The newest characters for Melty Blood: Type Lumina, Neco-Arc, and Mash Kyrielight will release on Aug. 19.
Melty Blood: Type Lumina is a 2021 sequel/reboot to the original PC fighting game Melty Blood from 2002. Melty Blood takes characters from Type-Moons visual novel from 2000, Tsukihime. Type Lumina’s release coincides with the Tsukihime remake from 2021.
The character of Neco-Arc is a parody or “joke” character of the Tsukihime heroine Arcueid Brunstud. The character is returning to Melty Blood: Type Lumina as she previously appears in Melty Blood Act Cadenza.
The game director Kamone Serizawa describes Neco-Arc as a “Very tricky character, has a lot of funny attacks, with more jokes and references than ever.” Neco-Arc is a fan favorite character that has become a part of a niche meme culture. In her gameplay, she references other characters in the series. Her special is also a reference to Fate/Grand Order, using Saber’s weapon Excalibur and bringing UI elements from the mobile game. However, the developers state she “Requires a lot of practice to win within versus battles.”
Mash Kyrielight originates from the famous mobile gacha game Fate/Grand Order. One of the game’s main characters and the player’s first servant for battle. Similar to her origin as a shielder in Fate/Grand Order, Mash will be using her shield as her primary weapon.
With a description of “A standard in-fighter with a lot of straightforward moves.” Mash as a crossover character from one of the most popular mobile games of all time will be easier for long-time fans. French-Bread describes Mash as “A good pick for beginners.”
Neco-Arc and Mash will be the game’s fourth and fifth DLC characters since launch. However, like all of the previous additional characters Mash and Neco-Arc will also be free for everyone. A seventh and eighth character is also going to be released in the winter of 2022 for free.
Other content will release alongside Neco-Arc and Mash, including character stories for the two characters and two stages.
On the same day, new scenarios for Arcueid Brunestud and Ciel will release alongside Mash and Neco-Arc. The scenarios are drafted and supervised by Type-Moon writer Kinoko Nasu and written by acpi.
Nasu is the co-founder of Type-Moon and a writer for many series including Fate, Tsukihime, and Melty Blood. As all the series share the same universe fans have given it the nickname “Nasuverse.”
acpi is a writer who has written other works for Tsukihime and Melty Blood in the past.
Alongside the release of new characters, Melty Blood: Type Lumina will be seeing new adjustments to the gameplay. The major adjustments are to the combo system and other mechanics in the gameplay. Notably, the shield system that allows players to block attacks and counter them. Additionally, major mechanics such as auto combos can now be disabled.
Combos will also see adjustments, allowing for more player freedom and enabling previously-impossible combos.
Other improvements include changes for online mods and replay modes.
Melty Blood: Type Lumina is having a 35% off sale on every platform. The sale ends on different dates and times for the various platforms. The sale will last until Aug. 17 on PS4, Aug 16 on Switch, and Xbox One, and Aug 18 on Steam.
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