The cross-platform network open beta test for Guilty Gear Strive is officially underway, it is an online playtest on multiple platforms.

Guilty Equipment Effort opened a cross-platform network beta test for players to participate in, giving players the chance to test the stress of online gaming on three different platforms. The game has been a dormant hit for fighting game developer Arc System Works since last year, becoming a critical and commercial success. This momentum continued with a first full season of characters, with Guilty Equipment EffortThe second season pass also releases its first character this year.


Among other additions, Arc System Works has also revealed a rough roadmap for Guilty Equipment Effort throughout 2022-2023, which includes the release windows for characters included in the second season pass, as well as the Crossplay Beta test. While it was initially announced that it would be held in mid-September, the test was only recently available. Players can jump into this beta test right now, on all three platforms the game is available on.

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Arc System Works notes that this beta test for Guilty Equipment Effort is its own separate app that is disconnected from the main game currently available for sale. This demo can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store or Steam, which will run from October 13-17. Arc System Works emphasizes that downloading the app and participating in the beta test is free and available to anyone, even if they have never purchased the game before.

Nine game modes are available to play in this open beta test, including tutorial, training room, VS mode, and online modes. 21 characters of Guilty Equipment EffortThe roster will also be available in this demo, which includes DLC characters like Happy Chaos, Baiken, Testament, and even the recently released Bridget. This essentially provides players with a free test of the roster currently available in the main game, giving them a way to try out certain characters they haven’t purchased yet or just the game in general.

Arc System Works has detailed some of the currently exclusive features in this cross-platform test of Guilty Equipment Effort. One of these is a brand new icon that has been added next to the player’s name to indicate that they are on a different platform, indicated by the crossed arrows icon. There is also an option for players to opt out of cross-platform matches, with a setting that can be enabled in the options menu, which is enabled by default. Arc System Works concludes that save data from the beta test will not carry over into the main game, along with other necessities to participate, such as a PS Plus subscription on the PlayStation platform.

Guilty Equipment Effort is available on PC, PS4 and PS5.

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