Arc System Works announces crossover platformer Code Shifter

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Arc System Works has worked on a number of fan-favorite IP, but now they're developing a brand new title of sorts for Steam and consoles. Code Shifter is an action platformer where you play as Stella, a bugtester pulling an all-nighter to get her company's latest game ready for launch. To make the deadline she creates a digital avatar named Sera, who can jump into the code and take the bugs head-on. The twist is that Sera can summon and even transform into characters from other Arc Systems properties, like the BlazBlue, Guilty Gear and River City series. So it's kind of like Tron, except with a lot of meta-humor and fanservice, and I kind of love that.

The only trailer available so far is in Japanese, but we should be hearing more about this game soon. Code Shifter is planned for a Q1 release on Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Personally I can't wait; I'm not even a huge Arc Systems fan so I'll probably miss a lot of the references, I just love the idea on principle.

Rolling Hills Estates, California – January 9, 2019 – Arc System Works America, Inc. is proud to announce that action platformer, Code Shifter will be released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Steam (PC) in Q1 of 2020.

In Code Shifter, you play role of Stella, a game developer at the "Awesome Rainbow Corp" who is tasked with squashing the remaining bugs on the eve of the company's biggest game release. As she scrambles to fix the game, mysterious errors in the program suddenly appear and time is running out to finish the game in time! To deal with the situation, Stella, whips up a debug program: "Code Shifter", that allows her digital avatar "Sera" to eradicate the issues from within. Along the way, she'll encounter powerful bugs and anomalies but she'll get some help from some unexpected allies each with their own special powers. Will Stella and her coworkers be able to find the origin of these bugs and deliver the game before the launch date?

Key Features Include:

Iconic Arc System Works characters remixed in 8-bit pixel art, including Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, the River City series and more!
Utilize a whopping 100 characters to successfully overcome deadly obstacles and enemies to ship the game in time!
The soundtrack features 8-bit renditions of popular character themes like "Give Me a Break" (Sol Badguy's Theme), Bullet Dance (Noel Vermillion's Theme) and more!


By defeating the bosses of each stage Sera is rewarded with new costumes that gives her different powers when equipped.
The "COLORFUL FIGHTERS" game mode is a brawler mini-game that allows up to 4 players to duke it out in a free-for-all!
Fight against other CPU controlled characters in the Ex Stages of the main story to unlock more playable characters!