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Granblue Fantasy Versus will be a 2D Fighting Game Spin-Off of the Granblue Fantasy video game series, developed by Cygames and Arc System Works for the Sony PlayStation 4. Announced in December 2018, Versus will launch sometime in 2019 for both Japan and the West. Like Guilty Gear Xrd and Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Versus will utilize the similar 3D graphics on a 2D playing field, powered by technology behind the Unreal Engine. The game's official website can be found here.

Cygames has stated the plot is separate from the original mobile game. Versus will be accessible and friendly to newcomers, but also features deeper game mechanics to appeal to those in the fighting game community.

Trailers: Granblue Fes 2018, Lowain Reveal, Ladiva Reveal

For tropes regarding characters in the original Granblue Fantasy, see here.


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  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Charlotta's crown isn't merely a cosmetic item in this game, it has a hitbox! Although this is done for Competitive Balance purposes, as her body's hitbox is small, given that she is a Harvin.
  • Adaptation Deviation: In the mobile game, Katapillar is supposed to be remote-controlled only by Vira, as a result of an Unwilling Roboticisation done by the latter, yet in Versus, she can be summoned by Lowain. However, this may also be Justified in a sense that Katapillar is created from a daydream of the brothers trio (Lowain, Elsam and Tomoi) in the first place.
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  • Assist Character: Lowain's buddies Tomoi and Elsam help him out for several of his abilities as well as being able to summon Katapillar. He can also summon Yggdrasil to fight in his place temporarily.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Lowain can summon Yggdrasil to temporarily fight for him, and she is huge. The game's camera even zooms out just to properly fit her in the screen.
  • Battle Intro: Much like Guilty Gear Xrd and Dragon Ball Fighter Z, a 3D animation plays for each character before the match starts.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: Ladiva's "finisher" spawns a ring which lets her pin down the opposition with her entire body. In an allusion to wrestling rules, a referee will count up to three before declaring Ladiva as the winner.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: A short Teaser and a Test Matchup Video for the Closed Beta were released, with Japanese FGC players Daigo Umehara and Fuudo (Keita Ai) of Cygames Beast trying out a beta build of the game.
  • Cooldown Manipulation:
    • Skills have cooldowns and can be executed with a single press of a button. However, players can manually input commands to shorten cooldowns.
    • If you unleash any Skybound Art or its "Super" variant, all of your four skills go into cooldown. This would prevent the offensive player from spamming unique skills immediately after a super move.
  • Desperation Attack: The characters' Skybound Arts have "Super" variants than can only be used if their HP drips down a certain threshold (indicated by their HP bars flashing blue).
  • Dodge the Bullet: The evade mechanic even allows you to dodge your opponents' projectiles.
  • Dub Name Change: Subverted in the third trailer. The revealed character is named Fastiva in Japan, yet the English localization of the mobile game has her name as Ladiva. When the trailer makes use of English captions to name the announced characters, her name is written as "Fastiva", following the Japanese naming. It's played straight everywhere else however.
  • Elemental Powers: Just like the source material, every character in the game is associated with an element, manifesting as part of their weapon trail and some of their special moves.
  • Funny Background Event: While most of the revealed background stages so far consist of other characters from Granblue doing their own thing or simply standing on the background, the stage based on Auguste Isles (as seen on the Lowain and Ladiva trailers) feature Lunalu drawing near the beach while Jin and Kaz are standing atop a rock, seemingly fishing for something.
  • Grapple Move: While all of the cast can perform grabs, Ladiva specializes in these, with her several throws and wrestling moves.
  • Hit Stop: A staple for fighting games - Animation briefly pauses for every attack that connects.
  • Immune to Flinching: Yggdrasil's moves don't get interrupted by the opponent's attacks.
  • Limit Break: As an equivalent to the "Charge Attack" mechanics of the RPG game, characters can unleash their "Skybound Art" when the SB Meter is full. Their attack animations are based on a variant of their Charge Attacks from the original game. These can also cross into a Desperation Attack.
  • Moveset Clone: As a form of Shout-Out, some characters' abilities are based on other existing Fighting Game moves, most of which are from ArcSys franchises.
    • Judging from the 2018 Trailer and Closed Beta Test Matchup, Lancelot seems to have some moves, mechanics and animation copied from Ky Kiske (sword combos), Leo Whitefang (dashing through the opponent) and Jin Kisaragi. Much more so with the latter, who also fights using ice powers. Both Lancelot and Jin Kisaragi can also summon sword-shaped icicles.
    • One of Ladiva's aerial attacks is basically Zangief's dropkick which has also been cloned into other fighting game franchises.
    • Yggdrasil can summon pillars of spiked earth just like in the original game and its anime adaptation. However, the multiple pillars are consecutively spawned forward, mimicking Nu-13's "Spike Chaser" from BlazBlue.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In a similar case to Granblue Fantasy Relink, Gran's Charge Attack in this game is "Tempest Blade", one that is provided by the first weapon acquired in the game, which is also Wind-elemental.
    • One of Charlotta's intro sequences has her tripping in a wooden crate, a reference to two of her artworks from the mobile game. She is standing in a crate in her 5★ Uncap and almost falls from a boat in her Summer version.
    • The 2018 trailer briefly shows Charlotta and Lancelot fighting in a coliseum-like arena with soldiers watching from the background. This mimics their scenario in the Fate Episode of Charlotta's Light version from the game, when they duke it out just to entertain their subordinate knights.
    • The said trailer also ends with Lyria and Gran summoning Proto Bahamut, with almost the exact similar animation used in the game's anime adaptation.
    • BlazBlue has a Central Theme about the conflict or collision between power and skill. The first trailer's tagline for Granblue Fantasy Versus adds in "Spirit". On a lesser note, this may also refer to Ferry being a literal spirit or ghost.
    • As a reference to the mobile game's interface, Ladiva is introduced in the third trailer with a raid notification on the upper part of the screen, with its accompanying sound effect.
  • Palette Swap: A few appear in the beta trailer for the game.
  • Parody: The Lowain Trailer is played out like a Japanese Variety Show, with Elsam and Tomoi having head cams on the upper-right corner with constant excited yelling and caption zooms punctuating some of their lines.
  • Pinball Projectile: A Skybound Art of Ferry allows her to summon an Energy Ball that can bounce off.
  • Shotoclone: Gran and Katalina have the archetypal projectile and invincible uppercut moves, and are meant to be the well rounded beginner characters, with Gran being more close range amd Katarina being more mid-range.
  • Skill Gate Characters: Gran is designed to be the typical "basic, well-rounded" fighter archetype, and is a Shotoclone to boot.
  • Tagline: "Power. Skill. And Spirit Collide." from the 2018 Trailer.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Ferry has a grapple move in which she pulls her opponent with her whip.


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