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Old 2018-04-24, 05:30   Link #161
Klashikari
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In a nutshell:
-Hanabuster will be an artificial blade available for those who bought the expansion pass. As you can expect, you don't get her through core crystal, but a quest and anyone can use her, not just Tora.
-T-elos is a free new blade for those who have finished the game, not exclusive to the expansion pass (the medal icon next to the gold counter is pretty much the visual cue). She is in the core crystal pool, but apparently, her drop rate is "very high".

There is still another DLC blade in production, although there isn't any detail. Meanwhile, they have other stuff in preparations such as challenge mode and extreme difficulty.
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Old 2018-04-24, 19:51   Link #162
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Yes, were still getting more updates to the game! (even if it’s just more rare blades) This will help pass time until the new story content in late October.
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Old 2018-04-25, 21:53   Link #163
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I think there will be probably be more than one more new additional Rare Blade, from the way they were talking about it.
Anyways, a bit slightly loli-fied T-elos is delicious.
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Old 2018-04-26, 09:52   Link #164
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T-elos now with a side of megane
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Old 2018-06-12, 16:51   Link #165
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Surprised this hadn't been posted yet, easily the most substantial DLC. Hope we can use our Blades from the main game here:'

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Old 2018-06-12, 17:04   Link #166
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I'm a bit surprised they went as far as releasing the DLC with a physical edition, which could hint as a rather big content.
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Old 2018-06-12, 18:04   Link #167
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Okay, so.......is this the main story update that was scheduled for late October and they just moved up the release? I don’t think it is, since the main story DLC is supposed to be only for those who bought the expansion pass, but this has a physical copy for those who didn’t get it.

Please say it isn’t Nintendo, because I was really hoping the main story DLC would be an After Story, and after the disappointment of no XB2 in the new Smash I don’t think I could take another letdown. >.<
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Old 2018-06-12, 18:10   Link #168
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The "october" date was simply a placeholder. It is pretty much the story DLC from the expansion pass, which was expected because 1) the DLC had Ira/Torna crest 2) Takahashi explained few weeks ago the DLC could be played "even if you didn't finish the game, but it makes more sense if you did", so it was expected to be a prequel, not an epilogue.

The physical release is basically a way for people to play it without the main game.
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Old 2018-06-12, 18:20   Link #169
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Great. So, letdown. Again.

*sigh* Everything I wanted and was hoping for has gone down in burning flames this E3. Amplified by how much I hate when they leave endings like that at the end of XB2.
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Old 2018-06-12, 21:40   Link #170
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Considering the setting, it would be pretty hard to make an afterstory. I'd leave a good end as a good end and not try to "continue" the story pointlessly, where they would have to add bad guys and fighting and all that.
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Old 2018-06-12, 22:38   Link #171
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I wouldn’t mind added bad guys if it meant getting more conclusion for our lead now-trio.
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Old 2018-06-13, 12:36   Link #172
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Challenge mode is available on 14-15th June depending of your timezone. Features some special blades but also outfits for every character. They use a aux core slot, but have skills too. For instance, the Gura/Gormotti hood for Homura/Pyra gives +30% fusion combo damage.

EDIT: YT link to the showcase. Contains spoilers (thumbnail included, so not going to embed the video).
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Old 2018-06-13, 15:48   Link #173
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Old 2018-06-13, 18:51   Link #174
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I'm a bit surprised they went as far as releasing the DLC with a physical edition, which could hint as a rather big content.
I read that Monolilth Soft is adding some pretty significant changes to battle system too to make more in line with lore during that time. Of course it's entirely vague what that means.

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Old 2018-06-14, 02:14   Link #175
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As far as I could tell with the videos, you actually swap the character you control. So if you control Laura, the switch will not make her swap blade, but make you control Shin/Jin instead.
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Old 2018-06-14, 03:32   Link #176
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I was not planning on picking this up, but since they announced a physical version of the expansion, I'll probably end up playing it. I'm kind of excited now.
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Old 2018-06-14, 14:42   Link #177
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As far as I could tell with the videos, you actually swap the character you control. So if you control Laura, the switch will not make her swap blade, but make you control Shin/Jin instead.
Huh, that's kind of weird since Blades in the OG system are primarily support and don't do much beyond specials you active. I wonder the Driver does under A.I then...
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Old 2018-06-14, 16:36   Link #178
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This reflects the actual context:
In the normal plot, blades are pretty much there "for the sake of the driver", so they act as a support, but can unleash massive attacks after the driver has "purified" the ether through arts.

Meanwhile, Ira/Torna kingdom went truly on the "humans and blades are equals" motto, so both driver and blade help each other as "equals". So if the blade is engaging the fight, the driver takes the "support" position and vice versa.

Note that in such case, characters have 2 "move sets" one when they are engaging the ennemy (vanguard) and one when they support the other character (rear guard). Switching also lead to a special attack from the rear guard character as they come to the vanguard slot.
In a nutshell, the combat system in the DLC has more notable changes in term of arts when it comes to switching, but obviously, you have less customization and less elemental coverage considering the nature of the party composition (even if you can actually equip a weapon for the driver in the DLC).

Also, from the live stream today, they revealed the talent system from XB1 is back in some fashion: all characters have a special skill that can be activated with right on the D-pad. For instance, Lora's talent art allows her to instantly refresh all of her arts at the cost of 25% of her HP (activeable only if she has 30%+ HP).
Video can be found here.
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Old 2018-06-15, 15:25   Link #179
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Oh boo, I was actually hoping for changes in the models, but the prizes for the Challenge Mode are mainly just color swaps. Still not bad if you consider it an extra to the Challenge Mode, which is a challenge, but I wanted to see Homura in Hikari's outfit and vice-versa...
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