Under Night In-Birth

Under Night In-Birth[10] is a 2D fighting game co-developed by Ecole Software and French-Bread. It received many updates for adjustments and characters.

Under Night In-Birth
Director(s)Nobuya Narita
  • Nobuya Narita
  • Toshimichi Mori
Artist(s)Seiichi Yoshihara
September 20, 2012
  • Arcade
    • JP: September 20, 2012
    • JP: September 9, 2013
    PlayStation 3
    Microsoft Windows
    • WW: July 12, 2016
    • JP: July 23, 2015
    PS3, PS4, PS Vita
    • JP: July 20, 2017
    • NA: February 9, 2018
    • EU: February 9, 2018[4]
    Microsoft Windows
    • WW: August 20, 2018[5]
    PS4, Nintendo Switch
    • JP: February 20, 2020
    • NA: February 20, 2020
    • EU: February 21, 2020[6]
    Microsoft Windows
    • WW: March 27, 2020[7]
    • JP: April 15, 2021
Genre(s)Fighting, visual novel
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


It features similar mechanics to other 2D fighting games, including Melty Blood, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. The game uses three attack buttons and a fourth one tied to the "GRD" meter. Attacks can cancel each other in any order, and into special and super moves. GRD is a tug-of-war mechanic to reward players for defense or offense, for them to use Shield, an enhanced defensive technique; Assault, an air dashing move; and Force Functions, a character-specific action serving as offense or a temporary buff. Whichever character has more GRD at the end of a cycle gains a temporary "Vorpal" buff, improving their moves and damage, and using Chain Shift, which cancels any move and resets the character to a neutral state while giving them extra meter based on the amount of GRD accrued. However, incorrectly guarding moves with Shield causes a state known as GRD Break, which locks a character out of any techniques with GRD. A more traditional super meter known as the EXS Gauge fills up whenever players land attacks or get hit. Characters spend half a bar of meter for powered-up versions of special moves, or a full bar for Infinite Worth move, a high-damage super attack. When their health is below 30%, characters can use Infinite Worth EXS, an extremely strong super activated by pressing four buttons. A technique called Veil Off can be utilized if a character has more than half a bar of meter, giving a "burst" shockwave, sending the opponent and a powered up state for damage boost and temporary use of infinite super meter. For [st], the game adds new features, including Cross-Cast Veil Off, which characters with at least half a bar of super meter and Vorpal state can cancel combos into a Veil Off burst, and visual novel series Chronicle Mode.


Every month, a phenomenon called the Hollow Night brings forth invisible, immortal creatures called Voids. They feed upon a power known as EXS, which they gain by attacking humans caught within the Hollow Night. Though the attack results in death or Void transformation of victims, anyone who survives becomes an In-Birth, gaining the ability to control EXS. After surviving a Void attack, high school student Hyde Kido receives the power to summon Insulator, a magical sword killing In-Births. Wishing to become mortal, a young girl named Linne offers to train Hyde in his powers on the condition that when he is ready, he will end her life. Caught in a battle by others vying for control over the power of EXS, Hyde finds a way to survive until the next night.[11]


The game has each original characters. The guest ones appeared from each separated games, including Sion Eltnam Atlasia (middle name dubbed as “Eltnum”) from Melty Blood and Akatsuki from Akatsuki Blitzkampf. The game has Japanese-language voice acting.[12] Some characters later appeared in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle with English voice actors.[13]

  • Hyde Kido (城戸 灰都 (キド ハイド), Kido Haido): A high school student and one of the survivors of a Void attack. He wields the legendary dark-red magical sword Insulator.
  • Linne (リンネ, Rinne): An ancient immortal princess of the Night Blade and the current leading organization of the Hollow Night. She was cursed into a Re-Birth alongside her twin brother and former wielder of Insulator, Kuon (クオン). They were reincarnated in their current host bodies. Her current one is a child.
  • Waldstein (ワレンシュタイン, Warenshutain): A hulking wise half-Void and Linne's guardian. He is a former member of the anti-Void organization Licht Kreis back in the day when he was a human, until his defection to Night Blade during a war between two organizations, after Kuon saved him from becoming a Void Fallen.
  • Carmine Prime (カーマイン・プライム, Kāmain Puraimu): A young delinquent man with a violent attitude. He uses blood in combat.
  • Orie Ballardiae (オリエ・バラーディア, Orie Barādia): A leader of her team within Licht Kreis whose parents were killed by an intelligent Void. She was sent undercover to Kanzakai under alias of a student “Orie Harada” (“原田 織依” (ハラダ オリエ), ”Harada Orie”).
  • Gordeau the Harvester (ハーヴスター・ゴルドー, Hābesutā Gorudō, Harvester Gordeau): A hired mercenary and one of the co-founders of Amnesia, an organization seeking to dominate the Hollow Night. He abandoned his full-time membership, after a freak incident involving the death of a fellow founder, Roger the Survivor (サーヴイヴー・ロジャー, Sābaibā Rojā, Survivor Roger).
  • Merkava (メルカヴァ, Merukava): An amnesiac intelligent flying Void accused of killing Orie's parents. He was once a human seeking to become a Re-Birth. Upon his incomplete transformation into a Void, he not only retains part of his form, but survives in daylight.
  • Vatista (バティスタ, Batisuta): Unit code, 10,067. An ancient "Autonomic Nerve" designed as an anti-Void weapon. She used to have a seventh wing, but it transforms into the sword Insulator.
  • Seth the Assassin (アサシン・セト, Asashin Seto, Assassin Seth): An assassin of the Night Blade. As a child, he met Linne when she was under the alias of a young woman, Chitose (チトセ). He receives a pair of dark-blue magical daggers Eliminator from a secret contractor and organization member.
  • Yuzuriha (ユズリハ): A female samurai hailed from a clan who once served the Night Blade and founded the fighting style Dual Moon Blade Swordsmanship.
  • Hilda the Paradox (パラドックス・ヒルダ, Paradokkusu Hiruda, Paradox Hilda): The leader and one of the co-founders of Amnesia who seeks to become a Re-Birth. She fuses the power of darkness and light.
  • Bloody Chaos (ブラッディ・ケイアス, Buraddi Keiasu): Real name Kei Asuma (明日真 景 (アスマ ケイ), Asuma Kei). Amnesia's chief strategist, who can project and manifest the object he obtained. He fights alongside Azhi Dahaka (アジ・ダハーカ, Azi Dahāka), a controlled Void summoned from the Book of Chaos Code stolen from the Licht Kreis library shortly before joining Amnesia. He is Seth's contractor, and the one who found the daggers Eliminators from an unknown source.
  • Nanase (ナナセ): A middle school student who is attacked by a Void and turned into an In-Birth. She accuses Hyde for her transformation despite the rescue.
  • Byakuya (ビャクヤ): A middle school student accompanied by his “sister”, Tsukuyomi (ツクヨミ). In truth, the real one died in the accident, where Byakuya lost his sanity and became an In-Birth whose power resembles that of Void, until he met a former member of Demon Society, Strix (ストリックス, Sutorikkusu), whom he thought her to be his sister's incarnation, and currently act as her replacement.
  • Phonon the Chermeti (シュメティ・フォノン, Shumeti Fonon, Chermeti Phonon)): Nanase's best friend with a chūnibyō personality. A former member of an In-Birth school club EFG, she received the EXS ability and left the club.
  • Mika Returna (ミカ・リターナ, Mika Ritāna): A member of Licht Kreis and a member Orie's team.
  • Gaien Enkidu (円鬼堂 凱庵 (エンキドゥ ガイエン), Enkidō Gaien): A former martial artist and member of Amnesia. He is bitten by a Void and being granted with a small amount of EXS, with the pair of large shackles on his wrist act as limiters to unleash his full EXS potential in unsealed state for a limited time.
  • Miyashiro Erika Wagner (宮代 (ミヤシロ)・エリカ・ワーグナー, Miyashiro Erika Wāgunā): One of the members for Licht Kreis. She becomes a rival of Orie, due to her reckless and albeit, questionable methods on the job, as well as Gordeau after a freak accident involving Roger's death.
  • Londrekia Light (ロンドレキア・ライト, Rondorekia Raito): A member of Ritter Schild, a male only branch organization of Licht Kreis from the result of Waldstein's defection to the Night Blade. He is Wagner's self-proclaimed rival.


The game began development in 2010. Nobuya Narita discussed how it arose from the team's experiences working on Melty Blood. French-Bread originally planned to work on the high-definition title for the game, but development later stalled while Type-Moon went on to work on Mahōtsukai no Yoru. Early prototypes provided the foundation for the game. Narita emphasized they wanted to differentiate the game from Melty Blood, so the lore, visuals, systems and combat flow are much different from the previous work. It marked the team's first game using high definition and features hand-drawn high-resolution sprites.[14] In March 2013, Sega added support for its ALL.Net P-ras Multi service, a distribution network that allows multiple arcade owners to receive copies of the game without providing a dedicated arcade cabinet for each copy. Other games that utilize this service include Arc System Works' Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R and Triangle Service's Game Center Love.[15] A decade later in 2021, thanks to Sion's inclusion in Under Night, the inclusion of said French Bread's original game series in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Evo 2019’s main tournament event, the untitled Melty Blood HD remake was announced as a prequel reboot game title to 2021 remake of Tsukihime, Melty Blood: Type Lumina.


Release timeline
2012Under Night In-Birth
2013Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
2015Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
2020Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[clr]

Sega released the arcade version in Japan on September 20, 2012. A major revision, entitled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (アンダーナイトインヴァースエクセレイト, Andā naito invāsu ekusereito), was released on September 9, 2013. Arc System Works released the game for PlayStation 3 on July 24, 2014.[16] A 2015 release for North America and Europe was later announced.[17] It was also released in North American on March 31, 2015, according to the GameStop website. However, Aksys Games revealed the release date for Exe:Late, they said that the game will be released on February 24, 2015. Exe:Late was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows systems on July 12, 2016. A further update to the game entitled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st][18] was announced on May 15, 2015.[19] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on July 20, 2017,[20] and in North America and Europe on February 9, 2018.[4] Exe:Late[st] was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows systems on August 20, 2018. Exe:Late[st] is then re-titled to the update below, Exe:Late[cl-r], for those who owned PlayStation 4 and Windows versions. A final revision of the game, entitled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r][21], was released for PlayStation 4 and Switch. It was announced at EVO 2019 for February 20, 2020 release, while Europe released the game on the next day, after it was released in Japan and North America.[22] The PlayStation 4 version has an update for those who owned the version of Exe:Late[st], while the players who purchased the PlayStation version which is not PlayStation 4 get a limited discount from the release date until April 30, 2020 in both Japan and North America, and April 31, 2020 on Europe. Any players who owned Exe:Late[st] to update, contents which were added to Exe:Late[cl-r] update remains paid DLCs.[23] A Microsoft Windows port was released on March 27, 2020. On March 22, 2021, the arcade port of Exe:Late [cl-r] was announced, and released on April 15, 2021.


The PlayStation 3 version of the game received a 29/40 by Famitsu.[31] Destructoid said that it was "an intelligent, tactical fighting game that I'll surely be playing for a long time to come." IGN said it was "One good fighting game. Maybe it's not as deep as previous Arc System Works games, but successfully achieves what it is aiming: to let the player enjoy it." Eurogamer concluded "an interesting 2d fighting game with a very unique fighting system. Just try it, and you'll be amazed." It was nominated for the category of Best Fighting at The Game Awards 2020, but lost to Mortal Kombat 11.[34]


Nobuya Narita and Raito confirmed on Twitter about the sequel game to Under Night In-Birth on September 21, 2021.[35]

See alsoEdit


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