Welcome to another volume of “Developer’s Backyard.”
This is Katano from the development team at Arc System Works.
It’s been about two months since the release of Guilty Gear -Strive- (GGST), and thanks to all your support, we have sold over 500,000 units between the physical and digital versions.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you.
In this first post-release volume of Developer’s Backyard, I would like to introduce the new playable character Goldlewis Dickinson and address future updates.
Be sure to read until the end.
Introducing Goldlewis Dickinson
Unparalleled Brute Strength, the Secretary of Absolute Defense
Name: Goldlewis Dickinson
Voice: Masafumi Kimura（Jpn） / Steve Barr（Eng）/ Jang-won Lee（Kor）
Height: 7’ (214 cm)
Weight: 566 lbs (257kg)
Blood Type: A
Birth Date: October 9
Origin: United States of America
Hobby: Investigating UMA
Values: His Miles Davis records, cherry pie
Dislikes: People who believe in ghosts and UFOs
Some of you might recognize him from his appearances in the Story Mode.
He’s the American Secretary of Defense, a mainstay of the nation who has earned the trust of those around him. His hobby is searching for and collecting unidentified organisms, and a mysterious life form is contained within the large coffin he uses as a weapon.
Be sure to try out his Respect and Taunt commands to enjoy the variety of funny animations.
When he wins a match, you can hear several unique voice lines from the opponent, as well as different quotes from Goldlewis when he wins a round depending on the match timer.
His battle style would fall under the power fighter category.
Each one of his attacks deals heavy damage, making him capable of showing a certain degree of strength even with only one-off hits.
His aerial attacks coming from his low-trajectory jump are especially powerful, meaning players can jump right into matches even only using his standard attacks.
He has a unique meter called the “Security Level,” and his projectile-based special moves power up as the level increases.
The level decreases after using these special moves, and increases as time passes.
When the level is high his projectile moves become quite strong, so the player needs to create a game plan based on their opponent’s character and the situation.
I believe the inputs for his "Behemoth Typhoon" special moves have also garnered some attention.
Behemoth Typhoon is a series of special moves where Goldlewis swings his coffin along the trajectory of the half-circle inputted, as seen above.
While the mechanic itself may be simple, inputs involving upwards inputs will cause Goldlewis to jump, making it necessary to cancel into them after another move such as a normal.
Unlike other inputs, Behemoth Typhoon requires the player to hold the final directional input.
This mechanic has been introduced to prevent unintentional inputs triggering the attack and to make the input distinct from his standard HS normals. Try keeping this in mind if you are struggling with the inputs.
Providing depth to simple mechanics is one of the main concepts behind GGST, something clearly expressed by this move and Goldlewis as a character.
You can start playing matches with him without using Behemoth Typhoon at all, and combos as well as basic setplay are all possible using only versions of Behemoth Typhoon without upward directional inputs, or only using the aerial versions.
Once you’re able to use each version of Behemoth Typhoon by canceling from normals, the amount of pressure you can put on the opponent multiples, and an even higher level of potential awaits depending on your creativity and precise inputs… Our intent was to make a character who shows increased power the more you practice.
Give him a try and experience his plethora of intricacies for yourself.
I’ve been playing Goldlewis in my free time, too.
What to Call Goldlewis
We’ve heard from some players that they don’t know what to call him, since he is referred to as Secretary Dickinson in Story Mode, but now as Goldlewis.
In the Guilty Gear series, we refer to all of the characters using their first names to keep it short, unless there is a particular reason to do otherwise.
In this case, others use his family name in the Story Mode due to his position as the Secretary of Defense.
To make things clear, he will be referred to as Goldlewis in the game and official materials as this is his shortened name.
However, the way other characters refer to one another will depend on their relationship.
We apologize for the confusion, but we hope everyone can remember his full name, Goldlewis Dickinson.
Battle Balance Adjustments
Critical Non-Battle Related Bugs
Next, I would like to answer some messages we’ve received from readers since the game’s release.
Reader Questions and Requests
A．That’s his brother.
Goldlewis is the younger brother, and the Sheriff is the elder.
The elder brother is also a capable man with a strong sense of justice. However, he finds constraints troublesome, so he chooses to live a carefree life as a Sheriff.
A．While additional songs will be added for future playable characters, any other music additions are being looked into with consideration for each circumstance.
For example, we have received requests to add the additional tracks from the Korean version of #Reload, and are currently working on getting them added to the game.
We are also looking into adding themes of characters who are not playable in GGST from prior series titles.
We have also received requests to adjust the volume balance for individual songs, as well as the option for random selection between songs registered as favorites.
We can only say we will be looking into this next for now, however we will continue working to approach an ideal implementation via future updates.
A．We’ve seen your requests and would like to make them happen, however we are prioritizing improving the play experience during matches at the moment.
About the Next Volume of Developer’s Backyard
EVO 2021 ONLINE, the largest international fighting game event, will be starting August 7.
Thanks to all of the support from our players, GGST has been selected as a main title.
Be sure not to miss the intense competition between top players from all over the world.
That’s all for Volume 7 of Developer’s Backyard.
Thank you for reading to the end.
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