One of the best modern fighting games out there, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 is getting a hugely important rollback netcode update on January 20th.
What this means is that the game, one that holds a dear place in the hearts of many a fighting game player, will have a much less frustrating online experience with less lag and freezes. That is, as long as it is properly implemented.
The news comes via the official Guilty Gear Twitter account, and as you might have imagined, it’s become a treat among the game’s community who can be found flocking to the announcement comments. For many, especially those with substandard internet connections, this essentially makes the game playable online where it was previously a frustrating experience.
This comes as the latest rollback updates for older Arc System Works games. In December 2021, they proudly announced that both Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle and Blazblue: Central Fiction would receive an overhaul of their online infrastructure. Not only that, but Dragonball FighterZ also got its own rollback announcement during Evo 2022. So what’s going on here?
First, every time one of these games gets a rollback update, the game skyrockets in concurrent players. With the news that these games have become more or less playable online for a larger number of players, people are flocking to try it out. More players means more sales and of course more money. By implementing rollback, Arc System Works (or any developer following suite) is breathing new life into a game from which they would otherwise expect little revenue.
Also, it goes a long way in terms of community favor. The fighting game community is small, especially when compared to the player bases of FPS or RPG franchises, so earning positives from the players goes a long way in securing excitement for upcoming projects.
We can safely assume that Arc System Works cares about rollback, so we have nothing to worry about when it comes to future titles. Compare this to Bandai, which has yet to announce such a feature for Tekken 8, and the difference in players’ fears is palpable.
But guess what? Are you going to download Rev 2 with the rollback patch? Let us know below!