I had a a really good conversation with Harry at Arcsys yesterday in regards to BlazBlue and I figured that it would be worthwhile to pass some information along to you. They really are dedicated to getting the game out to as many arcades as possible like I heard and they are being quite flexible with how you cn go about it. The game will be released in the US on November 18th (which I think is close to if not the same day as the Japanese release). A kit will be available for about $3500, you can get it in a dedicated Viewlix cabinet for about $7k-$8k or they will even look into cheaper HD cabinets if you can’t afford that. The game will run in any high rez montior cabinet, such as an Atomiswave cabinet but overall Arcsys just wants Blazblue to get out there. Also, unlike that other fighter which uses the Taito Type X2 hardware, you only need one kit for 2 players, none of this garbage about forcing operators to buy two. I tip my hat to them for that!
They also will br bringing more games to the US beyond BlazBlue so expect to start hearing more about official stuff from ArcSys outside of Japan throughout next year.