Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is an entry of the Guilty Gear series which was announced at the 2013 Arc System Works Festival. It is the first Guilty Gear fighting game that uses cell-shaded 3D animations instead of sprites; as such, the characters undergo some changes in design. Daisuke Ishiwatari confirmed that the characters, effects, and backgrounds are all rendered in full 3D. The game is built on the Unreal 3 Engine and runs on Sega's RingEdge 2 Multi (ALL Net P-ras MULTI) arcade hardware. The game was released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 release on December 4th, 2014 in Japan, December 16th in the US and on June 3, 2015 in Europe. It was also released worldwide on Steam on December 9, 2015.
In the year 1999, mankind completed the scientific theory of limitless energy, dubbed magic. However, man did not discard his ignorance upon obtaining this wisdom. The very magic meant to usher in world peace was instead leveraged as a tool of war, and in time the forbidden biological weapons known as Gears were created. As if to condemn these thoughtless deeds, the Gears developed a will of their own and turned their fangs upon humanity.
The Crusades, a centuries-long struggle for survival against the Gears, finally ended when mankind sealed away the Destroyer, Justice. Though man emerged victorious, many threats yet loom large in the shadows of that hard-fought peace, threatening to engulf the world.
And so mankind must continue to atone for the sin of magic.
A young woman identifying herself as Ramlethal Valentine declares war upon the entire world and all its inhabitants.
There was not a single individual, organization, or country that took this as a laughing matter. This was on account of the prior Baptism 13 Incident, during which the United Kingdoms of Illyria were invaded, for the herald of that onslaught had also referred to herself as Valentine.
Now, in order to ascertain the truth of these events, the world takes action.
Returning Playable Characters
- Sol Badguy
- Ky Kiske
- Millia Rage
- Chipp Zanuff
- Axl Low
- Sin Kiske (Console Exclusive Unlockable Character*)
New Playable Characters
- Ramlethal Valentine (Boss in Arcade Mode)
- Elphelt Valentine (Console Exclusive DLC Character)
- Leo Whitefang (Console Exclusive DLC Character)
- Dr. Paradigm
- Senato (Axus, Libraria, Baldias, Chronus)
- That Man
(*) Unlocked by paying an amount of in-game World Dollars or by purchasing from the PlayStation Store.
Limited EditionBefore it's release, Aksys Games and Arc System Works announced that a Limited Edition would be available for both the PS3 and PS4 version of the game in both Japan and North America.
The NA version of the Limited Edition comes with:
- The game disc.
- “The Backyard” – The outer box for the Limited Edition features a replica of “The Backyard” complete with gears and high-quality binding.
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Vocal Collection – Featuring 10 vocal-tracks composed by Guilty Gear series creator, Daisuke Ishiwatari and performed by Naoki Hashimoto.
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Codex – The Codex features a profile for each character in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, as well as those from Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus and Guilty Gear 2 Overture and a glossary of terms that are used in the series.
- Sol Badguy “Free” Key Chain – Inscribed with the word “FREE,” this metal key chain is a replica of the belt buckle worn by Sol.
Xrd features original themes for each character, including new themes for new characters.
|Give Me a Break||Sol Badguy's Theme|
|Ride the Fire!||Sol's Dragon Install Theme|
|Magnolia Éclair||Ky Kiske's Theme|
|The Lily of Steel||Millia Rage's Theme|
|Black Blank Blah-Blah-Blah||Zato-1's Theme|
|Starry Story||May's Theme|
|Flash Hider||Chipp Zanuff's Theme|
|Call Shot||Venom's Theme|
|A Slow Waker||Axl Low's Theme|
|Dirty Drive||I-No's Theme|
|Destructive Goodwill||Faust's Theme|
|Does the Sheep Count the Sheep?||Bedman's Theme|
|Diva of Despair||Ramlethal Valentine's Theme|
|Just Do It||Sin Kiske's Theme|
|Marionette||Elphelt Valentine's Theme|
|Stolz||Leo Whitefang's Theme|
|Reunion||Sol vs. Ky Theme|
|The Spider's Thread (Do you know?)||Millia vs. Zato Theme|
|Communication||Ky vs. Sin Theme|
|When Life Comes||vs. Assassin Theme|
|Bump||vs. Same Character Theme|
TGS 2014 Trailer: 
- ↑ http://www.famitsu.com/news/201305/19033486.html
- ↑ http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2015/05/22/guilty-gear-xrd-sign-hits-ps3-ps4-next-month/
- Most Guilty Gear entries use variations of theme songs established in Guilty Gear X for characters; X itself is an exception by introducing new themes for some characters over Guilty Gear. Isuka is a major exception with completely new themes, and Xrd is similar to it with new theme songs for nearly all returning characters.
- Unlike other main current Arc System Works games like Blazblue and Persona 4 Arena, the story mode has no 2D fighting game style mode, likely due to inconsistency between Sol-Badguy's outfits between Arcade and Story modes.
- This is the second title in the series in which the updated version's plot succeeds the original version's.