If you’re someone who loves fighting games for the stories, you are admittedly in a small niche. If you’re a story-driven fighting game fan playing PC games you’re in an even smaller niche. Fortunately, Arc System Works, developer of the BlazBlue visual novel spinoff XBlaze Code: Embryo has you covered.
The game originally released as a Sony exclusive, appearing only on the PlayStation 3 and Vita consoles. But after three years, XBlaze Code: Embryo is finally coming to Steam on March 1.
XBlaze Code: Embryo was followed up in 2015 by its sequel, XBlaze: Lost Memories, though as yet that title remains a PS3 and Vita exclusive, with no plans to port it over to Steam.
Fans of the BlazBlue and XBlaze series likely know what they’re in for already. XBlaze Code: Embryo features Toya, the plucky young protagonist with special powers, who is saved by Es, a young soldier woman with a sword. Y’know. That sort of thing.
True to its heritage, the visual novel-style game turns the genre on its head with a few twists of its own, including a unique branching-path system. The game comprises 10 unique endings, which are determined by the player’s choices throughout the course of the game. The game’s TOi system lets players pick and choose which information they want to read, which can drastically alter the outcome of the story or even the world itself.
XBlaze Code: Embryo is set to release on March 1 on Steam, though no price has yet been listed.