It’s still too early to celebrate, but the first signs look good
Following the success of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R and Strive, Arc System Works said they will be looking at their catalog of titles to see which ones could potentially be updated with the restore netcode as well, and we might have our first clue. for the answer of what may be happening now.
Fighting game player Majeed Bogard and others recently discovered BlazBlue: Central Fiction has been updated with a new private beta branch, indicating that the title may be the next to get the Accent Core treatment.
According to SteabDB, this “dev-test-debug” branch of Central Fiction was fixed just a few days ago, on September 27, 2021.
This is certainly curious for several reasons, the first being the fact that there haven’t been any similar updates to the game in at least three years, and it was barely touched last year other than the changes to the Steam store tags used.
A review of other ArcSys titles such as Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle shows that none of these have had similar development branches open for at least a year or two.
– Majeed Bogard (@BogardMajeed) September 28, 2021
Apparently, the new change logs for the test version of Central Fiction also appear to be very similar in nature to those for Accent Core from last year.
While this doesn’t categorically confirm that a flashback is indeed on its way for BlazBlue for the first time, all of this information points to something happening in a title that has essentially been dormant for years on Steam.
The arcade version of Central Fiction originally released in 2015, but it wouldn’t receive a proper PC version until 2017, where Patch 2.0 would release later in the year.
If the development update leads to a rollback of the game in the near future, it will be very interesting to see if the redesign also ends up in console versions or remains exclusive to Steam as the Accent Core is currently.
Central Fiction getting its chance on the rollback would also confirm that ArcSys and their partners have made tremendous progress in their attempts to revert to their old titles, which would open the door for something similar in Cross Tag Battle, a potential re-release of Persona. 4 Arena or maybe even Guilty Gear Xrd at some point.
It’s still too early to start celebrating, but fans will certainly be watching these database pages closely to try and decode what’s going on.