So, for all of you not in the know about Granblue Fantasy, it’s a JRPG/Gacha game made by Cygames, a part of the company behind Shadowverse and Uma Musume/Zombieland Saga, alongside other things (those are just the ones most relevant for you non-japs). Granblue fest, like it’s name implies, is a festival/convention for Granblue Fantasy, hosted by Cygames itself.
With day #1 over, they’ve shown off footage of their spinoff (being made by Platinum Games,) Re;Link, announced another game under the title Granblue Fantasy Versus (being developed by Arc System Works) and teased at new classes, one of which is being released in 2 days from now. This isn’t mentioning the holiday characters and skins, uncap announcements and free stuff we got. Stuff like this makes me really appreciate a nice surprise; with all the Smash Ultimate leaks dampening the hype on reveals and the lacklustre news for Vainglory, having something like this is truly a breath of fresh air.
What I really enjoyed and admire, however, was that parts that I wasn’t there in the livestream for. The beginning of the day 1 livestream was a god damn concert utilising vocaloid tech to display 3D models of characters performing and interacting with members of the crowd. It was strange to see, but it was genuinely heartwarming to see that most of the voice actors for the characters had made it to the fest and could converse with random members from the crowd after the ‘performance’, asking questions and the such.
One guy got called a cucumber. That was pretty great.
After that, they led a group of voice actors through a bunch of challenges that would reward them with the a certain number of panel openings, which would end up being rewards for the whole community. They also released a version of the quiz to everyone to challenge them (Most people are scoring around the 12/20 range, some questions are really hard.)
I feel like the reason I give enough of a damn about this is because I can pretty safely say this is a company that knows what they’re doing. Their game isn’t perfect; any player can tell you that. A lot of power is based on how good your RNG is and without any good luck the grind can be a slog. The late game content is lacking in a pretty big way. The UI is overall outdated and needs an update. But the sense of community the game can bring is god damn great and it overshadows anything VG can muster. It helps that they actually keep outdated characters relevant with occasional reworks and updates cough petal cough so you can use whatever comp you want and still be competent. Plus, they only cut out content that people dislike or is heavily flawed, instead of cutting lore and keeping Kinetic.
I’m looking forward to day #2. It looks like i missed the first 10 minutes or so of the livestream, so I’m gonna stop typing and go catch up.