Delta Cross: Future Arena (デルタクロス: フューチャーアリーナ), originally styled as ΔX, is a 3D fighting game developed and published by Multisoft. It was released in 1996 for arcades and later ported to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. This game was Multisoft's first 3D fighting game.
Delta Cross features a combination between 2D and 3D gameplay. There is a square ring with holographic walls that players can send the opponent flying onto, preset punch/kick combos and sidestepping, as well as Street Fighter-esque super moves and a Super meter where one can perform super attacks. Certain characters can also double jump.
Delta Cross’ key function is the “Delta Rave” where characters are able to perform a long chain various combos for a limited time. The precision of each hit intensifies after each one, so quick reflexes and perfect timing are key in order to perform some of the longest combos in the game. Delta Raves can be activated by filling the Delta Gauge underneath the health bar. Once it is completely filled, press the P+K+B+P buttons to activate the Delta Rave.
The game also includes two different fighting styles for each character, alongside two respective outfits.
In the 22nd century, the galactic conglomerate Spade Million, known throughout the years for their innovations in technology and medicine, has been creating experiments with the data of fighters from across the galaxy for their use in bio-weapons, killing them later once the job is done.
The star of the story is Koji Nagare, an expert pilot part of a space federation force known as FAZE. He grew under the guidance of his mentor Gallus following the death of his parents. Seeing his hidden potential, Gallus trained Koji to be a fighter pilot and enlisted him in FAZE.
Since then, Koji has succeeded in every mission passed by FAZE and led his team to victory until one fateful day, a swarm of Spade Million fighter jets ambushed Koji's team and tried to abduct Gallus. With the help of his teammates, Gallus shot down the jets until a few of the jets shot and destroyed his ship, with him inside, killing him entirely. Shocked by his mentor's death, Koji chased down and shot the remaining Spade Million jets, even disappearing from FAZE's watch.
Years later, Spade Million announced the first Delta Cross: Future Arena tournament, where various fighters gather around to prove who is the strongest of them all. Koji reappears from hiding, willing to avenge the death of his mentor, and enters the tournament to put an end to Spade Million. But unbeknownst to anyone, Spade Million set up this tournament to collect more fight data for their ultimate weapon: Andromeda.
Bio: Koji Nagare is a former pilot of the FAZE federation force. One fateful day, Koji witnessed the death of his mentor Gallus by the hands of Spade Million's forces, and promised to avenge him since that day. When the Delta Cross tournament was announced, Koji sees this as a chance to destroy Spade Million and chooses to participate.
Voice Actor: Nobuo Tobita
Bio: Albert Stuart was a licensed medical doctor and charismatic surgeon with legendary surgical skills. In the past, he has treated the wounded members of FAZE after their missions, including his frequent visitor Koji. Once he heard about Spade Million's superior medical practices, Albert enters the Delta Cross tournament to learn more about how they handle their medicine.
Occupation: Clan leader
Voice Actor: Akio Otsuka
Bio: Yoritaka is the leader of a group of ninja and is the rival of Koji Nagare. He would do anything for the pride of his clan but he really just wants to beat Koji at his own gain. Yoritaka then attempts to infiltrate the Delta Cross tournament to gather intel about Spade Million's activities, while also planning to settle the score against Koji.
Voice Actor: Michie Tomizawa
Bio: Phyllida Ingram is an assassin of the Limech organization from the planet Blackfade. She only resorts to assassination if she receives a large sum of money from the job. After being paid by a business rival, Phyllida enters the Delta Cross tournament in order to assassinate the CEO of Spade Million.
Occupation: Gymnast, reporter
Voice Actor: Sakura Tange
Bio: The daughter of Marcus Autumn, the inventor of the G-Canceller anti-gravity system, Judy was always an active girl. She used to be a well-known athlete, winning 5 gold medals in the Galactic Olympics, but she became a spokesperson for the FAZE federation. She had started to train for the Delta Cross tournament when she received word that her father had been killed by Spade Million's soldiers.
Voice Actor: Hisao Egawa
Bio: Goda was born and raised amid the natural beauty of Growth, a planet with expansive tracts of green land. With his preternatural animal instincts, he left his home and underwent a great deal of training in order to prepare himself for the Delta Cross tournament. As a result, his physical strength has increased twofold, but he also became overconfident and is considered somewhat of a big-mouth. Goda's purpose for entering the Delta Cross tournament was to show the viewers and his opponents his dancing moves.
Voice Actor: Joji Nakata
Bio: Mr. FRX is a rotund android created by the mysterious development group FRX. He has endured many trials: combat training, spy activities, exams and many others. If all of his capabilities function as calculated, there should be nothing that can keep him from winning the tournament. His objective in the Delta Cross tournament is to complete the final testing phase for his IQ and AI programming.
Occupation: Fighter pilot
Voice Actor: Ryo Horikawa
Bio: Ricky Jay is the leader of the flight squad Planet Hunters. During peacetime, there is very little work available, so Ricky has entered the tournament in an attempt to take home the big prize money. He is motivated to become the new champion by thoughts of his wife and son, both of whom need his support.
Voice Actor: None
Bio: Joey is a yeti that was thawed out and raised in a special lab where he was educated in human literacy and communication skills. The lab concurrently developed a fighting gear suitable for a yeti, and offered him a chance to enter the Delta Cross tournament.
Voice Actor: Maaya Sakamoto
Bio: Kim Smith is the megastar singer who was chosen to sing at the opening ceremonies of several concerts in the past. Her fans are wild about her powerful dance moves and soulful vocals. Completely allured by the sensation of fighting, she chose to enter the tournament rather than continue her musical career. Taking full advantage of her sense of rhythm and athleticism, she plans to do her best in the Delta Cross tournament.
Race: Ikadoan (squid alien)
Voice Actor: Koji Tsujitani
Bio: Inkster is a representative of Ikado, a planet currently in a feud against the FAZE Federation. The Ikadoans are surrounded by enemies and are in a very unstable economic state. As a result, Inkster wants to win the Delta Cross tournament so that he can pay the education costs of his children.
Voice Actor: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Bio: Benson Elve spent most of his childhood in poverty until he joined a rock music group. With this came a lot of fame, which only increased when he became a fighter. Benson entered the Delta Cross tournament for not only increasing his popularity even further, but to also receive money for his family in poverty.
Occupation: Construction robot
Voice Actor: None
Bio: Magnos is a magnetic robot created by Spade Million. Its magnetics are capable of forming and splitting many things, from skyscrapers to landmarks. Before its completion, Magnos was sent by Spade Million to participate in the Delta Cross tournament for quality testing and to witness its use of magnetics in combat.
Voice Actor: None
Bio: Andromeda is an ancient being from space. Spade Million's finest scientists were sent to excavate the creature and rebuild it with their technology. They then decided to input a majority of their researched fight data within the nuclear core on its chest. Andromeda was set to be unveiled to the galaxy during the Delta Cross tournament finals.
The Sega Saturn port of the game features the trailers for Bomb Strike Saturn and Superstar World, as well as a short demo of Fenfir before the game starts.
Through data mining, Delta Cross was revealed to have unused content from the early beta version, including a busty female character titled "Spiral," who was scrapped in the finalized version of the game.
Luckily, players can use cheat codes to play as Spiral, who has a fully functional character model. Her moveset is partially based on Judy's, but the rest of her moves mostly involve the use of her chest.
Spiral made her first fully-playable appearance in Konami vs. Gamesoft 2: War of the Century 2003.