Guilty Gear Strive from Arc System Works and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe was recently confirmed to add Jack-O as DLC. Jack-O releases tomorrow alongside a major update to the game on all platforms. If you’ve not gotten Guilty Gear Strive yet, it is one of the best games of they ear so far. Read my review of the PS5 version here. Read my PS4 and PS5 comparison here. Today, Arc System Works also showcased Jack-O in action in a new trailer. Watch the Jack-O gameplay guide trailer below:

General / Game Modes

・Added Jack-O’ as a playable character.
 ※Players who have purchased “GGST Season Pass 1” will have access to the playable character after the update patch is applied on August 27.
 ※Individual sale for the PS4 and PS5 versions will begin on August 30.
 ※Individual sale for the Steam version will begin on August 27.
・Added Jack-O’s BGM “Perfection Can’t Please Me.”
 ※Jack-O’ must be selectable in order to use the BGM.
・Reduced input delay on the PS4 Pro/PS5 versions.
 While this update does not apply to the standard PS4 version, we are looking into addressing this in the future.

Network Mode

・Fixed an issue where the Counter Setting action options would be displayed incorrectly after matching in Training Mode with the Training Environment set to reflect the prior match.

Replay Mode

・Fixed an error where replay data would not be saved properly.
Replay data saved in battle version 1.03 of the game may not be played back correctly after applying this update patch.


・Fixed an issue where the effect would not display properly when a Counter Hit and Wall Break happened simultaneously.
・Fixed an issue where the position of the opponent’s character would change greatly after following up on a Dust Attack.
・Fixed an issue where some sound effects such as flames hitting would be played back repeatedly in certain situations.


・Adjusted the BGM volume of some songs, such as battle themes from previous games.
・Fixed some errors in certain in-game text.

Major Confirmed Issue

・Network features are completely inaccessible under certain play environments.
We are continuing to look into and address this issue.

Guilty Gear Strive version 1.09 update balance adjustments for characters

Check out the full balance adjustments for buffs and more here.

Guilty Gear Strive DLC roadmap for season 1 characters and stages

The Guilty Gear Strive DLC roadmap includes free updates, paid DLC, and more. 

July 2021: Additional character 1 – Goldlewis Dickinson
August 2021: Additional character 2 – Jack O
After Fall 2021: Additional characters 3,4, and 5, two additional battle stages, another story.

Another story will only be included in the Season Pass and not sold separately.

Guilty Gear Strive free update plans

Periodic additions after release for Guilty Gear Strive include:

  • Combo Maker
  • Additional customization features for player match rooms
  • Digital Figure Mode

Guilty Gear Strive full roster

The Guilty Gear Strive base roster includes 15 playable characters. This includes

Guilty Gear Strive Season Pass 1 contents and price

Guilty Gear Strive Season Pass 1 includes five playable characters, five additional character colours, two stages, and additional story content. The pass will be priced at $29.99 on release.

Guilty Gear Strive is out now on PS5, PS4, and Steam.

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