Arc System Works has finally announced the open beta test dates for its upcoming major fighting game Guilty Gear Strive. Although the game is also coming to PC and arcades, the beta test will only be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. While the starting time differs based on whether you have pre-ordered the game digitally or not, the entire test will end on February 21, 2021, at 9:59 AM ET.
Those who have made a digital pre-order on the PlayStation Store—including the standard edition—will be able to access the open beta earlier on February 17, 2021, at 22:00 ET. Everybody else can join the beta test exactly one day later on February 18, 2021, at 22:00 ET.
During the open beta test, players will be able to access the Tutorial, Training, Versus, and Network modes. The open beta client will have 13 playable characters, including the two newcomers Nagoriyuki and Giovanna. While the full game will come with 15 characters, Anji Mito and the 15th character will only be available at the game’s official launch on April 9, 2021.
Although the open beta client will require an online connection for all modes—including those that would be playable offline in the full game, the beta players do not need to have a PlayStation Plus membership to test the online matches.
Guilty Gear Strive will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on April 9, 2021. Those who bought the Ultimate and Deluxe editions on PlayStation 4 and 5 will be able to play it three days earlier from April 6, 2021. The fighting game will also be available on arcades in Spring 2021.