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Dragon Ball FighterZ to add "normal" Goku, Vegeta in early August

[Update July 18, 11:29 a.m. CDT]: A scan from V-Jump, courtesy of Moetron, showing the characters has been added after the jump. 

Non-Super Saiyan forms of Dragon Ball's main rivals will be coming to DBFZ early next month, according to a post from Ryokutya.

The "base" forms of Goku and Vegeta will have techniques both show during the Saiyan Saga in Dragon Ball Z. Goku will have Kaioken and the Super Spirit Bomb, while Vegeta will have Galick Gun and Galaxy Breaker.

Their additions to the game will mean that, according to the datamined spoiler, the final two characters of DBFZ's first season of DLC will be Android 17 (in his ranger outfit) and Frieza's brother Cooler.

In addition, the Switch version of DBFZ will be getting a beta test during August ahead of its Sept. 28 release and the final version will offer the ability for players to compete in three-versus-three matches offline.

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Dragon Radar events coming to DBFZ World Tour

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour will soon introduce additional offline events that will send players to the location of the Dragon Balls.

Dragon Radar events will be offline tournaments that provide the winner with travel and lodging for the Saga event of their choice or the World Tour's last chance qualifiers. According to the tour's official website, this will make it "much easier for players around the world to get involved in the World Tour, and put their skills to the test on the biggest of stages at Saga events."

No Dragon Radar event dates have been announced at this time, but the site claims that there is "more information coming soon." The second Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga event takes place at VSFighting in Birmingham, England, on July 20-22, 2018.


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] coming to Steam on Aug. 20, 2018

The newest version of Under Night will be coming to PC at the end of August.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will be added to the Steam library on Aug. 20, a little over six months after it made its console debut. That version of the game introduced two new characters, Wagner and Enkidu, along with changes not found in the arcade version of UNIST.

No other information, including the game's price, is available at this time.


Hori offering bonus prize pool at Evo 2018 for representing Street Fighter V players

One of the major arcade stick manufacturers is looking for players to represent it at this coming Evolution tournament, with an added benefit.

Hori is doing a casting call for players who use a Hori-branded controller or arcade stick and have signed up for Street Fighter V at Evo 2018 to represent the company. Those who can place at least top 100 in the tournament will qualify for Hori's own prize pool. The amount ranges from $100 if placed at around 65 to 96 and up to $3000 at top 8.

Qualified players will be notified on Aug. 1 and they will have to provide a copy of their email and a photo ID at the Hori booth at Evo to receive their branded shirt. This offer is only exclusive to Evo 2018 and will not carry over to future events.

Players can sign up on this form for their chance to qualify until July 20. More information such as terms and conditions can be found on the form.


AnimEvo opens Smashgg store to support event, players

AnimEvo has opened a new Smashgg store aimed at making its 2018 tournaments better through the purchase of charms, posters and apparel.

The store will feature clothing with the AnimEvo logo; shirts and posters designed by Godsh0t and Stalkeralker; and character charms designed by Shunao. As more money is spent at the store, more benefits will be given back to the community including an AnimEvo suite, more prizes and even a "best girl" debate to take place in the AnimEvo suite.

AnimEvo 2018 will take place on Aug. 3-4, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, during Evolution 2018. For more information on AnimEvo 2018, readers can check out the series' official website or follow it on Twitter.


Mastercup 10 comes to Japan on Oct. 20, 2018

The world's biggest Tekken team tournament returns for its 10th event at Tokyo Big Sight's TFT Hall in October 2018.

Mastercup 10 will bring its five-on-five team action back to the same location as the Tokyo qualifier for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 finals and Toushinsai 2016, a bigger venue that was chosen to host Mastercup 9 in 2017. 

Starting with 39 teams at its first event in 2007, Mastercup has grown with every tournament since its inception, bringing in 207 teams totalling 1035 players for Mastercup 9 in 2017.

Readers can head to the official Mastercup website for more information on the event, and can check out the action from last year's tournament after the jump.

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Pullum Purna, Vulcano Rosso coming to FEXL as free DLC

Arika has announced that Fighting EX Layer's cast will be expanding in the coming months.

Pullum Purna, who completes the cast from the original Street Fighter EX, and Vulcano Rosso, who first appeared in Street Fighter EX2 Plus, will be added to the game at no cost to the players. Both had been previously discussed, along with Area and Sharon as possible DLC if FEXL sold well enough.

While there is currently no release date for the characters at this Arika plans to reveal one at Evo 2018 on Aug. 3, 2018, from Las Vegas, Nevada, where the company will be holding an official side tournament for FEXL.

The company also plans to have another FEXL update prepared before the end of July 2018 which will give players the ability to return to Training Mode after an online match in addition to other changes.


Eyes on her: Rinoa joins the cast of Dissidia as third DLC character

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VIII's Rinoa Heartilly will be the next character to join Dissidia Final Fantasy and its console counterpart.

Rinoa fights with a crossbow-type weapon and the aid of her dog, Angelo, but can also activate her sorceress form where she sprouts wings and becomes a heavy magic user. Her stage in Dissidia will be the time wasteland that transforms into a field of flowers.

Readers can watch Rinoa's trailer below. She will be added to the arcade version of Dissidia on July 12, 2018, but console players on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will have to wait until August for her release.

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Is a second season of DLC on the way for Tekken 7?

According to a report from Avoiding the Puddle's Flying Wonkey, fans of Tekken 7 will be getting a new seaon of content in the future.

The news comes from a Japanese video game schedule website, which lists a new lower-price edition of T7 that will arrive in early September. The listing also reveals this version will come with a coupon discounting both season one and two DLC, which is of course weird because there is currently no publicly announced season two for the game.

There is currently no news as to whether Bandai Namco has plans to release this version in other countries or if it is a Japanese exclusive. Meanwhile, with Evo 2018 less than a month away, it is easy to speculate that perhaps Bandai Namco has a big surprise for Tekken players during Sunday Finals. For now, however, nothing is assured.


Evo Japan coming to Fukuoka in 2019

Evo Japan will be returning in 2019, but to a new part of the country.

After spending its first year in Tokyo and posting a heavy loss, Evo Japan will be moving to Fukuoka for its second iteration on Feb. 15-17, 2019.

Fukuoka is the most populated city on Japan's most southwestern island of Kyushu.

According to the official Evo Twitter account, more information for Evo Japan 2019 will be available during Evolution 2018. Evo 2018 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Aug. 3-5, 2018.


Skullgirls 2nd Encore coming to Nintendo Switch

During the Lab Zero Games panel at Anime Expo 2018, the company announced that the most recent version of Skullgirls will be coming to Nintendo's newest console.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore will come to the console with all the content of its PC counterpart, including Japanese voices, challenges and more.

There is currently no other information, including release date or price, for the title at this time. Readers can check out an image from the panel, courtesy of Twitter user AtroxChobatsu, after the jump.

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New SNK Heroines trailer showcases Mui Mui

Although her presence in the title was leaked by the game's trophies, Mui Mui has been officially announced as part of the SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy cast with a dedicated trailer.

Much like her fellow Heroines cast members, Mui Mui retains most of her moves from the King of Fighters series while sporting a much different appearance; in this case Mui Mui wears a frilly dress and bonnet.

Readers can check out Mui Mui's trailer after the jump. With her reveal only one character slot remains, which is apparently occupied by Terry Bogard. It will be interesting to see what the Lone Wolf's appearance means in SNK Heroines.

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.

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Talim announced for Soul Calibur VI, details revealed on Collector's, Deluxe editions of game and season pass content

After a tease from producer Motohiro Okubo during E3 2018, Talim will officially return as a playable character in Soul Calibur VI.

Talim first appeared in Soul Calibur II, fighting with bladed tonfa-like weapons, and returns to the series after an absense in Soul Calibur V.

Bandai Namco has also revealed the contents of both the Collector's and Deluxe editions of Soul Calibur VI. The CE will come in a special box with a CD soundtrack, metal case with built-in soundbox, 120-page art book and a 12-inch Sophitia statue in addition to the game. The Deluxe edition, meanwhile, will include the metal case and CD soundtrack along with the game's season pass.

According to the graphic, the Soul Calibur VI season pass will have five packs of content, three of which are three characters and two packs of armor. In addition, people who buy the season pass will get a bonus character as well. Unless there is an error in the writing, this means that four DLC characters will be added to the cast of SCVI.

Readers can check out the Talim trailer and images of the two special editions after the jump.

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New patch to bring fixes to Fighting EX Layer

Arika will be releasing a new patch to correct some errors in the current version of Fighting EX Layer.

The game, which released on June 28, is less than a week old but in a series of tweets Arika said player feedback has already allowed the company to "grasp various problems."

The patch will temporarily remove one stage from matchmaking due to process dropout, make corrections to Training Mode, remove the Desperation Gougi's effects on Hard Attacks and make small fixes to characters such as Sanane and Hayate.

Arika also said that other adjustments will be revealed after the patch is released, which is scheduled for the first week of July. Readers, meanwhile, can check out the existing list of fixes after the jump.

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Next Dissidia Final Fantasy DLC character to be revealed on July 10

The third of six characters coming to Dissidia Final Fantasy NT as part of the game's season pass will be unveiled in early July.

According to a tweet from the official Dissidia Final Fantasy account, this third character will be one of the female characters from the latter half of the series' history.

The character will be part of a larger update to both the console and arcade versions of the game, which will also include game adjustments and fixes. The details of the patch, including the character, will be revealed during a stream on July 10 at 8 p.m. in Japan (4 a.m. PDT, 7 a.m. EDT) on Niconico and YouTube. The patch will then be applied to the arcade version of Dissidia on July 12.

Square Enix has not made it clear when the patch will be added to the console version of the game. Dissidia Final Fantasy is currently available in Japanese arcades and for the PlayStation 4.


Bleach's Ichigo, Rukia and Aizen officially join Jump Force

Bandai Namco's upcoming arena brawler that features characters from across the different universes found in the Weekly Jump Magazine series is adding some soul reapers.

Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and Sosuke Aizen from Bleach will be joining characters from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and Death Note in the upcoming tag team fighter.

From early gameplay footage, it seems that Jump Force will feature three-versus-three action with tagging, supers and gameplay that seems almost reminiscent of the Gundam Versus series. 

With Bleach now confirmed, it will be interesting to see what other worlds and characters are part of the fight when Jump Force comes home. Jump Force is releasing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019.


Blade Strangers coming to North America on Aug. 28, 2018

With the Japanese release date of its new fighter already set, Nicalis has now revealed Blade Strangers' release date for North America.

On Aug. 28, the collaboration between Nicalis and Studio Saizensen will come home to players for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game includes a cast drawn from several different titles such as Code of Princess EX, Cave Story, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Binding of Isaac, Umihara Kawase and Shovel Knight.

According to listings on Amazon, Blade Strangers will be priced at $39.99 for both consoles.


Patch coming to improve Street Fighter collection netplay, other issues

Three versions of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be receiving a patch on June 28, 2018, to make several improvements to the title.

The big change is that the PlayStation 4 and Steam versions of the game will now include a matchmaking filter, allowing players to set minimum connection strength for matches. The Xbox One version, however, uses Microsoft's system for matching players and thus no filter will be added.

In addition, all three platforms will now ban Akuma from ranked play in Super Street Fighter II Turbo; offer stereo sound output for both Street Fighter III: New Generation and 2nd Impact; and include other "various localization improvements."

Capcom is also currently working on a Switch version of the patch, but no release date is available at this time.


Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai coming to Steam, PS4 on July 12

The previously announced home version of the newest iteration in the Koihime Enbu series will be releasing in the first half of July 2018.

Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai includes balance changes, new colors and a new character, Chōryō, as well as a new assist character in the form of Kaku. The game has also removed faction restrictions from the assist characters to create more opportunities for players to be creative in their strategies.

Koihime Enbu will be sold as a separate release from its predecessor, but there is no listed price at this time. Readers can check out the RyoRaiRai trailer after the jump.

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Listed, hidden changes join Cody with new Street Fighter V patch

The new patch bringing Cody to SFV is now available, and along with the upgrades and additions it has made changes to the game's balance.

Capcom has listed several in-game changes to character abilities, most of which are slight corrections such as Menat now being allowed to buffer commands a bit earlier to make up for timing windows or Kolin now being allowed to activate her first V-Trigger off the Frost Spike chain. However, Loïc "WydD" Petit dug into the game and discovered some unlisted changes including a nerf to Akuma's standing medium kick that makes it -4 on block.

Readers can check out Petit's list on Twitter. He is unclear on what some of the changes he has found mean, and hopes players of those characters might be able to help him discover the extent of the changes.