogane).
  • No Dub for You: Averted. It was announced that the game will be "subbed and dubbed with a full localization," with the intent of capturing the same feel for RWBY fans (as team RWBY had a dual-audio option from the get-go) and Western fans in general. This marks the first time the casts of Under Night In-Birth, Arcana Heart, Akatsuki Blitzkampf and any BlazBlue characters who have debuted in previously undubbed works like BlazBlue: Central Fiction and XBlaze Code: Embryo, will have English voice acting. New to this game is the ability to change the language on a per-character basis (akin to Street Fighter) when previous Arc System Works games limited it to changing the entire casts instead.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Against Type: A few English voice actors for the Under Night In-Birth cast are playing outside their typical casting roles:
  • Promoted Fanboy: A posthumous example; RWBY creator Monty Oum was a noted fan of BlazBlue. This can be seen with BlazBlue creator Toshimichi Mori as well. Mori has stated before that he's a fan of RWBY and wanted to make a fighting game with RWBY characters... and lo and behold.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Yang's lacking position in the story mode, alongside the other nine DLC characters in the base roster not being in it period, can be traced back to them not being ready by the time of the game's launch.
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  • Role Reprise: Every single character is voiced by their original voice actor in Japanese. For the English cast, everyone has their most recent voice actors since some of them (like Hazama, Chie, Kanji and Naoto) have been Darrin'd for several years in their home series. Even for Alexis Tipton, this is only her first time voicing Platinum the Trinity in a game, not overall, since she also replaced Laura Bailey in BlazBlue: Alter Memory. Chie is a notable one since after the SAG-AFTRA voice actor strike, Erin Fitzgerald has announced that she can only accept union works... yet she still came back for Chie anyway.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: The 2.0 update trailer announced 4 of the 9 new characters set to join the roster as of November. While the identities of the remaining 5 characters are unknown, a special edition release has inadvertedly revealed that 2 of them will be hailing from BlazBlue.
  • Talking to Himself:
  • Throw It In: Chie's "slurping noises" in her victory quote with Hilda was improvised by Erin Fitzgerald. She said she did it for fun and never thought they'd put it in.
  • Trolling Creator: Of course, we have Mori, but then there's also Arc System Works's Twitter. Someone asked if they could see a clip of the English Dub version of the game. And ArcSys obliged... by showing the game's home screen with no voice clips.
    • As of the 1.5 update, dataminers found announcer calls for almost 80 characters currently not on the roster, including several from Senran Kagura and Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Given the size of the list, the fact that it contains the remaining BlazBlue, Persona, and Under Night characters, and the fact that some characters were confirmed to have a low chance of appearing due to being clones or Puppet Fighters, the list is largely suspected to be a placeholder to avoid leaking any future additions through datamining.
      • And now both Senran Kagura and Akatsuki are actually represented in a 2.0 trailer.
  • Uncredited Role: With the exception of the RWBY cast as a result of being in the original release, none of the English voices are credited.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • With regards to DLC characters, the developers have noted that they cannot implement more traditional Puppet Fighters (Carl and Nirvana, Relius and Ignis, Shadow Labrys and Asterius, Ken and Koromaru, Chaos and Azhi Dahaka) due to how their system mechanics cannot be properly translated into the game's current engine.
    • What with how Rooster Teeth pushed for Neo to be the first and only RWBY rep after the main four girls, it's likely that another character from the series could have made it in first (especially as Mori has admitted that he and crew love Adam and Penny).
    • When asked if he could add any other franchise into the game, Mori said that he would love to add in the Fate series with specific focus on Fate/Grand Order.


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