Project Lumina (Notes, Aniplex, and Delightworks) and developer French-Bread have officially announced 2D fighting game Melty Blood: Type Lumina for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It will launch in 2021 worldwide with Japanese voice-overs, and English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean text support.
Here is an overview of the game, via Project Lumina:
Melty Blood: Type Lumina, based on the world of Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon, Type-Moon’s long-form romantic visual novel, is slated for release in 2021. With a story by Kinoko Nasu and new character designs by Takashi Takeuchi (both of Type-Moon), Melty Blood: Type Lumina is a 2D fighting game that allows players to utilize the skills of characters from Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon in combat. The 2D characters also feature in animated battle scenes.
The new game is developed by French-Bread, the creative collective involved in the original Melty Blood series. While staying true to the distinctive features of the classic Melty Blood games, Melty Blood: Type Lumina has been built from the ground up for the modern gaming landscape, with features including support for HD visuals and a rebuilt fighting system.
Over 10 playable characters will be featured, with each character offering a unique and diverse range of attacks and moves. Each character has a total of 10 different color schemes, and players even have the option of setting up their own custom colors.
Single-player modes are Story, Time Attack, and Survival. In Story mode, players will control their selected character through a series of must-win fights, and witness story events that are unique to that character. Try beating your fastest fight in Time Attack mode, or see how many battles you can endure before your limited health runs out in Survival mode.
While carrying over the classic features of the “Melty Blood” series, the new game’s battle system has been rebuilt from the ground up. Features include the “Rapid Beat” system, which allows players to execute combinations with repeated presses of the attack buttons. Actions and systems that make use of new resources are also planned for inclusion.
The following four playable characters are confirmed so far:
- Shiki Tohno (voiced by Ryousuke Kanemoto)
- Arcueid Brunestud (voiced by Ikumi Hasegawa)
- Akiha Tohno (voiced by Shino Shimoji)
- Ciel (voiced by Kaede Hondo)
Volume 13 of the magazine Type-Moon Ace notes that while over 20 characters have been playable in previous games, Melty Blood: Type Lumina is based on the world of Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon, thus there are less characters since it does not follow all the characters that previously appeared in the series. For example, Sion Eltnam Atlasia, who was the main heroine in past games, does not appear in Melty Blood: Type Lumina, nor does a TATARI story.
Melty Blood: Type Lumina will also feature many voiced lines during battle. Citing Granblue Fantasy: Versus as an influence, there will be different dialogue between different combinations of characters.