Guilty Gear Strive Director Akira Katano has long confirmed that there will be a major patch for the fighting game later this August. The new update - likely Patch 1.08 - doesn't have an exact release date yet but it could coincide with the upcoming Jack O DLC release near the end of the month. Here's what we know about this upcoming updates.
When does Jack O Release?
According to the recent trailer, Jack O is confirmed for release this coming August 30. The new character was promised to be from a previous Guilty Gear entry and she was introduced in Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator. However, Guilty Gear Strive Season Pass owners may get her for early access on August 27.
The new patch for Guilty Gear Strive could be added as early as August 27. However, Arc System Works has not confirmed anything else after that.
Strive's First Major Patch?
As seen on the official Guilty Gear site, Guilty Gear Strive Director Akira Katano has confirmed in an interview that the first major patch will arrive at the later weeks of August. The new patch will buff underpowered characters and improve moves that see limited use in fights. This patch will also be including damage nerfs for some characters with overwhelming strengths but didn't specify which characters will get this.
The developers have confirmed that they will be careful in handling the changes for the roster. The timeframe for the Jack O release and the late August patch can coincide and happen on the same date. For now, we'll have to wait on Arc System Works to announce the major patch release date or at least reveal the changes they're planning to introduce in the game.
The Current State Of Strive
As of now, Guilty Gear Strive favors characters who have reliable ways of landing high damage combos on their enemies. The common top tier characters like Sol Badguy, May, Chipp Zanuff, and Ramlethal Valentine have reliable ways of ending rounds once they get started and land good hits on their foes.
Potentially, the developers may change the meta once the August patch drops in. So far, the developers are interested in levelling the playing field for the roster while keeping the game fun for players.
We'll have to wait for the updates to know how the changes will go for Guilty Gear Strive this August.