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Guilty Gear -Strive-

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Guilty Gear -Strive-

Developer: Arc System Works
Publishers: Arc System Works (JP/KR/NA),[1] Bandai Namco (EU/AS)[1]
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Released internationally: June 11, 2021 (Win/PS4/PS5), March 7, 2023 (XBO/XBX)

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.

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...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
To do:
  • Add the data-mined files for the DLC characters, and Jam's animations.

Mankind knew that they cannot change society. So instead of reflecting on themselves, they blamed the unused content.

Guilty Gear -Strive- marks the final chapter of Sol Badguy's story. Do YOU know the smell of the game?

Unused Graphics

Dragon Ball FighterZ leftovers

Strive DBFZLeftoverHud1.png Strive DBFZLeftoverHud2.png

Found within the files of this game are leftover HUD elements from an older build of Dragon Ball FighterZ, another fighting game developed by Arc System Works. Said lifebars also mention "Jinzouningen #20" or Android 20/Dr. Gero, who wasn't in FighterZ in any fashion.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Early Burst Gauge

GG Strive EarlyBurstGauge.png
An earlier Burst gauge, not matching up with any other known Burst gauge design.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Placeholder Gauge

GG Strive PlaceholderGauge.png
A placeholder gauge of unknown purpose.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

"Dam" Placeholder Image

GG Strive Dam.png
A placeholder image of the word "Dam" on top of a screenshot of Castle of the Silver Feet, which is internally named Dam.

(Credit: LF222)

Thank You For Playing

GG Strive ThankYouForPlaying.jpg
Graphics for the "Thank You For Playing" screen from demos are still left in the game.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 3 leftovers?

GG Strive XrdREV3Logo.png
Located in the UI folder is a logo for a Guilty Gear Xrd3. Was there originally going to be another revision of Guilty Gear Xrd?

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Unused Accent Core Icons

GG Strive AccentCore Song Icon.png GG Strive AccentCore Song Banner.png
In the Gallery folder, there is an unused banner for XX Accent Core songs with an unused icon being present in the Stage Select folder. These were probably made for future-proofing in case "Keep The Flag Flying" was to be added.

(Credit: Shockwad)

Unused Characters

To do:
Check if the other unused characters have any unused files

Listed among the playable cast are 5 characters that are actually not playable. Those are:

  • ASK (presumably Asuka R. Kreutz)
  • COS (Happy Chaos)
  • GLD (Goldlewis Dickinson)
  • JAM (Jam Kuradoberi)
  • JKO (Jack-O)

As part of the DLC season passes, Goldlewis Dickinson was released on 2021/07/27, Jack-O was released on 2021/08/27, Happy Chaos was released on 2021/11/30, and Asuka was released on 2023/05/25. DLC 4, Baiken (Released 2022/01/28), and DLC 5, Testament (Released 2022/03/28), are not on this list however.

(Credit: BravelySolo)

Jam Kuradoberi

To do:
The source's account has been suspended. Are the tweets' contents available elsewhere?

GG Strive JamModel.png
One of the unused characters, Jam, actually still has files left in the game. First up is her model, which is actually brand new and not a leftover from Guilty Gear Xrd, yet goes completely unused (the Story Mode staff roll uses pre-rendered images instead).

(Credit: belovedSomnus)
To do:
Post gifs of the animations themselves

She also appears to have special interactions with Nagoriyuki, Giovanna, and Anji, further giving credence that she was intended to be a playable.

(Credit: belovedSomnus)

Unused Models

Dragon Ball FighterZ leftovers

GG Strive DBFZ Android16Head.png GG Strive DBFZ Shenron.jpg
As if the leftover HUD elements weren't enough, there are also model leftovers from Dragon Ball FighterZ, including Android 16's severed head and Shenron.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Guilty Gear Xrd leftovers

GG Strive XrdSol.jpg
Also found inside the files are leftovers from Guilty Gear Xrd, such as this model of Sol Badguy.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Unused Animations

VS Xrd Characters

Nagoriyuki, Giovanna, Anji Mito, and Goldlewis all have unused animation folders for fighting every Xrd character, even those that aren't in this game. However, there are no animations inside these folders.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Xrd Sol Badguy Animations

Sol has leftover animations for when he's hit by an opponent Sol's Instant Kill (including the Dragon Install version), as well as camera animations for his Instant Kills. Additionally, the camera animation for his Xrd intro is leftover. All of these assets appear to be lifted directly from Xrd, with no modifications to fit Strive.

(Credit: WistfulHopes)

Unused Audio

Destroyed Announcement

Amongst the narration/announcer voice lines is this destroyed call. This isn't from a previous game, could this mean insta-kills were considered for Strive?

Roman Cancel Announcement

Additionally, there are unused narration/announcer voice lines for Roman Cancel, like in the XX series.