What used to be a non-factor in the fighting game experience has now taken center stage as online play quality and netcode have become some of the most important pieces to the puzzle in recent times.
These days, if a development team reveals that their game does not feature rollback netcode they can all but expect a flurry of angry comments on social media from players, and it seems Arc System Works is taking this to heart and going as far as to add this feature to the Steam version of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, an eight year old title.
This news broke via ArcSys’ Twitter Friday afternoon when the company posted, “We felt like this couldn’t wait… GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS R for Steam will be receiving it’s much awaited GGPO update soon! We will be conducting public testing from October 29th. More details will be announced at a later date!”
The acronym “GGPO” is short for “Good Game Peace Out” and is a middleware designed by the FGC’s own Tony Cannon, a co-founder of EVO. GGPO essentially tries to predict and simulate what players might do while engaging in online bouts, and will roll back whenever it is inaccurate. This has been widely accepted in the FGC as superior to delay-based netcode, which introduces a natural delay at the front end of things to allow for both players’ inputs to process before the game tries to manifest actions.
The Guilty Gear community is currently revving up for the franchise’s next release, Guilty Gear Strive, in 2021. Shortly after Strive was initially revealed, however, there was a good amount of worry among fans as ArcSys did not clarify they’d be using GGPO until March of this year.
It seems this kicked off a potential trend for ASW titles given that the company is updating one of their games from a few chapters back, and will hopefully be the new norm moving forward. Public testing for this Steam update will begin in about two weeks on October 29.
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