Guilty Gear Strive’s second season of characters kicked off Monday with the discharge of Bridget, the yo-yo-wielding, habit-wearing fighter who first joined the collection with 2002’s Guilty Gear X2. Three extra characters are deliberate for Guilty Gear Strive’s season 2 go, which can run by means of 2023.

For gamers trying to get into Guilty Gear, developer Arc System Works describes Bridget as an “simple to select up, normal fashion of character” with stable long-range assaults and… a teddy bear. Bridget is out there as a part of the $24.99 season go, and individually for $6.99. The developer additionally launched a starter information video for Bridget, who wasn’t playable within the latest Guilty Gear Xrd video games.

Bridget’s arrival in Guilty Gear Strive is momentous not simply for the launch of a second season of DLC, it additionally confirms that the character is a trans lady. Bridget’s lore and historical past are difficult, and in earlier entries within the Guilty Gear collection, her sexuality and an absence of readability on her gender id had been generally performed for dramatic impact or comedic functions. However in Strive, Bridget comes out definitively as transgender, as seen on this cutscene that includes an interplay between Bridget, Ky Kiske, and relative newcomer Goldlewis Dickinson.

Earlier Guilty Gear video games recognized Bridget as male, and different characters referred to Bridget with each female and male pronouns. In response to her official backstory (which refers to her in gender-neutral phrases), Bridget had a twin brother, and in accordance with a neighborhood superstition, twins of the identical gender are a foul omen. Bridget’s rich mother and father thus raised her as a woman to guard her from hurt, however she later units off as a bounty hunter to each discover success — thus proving the superstition false — and “behav[e] like a person” battling the Guilty Gear roster.

Bridget spawned a legion of followers, significantly cosplayers, who fell in love with the character over the previous 20 years, regardless of the occasional drained jokes surrounding her sexuality and gender id. Those self same tropes made her return to the Guilty Gear franchise unsure, however it seems that Arc System Works is totally embracing her trans id — not as fodder for storytelling tropes, however as a part of an ever-diversifying roster for Guilty Gear Strive.

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