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Tuesday
Feb282017

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 comes home in Japan on May 25

The newest issue of Famitsu has given players a date for the console release of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2: May 25, 2017.

In addition to new characters—Baiken and Answer—and balance changes, Rev 2 will also come with a new Episode Mode, which seems like it will work to advance the world of Xrd with character-focused stories, and other changes to existing modes.

While this is only the release date for the title on PlayStation 3 and 4 in Japan, it makes the possible U.K. release date seem more plausible. There is currently no word as to when the game will be released in the U.S.

Monday
Feb272017

Super Desperation Radio episode 608 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR was joined by Brokentier's Koogy as the crew discussed Koogy's recent streaming efforts with Guilty Gear Xrd. The conversation spilled into all aspects of the fighting game community, from Koogy's break in active competition to his personal philsophy on improving and dealing with losses. He even discussed growing a scene or business and how times have changed for smaller startups in the FGC.

The show also said a temporary goodbye to beloved cast member Walkman, who will be on hiatus due to changes in his work life.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Monday
Feb272017

Capcom Pro Tour 2017 details revealed

Capcom has revealed the dates and rules of the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour 2017. Again 32 players will qualify for Capcom Cup, and the tour will start with Final Round 20 on March 10-12, 2017.

However, the qualification process is different in 2017. Only six spots at Capcom Cup are guaranteed: four go to regional finals winners, one to a last-chance qualifier at Capcom Cup and the last to previous champ NuckleDu. The other 26 competitors will be decided by the global points leaderboad.

With almost no tournament granting auto-qualification, Ranking and online events could be more important than ever before in CPT. To accompany this change, point distribution has been altered to give more weight to Evolution 2017 and Premier events. Fifteen Global Premier events have been announced, with venues ranging from Chicago, Illinois, to Chengdu, China.

For a full breakdown on how the system will work, along with global and regional event locations, head over to the CPT website. Players can check out the point distribution chart and official trailer after the jump.

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Monday
Feb272017

First images released of Arc System Works crossover costumes coming to Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

An upcoming collaboration between developers will put costumes from Guilty Gear and BlazBlue into Dead or Alive, and now the first images from that partnership have been unveiled.

The 16 different outfits—featuring Nyotengu as Dizzy, Kasumi as Noel Vermilion, Hitomi as Tsubaki Yayoi and Honoka as Elphelt Valentine among others—will be coming to Dead or Alive 5 Last Round in Japan on March 14. Prices for the costumes will vary depending on platform, with individual items costing either roughly $2.50 or $2.70 (286 yen on PS4, 300 on Xbox One) on consoles while the whole set will run $28, or $29 on PC (3,175 yen on PS4, 3,200 on Xbox One and 3,334 on PC).

News of the deal between Koei Tecmo and Arc System Works was made public in early February 2017. There is no word as to whether these costumes will officially be released to U.S. players.

Friday
Feb242017

Combo Breaker 2017 utilizing "3-out format" to change tournament play

Combo Breaker is switching up the usual format of competitive play for big events by allowing three players in each pool to move to the next round in hopes of creating a better tournament experience.

At Combo Breaker 2017, any game with at least 81 players will benefit from the "3-out" system. What this means is that there is no classic losers final for each pool, as both the winner and loser of winner's finals will advance along with the remaining player in the losers bracket.

According to Combo Breaker Competition Director Max Wasserman, the decision provides two advantages: it removes losers finals, which "is always the last match of pools to be played" and "cannot be played simultaneously with any other matches," and also removes many occurances of double jeopardy, a situation many players find inconvenient and frustrating in their event experiences.

For a more in-depth explanation of Combo Breaker's decision regarding this change, readers can check out the official CB website.

Thursday
Feb232017

ELEAGUE to debut $250,000 Street Fighter V invitational in March

Turner and IMG's ELEAGUE will make its first foray into the fighting game scene as it produces a $250,000 tournament for Street Fighter V starting in March.

The event, which will be shown on TBS and Twitch starting on March 27, will feature a preliminary round where 32 players compete to move into regular season competition. From there, group play will determine which eight move into the playoffs, and then on to the finals.

Players for ELEAGUE will consist of the "top 16 competitors based on the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour" along with the other 16 chosen by special invitation from Capcom. Matches in the preliminaries will be best of three matches, while everything after will be best of five. For more information, players can check out the release on ELEAGUE's official website or watch the trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Feb232017

New trailer confirms Cyborg for Injustice 2

A new piece of cinematic footage from Injustice 2 has announced yet another returning character to the game: Cyborg.

As the trailer focuses on the story of the game, there footage of Cyborg in action other than a glimpse of what may be his super in Injustice 2.

Player can check out the new trailer, "Shattered Alliances Part 1," after the jump. Injustice 2 arrives May 16, 2017.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Review: Qanba Dragon arcade stick (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC)

Back at Evolution 2014, Chinese arcade stick manufacturer Qanba featured a prototype model of a new design. This big-bodied stick was made with the PlayStation 4 in mind. It allowed easy access to the lever and pushbuttons as well as room to hold onto spare parts. One unique feature in this prototype stick was the ability to switch the left and right portion of the top panel. It would have allowed the player to use the button layout of Sega's Astro City format while having the lever placed similar to Taito's Vewlix design. The stick was eventually put on hold due to the cost involved in producing it.

Qanba was able to salvage that design and reintroduce it in 2016 as the Dragon. Aspects of the stick have changed since its 2014 reveal but the core look still remains in the final version. As a direct competitor to Hori's Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX arcade stick series, the Dragon is part of the luxury grade of sticks. You can expect arcade quality parts and an exquisite body design, but at a very hefty price.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Super TSB bringing national competition to New York on March 18

New York City's Team St1ckbug tournament series has previously hosted out-of-towners for its events, and on March 18, 2017, it will again be going major.

With several players already planning to visit the city during March 2017, New York's airdash scene decided to create a gathering of players from across the nation for its monthly tournament. Due to their promotion, 15 competitors from various states have already made plans to attend.

Confirmed players for TSB include: KizzieKay, TheBeautifulDude, Jona, RaphTX, Hamad, Nakkiel, Doren2k, Hotashi, MiniMatt, Grant_Chi, Bears, Kenji, Blacksnake, Eshi and Havoc_Noah.

Games at TSB include Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Koihime Enbu and KOF XIII, while exhibitions and other events are still being finalized at this time. The tournaments will be streamed on Blazeu's Twitch channel. For complete information on Super TSB, players can check out the Dustloop thread.

Wednesday
Feb222017

Classic Iori costume for King of Fighters XIV now available

A downloadable costume bringing back Iori Yagami's iconic look from earlier KOF games is now available.

First revealed in November 2016 as part of the Chinese special edition of KOF XIV, Classic Iori was finally announced for other regions during the King of Fighters XIV World Championship finals.

Just like other DLC outfits, Classic Iori will cost players $2.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Tuesday
Feb212017

Aris talks about what it takes to be successful in Tekken

During a recent stream, Aris talked about the upcoming Tekken 7 and what new players may experience as they attempt to learn the game.

Now committed to text on Avoiding the Puddle, Aris' brief conversation with his stream highlights some of the biggest problems and realities of playing Tekken at a high level.

Aris' explanation is 11 parts, but is a quick read and an interesting perspective from someone who has been playing Tekken and 3-D games in general at a high level for years.

Tuesday
Feb212017

Super Desperation Radio episode 607 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR was joined by former Evolution champion Reynald as the group talked the King of Fighters XIV World Championship finals.

Hellpockets and company also took the time to ask Reynald his thoughts on player philosophy, social media in the fighting game community and his predictions on KOF XIV's upcoming DLC characters.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Saturday
Feb182017

New DLC trailer for The King of Fighters XIV reveals new outfits, stages and characters

The King of Fighters XIV players can expect more downloadable content this year, ranging from the cosmetic to new characters.

When it comes to outfits, the once Chinese-exclusive classic suit for Iori will be available to everyone else on Feb. 23. Kula Diamond, Angel, Meiteikun and Sylvie will get their own bonus DLC outfits sometime in spring.

Free for all owners of KOF XIV are two extra stages with one of them being the train stage from Fatal Fury 2.

The trailer featuring the new outfits and stages also teases a new team of three characters to be fully announced in March.

The video can be found after the jump!

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Thursday
Feb162017

Guide by Nage explains how he fights Raven in Guilty Gear -Revelator-

One of Japan's strongest Xrd players has written out his thoughts on how he fights Raven in the most recent entry of the Guilty Gear Xrd series.

Nage breaks his guide into several points, devoting much of the space to explain his thought process when Raven has knocked the opponent down or how to fight the character at the mid-range. Although Nage only discusses the fight in terms of his character, Faust, a lot of the information can be applied to many characters in -Revelator-.

GreatFernMan has translated Nage's blog and posted it on Evernote. Nage admits with location testing for Guity Gear Xrd Rev 2 currently going on his guide may soon become outdated, but he felt he would explain his choices in the matchup anyway.

Tuesday
Feb142017

Cheetah and Catwoman claw their way into Injustice 2

A new "Here Come The Girls" trailer for Injustice 2 has revealed the additions of Cheetah and Catwoman to the upcoming game.

The trailer, which also includes the previously revealed Black Canary and Poison Ivy, shows mostly cinematic footage of the characters, such as their super moves. However, small pieces of Poison Ivy and Cheetah gameplay are featured as well.

Players can check out the trailer after the jump. Injustice 2 arrives May 16, 2017.

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Monday
Feb132017

Super Desperation Radio episode 606 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

New characters and upcoming events rounded out this week's episode of SDR. Hellpockets talked about the upcoming King of Fighters XIV World Championship and his job commentating it with NerdJosh and Metaphysics. This segued into the cast talking about its efforts to create a commentary bootcamp in the future, with the hopes of giving more players an opportunity to grow and more footage for demo reels.

In other news, the cast talked about the debuts of Swamp Thing in Injustice 2 and Kolin in Street Fighter V.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

Monday
Feb132017

Swamp Thing brings the power of nature to Injustice 2

DC's protector of the natural world will be joining the playable cast of Injustice 2.

Swamp Thing seemingly has many tools at his disposal: he can use vines to grab opponents from far away, use clones to trap like Noob Saibot and even sink into the stage to avoid attacks. He also sprouts a tree as an anti-air and kicks a log along the ground as a projectile.

Players can check out the trailer from IGN after the jump. Injustice 2 arrives May 16, 2017.

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Saturday
Feb112017

Upcoming exhibition series puts US Guilty Gear players in spotlight

Starting on Feb. 24, 2017, the "Super Steam Xrd Exhibition League" will be a series of matches pitting GG players in the U.S. against one another in online competition.

Taking inspiration from Mikado and MajinObama's "Slash Series" of high-level exhibitions in Japan, Silva and Sym hope to highlight different players and commentators in the U.S. Guilty Gear scene. The exhibitions will contested using the Steam version of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and will be a race to seven matches in each set.

The first two exhibitions will see BlackSnake's Venom take on Destin's Dizzy and Sym's Millia will square off against Bears' Chipp. The stream will start at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) on the series' Twitch channel with commentary from BeautifulDude and DaiandOh.

Friday
Feb102017

Two new trailers introduce the cast and weapons of Arms

Nintendo of Japan has released two new trailers giving players a closer look at what they can expect from the company's new arena fighter, Arms.

The first trailer is "Arm Encyclopedia," and shows how the six different types of punch—fire, thunder, boomerang, revolver, salamander and big punch—can be used to outwit and outmuscle your opponent.

The second trailer is an overview of the five characters in the game—Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Ninjara, Master Mummy and Mechanica—showing off their different strengths and gameplay features. Master Mummy, for example, seems to have a level of super armor where he can shrug off smaller blows and continue to advance on the opponent.

Arms is scheduled to release sometime in spring 2017. Players can check out the trailers after the jump.

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Thursday
Feb092017

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 second location test changes released

The second location test for Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 happens Feb. 11-12, 2017, and Arc System Works has again made public its list of changes for this version of the new update.

The pdf contains both system changes as well as alterations for almost every character in the -Revelator- cast. Not featured are Baiken and Answer, who it seems will not receive any tweaks in this location test.

The original list is in Japanese, but a number of translations have started appearing online.

As before, since this is a location test, none of these changes are necessarily final.