The game features sweeping game-mechanic and character balance changes, three new characters, and several new game modes. The new modes are:
- Beginner Mode - "Encourages a wider audience with an easier control scheme."
- Tutorial Mode - "Allows the novice and pros to practice everything from the basic mechanics unique to BlazBlue."
- Challenge Mode - "Offers advanced players character-specific combos and missions."
- Legion Mode - "Defeat the enemy armies positioned at various locations on the map. The ultimate goal is to color the entire map with your color by defeating all the enemy hubs." This mode is also in the recently released PSP version.