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Friday
Dec152017

Iron Tager, Makoto Nanaya, Nu-13, Es join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Four more BlazBlue characters have been revealed as part of the cast of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

Tager, Makoto, Nu and Es were featured in the game's first reveal video showing only characters from one of the franchises that will take part in the crossover title. Each comes to the game with their trademark attacks and fighting style.

Arc System Works claimed the next announcement will be coming in "early 2018," and again left a clue for players at the end of the video with BlazBlue's Azrael telling other off-screen participants "Isn't this just the best hunting ground ever!"

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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Thursday
Dec142017

X-Men, other properties come to Disney in 21st Century purchase

Consumers looking for the X-Men, Fantastic Four and more to be involved in productions such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe received their wish as The Walt Disney Company announced its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., on Dec. 14, 2017.

Fox had previously been the beneficiary of a long-standing deal with Marvel that allowed Fox control of those characters in media like television and film. Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009.

For fighting game fans, it was the complicated rights situation regarding those characters that was speculated as the reason several iconic characters from the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise were not part of the launch lineup in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. There was never, however, any official statement or explanation for these omissions.

While the deal is now public, it will not be official until it has been approved by antitrust regulators in the U.S. government. For the complete press release on the deal, including the finer details, readers can head over to The Walt Disney Company's website.

Thursday
Dec142017

PlayStation 4 version of Hori Fighting Edge available now

The newest version of the Fighting Edge arcade stick from Hori came to North America ahead of its early 2018 release in Japan.

You can get the PlayStation 4 version of the Fighting Edge either from Hori directly or at Arcade Shock right now. The Fighting Edge, first available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, combined Hori's large form factor design with its own arcade-quality parts. 

The PS4 Fighting Edge swaps the plexi top panel with that of a brushed metal design. This model opts to have a variety of special controls placed in different parts of the body instead of using the previous generation's LED touch panel. This model still features Hori's proprietary Hayabusa lever, but now also has Hayabusa pushbuttons instead of the Kuro set found in the original version. There is also support for 3.5mm headphones and headsets found in the front of the Fighting Edge.

The Japanese release of the Fighting Edge is currently set for Jan. 15, 2018.

Wednesday
Dec132017

Tekken 7 version 1.10, lag reduction patch now available

The newest update for Tekken 7 is currently rolling out on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One across different regions.

This patch includes the input lag reduction fix, which incorporates new updates to Unreal Engine 4 and should help reduce the latency on PlayStation 4

There is no currently no word as to when the Steam version of the patch will be out, and Avoiding the Puddle will be making lag comparisons on the consoles versions once the updates have been completed.

Wednesday
Dec132017

Beerus, Goku Black and Hit coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

With rumors already swirling ahead of this week's Jump Festa 2018 in Japan where a new trailer for DBFZ is coming, V-Jump magazine has confirmed three more additions to the game's cast.

According to Gematsu (via Ryokuta), Beerus, Goku Black and Hit will be joining the list of playable characters in the Dragon Ball fighter. Each character will have several of their unique attacks, from Beerus' God of Destruction Judgment and Sphere of Destruction to Hit's ability to stop time. Goku Black can even attack with his hand turned into a blade and his true form, Zamasu, can bind opponents.

The magazine also confirms the abilities of Shenron when all the Dragon Balls are collected—full health recovery, an additional sparking icon, reviving a teammate or continuously regenerating health—and that there will be special scenes "before and after the battle when certain conditions are fulfilled."

With this information now public, it seems likely that players will see the first glimpse of these characters in action during Jump Festa.

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases in North America on Jan. 26, 2018. Readers can check out the scans from V-Jump after the jump.

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Tuesday
Dec122017

Soul Calibur VI team talks rebooting the series, game features

Famitsu recently interviewed Soul Calibur VI's producer Motohiro Okubo, production producer Michinori Ozawa, and director Yoshiyuki Takahashi, receiving many details about the new entrant in the Soul series. 

According to translations by Gematsu, SCVI was created because the team saw that there are still no games on the market like Soul Calbur, and that Soul Calbur VI will be a "reboot" because they want players, new and old, to know the story of the original game.

In terms of gameplay, SCVI will see the return of Soul Charge, Critical Arts and meterless Guard Impact. The new Reversal Edge mechanic is being designed so that players of all skill levels can defend "against almost all techniques with a single button," and a new Lethal Hit system will allow for flashy combos in slow motion.

The team also says to expect guest characters, character creation and hopefully a tutorial mode. Readers can check out the full overview at Gematsu.

Monday
Dec112017

Sakura graduates to the Street Fighter V roster on Jan. 16, 2018

Capcom has released the gameplay trailer and information about Sakura, who will launch as the first DLC character of Street Fighter V's Season 3 on the same day that Arcade Edition becomes available to the public.

Sakura retains most of the same moveset she wielded in Street Fighter IV, but has gained the Tengyo Hadoken, a fireball shot diagonally upwards that can be used as an anti-air. Her V-Skill is Haru Kaze, which functions almost like a demon flip and grants her a throw, a divekick or her signature Sakura Otoshi. Her first V-Trigger, Haru Arashi, powers up her fireballs by giving them both an additional hit that leaves opponents in juggle state, and her second trigger, Sakura Senpu, allows you to follow up her Shouoken and Shunpukyaku with her V-Skill for more damage.

As with previous seasons, players will be able to buy Sakura separately or as a part of the Season 3 Character Pass. Readers can check out the Sakura trailer after the jump.

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Sunday
Dec102017

Blanka, Cody, Sagat, Sakura & two new characters coming to Street Fighter V season three

With Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on the horizon, the characters of season three have been announced.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono presented a video at the end of Capcom Cup 2017 with Sakura coming to SFV. The trailer shows off a new look for Sakura and reintroduces her stage from Street Fighter Alpha 2. She will also have three additional costumes including her iconic legacy outfit. 

In addition, Ono showed off the opening video of the upcoming story mode for SFVAE which also featured Blanka, Cody and Sagat returning. New characters Falke and G have been featured as well.

You can get access to all six characters with the season three pass, starting with Sakura, on January 16, 2018, the same day as Arcade Edition's release.

Check out both videos after the jump!

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Sunday
Dec102017

Capcom announces Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

At the beginning of the top eight for Street Fighter V at Capcom Cup 2017, the maker of Street Fighter announced a new compilation game celebrating the series' history.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will include 12 titles spanning the history of the SF franchise. Every game from the core series, including Street Fighter, SFII, SFIII and the Alpha series, will be part of the package. The games will all come with "arcade perfect gameplay," and Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike will have online play with rollback netcode.

This collection is developed by Digital Eclipse, recently known for working on the Mega Man Legacy Collection series. Along with the core features, Digital Eclipse added a variety of extra modes and features such as a gallery of the series, a music player, in-game save states and more.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Nintendo Switch in May 2018. The official announcement post from Capcom Unity can be found here. Readers can check out the trailer below.

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Sunday
Dec102017

Input lag reduction coming to PS4 version of Tekken 7 via patch on Dec. 14

Tekken 7 players on PlayStation 4 will be able to enjoy the game with less inherent latency in the coming days.

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Motohiro Okubo, producer of Tekken 7, announced during the Tekken 7 West Tournament finals that the coming Dec. 14 patch will reduce input lag. Okubo's statement was directed towards the PS4 version only. There is currently no info whether or not if this will be applied to the Xbox One or PC builds.

Tests of Tekken 7 revealed that the PS4 version had the highest amount of lag compared to the other versions. Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray addressed to viewers during Tekken World Tour Finals that they were working on a patch to reduce the lag. This came out of updates done to Unreal Engine 4, T7's engine, where games running at 60hz would get a lag reduction of two frames.

You can read Okubo's tweet about it here.

Friday
Dec082017

Soul Calibur VI revisits series history, introduces new mechanic

Soul Calibur VI was revealed during The Game Awards on Dec. 7, and the PlayStation Blog has offered more details on the upcoming title.

The characters seen in the announcement trailer were, in fact, Sophitia and Mitsurugi, but they looked a bit different because SCIV takes place during the same time frame as the original Soul Calibur. The plot promises to bring back these events to "uncover hidden truths."

Soul Calibur VI will also include a new gameplay mechanic, Reversal Edge, that was likely responsible for all the red-energy glow seen in the trailer. Reversal Edge will give players "an opportunity to read an opponents’ attack and land a powerful counter," which sounds a bit like a simplified version of the series' previous Guard Impact counter system.

Soul Calibur VI is set to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam sometime in 2018.

Thursday
Dec072017

Soul Calibur VI coming in 2018

During The Game Awards on Dec. 7, Bandai Namco announced the next entry in its Soul Calibur series of games.

The game's brief teaser trailer showed characters that look like series mainstays Mitsurugi and Sophitia in combat, along with multiple-hit guard impacts and what could be EX moves.

Soul Calibur VI will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam sometime in 2018. Readers can check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Dec072017

Secret character Lamia discovered in Fight of Gods

It seems that Santa Claus wasn't the only surprise coming to Fight of Gods players before the end of 2017, as a secret character has been found.

Lamia was uncovered by Yohosie during an inspection of the game's assets. Lamia plays much like a standard shoto-style character, with a fireball and dragon punch. She also has a dash move that can cross behind the opponent.

According to Yohosie, Lami is unlocked by inputting the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, light, medium) when starting from the random slot on the game's character select screen.

The official Fight of Gods Twitter account applauded the discovery, saying, "That was fast! Good sleuthing, Yohosie."  

For more on Lamia, readers can check out Yohosie's videos showing the character's moves and general strategy after the jump.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Santa bringing a Yuletide beatdown to Fight of Gods

Digital Crafter's deity-based fighting game has received a new character just in time for the holidays: Santa Claus.

Ignoring for the moment that Santa isn't exactly a god, Father Christmas brings with him presents to throw at opponents and attacks with both his bag of toys and a candy cane. He can even call the reindeer and his sleigh to run over foes.

Fight of Gods is currently in Early Access on Steam and is temporarily on sale for $5.35. Readers can check out the Santa trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Size matters: Atom comes to Injustice 2 on Dec. 12, 2017

NetherRealm Studios and WB Games have released the full gameplay trailer for the first part of Injustice 2's Character Pack 3.

Atom comes to DC's fighting franchise with gadgets and the ability to radically alter his size. As seen in the original teaser trailer, Atom's size-changing abilities give him great evasion and movement. He can slightly adjust his size to avoid projectiles, or shrink to the size of a speck to seemingly avoid all attacks. Atom also has the technological advantage, using a ray gun and different chemicals to assault opponents.

As with all other Injustice 2 trailers, it is uncertain which moves will be standard for Atom and which will be attached to gear. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Mikado's Tenkaichi Budokai returns for third series

Mikado arcade in Japan will once again be holding its eight-person Guilty Gear league, Tenkaichi Budokai, this time from December 2017 into January 2018.

Tenkaichi Budokai is an arcade-based, offline league where eight of the best Guilty Gear players in the world are split into two groups in a round-robin format. The player with the most points in each group is then moved into the final round. Those two players will be joined by a third player who wins a "last chance qualifier" comprised of the next-highest-placing competitors.

Omito (Johnny), Ogawa (Zato-1), Zadi (Raven) and Haaken (Sol) will make up group A, while Nage (Faust), Tomo (Leo), Tourio (I-No) and Fumo (Elphelt) will make up group B.

The first round of competition begins on Dec. 23, 2017, with Omito squaring off against Zadi. All the action will be broadcast on Jonio's Twitch channel, with English commentary by MajinObama.

For more information on Tenkaichi Budokai 3, including small player profiles, readers can head to TwitLonger. Readers can also follow MajinObama and Jonio on Twitter for updates including potential schedule changes.

Tuesday
Dec052017

Adult Gohan not kidding around in new Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer

Bandai Namco has released a new gameplay trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this time focusing on adult Gohan.

The brief clip shows adult Gohan using flurries of physical attacks to get the advantage on his opponent. Gohan also has access to his Super Kamehameha and can "power up to the very limit" to gain unknown benefits.

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America on Jan. 26, 2018. Readers can check out the adult Gohan trailer after the jump.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Blair Dame coming to Fighting EX Layer

Another of Arika's classic Street Fighter EX characters will be coming to its forthcoming title.

In a short teaser posed to YouTube, Arika showed off Blair's new model along with the tagline, "She will surely come back." No other information was included at this time.

Readers can check out the teaser after the jump. Fighting EX Layer's two-week public beta test begins on Dec. 11 for PlayStation 4 as players get to stress test the game using Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider and Shirase. Fighting EX Layer is set to release sometime in 2018.

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Monday
Dec042017

Details on Gundam Versus 1.08, AGE-2 and Mudrock trailers released

Banda Namco has released trailers for the two mobile suits that will release simultaneously across regions on Dec. 5, and has also updated Gundam Versus with more alterations aimed at balancing the arena fighter.

Gundam Versus version 1.08 has sought to once again better balance strikers, decreasing the tracking on shots from both the Gundam "Zephyranthes" Full Burnern and Crossbone Gundam X-3. The patch has also buffed many individual mobile suits, and 300 and 200-cost suits have gained a universal improvement to burst gauge gain. The full 1.08 patch notes can be found at GGEZ.

AGE-2 and Mudrock, meanwhile, will launch at the usual $4.99 price in North America, and players can check out the trailers after the jump to see if they want to add the mobile suits to their collection.

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Friday
Dec012017

Think pink with new Kid Buu gameplay trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ

Bandai Namco has released the second of three gameplay trailers showing off the newest additions to Dragon Ball FighterZ, this time focusing on Kid Buu.

Unlike his bigger counterpart, Majin Buu, Kid Buu is small and fast with stretchy limbs that can attack characters from across the screen. He retains the ability to devour his opponents, and in addition to his Planet Burst technique Kid Buu also has the Human Extinction Attack/Assault Rain as another of his super moves.

Dragon Ball FighterZ releases for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America on Jan. 26, 2018. Readers can check out the Kid Buu trailer after the jump.

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