Guilty Gear -Strive-/Top Section
|“||Our intent first and foremost in making this game is to create something entirely new, rather than a continuation of previous games. This includes our direction with the music and designs as well. The reason for changing the character designs is that it makes it clear at a single glance that this is a new series within the Guilty Gear franchise. We aren't using previous titles as a base when thinking about changing the characters' moves. We are redefining each character from the ground up for this new game.||„|
|~ Daisuke Ishiwatari on Developer Blog 2|
Nagoriyuki makes his debut in the Guilty Gear franchise. He is a vampiric samurai with heavy references to Guilty Gear's own Slayer as well as Japanese history and myth. He fights using two swords, a katana and a wakizashi.
Giovanna makes her debut in the Guilty Gear franchise. She is a rude but well meaning officer in a special forces unit tasked with protecting the President of the United States. She fights using a wolf spirit companion named Rei.
Anji Mito returns from the XX series. He is a Japanese dancer who chases after That Man to unravel his secrets and sate his own curiosity. He fights using the Sacred Treasure, Zessen, a pair of fans that can manipulate the wind.
Goldlewis Dickinson makes his debut in the Guilty Gear franchise. He is the Secretary of Defense of the United States and an aide to the President. He fights using a coffin that houses a cryptid (according to him).
Jack-O' returns from the Xrd series. She is a Valentine-turned-human containing the dormant soul of Sol's lover, Aria. She fights using her familiar, Dopros, and by summoning servants to aid her in battle.
Happy Chaos makes his playable debut in the Guilty Gear franchise. Formerly known as The Original, he is the father of all magic who absorbed I-No's other half and became warped in the process. He fights using the Celestial Gun, Moon Blade.
Baiken rejoins the cast as a DLC character. She is a one-armed, one-eyed samurai hellbent on taking revenge against That Man for the loss of her family during the Crusades. She fights using a katana and several concealed weapons hidden in her right sleeve.