A while ago, I made a small mention in the community blogs about a special announcement from Arc Systems regarding the Guilty Gear series. While it wasn't the anniversary collection that I was hoping for, IGN points to the new issue of Famitsu, which says that it's Guilty Gear 2 is what the special announcement is. From their description, though, this is nothing like the previous games:
You're playing through the game as Sol, and trying to destroy an enemy fortress known as "Master Ghost." More than anything, this sounds like Guilty Gear Isuka's 2-D sidescroller portion, combined with the "more than one enemy" bit that was in the arcade mode. As of right now, about 85% of the game is complete.
I'm anxiously waiting for scans of this issue of Famitsu (so please send them to the Destructophone!), so that I can be alleviated in my worries that Guilty Gear 2 is just going to be another Isuka.
There's also some talk about the fact that the game is coming to the Xbox 360, and does this really mean much. As a Guilty Gear fan, I say no. I've been playing X2 #Reload on the original Xbox for a while, and it handles well -- on the 360, the game should continue to handle just fine, and the online capabilities of Live will definitely support a strong competitive environment. Plus, Microsoft could have been courting them, so this will likely sell a few more 360s over in Japan.
[Thanks for the tip, Adam!]
[Update: GodLen provided us with a good-quality scan of the Famitsu page]