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Aegis, Jubei, Carmine announced for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

The second of six DLC character packs for the upcoming Arc System Works crossover game has been unveiled.

Persona 4's Aegis, BlazBlue's Jubei and Under Night's Carmine will be coming to the game, bringing with them their signature moves and playstyles. Much like the first DLC pack, this second reveal also includes one character from each franchise, which may be a trend for the remaining four.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is scheduled to add 20 characters as DLC, including the free Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long. There will be six DLC packs of three characters each, which will cost players $4.99 or they can purchase all DLC together for $19.99. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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The Witcher comes to Soul Calibur VI

Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist of The Witcher series of games, is joining the cast of Soul Calibur VI.

Geralt fights with his sword and magical abilities, and his stage will be Kaer Morhen, an old witcher training ground.

Geralt is the ninth character announced for the upcoming title, which is set for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam sometime in 2018.

Readers can check out Geralt's trailer after the jump.

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Spring into battle with Tekken 7's newest DLC, Noctis, on March 20

Bandai Namco has confirmed that Noctis Lucis Caelum will be joining the game's cast on the first day of the new season in late March 2018.

The Final Fantasy XV protagonist was first unveiled as one of Tekken 7's guest characters during the Tekken World Tour finals in November 2017. Players who purchase Noctis will not only get his personal stage, Hammerhead, but will also receive five different costumes as part of his DLC offering.

Readers can check out Noctis' new trailer featuring the new stage and costumes after the jump.

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Broly is large and in charge in new Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for the Legendary Super Saiyan, one of the first two DLC characters coming to DBFZ.

In the short video, Broly is shown to be a huge character, towering over Goku. It appears the third hit of his autocombo has a grab, much like Android 16's, and that one of his supers will be Eraser Cannon/Omega Blaster. 

Readers can check out the footage after the jump. Bandai Namco has not yet revealed a release date for Broly, saying only that the character will be "coming soon."

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Vayne Carudas Solidor revealed for Dissidia, first console DLC

Final Fantasy XII's main antagonist will be the first of six characters joining the console version of Dissidia as part of the game's Season Pass.

Although he does have some ranged attacks, Solidor seems to rely mostly on his fists, with fast attacks that help close the gap between him and his opponents.

Readers can check out Solidor's trailer and a gameplay breakdown after the jump. He will join the Dissidia Final Fantasy cast in the game's arcade update in March, while console players will be able to get their hands on him in late April.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle open beta coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan, digital preorders gain additional access

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will have an open beta test in Japan before its May 31 release date, and players who digitally preorder the game on PlayStation 4 will get extra days to play it.

According to the Japanese PlayStation website, the beta will take place sometime during mid-May for five days. Only two of those days, however, will be open to the general public, while the the other three are being held for players who purchase the digital version of the game. Preorders for the game started on March 13 in Japan.

In the U.S., Sony has not currently opened preorders for the game on the PlayStation web store, so it will be interesting to see if a similar offer is made to players in the region. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle releases in North America for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam on June 5, 2018.


Qudans joins UYU

Fighting game team and brand UYU has signed 2017's Tekken World Tour champion.

In a statement on Twitter, the team announced that Byung-moon "Qudans" Son has joined UYU's roster and that he "will be defending his title this year across the EU, NA and Asian stops of the #TWT."

Qudans joins a host of high-profile competitors including Jeondding, P.Ling and Brian F. as part of UYU. He was previously part of Rox Gaming, joining shortly after his victory at the Tekken World Tour in November 2017.


Nintendo reveals Super Smash Bros. for Switch, coming in 2018

At the end of the Nintendo Direct on March 8, the company revealed that Super Smash Bros. will be coming to the Nintendo Switch console in 2018.

A brief trailer for the game showed Inklings from the Splatoon series, Mario and Link as well as the silhouettes of many yet-unrevealed characters.

No other information about the title is available at this time. Readers can check out the game's teaser trailer after the jump.

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Gundam Versus adding more balance changes with 1.12 update

A new patch is coming soon to the Japanese version of Gundam Versus.

Version 1.12, which will go live on March 13, will include balance changes as well as text and bug fixes. In addition, players will now be able to change their navigators, select music and access the development tree when they are in a Player Match room.

The balance tweaks will affect suits such as Build Strike Gundam (Full Package) and Duel Gundam while striker nerfs are coming for Zaku, Banshee, Crossbone Gundam X1 Kai and Crossbone Gundam X3.

There is currently no word as to when the patch will become available for Gundam Versus players in other regions. The full list of translated changes can be found at GGEZ.


CEO 2018 to feature crossover event with New Japan Pro-Wrestling

In the last few years, pro wrestling and fighting games have converged on many stages, from WWE stars playing Tekken at Wizard World events to Kenny Omega and Austin Creed participating in events such as CEO and Final Round.

CEO 2018, however, will be raising the bar as it has announced a "crossover event" between the tournament and New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

New Japan is the current home promotion of Kenny Omega and is the number two professional wrestling company in the world behind WWE. While the company is based in and runs events almost exclusively in Japan, it has started expanding outward in recent years with shows in Long Beach, California, and other countries such as Australia. It has also collaborated with the Ring of Honor promotion in the United States on multiple occasions.

According to CEO founder Alex Jebailey, "#CEOxNJPW is a live wrestling event at the Ocean Center on Friday June 29th" with more information and ticket sales beginning in April 2018. Readers can follow CEO Gaming on Twitter for more updates as they are released.

CEO 2018 takes place from June 29 to July 1, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Team Liquid signs Nemo, John Takeuchi

Team Liquid has unveiled its newest team members in the world of fighting games: Street Fighter V players Nemoto "Nemo" Naoki and Ryouta "John" Takeuchi.

The signings were announced in a video message from Liquid's co-CEO Steve "Liquid 112" Arhancet. In the video, Arhancet also revealed the opening of Liquid's Alienware Training Facility in Los Angeles, California. Nemo has signed a two-year deal with Team Liquid, while the terms of Takeuchi's deal were not disclosed at this time.

The two represent Team Liquid's "first step into Japanese esports," according to Arhancet. Readers can check out the reveal video after the jump.

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Mysterious version 5.2 update coming to ARMS

[Update March 7, 3:56 a.m. CST]: Nintendo has released the new patch, which adds Party Crash mode Big Time ARMS as an option in regular battle along with several different weapon and character tweaks. Readers can visit the Nintendo website for the whole list of changes.

Nintendo's arena brawler will soon be getting an unknown update.

A tweet on March 5 from the official ARMS Twitter account confirmed that a new update is on its way for the title.

According to Siliconera, the Nintendo had previously stated that the final update for ARMS would be version 5.0, which saw the release of Dr. Coyle.  

The update and what it will add or change in ARMS is currently unknown. The tweet is composed as a message from ARMS commentator Biff, who explains that information has been restricted. He does point out, however, that someone from the ARMS Laboratory was saying that certain experiments were a success.


Beyond the Summit reveals Summit of Power for Dragon Ball FighterZ

A 16-player invitational event will be coming to the Los Angeles, California, area in June 2018.

Beyond the Summit, a broadcasting company most known for its Dota 2 streaming and invitational events, will host a two-day in-house event for DBFZ on June 9-10, 2018, with $10,000 on the line for competitors.

Summit of Power will take place at the Summit House, the private location where Dota 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) events have taken place for previous editions of The Summit.

In previous Summit tournaments, players and teams have been chosen for competition through BTS choice, qualifying events and even fan voting. It will be interesting to see the format BTS chooses for its first foray into Dragon Ball FighterZ.


Tekken World Tour 2018 announced

During the ELEAGUE Tekken Team Takedown, the Tekken World Tour 2018 was officially announced.

Starting at Final Round 2018, 40 events will see players from across the world compete for more than $80,000 in prizes. The finals will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, sometime in November 2018 with a single-event prize pool of $25,000.

For this year of the TWT, there are no more regional leaderboards, and there will be less event overlap so that players don't have to pick and choose which event to support. The grand finals event will also now span two days and include 20 players, with one player earning their spot in a last-chance qualifier on day one.

For more information including the schedule and a breakdown of the new points system, readers can check out the official Tekken World Tour website.


Red Bull Conquest circuit to feature Guilty Gear, Tekken, Street Fighter

Red Bull has announced a new tournament circuit that will feature Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V.

Red Bull Conquest will feature 15 qualifiers, named Rally events, all around the United States, culminating in a grand finals tournament in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 16-18, 2018. The winner of each qualifying event, including a last-chance tournament, will be put into a final 16-person bracket to decide the champion for each game.

Conquest events will be held in "Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle," with the first taking place on April 28 in Chicago, Illinois.

For more information or to register for Red Bull Conquest, readers can check out the official Red Bull website.


Injustice 2 Legendary Edition arrives March 27

A complete and expanded version of NetherRealm Studios' DC fighter will be arriving at the end of March 2018.

Injustice 2's Legendary Edition will come with all 10 DLC characters, from Darkseid to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as the five Premier skins included the game's Ultimate Edition and a new Bruce Wayne skin.

The game will also include the introduction of an expanded tutorial in the Learn Hub; new gear and an increased level cap (30) for all characters; a new augment slot at level 30; and God and Demon shaders for the cast.

Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is currently listed for $59.99 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


Patch notes for first Dragon Ball FighterZ online fix now available

[Update Feb. 27, 9:46 p.m. CST]: Bandai Namco has posted the patch notes in English, along with a more detailed breakdown of character-specific fixes. Most notable is that the glitch allowing Captain Ginyu players free supers during Ultimate Z Change has been removed. 

Bandai Namco has detailed the contents of the first update to DBFZ in a post on the game's official Japanese website.

The notes, which have been translated by GreatFernMan, don't speak to many specifics in terms of online fixes, instead claiming the company has changed things to improve the experience.

There are, however, noted improvements to the Replay Channel, as Follow and Search functions are being in the new patch. The new patch will disable old replays, however, so players who want to save that footage should find a way to do so as soon as possible.

There is also the addition of a Party Match mode as well as several gameplay tweaks, with fixes to in-game cinematics and effects along with a vague comment about improving "consistency of actions."

Readers can check out the translated notes at Evernote. The update is scheduled for the end of February 2018 so it should be rolling out within the next few days.


Shadowgeist joins Fighting EX Layer, game launch in June 2018

Street Fighter EX2's Shadowgeist will be joining the cast of Fighting EX Layer when it arrives for the PlayStation 4 before the end of June 2018, a stream by Arika revealed.

EX Layer will ship as a digital-only title in two versions: the game's standard edition will cost players $59.99 and ship with 12 characters and 15 preset Gougi "decks," while a light version will cost $39.99 and come with 10 characters and five Gougi decks. The game may also received both a physical and Steam release based on its success.

Fighting EX Layer will ship without legacy controller support at launch, however, and will only feature Japanese voice acting for its characters. There will also be downloadable color packs, one that increases the number of colors to 15 for each character, and special gold colors for each fighter.

In addition to unveiling Shadowgeist, Arika also revealed the silhouettes of the two remaining characters in the FEXL cast, letting players speculate on who will join Allen Snider, Doctrine Dark, Blair Dame, Darun Mister, Garudo, Shirase, Jack, Kairi and Skullomania as part of the game's cast.


Bandai Namco planning fixes for Dragon Ball FighterZ online play

In a short video released on Feb. 22, DBFZ producer Tomoko Hiroki announced Bandai Namco's plans for alleviating the online issues that have plagued the game.

Players of Dragon Ball FighterZ has had many issues since the game's release with connecting to other players or being disconnected from matches or the game's lobby system. To correct that, the company plans to release a patch in late February 2018 to repair some of the issues and then will further patch the title sometime in mid or late March to try and fix any remaining problems. 

According to Hiroki, the company "will not stop until the fix has been completed."


Zasalamel, Ivy to cross blades in Soul Calibur VI

Two more classic Soul Calibur fighters have been announced for the upcoming title.

Ivy and Zasalamel will join Kilik, Xianghua, Gr0h, Nightmare, Mitsurugi and Sophitia as playable characters in the new Soul game.

While Isabella "Ivy" Valentine has been a playable character in all Soul Calibur games, Zasalamel makes only his third appearance in the series. The seemingly immortal sorcerer was previously a base character in SCIII and an unlockable one in SCIV.

Both new trailers show off the characters' Critical Arts as well as normals and special attacks. Readers can check out the footage after the jump.

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