BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Keeps 2D Fighting Alive This Summer

North American fans of the two-dimensional fighting game will get their fisticuffs fix with the release of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this summer, the follow up to last year's BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

While not a full-fledged sequel to Calamity Trigger, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift's incremental updates—three new playable characters, Tsubaki, μ-12 and Hazama—will make the new release that much more definitive for the serious fighting game follower.

Western publisher Aksys Games hasn't nailed down a specific date yet for Guilty Gear maker Arc System Works' arcade port, but it has reminded us of the new features, which include new moves, new Tutorial and Beginner modes, and additional fresh but more superficial trimmings, like new music and stages.

It's the perfect holdover for your next dose of 2D brawling, which will come whenever SNK Playmore gets The King of Fighters XIII out the door.

(Thanks, Zippi!)