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Mortal Kombat 11 reveal shows off seven characters, teases Kabal

During the official Mortal Kombat 11 reveal in Los Angeles, California, NetherRealm Studios showed off seven of the game's characters while hinting at much more to come.

From the look of the MK11 character select, the game will start with 25 characters and seven have been revealed: Raiden, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Skarlet, Sonya Blade, Baraka and new character Geras. Sony Blade returns to the series voiced and modeled after former Mixed Martial Arts fighter and current WWE star Ronda Rousey, and Geras is a servant of Kronika, a "sandman" who manipulates time.

NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown revealed that Kombat Kast streams telling players more about MK 11 will begin starting on Jan. 30, and he teased the reintroduction of Kabal as an unknown character sped across the monitors in front of the audience. Lansdown also unveiled the collector's edition of MK11, which will come with a replica of Scorpion's helmet.

Readers can check out the game's official gameplay reveal, showing all the current roster in action, and the Geras trailer after the jump.

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Soul Calibur VI version 1.11 arrives Jan. 17, patch notes released

A new update for SCVI will be bringing balance changes to the game's cast when it launches in mid-January 2019.

In a series of tweets, SCVI Producer Motohiro Okubo translated the patch notes for English-speaking players, detailing all the alterations that are forthcoming. Each character in the game's cast received changes, with Astaroth and Tira seemingly receiving the most improvements while Raphael was heavily nerfed. In addition, several moves were changed due to their impact when playing the game online, which could end up reducing their overall usefulness in offline play.

Readers can check out the full list of changes here. Soul Calibur VI is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.


News on Dragon Ball FighterZ updates to come at Final Summoning

During a stream on Jan. 14, DBFZ Producer Tomoko Hiroki announced that information about the future of the game will be revealed during Red Bull Final Summoning, the end of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour.

Hiroki was vague in describing what kind of announcements players should expect during the event, but said that the team hopes to "continue working hard to be able to satisfy" users who want more content after Season One and that the team is looking to adjust the DBFZ's gameplay after the finals. She also specifically pointed out how the DBFZ team felt that comebacks were very hard to achieve and that they were looking at ways to potentially change "some things so that it would still make comebacks possible."

The Dragon Ball FighterZ Red Bull Final Summoning takes place in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 27, 2019, with the game's last-chance qualifier event taking place the day beforehand. Readers will be able to check out all the action on the game's Twitch channel.



Nyotengu, Phase 4 join Dead or Alive 6 as DLC characters

Two more returning characters have been announced as part of the DOA6 cast, one as a preorder bonus and the other as part of a special deluxe edition of the game.

The tengu princess Nyotengu will be available to all players who preorder the game, while only those who purchase the digital deluxe will receive Phase 4. The digital special edition will also come with a "deluxe" costume set, an additional outfit for Kasumi and a special set of in-game music.

According to the Team Ninja website, all bonus items will be on sale individually after the game is released.

Readers can check out the trailer for both characters after the jump.

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Arika details Fighting EX Layer version 1.1.3, coming Jan. 10

A new patch will soon be released for Arika's fighter, bringing with it some big gameplay changes to one of the Gougi abilities.

While there are smaller changes affecting the arcade version of the game and a reduction in matchmaking times for the PlayStation 4 version of FEXL that will release on Jan. 10, the biggest change will affect the Teleport ability. No longer will players be able to teleport in the air, it will have increased startup and will also have one frame of recovery after a teleport.

In notes added along with the changes, the developers noted that the existing form of Teleport made the mind games in FEXL less interesting which lead to the change. They also asked that players continue to watch over their decisions so that FEXL can walk on the edge between "fun" and "broken."

Readers can check out the full patch notes below.

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Dead or Alive 6 release pushed back two weeks to March 1, 2019

The next entry in the Dead or Alive franchise has had it upcoming launch temporarily delayed.

In a Twitter post from the game's official account, DOA6 director and producer Yohei Shimbori says that his team would "like to take more time to further polish its balance, gameplay and expressivity" and thus the game will debut two weeks later than its original Feb. 15, 2019, date, now coming home on March 1, 2019.

Shimbori also apologized for the delay, promising players "the best Dead or Alive gaming experience."

Dead or Alive 6 will be available on PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One.


More Granblue Fantasy: Versus characters to be announced in March

New characters for Arc System Works' upcoming fighting game based on Cygames' mobile RPG will be revealed during an anniversary stream in early March 2019.

Granblue's director Tetsuya Fukuhara posted the news on the game's official website, but offered no other details at this time. Granblue celebrates its anniversary on March 10, and, according to Gematsu, in previous years the stream was always held the Sunday before the date.

Whoever is announced for GBF:V, they will join Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot and Ferry as part of the game's playable cast. Granblue Fantasy: Versus comes to PlayStation 4 sometime in 2019.


Forged in battle: New Metal Revolution teaser shows fighters in action

A short trailer for the upcoming robot-based fighting game from developer Next Studios has given players a small preview of what Metal Revolution's gameplay will look like.

While the game's official Twitter admits that the new footage is not the final version of the game, players can check out several moves and super animations from different members of the cast. 

Next Studios looks to have early access to Metal Revolution open in April 2019, with a planned release date of July 2019 for Steam. Console releases may come later.

Readers can check out the teaser after the jump.

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More details revealed on Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining

The sequel to Blade Arcus from Shining was announced in November 2018, but new details about the game have surfaced along with profiles of the upcoming additions to the cast.

For starters, the game will include online play when it launches on March 14, 2019, in Japan. This is important because the original PS4 release of Blade Arcus from Shining did not, which left many players confused and dismayed.

Additionally, the game will offer a Skill System to personalize characters that in effect resembles Injustice's equipment system. Players can earn points through various means in the game and then buy skills, which offer continuous effects, or items that provide a one-time benefit. It's not clear at this time if the skill system will affect all levels of online play or if it is mostly something for single-player gaming.

Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.


NESiCAxLive2 location test coming to U.S. Round 1 stores

Taito's updated content delivery system for arcades will soon be coming to the U.S. via Round 1.

The official Round 1 Twitter account has announced that NESiCAxLive2 will be location testing at 10 stores around the country, and that the service will feature Fighting EX Layer, King of Fighters XIV and SNK Heroines.

The stores getting the NESiCAxLive2 test are: Puente Hills Mall (SoCal), South Center Mall (Washington), Shops at South Town (Utah), Southwest Plaza (Colorado), Grapevine Mills (Texas), Fox Valley Mall (Illinois), Great Lakes Crossing (Michigan), Stonecrest Mall (Georgia), Broadway Mall (New York) and Maine Mall (Maine).

There is no information at this time as to how long the test will last or a time frame for a nationwide rollout of NESiCAxLive2 if it is successful.


Sanwa Denshi apparently discontinuing Silent JLF levers, increasing prices on various parts

[Update December 24, 11:24 p.m. PST]: After reaching out to Sanwa Denshi on Twitter, the company has told us that it will keep making JLF-TPRG levers while possibly discontinuing one of the variants. Sanwa also confirmed that there will be a price increase for some of the parts carrying pieces from OMRON. The company hasn't made a decision on how much more would parts be from the raise.

The popular Japanese arcade parts company Sanwa Denshi is facing some changes in its catalog.

As revealed by parts supplier Akishop, Sanwa's Silent JLF levers has apparently been discontinued. These were both the low tension JLF-TPRG-8AYT model, from 2014, and the higher tension JLF-TPRG-8BYT, from 2017. With that said, Akishop plans to sell the core parts from these levers so existing JLF users can add them in the near future. It's currently unknown if other arcade parts suppliers will also do the same.

Akishop then revealed from a email by Sanwa that, due to increased prices recently set by OMRON, a manufacturer that supplies some of the core pieces in Sanwa parts, various products will get the same treatment. These include the popular JLF lever as well as the various OBS pushbuttons. OMRON also provides pieces to Seimitsu which can also affect the prices of those various parts. As for full arcade sticks carrying Sanwa parts, their prices might possibly face an increase in overall cost.

If both pieces of information are true, this might be a good time to possibly get the last of the Silent JLF levers or pick up other parts for current prices.

Not much else, such as specific prices for products, has been revealed at the time of this piece. IPLAYWINNER has reached out to Sanwa Denshi for comment on both matters.


SNK to gift players with Christmas patch for King of Fighters XIV

A new balance patch for the most recent King of Fighters game will arrive just in time for the holidays.

SNK has announced that a new update to KOF XIV will launch sometime on Dec. 25 in Japan. This means players in North America will most likely get the patch one calendar day earlier, on Dec. 24.

No details of the changes were made available at this time. King of Fighters XIV is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Steam.


Asta of Black Clover, Boa Hancock, Trunks, Renji Abarai join Jump Force

A new world joins the battle in Jump Force while One Piece, Dragon Ball Z and Bleach each place another character in the game's cast.

Black Clover comes to Jump Force in the form of Asta, the series protagonist who uses the power of anti-magic in combat. He is joined by One Piece's Boa Hancock, Dragon Ball's Trunks and Bleach's Renji Abarai as part of the upcoming arena fighter.

Bandai Namco has also revealed that the game will contain One Piece's Marineford as a stage.

Jump Force comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Feb. 15, 2019.


Three new characters coming to FEXL as Arika reveals 2019 schedule

On Dec. 14, Fighting EX Layer developer Arika uploaded a video detailing the release schedule for improvements and additional content coming to its game in the first half of 2019.

The big news is that three characters are currently planned as DLC, with two being free and one being paid. From the video of the schedule, it seems that the first character—to be released in March—will be Sharon, while the other two will be released by the end of May. It also looks like another of those three will be long-awaited addition of Terry Bogard to FEXL.

No details on the identity of the third character were revealed at this time, although Arika's Evo trailer showed a glimpse of Area along with Sharon and Terry making her the obvious choice.

Arika's schedule also mentions that a patch will be coming sometime around the middle of February 2019.

Readers can check out the video schedule, which features new gameplay footage of Sharon, after the jump. Fighting EX Layer is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

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Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition adds character Kage & balance update following Capcom Cup 2019's conclusion

With this year's Capcom Pro Tour coming to an end, the company has introduced new content to Street Fighter V so players can get ready for next year's CPT season.

Presented by Capcom's Yoshinori Ono, the first part of this delivery is a balance update for the SFV cast. You can check out the changes over at Capcom-Unity.

The follow-up was the addition of a character to the SFV roster. Kage is the manifestation of Ryu's temptation to the Satsui no Hado. Kage has many similarities to Evil Ryu from Street Fighter IV but tuned for SFV. He is packaged with his own story chapter as well as additional outfits.

Players need to download the latest application update and update the in-game version to 04.000. While the balance update is free for all users, Kage is not part of season three so he must be paid with 100,000 fight money or $5.99 USD. It's currently unknown if Kage will be packaged as part of a potential season four character set.

Check Kage's announcement trailer and break down video after the jump!

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Granblue Fantasy fighting game coming 2019 for PS4, developed by Arc System Works

The popular mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy is now getting the fighting game treatment.

Titled Granblue Fantasy Versus, it's one of the two upcoming spinoff games based on the property by Cygames announced at this year's Granblue Fantasy Fes event. Developed by Arc System Works, GF Versus will run on Unreal Engine 4 and will feature the same visual style found in the Guilty Gear Xrd series and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

As of the time of this piece, only five characters are featured including main protagonist Gran. While being developed by Arc System Works, various Cygames employees and other contributors will take part in the making of the game.

For now, you can check out the website for the game here and the announcement trailer after the jump! Granblue Fantasy Versus will be arriving sometime in 2019, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

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2B steps onto the stage of history Dec. 18, patch coming to SCVI Dec. 17

Bandai Namco has revealed that Nier: Automata's 2B will be joining Soul Calibur VI in the middle of December 2018 and she will be accompanied by a patch bringing balance changes to SCVI a day earlier.

On Dec. 17, an update carrying both fixes and balance alterations will release for players. The patch has changes for all characters, with certain fighters like Azwel and Raphael getting mostly nerfs while others such as Astaroth, Mitsurugi and Taki received only buffs. Readers can check out the official patch notes for the full list of changes

The next day, on Dec. 18, 2B will release to the public. She will be available as either a separate download or as part of the game's season pass.

The developers have also promised an additional balance patch is coming soon.

Soul Calibur VI is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.


Tekken 7 update brings fixes to Marduk, Law

A new patch rolled out for Tekken 7 on Dec. 12, bringing changes to Law and Marduk.

For Law, the previous 2.10 update had given Law the ability to combo off Dragon Tail into backflip, and that has been removed. Meanwhile, Marduk's ability to use his Rage Drive in combos has been nerfed as the mount will no longer work, as MarkMan says, "at off angles."

These are the only listed changes for the patch, and it is unknown if any other features were affected by the update.

Tekken 7 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


Brad Wong, Eliot confirmed for Dead or Alive 6

Two more returning characters are joining the DOA6 cast.

According to Ryokutya (via Gematsu), the new issue of Famitsu confirms that Eliot and Brad Wong will be returning in the new title. Brad Wong first debuted in Dead or Alive 3, while Eliot showed up in DOA4.

No other information is available at this time, but it seems likely that Famitsu will have images of the characters in action.

Dead or Alive 6 comes home to PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One on February 15, 2019.


Italian GameStop listing dishes more info on Mortal Kombat 11

A preorder page for the Premiuim Edition of MK11 on the Italian GS website has given players some more details about the title as everyone waits for the game's "community reveal event" on Jan. 11, 2019.

The first and most seemingly obvious news is that the game will have DLC in the form of the Kombat Pass, with six additional characters scheduled to join the game. This does not include preorder bonus Shao Kahn, whose character model is shown as a preview for the Premium Edition.

The more interesting news it that MK11 is looking to offer players an even greater ability to personalize their fighter, as according to translations at Test Your Might variants will be customizable "down to the smallest detail." It's uncertain how this will be implemented, but games like Virtua Fighter and Tekken have offered varying levels of self-expression through their itemization systems in the past.

And, lastly, the game will apparently focus its multiplayer heavily on the competitive esports experience, with "personalization systems, daily news, constantly updated rewards and an improved matchmaking."

Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on April 23, 2019.