Yeah. Honestly, I can live with this. There's a lot of asset re-use, but you have to remember ArcSys is re-licensing the characters in question as far as Persona and Under Night go.
Plus they're having to pay for voice acting. Any English VA operating under the Screen Actors Guild (and most of them do) will cost like $250-300 an hour. That is not a typo. It's also not an exactly correct figure, but it is ballpark-accurate. You figure a four hour block with 40 different performers (or effectively 40, since some people might play multiple characters and thus bill for multiple performances), that's $40,000 right there. Plus the costs for the Japanese voices which I presume are roughly similar rates. Add in any recording for the story mode and you figure it's probably around $100,000 just for voice talent. Again, I might be off by some but the amount is a decent guess.
That's $100,000 expenditure right off the bat for a game that is going to do fairly niche sales since Blazblue isn't a mega-hit. Add in the license costs, expected sales numbers, etc...
...And suddenly I can see $70 for this game. I really can. I don't like it, but I understand where the numbers are coming from and I'll eat the extra cost.
(EDIT: Actually i'm slightly wrong. It's at least 41 performers; Sena and Luna dual-voice on Platinum. Toss in any performers for Rachel's sub-characters if they're in the game, and so on, and it could be a few thousand more dollars. Still, 100K is a useful estimate on the voice costs alone.)
I don't think they specified when on Thursday, sorry.
Sadly, yesterday's 'announcement' turned out to be a dud where literally nothing of note was forthcoming.
Here's hoping Thursday's info is good. I may try to translate Ruby's movelist to kill some time.
Edit: Here's what I came up with. So, Ruby's movelist is kind of a haze of "My head hurts and I'm not terribly awake yet", but I got most of it!
She has four smart combos.
Her Reversal Action is... Some kind of 'slice', as in the action one might make with a bladed weapon. Sorry, can't read it clearly.
Getting into her Specials (which they call "Skill"s in the green box)...
Rifle Shot (or Rifle Shoot, both are correct translations) is QCF + Square.
QCF + Triangle is... best guess Support Shot/Support Shoot (the accent marks on the first word are extremely tiny and it's throwing off my reading). Edit 2: I think this means 'support' as in the act of supporting one's rifle's weight to aim better before firing, not as in an 'Assist' attack since Assists are universal engine features in this game.
QCB + any attack is Gun Blast, and the movelist notes it has follow-up interactions with another move whose name I can't read; you press the button again to get the extra attack. It has a special condition or limitation involving 'two', but two of what I don't know. This movelist is really blurry, my Japanese sucks, and my vision isn't so great these days.)
QCF+Attack in the air gets some kind of 'Blast' named attack, I'm assuming this is a rifle shot of some kind but I cannot translate the first word accurately; I wind up at too many possibilities to be useful. This move also has an EX version done by QCF + Circle in the air (kinda like Under Night characters in this regard, it looks like).
Her other EX Special, QCF + Circle on the ground, is Guillotine (most likely translation. Other possibilities exist but make no sense).
Petal Boost is QCF + two attacks.
Petal Dance is QCB + two attacks.
I am absolutely confident in those translations; it's definitely Petal Boost and Petal Dance. Petal Boost is probably her 'turn into a swirl of red, dash through the target' attack.
Petal Boost also gains some benefits when your resonance boost is active, but I can't tell what said improvements would be.
Preppy:Please make it a permanent ban in po's case. The man is simply unreachable and no amount of reasoning, sympathetic communication, or... well, fucking anything at all whatsoever gets through to this stupid ass. I tried for years, literally years, and he just kept getting worse and worse.
This really isn't a useful diagnosis. I know plenty of autistic people who are actually quite well behaved and have a lot to contribute to a discussion... they just have odd quirks.
po isn't autistic as far as I can tell. His problem is that he has this incredibly deep desire to be Right about things. He's passionate about all sorts of topics, and often feels like he's the only 'sane man' in any given gathering. That he's somehow the defender of fun and justice and right and goodness in gaming, and everyone else is out to ban fun forever and play bad games forever. If I sound like I'm reducing this to very childlike terms, that's because po's level of thinking over the years has declined into... well, childish outbursts!
I do suspect some kind of mental illness is involved, though I couldn't guess as to whether the cause is physical (that is, literally some physical problem in his head is affecting his brain function... which turned out to be my problem a few years ago and I normalized as soon as a surgeon cut the problem out of my head) or situational/social.
It's a shame. When I first met him, he had strong opinions but good intentions and could usually back up his points. Back then, he had value as someone who could challenge popular opinions and make sure they were justified, or correct outright misinformed opinions. Unfortunately, he got worse over time. Much worse.
Since none of us have been able to get through to him and he refuses to get help for his issues, I have no problem saying "good riddance" and hope po remains banned permanently. He really has little to contribute, and irritates so many people so often that... well, he's not a troll but he has the same damaging effects as one. The SRK Smash 4 crowd steadily died off mostly because we were fucking tired of dealing with his stupidity.
Also, let me try my hand at translating Weiss' movelist. From top-most entry working down... this is really incomplete, but I can at least give a starting point. I'm able to read her specials better than I can anything else.
(In black box) Command List
(In gray box) (I can't translate this)
Back + Square move is untranslatable for me, my vision's way too blurry to read that low-res kanji.
Reversal Action I'm not awake enough to translate.
(Green box) Skills
Ice Shoot (or Ice Shot, either translation is acceptable)
The following moves are marked in (1)
(1): Glyph Dash Strike
(1): (Can't read all of it. It's either two English words or a compound English word. The second half is definitely 'Foil', like a fencing sword, though.)
(1): (Best guess translation) Twisting Air Step. This move has interactions with some other move in her list, but I cannot read the orange text clearly enough to be sure what this interaction is. I speculate it is some kind of 'pick one of these options after a previous move', sort of a follow-up choice.
(1): Piercing Air Step. This move has the same 'interacts with another attack' notes Twisting Air Step does.
(1): Pirouette (Translator's note: this is the act of spinning on one foot, with the other foot raised and usually but not always bracing to support the knee of the spinning foot. Thus, likely some kind of special movement option.)
The '(1)' markings end there. Moving on...
Ice Pillar is her down, down + attack.
The green box lists a set of moves that require 1 meter to do. They are...
EX Ice Shoot
Glyph Dash Drift Strike (Best guess! The katakana after 'Glyph Dash' renders out to 'Dorifurusutoraiku' or something close to that. Vision's blurry, I could have a few letters wrong.)
(Can't translate first word) Storm. this is the QCB + Square move.
(Can't read most of this) Parry. This is the down, down square move.
The pink/light-red box has moves that require 2 meter. They are...
Glacier Torrent (best guess. I'm confident on 'Glacier', but the second word has multiple valid translations that aren't entirely similar to one another. This would be her 'tons of ice projectiles move as a wave toward the enemy' Super)
(Can't read the second one, but this would be her 'Maximum Weissker' super I believe)
The last box mentions that Glacier Torrent can be further improved under certain conditions, I suspect it's the move that gains power if she's the one to cash in her team's 'my partner is dead' option.
Sorry I can't be more help, my Japanese is... not great. Hope this was of some use,t hough!