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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- has three unlockable characters on console

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is coming to home consoles in either late May or early June, depending on where players live, and one of the few remaining questions is about the game's number of playable characters. Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- arrived with three console-only characters, and if pictures are any indication so will -Revelator-.

Rice Digital recently got some game time with a pre-release copy of the PlayStation 4 copy of -Revelator-, and the character select screen reveals three locked icons in addition to the already playable Jack-O, Johhny and Jam. Two of those boxes will likely be the recently unveiled Kum Haehyun and character vote winner Dizzy, but that leaves one more mystery DLC. 

Could it be the first playable appearance of Raven, or another returning character like Bridget? Nothing is known at this time, and with more than three months until the -Revelator- console release there is plenty of time for Arc System Works to tease new additions.


BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend coming to Steam on March 2

In Decemeber 2015 Arc System Works announced that several fighting games would be coming to the Steam platform by summer 2016, and part of that promise will be fulfilled as BBCPE arrives early in March.

The most recent console release of BlazBlue, BBCPE will include several extras as it moves to the digital platform. The Steam version will feature Chronophantasma mode, which will allow players to play the previous balance revision of the title, and includes additional system voices, in-game posters, character avatars and a digital soundtrack.

The game details and its PC requirements are listed on the Steam store, but no price is listed at this time.


More details emerge on Street Fighter V's alternate costumes, colors

Data mining let players get a glimpse of the alternate costumes that would be shipping with Street Fighter V, but Famitsu has new images including a picture of original costume Charlie Nash and concept art for the outfits. These costumes will be unlocked by clearing Story Mode with each character in the game.

Meanwhile, eight extra colors for each character will be unlockable as well. The colors will be earned by playing through the game's Survival Mode, with the difficulty impacting which colors are unlocked. Easy will only unlock one color, normal will unlock three colors and the hard difficulty will unlock four more.

For the rest of the costume images, head over to Famitsu.


Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- coming to Europe on June 10, published by PQube

The newest iteration of Guilty Gear Xrd will be coming out in all major territories within the late March and early June 2016 time frame, including Europe.

With Arc System Works and Aksys Games being the Japanese and North American publishers of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- respectively, European company PQube will be releasing it on June 10. Europe had to wait for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- six months following the December 2014 releases in Japan and North America. -SIGN- was published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. With -REVELATOR-, European players will only have to wait a couple of days following.

For everywhere else, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- will be available on May 26 in Japan and June 7 in North America. An announcement trailer can be found after the jump!

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Capcom Pro Tour 2016 details revealed

Capcom has revealed the dates and rules of the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour 2016. Again 32 players will qualify for Capcom Cup, and starting with Final Round 19 on March 18-20, 2016, Capcom will host 11 Premier events across the world with the winner of each moving on to the finals.

However, unlike previous years, if a Premier event winner has already qualified for Capcom Cup, the spot will not be passed on to someone else at the tournament but instead another qualifying spot will be opened up on the Global Point Leaderboards.

Speaking of those leaderboards, eight players will be chosen from the Global Point Leaderboards to join Capcom Cup. Another eight will be chosen from Regional Point Leaderboards—two from each region—, four more from Regional Finals events and the winner from Evolution 2016.

For complete details on how the point system will work, check out Red Bull eSports. Hit the jump for the list of Global Premier Events.

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Mad Catz lays off 37% of staff in effort to cut costs

Following the resignations of Mad Catz president and CEO Darren Richardson, senior VP of business affairs Whitney Peterson and company chairman Thomas Brown on Feb. 8, 2016, the company has announced widespread layoffs in the wake of its third quarter fiscal report.

Mad Catz has cut 37 percent of its staff in a move that the company believes will save it $5 million a year beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

According to the fiscal report, while sales of MCZ products were actually up from last year, the company had higher inventory balances, lower profit margins due to increased promotion and higher operating costs. The cuts are part of a company plan to restructure its business going forward.


Super Desperation Radio episode 505 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

After last week's surprise guests, SDR returned to its usual brand of tomfoolery as it discussed the Killer Instinct World Cup, King of Fighters XIV and the new Street Fighter shirt being offered by GameStop.

Killer Instinct has impressed SDR with its development since season 2 started, and the crew talked about how Iron Galaxy has done a great job engaging the community and making players feel valued.

SDR thinks that type of engagement is what KOF XIV will need to be successful. The cast pointed out that communities like Skullgirls and KI have thrived with developer dialogue, and a community manager could be what helps SNK Playmore establish a durable scene in the U.S.

Lastly, the new Street Fighter V shirt from GameStop is terrible, and SDR had a good time picking the design ideas apart.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.


Combo Breaker 2016 to offer free entry to spectators

As the fighting game community and its tournaments have grown bigger, venue fees have increased and spectator fees have become a normal occurrance. However, thanks to Gaming Generations, spectators will be admitted free to Combo Breaker 2016 and able to partake in all but its tournaments.

"Come cheer your friends and family on as they compete! Check out the in venue arcade and see the wide variety of products our well stocked vendors have for sale. Take a moment to commission that character portrait you’ve always wanted from one of the artists in our artist alley. Lose your voice getting lost in the hype of a Grand Finals match-up!"

This is a welcome respite to those who may be accompanying a player, whether they be friends or loved ones. Combo Breaker 2016 takes place at The Mega Center in St. Charles, Illinois, on May 27-29, 2016.


Lunar New Year Sale brings big discounts to SNK Playmore titles

SNK Playmore has announced a sale offering massive price cuts to its titles on Steam. The Lunar New Year Sale will take either 75 or 80 percent off the retail price of games in the King of Fighters and Metal Slug series.

Games included in the sale are The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition, Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3 and Metal Slug Defense. Metal Slug Defense's extra content is also on sale.

The sale runs until Feb. 12, 2016, at 10 a.m. PST.


New Tekken 7: Fated Retribution trailer reveals more gameplay features

A new trailer for the expansion to Tekken 7 has unveiled more gameplay features that are being added to Bandai Namco's fighter.

The big changes center around rage in T7:FR, which activates much earlier than it did in the previous version of the game. Because of this, Rage Arts now scale in damage according to the health of the player activating them. Also, characters can spend their rage to use Rage Attacks, which function similarly to EX moves in that they create a stronger version of an existing attack. For example, according to Flying Wonky "a Rage Attack Hellsweep from Devil Jin turned the 2nd hit of [hellsweep] into his ff+3+4 as a juggle."

Other parts of the trailer focused on Akuma's gameplay, showing that he can use his EX meter for EX moves and can even focus attack dash cancel moves like his shoryuken. It also showed that characters will be able to sidestep fireballs and that some moves will avoid fireballs completely.

Lastly, T7:FR will allow players to send individual fight requests to other players playing online on the Tekken 7 network. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Early Fated Retribution images show off new costumes, Akuma's meter

EDITOR'S NOTE: The official Tekken website has been updated with images of Paul, Steve, Devil Jin, Hwoarang and Alisa.

ORIGINAL STORY: Avoiding the Puddle's Flying Wonkey has posted screenshots—from a now-deleted Ruliweb post—of the upcoming expansion to Tekken 7 showing off the new looks for returning cast members.

The six images show off new outfits for Paul, Steve and Hwoarang, as well as one image of Nina in action versus Akuma. The most interesting thing about the Akuma image is that it shows he has an EX meter in Tekken 7:FR.

The first location test for Tekken 7:FR will be Feb. 12-14, 2016, in three locations across Japan so players will have to wait until then to find out more about the title. Players can find the rest of the screenshots at Avoiding the Puddle.


Bayonetta and Corrin now available in Super Smash Bros.

As announced on Jan. 30, Bayonetta and Corrin are now available as downloadable content in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

Similar to past downloadable characters, both Bayonetta and Corrin are available as separate downloads or available as part of a bundle with Mii fighter costumes. Bayonetta and her Umbra Clock Tower stage are packaged together at $5.99 for either console or $6.99 for both, and Corrin is $4.99 or $5.99 for both Wii U and 3DS.

For those who have not purchased any of the DLC to this point, Nintendo is also offering character and stage bundles. The DLC characters bundle will cost players $34.93 on either system or $41.93 on both, and the stage package will cost $8.46 on 3DS, $10.45 on Wii U and $14.45 for both. All of Nintendo's DLC pricing can be found on the Smash Bros. website.


Killer Instinct introductory shorts by Sajam and Infil

With the recent Killer Instinct World Cup and the impending release of the game on Windows 10, interest for Microsoft and Iron Galaxy's fighter has been on the rise.

To feed that new desire and introduce new players or viewers, Sajam and Infil created 19 short videos giving an overview of each character in the game as well as the combo breaking system. The "minis," as they are called, are only about 30 seconds in length but detail the basic features of each character as well as their Instinct Mode bonuses.

The videos can be great help to new players looking to find their character or footing in the game. Check out the playlist after the jump.

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Bandai Namco, Wizard World, WWE team up for 'New' Tekken 7 contest

WWE's Xavier Woods is a big video game fan. Whether it's mentioning Evolution and Final Round on an episode of Monday Night Raw or challenging other wrestlers in the newest games on his UpUpDownDown YouTube channel, Woods always manages to make sure everyone knows he's mashing buttons in his free time.

Now, Woods and his fellow New Day compatriots—Kofi Kingston and Big E—will be coming to Wizard World Portland where one winner and a guest will get to play them at Tekken 7. The winner will also receive a three-day pass to the event, free entry to one gaming tournament, a photo opporturnity with the New Day and be intereviewed live on the Wizard World Twitch channel.

Those interested in the contest can sign up at Woobox.


Super Desperation Radio episode 504 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR had a lot to talk about this week, but it all got sidetracked by special guests to the show. 

First, the crew discussed the upcoming Norcal Regionals and Northwest Majors events, being joined by Deniz "TLoz" Loz. Loz expounded the virtues of NWM and talked about upcoming announcements for the event.  

Then, SDR received an unexpected guest as Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar offered to take questions about Evolution 2016 from both the hosts and the audience. Cuellar addressed topics including transportation to Sunday finals, the BYOC area and how Sunday's stadium event will be ticketed.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.


NorCal Regionals 2016 Announced, March 25-27 at Sacramento, CA

NorCal Regionals is heading back to the California capital of Sacramento for 2016.

This will be the third consecutive entry that NCR will be at the Holiday Inn Sacramento Capitol Plaza. From March 25-27, the Northern California major will host Street Fighter V, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and Mortal Kombat X. SFV is part of the Capcom Pro Tour as a Premier Event.

While the aforementioned games are part of the main list, players can also participate in the Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and Killer Instinct community tournaments.

Registration for NCR 2016 is live with different packages. If you are planning to register, there are multiple options with various benefits including the weekend-long After Hours Room. If you are looking to stay at the Holiday Inn, it's priced at $99 a night.

You can register now on the official NorCal Regionals website!


Leo introductory guide by T5M7, translations by Greatfernman

Koichi has created another beginner's guide for a character in Guilty Gear Xrd, this time tapping T5M7—Tomo—to help explain Leo.

As with the primer for Zato-1, the Leo video is 30 minutes in length and goes over Leo's important normals, basic combos and setups. Greatfernman has provided translations for much of what is talked about on Twitlonger.

Tomo sums up his thoughts on Leo, saying: [His] combos are easy, but how to properly use his moves and the situational awareness required is what's most difficult about him, and also what's the most interesting about him. In the end, he's very RPS, so he's probably not suitable for people who want to properly play fighting games."

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Super Smash Bros. DLC Bayonetta & Corrin coming Feb. 3

The last two announced Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U downloadable characters are coming this February.

Bayonetta from the eponymous series and Fire Emblem Fates protagonist Corrin, in both male and female variants, are dated for Feb. 3 on both Wii U and 3DS versions of the latest game. Players who purchase Bayonetta will also get the Umbra Clock Tower stage, an iconic set piece in the series.

Similar to past downloadable characters, both Bayonetta and Corrin are available for $5.99 each on a single platform or $6.99 on both.

New Wii Fighter costumes will also be available on Feb. 3. Nintendo is also selling bundles of all downloadable fighters and stages which you can find here.


Killer Instinct Season Three Kim Wu reveal & teaser of Halo's The Arbiter

Killer Instinct World Cup showed off two characters to premiere in Killer Instinct Season Three, one returning and the other from another popular franchise.

Players can try out Kim Wu at KI World Cup right now. She was announced, along with fellow Killer Instinct 2 character Tusk, to come back for the Xbox One and PC fighter.

A teaser was also revealed at the 2016 Winter X-Games that Halo's Thel 'Vadamee, also known as The Arbiter, will be coming. Aside from the video showing the backdrop of the Elite home world of Sanghelios, more information will be announced in the coming future.

Both videos of Kim Wu and The Arbiter can be found after the jump! Also check out the S3 changes to the existing cast here!

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Speedkicks discusses successful Tekken mindset

Stephen "Speedkicks" Stafford recently won Tekken 7 at Kumite in Tennessee 2016, and he has since posted his thoughts on what it takes for competitors to reach a higher level of play in Tekken.

Speedkicks identified five concepts—self control; awareness; game knowledge; psychology and prediction; and instincts—that build on one another in helping players to become stronger Tekken players. While his insights do focus on his game of choice, much of what he says can be applied to any and all fighting games.

Check out Speedkicks' thought at Twitlonger.