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Gordeau, Yukiko Amagi and Azrael cut in on BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Arc System Works has revealed the next set of characters that will be included in its upcoming crossover fighter.

Gordeau from Under Night In-Birth, Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 Arena and Azrael from BlazBlue will each bring their unique fighting style to the title when it comes home.

Arc System Works did not reveal a time frame for the next set of character reveals, but left a hint at the end of video with BlazBlue's Noel asking other off-screen participants "Eh? You guys are...also into this?"

Readers can check out the new trailer after the jump. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle releases in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

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MvCI balance patch bringing big changes on Dec. 5

A newly announced patch coming to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will change the landscape of the game going into its Battle for the Stones event on Dec. 9-10, 2017.

Big changes have been made to the general gameplay of MvCI, with the seeming removal of the hit-stun deterioration glitch, which allowed players to create very long combos and kill a character.

There are also nerfs to both the Reality surge and Space storm abilities, with the former having slower start-up, less active frames and going away when the character is hit while the later will now put players in the box for less time on activation. Off the ground (OTG) relaunch attacks have also been limited to two per combo and crumple state now offers tech roll in addition to other glitch fixes and engine tweaks.

In terms of the character roster, popular characters like Dante, Dormammu and Ultron have all received nerfs, with Dante receiving a lengthy list of nerfs in terms of move duration, hitboxes/hurtboxes or active frames. Overall, 20 of the game's characters will receive at least one change when the patch releases.

Readers can head over to Capcom Unity for the full list of changes. 


Gundam AGE-2, Mudrock joining the fight in Gundam Versus

Gundam Versus fans in different regions will be seeing a simultaneously launch of two new mobile suits on Dec. 5, 2017.

The Gundam AGE-2 and its pilot Asemu Asuno will appear from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE while Mudrock Gundam and its pilot Agar will be the second suit appearing from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front video game.

As with other DLC mobile suits, the two new characters will cost players 650 yen (about $6) in Japan and $4.99 in North America. At this point there is no word as to when North American players will receieve Atlas Gundam, Zeydra, the custom Zaku I and Raider Gundam, the four DLC additions coming to the Japanese version of the title before the end of November 2017.


Kid Buu, Gotenks and adult Gohan coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

[Update Nov. 16, 11 a.m. CST]: ShonenGamez has provided a scan from the magazine, which has been included after the jump.

According to Ryokutya, three new characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ have been revealed in the new issue of V-Jump magazine, along with the confirmation of more modes coming to the game.

Kid Buu, Gotenks and adult Gohan will be joining the game's cast, each bringing their signature attacks with them. Buu will bring his Planet Burst; Gohan has his Ultimate Kamehameha and can unlock his potential by consuming the ki gauge; and Gotenks can utilize his Charging Ultra Buu Buu Volleyball, which will change animation depending on his teammates.

DBFZ has also been confirmed to have a shop mode, where players can spend in-game currency to buy titles and colors, as well as an arcade mode.

Dragon Ball FighterZ comes to North America on Jan. 26, 2018.

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Misango brings a sting to ARMS in version 4.0

ARMS version 4.0 has been released, bringing with it a new character, stage and more ARMS for use in battle.

The new character is Misango, whose home stage is the debuting Temple Grounds arena. Misango's special ability in ARMS revolves around the mysterious entity that floats above him: he can absorb it to gain special powers.

Misango can choose to simply absorb the entity or use it first as a shield then absorb it, and depending on its color when absorbed he will either gain armor (red), increased mobility (blue) or "the ability to automatically block all incoming blows for a short period of time upon activating his rush combo" (yellow).

Misango arrives with three new ARMS all that use poison. The Scorpio crawls on the ground or turns into a disc in the air before delivering a poisonous stab; the Glusher is a heavy weapon that bounces once or twice before smashing the opponent; and the Skully is one of the fastest attacks in the game, but can be knocked aside by heavier ARMS.

For more information on the ARMS 4.0 update, readers can check out the Nintendo Treehouse Log. The Misango trailer can be found after the jump.

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Arika names Fighting EX Layer, public beta starts Dec. 11

The "Mysterious Fighting Game" has been given a name, and players will be able to try out Arika's newest fighter in early December 2017.

According to the PlayStation blog, Arika has given its forthcoming title the name Fighting EX Layer, and the game will come home in a public beta starting on Dec. 11.

During the two-week event, players will get to explore Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider and Shirase as they test the game's online functionality. In addition, players attending the PlayStation Experience on Dec. 9-10 will get a chance to play the demo early.

There are no details on what Gougi will be usable during demo. For the entire brief interview with Arika's Akira "NIN" Nishitani where he discusses the purpose of the Gougi system, check out the PlayStation Blog. The post also features a new video featuring Shirase in her new design.

Fighting EX Layer is coming to PlayStation 4 sometime in 2018.


Pokkén Tournament DX version 1.1.0 released

A new update to Pokkén Tournament DX has been released for the Nintendo Switch console.

The update includes previously announced new online modes and a record featur for training mode as well as gameplay fixes for several characters in the cast.

The changes are mostly corrections to unintended side effects of attacks, such as players not being allowed to double jump after certain actions. Readers can check out the entire list of alterations on the official Nintendo website.


More images, information revealed for Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters

Bandai Namco has released more screenshots of its upcoming Kamen Rider arena fighting game, giving players more details about playable characters and included modes.

In addition to Climax Fighters' first use of online battles in the series, the game will also feature a one-player Mission Mode to choose solo challenges.

The company also debuted images of added Kamen Riders Brave, Mach, Baron, Specter, Accel, Birth, Meteor and Beast, bringing the total number of characters in the game to 27.

Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters arrives on Dec. 7, 2017, in Japan and Asia (with English subtitles). Readers can check out the images at Gematsu, and watch the most recent trailer of the game after the jump.

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Back to the world of Street Fighter III: Cooperation Cup 16, Jan. 7, 2018

The 16th installment of the world's largest five-on-five Street Fighter III: Third Strike tournament comes to Japan on Jan. 7, 2018.

Asakusabashi Hulic Hall in Taitō, Tokyo will be the setting for event where the best Third Strike players converge for a weekend to celebrate their favorite title. As usual, while the main Cooperation Cup event is only a one-day tournament, a special Pre-Cooperation Cup five-on-five, same-character tournament will take place the day before on Jan. 6.

The event will again be streamed on Game Newton's Twitch channel much like last year's event.

Players interested in signing up for Cooperation Cup 16 can head over to the event's official website, with team entries being accepted until the end of Dec. 3, 2017. 

Readers can check out a short announcement trailer—in Japanese—featuring the captain of last year's winning team, Kuni, after the jump.

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Noctis Lucis Caelum is coming to Tekken 7

During the Tekken World Tour finals, Bandai Namco revealed that the protagonist of Final Fantasy XV will be joing Tekken 7 as its second guest character.

Noctis Lucis Caellum comes to Tekken 7 with his sword and several different magic attacks. While no date has been revealed for him, the general time frame of spring 2018 was given for his release.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Geese shows off predictable strength in Tekken 7 gameplay footage

Just days before attendees of the Tekken World Tour finals will have the chance to try him out, Geese Howard has been featured in five minutes of gameplay footage from Gamespot.

The video shows how many of Geese's trademark moves, including specials like repukken, shipukken and jaei ken, have translated into the third dimension. It also shows how his meter will work, as Geese can gain up to three bars during a match. That meter can either be spent to activate Max Mode, which seemingly allows him a cancel much like Akuma's for one bar, or used for supers that seem to cost two bars.

More information on the character will become available during the Tekken World Tour finals on Nov. 12. For now, readers can check out the clip after the jump.

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Shell Shock! Ninja Turtles, Enchantress join Injustice 2's Fighter Pack 3

In a trailer shown during the finals of ELEAGUE's Injustice 2 championships, it was announced that Enchantress and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be joining Atom as part of the game's third round of DLC characters.

It was not revealed how the new characters will be played, or if Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Leonardo will all be separate characters.

There is currently no release date for any of the Fighter Pack 3 characters. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Justice League gear coming to Injustice 2

New customizations inspired by the upcoming DC Comics movie are joining Injustice 2.

Starting on Nov. 14, 2017, dedicated Multiverse events in the game will start giving players access to gear pieces reminiscent of the costumes worn by those characters in the Justice League film.

It is not known how much gear is being added for each Justice League character or how long the Multiverse events will run.

Some players are claming to have already found ways to access the gear as images of purported Justice League pieces are appearing online.

NetherRealm Studios has been largely quiet on the specific details for the upcoming events, only saying that the Multiverse events will coincide with the run-up to the release of Justice League on Nov. 17, 2017.


Four new mobile suits announced for Gundam Versus

Gundam Versus will be getting four new DLC characters for players in Japan before the end of November.

The Zeydra and its pilot Zeheart Galette will join the cast from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, the custom Zaku I and its pilot Gerhart Schmitzer appear from the video game Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front and the Raider Gundam with Clotho Buer comes from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

These three will join the previously announced Atlas Gundam at different release dates late in the month. The Zeydra and Atlas Gundam will release on Nov. 21, 2017, while the Zaku I and Raider Gundam will join on Nov. 28.

Much like other DLC mobile suits, each of the four additions will cost players 650 yen (about $6). 


Golbez controls his own destiny in Dissidia Final Fantasy

One of the main antagonists of Final Fantasy IV is joining the cast of Dissidia Final Fantasy and its upcoming PlayStation 4 counterpart.

Golbez is a powerful sorcerer who fights at a distance from his opponents with the aid of his shadow dragon.

Golbez is the last character announced as part of Square Enix's plan to roll out a new Dissidia character for every month from August through November. Jecht, Ultimecia and Cloud of Darkness have also been revealed for the title.

Along with Golbez, Dissidia is also a receiving a new stage in the form of the Stellar Fulcrum from Final Fantasy XI.

Readers can check out the trailer for both Golbez and the stage after the jump. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 console on Jan. 11, 2018, in Japan and Jan. 30 in North America and Europe.

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Injustice Watchtower raises a little hell with gameplay overview

During the Injustice Watchtower stream on Nov. 6, NetherRealm Studios revealed gameplay details for the next character joining Injustice 2 on Nov. 14, Hellboy.

Fans of past NRS characters like Jason and Doomsday will find something to enjoy in Hellboy, as the character features pieces of each. Hellboy has both ground and anti-air command grabs, a small zoning tool in his gun and a gap-closing attack in his dashing shoulder check. He also has a leap move that ends in a low attack but that can be cancelled into an air dash or into normal jumping moves to create a mixup.

Hellboy's trait offers him four temporary options: he can either increase his damage output, reduce damage taken, give himself armor or activate a charm that will resurrect him if he dies before the trait runs out.

Readers can check out more about Hellboy, including a detailed breakdown of his normals, from the stream archive after the jump. The Hellboy footage starts at roughly 36 minutes.

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"Chaos Dimension" exhibition video released by Magnetro

After months of anticipation, Magnetro has released his newest video showcasing oddities, combos and unbelievable scenarios found in Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Chaos Dimension is no short combo exhibition, showing off the engine of MvC2 for 46 minutes. Even with that length, the video sometimes includes action that is too fast for inexperienced MvC2 players to follow. As such, Magnetro has included plentiful explanations and notes on what he is showing during each specific song in the video on his website.

Readers can check out the new video after the jump.

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Arc System Works America to publish BBTag in North America

Arc System Works has announced the first project for its new North American office: publishing the upcoming dream tag fighter, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, in 2018.

In a posting on the company's Japanese website, ASW also laid out a more detailed plan for its U.S. office, stating that Arc System Works America will conduct distribution, marketing, promotion, customer support, licensing and localization of Arc System Works titles in the region going forward.

In this way, the company hopes to provide news updates and information simultaneously across different regions.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam in early 2018.


Art of Fighting soundtrack available for preorder

Brave Wave Productions is preparing another classic video game soundtrack for fans to enjoy on their home stereos. 

The fifth project in Brave Wave's Generation Series, Art of Fighting will include the game's music in the "highest possible quality in direct collaboration with SNK." The product will also feature artwork from SNK's archives, an interview with series staff Yasuyuki Oda and Youichiro Soeda and an essay discussing Art of Fighting's relevance in fighting game history by former executive editor at GameSpot and current SuperGiant Games writer and director Greg Kasavin.

Soundtracks for Art of Fighting 2 and 3 will follow in 2018.

Readers can preorder the soundtrack on either vinyl or compact disc at Fangamer.


Canada Cup Gaming issues lifetime bans over bracket tampering

Canada Cup Gaming has released a statement following rules violations that occurred during Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite at Canda Cup 2017 in late October.

During the event, Jose Aldape—formerly known as "Quackbot" and now using the handle "PC Marvel God"—played in two separate MvCI pools, first his own and then taking the place of Lina "Holy Order-Troll" Crawford in a separate pool. This was no accident, as Aldape later admitted he deserved punishment and Crawford saw no problem with giving him her spot. Because of the tampering, the second pool had to be replayed.

After deliberation, Canada Cup Gaming has banned both players for life from its events. According to a statement from CCG, "players who misrepresent themselves under another player’s gamertag or multiple gamertags (with and without consent) undermine the legitimacy of tournament events." Canada Cup also offered apologies to those affected by the two players' actions.

Readers can check out the full statement from CCG after the jump.

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