Granblue Fantasy Versus easy special moves are optional

A new video presentation from Cygames and Arc System Works has confirmed that players don’t have to use Granblue Fantasy Versus easy special moves. Players can still use traditional special move inputs, and will be rewarded for doing so.

Announced during Granblue Fest last December, Granblue Fantasy Versus is a fighting game spin off of Cygame’s popular mobile role playing card game Granblue Fantasy. Developed by the legendary Arc System Works, the game targets players who may not have any experience with traditional fighting games.

As part of this, hints have come out that the game uses simplified controls, including special moves that can be done with only one button. The game ties these moves to a cooldown timer similar to Radiant’s Rising Thunder.

The developers confirmed that easy special moves are optional as part of a new video. Skilled players can still use traditional fighting game inputs. In fact, doing so actually reduces the cooldown on the moves.

That said, the studio also revealed more features to help newer players. One such feature is the ability to use a block button, similar to Mortal Kombat. Unlike that franchise, however, players can still hold back to block attacks. The block button exists simply so that new players don’t get overwhelmed dealing with cross up attacks. These are attacks where they have to block in a different direction from where they facing. Using this however, has some limits as it disables some advanced options.

To demonstrate how these newbie friendly options don’t necessarily detract from the game’s depth, the video sees two top fighting game players duke it out. Fighting it out are Keita “Fuudo” Ai and Daigo “the Beast” Umehara, who is sponsored by Cygames.

Despite being given only five minutes of practice team each, the two still have some intense matches. Both demonstrate some interesting set ups and mix up in their matches despite their relative lack of practice time.

Cygames and Arc System Works will release Granblue Fantasy Versus on PlayStation 4 sometime this year. Before that, a beta test will take place on May 27, with sign ups open until May 23. In the meantime, interested players can check out the video from Cygames below.