Granblue Fantasy Versus Receives New Mechanics Alongside A Big Balance Patch

Over two years after launch, with several character seasons added, it looks like Arc System Works and Cygames aren’t quite finished with Granblue Fantasy Versus. Starting tomorrow, a new patch will be applied to the fighting game that will add balancing changes to the squad, but more importantly, will also add new mechanics to the game.

Patch 2.80 for Granblue Fantasy Versus introduces three new mechanics that will undoubtedly change the game massively. The first is Rush, a tactical move that dashes the character forward to quickly close in on the opponent and strike when they least expect it. Similarly, backshift is a sprint backwards that allows one to quickly escape from pressure or dodge in sticky situations, such as when driving. Both are used by pressing L2 on the PlayStation controller (or the corresponding mapped button) and the direction you want the stroke to move. Using any of these tactical moves consumes 50% of the Skybound Art gauge, so use them sparingly and only when necessary.

Overdrive is the third and final mechanic added in patch 2.80 and can only be activated once per turn when the Skybound Art meter is activated to 100% by pressing L2 and R2 at the same time. Using this mechanic turns the SBA meter into an overdrive meter that will drain over time. Being in overdrive increases attack damage, adds chip damage to normal attacks, negates the chip damage you would take from blocking, makes the traits and cooldowns of simple special attack orders the same as engineering orders, and makes the universal overhead attacks slightly faster than normal. You can also use your Skybound Art or Super Skybound Art attacks at any time, but they will consume the rest of the OD gauge. Overdrive looks like it’s pretty powerful and a game changer for GBFV, but it does have one weakness. Taking damage in the Overdrive state drains the OD gauge by 33%, so take three or more hits after activation and it’s all gone.

Granblue Fantasy Versus is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC, with patch 2.80 coming tomorrow. Granblue Fantasy Versus Receives New Mechanics Alongside A Big Balance Patch

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