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Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour rules, dates announced

The upcoming circuit of tournaments for Bandai Namco's newest fighter has been revealed.

Starting at CEO 2018, the DBFZ World Tour will include seven Saga events as well as a last-chance qualifier event on the weekend of the grand finals event. The grand finals event, taking place on Jan. 26-27, 2019, will then host an eight-player bracket to decide the champion.

It wouldn't be Dragon Ball, however, without the possibility of a wish. Each of the seven Saga events will grant the winner access to one of the Dragon Balls and automatic entry into the finals event. For each ball a player collects, they will receive a higher seed at that event and also create another LCQ during that weekend, as qualification will not be passed down. If one player manages to win all seven Saga events, though, that player will receive an automatic bye to the grand finals where they will play the winner of the LCQ in a first-to-10 set for the title of champion.

Five Saga locations have so far been revealed, and they include tournaments all over the globe. For the complete rules and event dates, as well as prize money, readers can check out the official DBFZ World Tour website.


Summer Steam sale brings discounts to many fighters until July 5

A new sale running through the beginning of July 2018 is bringing sizable price cuts to many popular FGC titles across publishers.

Games with dedicated pro tours such as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ are included as well as BlazBlue Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Killer Instinct, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, King of Fighters XIV, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and more. The DLC for most of these fighters is also on sale under the current offer.

The Steam summer sale runs from June 21 to July 5, 2018, and includes plenty of titles across all genres. Readers can check out the full list of discounted games at Steam.


DBFZ for Switch comes to North America, Europe on Sept. 28

Players outside Japan waiting to get their hands on the Switch release of Dragon Ball FighterZ will only have to wait one additional day.

The console will receive the game on Sept. 28, 2018, in those regions and include the same bonuses given to the Japanese version: immediate access to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Blue) Goku and Vegeta as well as a code to download Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden.

None of the other DLC characters will come unlocked with the Switch version, but all that have been released on other platforms will be available for purchase.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


Trophies reveal Mui Mui, Terry as playable in SNK Heroines

According to a list of trophies released for the upcoming game, the last two characters in the SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy roster are Mui Mui and Terry Bogard.

These participants are made known by two trophies, one which is awarded by clearing the game with Mui Mui and Terry, and another which is given for beating the story with Mui Mui and Mian.

Much like many of the other characters in SNK Heroines, Mui Mui made her fighting game debut in King of Fighters XIV. Meanwhile, the inclusion of Terry in the all-women fighter might seem odd at first, but SNK's previous Gals' Fighters game—released for the Neo Geo Pocket Color in 2000—did include Iori Yagami as the boss character Miss X.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy launches for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Sept. 6, 2018, in Japan and Sept. 7 in North America and Europe.


Street Fighter V update brings Cody, Devil May Cry costumes, Fighting Chance and changes to Survival Mode on June 25

Cody will coming to Street Fighter V a day earlier than expected, and he's bringing with him several new alterations to the game.

The biggest changes revolve around the game's Survival Mode. Used to unlock colors for each character in the game and earn experience, Survival will now feature new consumables, called Battle Goods, that will help give players an advantage in trying to finish off the CPU opponents. There will also be new options to save progress during Survival and even spend Fight Money to continue if players are defeated.

There will also be a new Fighting Chance Mode added to SFV, where players can spend 500 Fight Money to get random prizes, including exclusive colors and costumes, Battle Goods and art from the Street Fighter series.

Lastly, Devil May Cry costumes are coming to SFV. Two of the new outfits, Ken as Dante and Ed as Nero, will available for $3.99 each on release. A final costume, Laura as Gloria, will only be available through the game's Extra Battle Mode. This means players will have to complete four weekly challenges in the month of July to unlock the costume. 

For images of the Ken and Ed costumes, including a sneak peak at the upcoming Air Man Extra Battle Mode costume for Rashid, readers can check out Capcom Unity.


Details revealed for DBFZ on Switch, releases Sept. 27 in Japan

The upcoming Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ will be coming out at the end of September 2018 in Japan, and more details about the release have become available.

According to Ryokutya, the game will come with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and Goku unlocked, as well as a download code for the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden. Butōden was the first-ever Dragon Ball fighter. The title will also come packaged with a super rare cade for the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game.

In addition, the game will also featured an option for simplified gameplay in the form of the "Extreme" control type. This will allow players to perform moves by combining L and R with other button presses. 

Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


Kill la Kill game announced, more information coming at Anime Expo

After teasing an announcement for several days, Arc System Works has revealed that an upcoming project in conjunction with Studio Trigger will be a game based on the Kill la Kill anime.

Kill la Kill The Game looks to be a 3-D arena brawler developed by APLUS, the company responsible for Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time game. Arc System Works will be the publisher for the title.

Several screenshots of the work in progress can be found on the game's official website, but no more information is available at this time. According to the site, more details will be released to the public during Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California, on July 5-8, 2018. Readers can check out the game's announcement teaser after the jump.

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Pro wrestling team battle in Street Fighter V now archived

The showdown between two of pro wrestling's well-known factions at E8 2018 is now archived on YouTube for anyone who missed the original broadcast.

The Elite—New Japan Pro-Wrestling's IWGP champion Kenny Omega and tag team champions The Young Bucks—battled it out with WWE's New Day—Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods—in two Street Fighter V matchups. The first saw a crew battle between the two sides, and the second was a first-to-five-games stipulation match between Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods that would see the loser's team eat hot peppers.

The event, which lasted roughly an hour and a half, was emceed by Tasty Steve and featured commentary by James Chen and Yipes. Although it is certainly not the highest level of SFV play, the competition featured plenty of entertaining trash talk and commentary.

Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Blade Strangers release in Japan set for Aug. 30, 2018

The collaboration fighting game from Nicalis and Studio Saizensen is coming to Japanese consoles at the end of summer.

Blade Strangers brings 14 characters from series like Umihara Kawase, Cave Story and Code of Princess together with indie stars like Shovel Knight for a diverse cast of fighters.

According to an April blog from Nicalis, the game "offers easy-to-learn four-button controls and simplified inputs for special moves, placing the focus on skill and strategy rather than button memorization."

Blade Strangers will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. The game's release date in other regions has not been unveiled at this time.


The soul still burns: Soul Calibur VI arrives Oct. 19, 2018, new story trailer hints at more returning characters

A new trailer for Soul Calibur debuted during E3 2018 has given players the game's release date along with possible clues as to more of its cast.

Soul Calibur VI will release in mid-October, and the story trailer gives new players an idea of the events surrounding the characters and the game's main conflict.

It has also, however, given longtime fans of the franchise some hope that other classic characters will be coming back as playable fighters. During the trailer, silhouettes that look like Cervantes, Lizardman, Astaroth and Rock are shown, suggesting they will make an appearance in the title. At this point, however, these tidbits can only fuel speculation.

Readers can watch the story trailer after the jump. Soul Calibur VI is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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Luong, Mian officially announced for SNK Heroines

A new trailer has confirmed more King of Fighters XIV additions to SNK's new tag fighter.

Luong and Mian are the latest pair to join SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. With their reveal, only two mystery characters remain in the game's base cast.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy launches for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 consoles on Sept. 6, 2018, in Japan and Sept. 7 in North America and Europe.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018

Bandai Namco is bringing its popular Dragon Ball fighter to a new platform before the end of the year.

During the Nintendo Direct presentation for E3 2018, it was revealed that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be coming to Switch.

No other details, including the status of the game's DLC offerings, were revealed at this time.

Readers can check out the reveal trailer after the jump.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018, includes every character in series history

During the Nintendo Direct presentation on June 12, 2018, the company revealed many details about the next iteration in the Smash Bros. series.

Named Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the game looks to be the definitive cast for the series by including every character from previous games. This includes past guest stars like Solid Snake along with characters like Ice Climbers that were left out of the last Smash game. 

The existing characters have all received various tweaks, whether simply visual upgrades or changed moves and properties. There are a few new faces added to the fight as well, with Ridley from Metroid, Inkling from Splatoon and Daisy joining the brawl.

Ultimate will also include new assist trophies—Bomberman, Waluigi, Pac-Man ghosts and new Pokémon were shown—and stages from across the series history. New stages shown included one based on the Great Plateau Tower from Breath of the Wild.

Readers can check out the Smash Bros. presentation after the jump. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018. 

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Dead or Alive 6 first playable at Evo 2018

Players will get the first chance to check out the new Dead or Alive game at one of the biggest fighting game events of the year.

Dead or Alive Evo Showdown 2018 will be a fan event taking place during Evo 2018 on Aug. 3-4. The festivities will include both a playable version of the upcoming title as well as a a DOA5 Last Round tournament taking place on Aug. 4.

No other details are available at this time but Team Ninja says to "stay tuned" in the coming weeks for more information. Evolution 2018 takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 3-5, 2018. Players can head to the event's official website for more information.


Bandai Namco unveils Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour

A new circuit of tournaments is coming for players who are focusing on DBFZ as their competitive game of choice.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour was announced by Bandai Namco on the company's official Twitter on June 8.

No details for the upcoming tour have been revealed other than the fact that it will begin at CEO 2018 and that more information "will be revealed soon."

CEO takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida, from June 29 to July 1 , 2018. Registration for the event is still currently open.


Dead or Alive 6 announced, changes coming to series

A new version of Koei Tecmo's ninja-based fighting game Dead or Alive is coming, and it is bringing a few alterations to the series.

According to IGN, the biggest gameplay changes are the new Special button and the addition of a super meter. Hitting the Special button now activates an auto-combo called Fatal Rush when a player's meter is not full, but can grant either a Break Blow or Break Hold once the meter is full. The Break Blow is a powerful attack, while the Break Hold is a strong counter.

The game is also going through visual changes, as the focus of this installment has been to change perceptions of the game. "We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized," DOA6's producer and director Yohei Shimbori said. This realism is extending to the overall art direction of the game, but DOA will still retain the series' "sci-fi fantasy atmosphere."

For now only six fighters have been confirmed for DOA6, including mainstays Ryu Hayabusa, Kasumi, Hayate, Helena, Jann Lee and Zack.

Readers can check out the game's trailer after the jump. Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One sometime in 2019.

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Luong leaked for SNK Heroines

A leaked trailer has revealed another King of Fighters XIV character joining the cast of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.

Luong joins fellow KOF14 characters Love Heart, Zarina and Sylvie Paula Paula in making a second fighting game appearance. She joins the cast with her arsenal of moves from KOF14 as well as new costumes to fit the SNK Heroines theme.

Although the original trailer for Luong has been deleted, readers can find a mirror in several places online.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy releases for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on Sept. 6, 2018, in Japan and Sept. 7 in Europe and North America.


Blazblue Cross Tag Battle DLC release dates listed on Switch eShop

While only three of the six DLC character packs coming to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle have been detailed, the Nintendo eShop has seemingly given players the information on when all six will become available to the public.

According to the digital store, players can expect Yang Xiao Long and character packs two and three—Aegis, Jubei and Carmine as well as Hakumen, Vatista and Naoto Shirogane—on June 19, 2018. The first unknown character pack, four, will follow on Aug. 6, while pack five launches on Aug. 21 and the final group on Sept. 4.

While this listing doesn't include any hints on what characters will end up in the game, it does let players know that the full cast will be available by the end of summer 2018. The game's first DLC pack—Platinum the Trinity, Kanji Tatsumi and Orie Ballardiae—and Blake Belladonna are currently available.



"Character Select" aims to teach more about Tekken 7

A new "character analysis podcast" series from Dean "PepperBeef2Spicy" Medina is trying to help players better understand Tekken 7 with the help of specialists.

"Character Select" brings Medina together with veteran tournament players to talk about the characters they play, discussing strengths and weaknesses along with personal experiences.

The third episode will focus on Steve Fox and take place on June 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. PDT on Medina's Twitch channel. Guests for this episode will include MYK and Shea.

Readers interested in the previous episodes of "Character Select," which feature Asuka and Alisa, or more of Medina's content can find it on his YouTube channel.


Fighting EX Layer to release on June 28, 2018

Arika's new fighting game featuring characters from Street Fighter EX and Fighting Layer will be arriving at the end of June 2018.

Fighting EX Layer will release on June 28, 2018, and start selling "sequentially in 68 countries and regions around the world," according to a statement on Arika's website. The game will at first only be available digitally through the PlayStation Store, and sales will determine whether further DLC or a physical version of the game is produced.

Fighting EX Layer will be available to buyers either as the Standard version of the game, which costs $59.99 and includes 15 Gougi decks and DLC character Hokuto, or the Light version, which comes with the 12 base characters and five decks for $39.99.

Fighting EX Layer will only be available on the PlayStation 4.