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Krimson Ermac skin to support MKX tournaments, releases March 1

Players may remember that the sale of the Blue Steel Sub-Zero skin helped raise money for Mortal Kombat X prize pool at various events, and now NetherRealm Studios is doing it again. 

Officially revealed during the Kombat Kast on Feb. 18—and spoiled a week earlier—Krimson Ermac is a new skin, available March 1, that can be purchased with a portion of the proceeds going to MKX tournament prize pools.

The price has not yet been revealed for Krimson Ermac, but Sub-Zero's alternate costume cost players $1.99 so it seems likely that Krimson Ermac may follow suit. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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The Arbiter is coming to Killer Instinct

One of the Halo franchise's main characters, Thel 'Vadamee, otherwise known as The Arbiter, is coming to Killer Instinct. After a brief tease at the Killer Instinct World Cup, a full trailer has now been released for the Covenant Elite.

A member of the Covenant, Arbiter comes to KI complete with his energy sword, Covenant carbine and even the ability to cloak. Arbiter's stage shows an ongoing fight between two sides—red and blue, as in Halo multiplayer—in ruins on the Covenant homeworld of Sanghelios.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Hokuto no Ken, Garou & The Last Blade 2 tournaments coming to E-Sports Square in March

Game Newton will host two tournaments at Tokyo, Japan's premiere eSports center this coming March.

At E-Sports Square, both Garou -Mark of the Wolves- and The Last Blade 2 players will converge on March 19 for singles tournament Seika Kyouen. On March 20, the fifth edition of the Seikimatsu Butoukai series will bring many Hokuto no Ken players for a 3v3 team tournament.

Expect Game Newton to stream both events on their Twitch channel. You can check out the trailers, and footage from last year's Seikimatsu Butoukai 4, after the jump.

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South Korea's PlayStation Arena 2016 to feature Street Fighter V, HD Remix & GGXrd -SIGN-

SPOTV Games in South Korea will be holding another edition of PlayStation Arena focused on fighting game tournaments.

The second edition of this tournament event will bring back Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- from last year, and Street Fighter V and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix will be the other headlining games for 2016. The top two finishers for each game can earn a cash prize including the 2,000,000 won prize for winning Street Fighter V.

What's known so far is that it will take place on March 20, 2016 at Seoul, South Korea's Nexon Arena, known for hosting last year's PlayStation Arena as well as Tekken Crash. The preliminary qualifiers will be on March 6 at the Nexon Arena as well. If you live in Korea and are interested in competing, make sure to register here.

The announcement trailer can be found after the jump!

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The Salty Runback: Rise Up

Eagerly, you tore the cellophane from your copy of Street Fighter 5 and sped home to gingerly ease it into your PS4 or PC like it was prom night. This is my time, you’ve thought to yourself. You’ve watched Justin Wong, Daigo and Ricky Ortiz, and you’ve thought, "I can do that." Maybe you have played fighting games for a while. Maybe this is your first go-round getting serious about them. Either way, you’re full of vim and vigor, picturing yourself standing on the stage at Caesar’s in Las Vegas, medal around your neck.

Before you go buying plane tickets and paying entry fees, there’s a few things you need to know. First among them, I’m sorry to tell you, is that with all your determination and belief that you’re going to break through and be the next PR Balrog: You’re wrong. You won’t. At least, most of you won’t.

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King of Fighters XIV adds four more characters, new teaser released

The PlayStation Blog has unveiled a sixth teaser for KOFXIV in preparation for the upcoming C3 Show, Hong Kong.

The trailer reveals returning characters Maxima, Clark Still and Terry Bogard while also offering a look at a new character, King of Dinosaurs. King of Dinosaurs is described as a villain wrestler—a "heel" or "rudo" in lucha libre—but he shares a voice and move set with a character familiar to fans of King of Fighters and Garou: Tizoc.

It is unknown at this time if King of Dinosaurs will simply be another side of Tizoc, much as Big Bear and Raiden are the same character, or if the developers are simply trying to show a relationship between the two.

The trailer also shows off two new stages, Guanajuato Dynamite Ring and Derelict Church. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Raven joins the cast of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-

Famitsu has confirmed that the enigmatic Raven will be joining the cast of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-.

An issue of the magazine releasing later this month will feature a two-page article about the character. Also featured is a silhouette of Dizzy, who seems to look much different in Xrd.

More information will be available in the next couple days as Famitsu hits shelves in Japan. Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- releases on June 7, 2016, in North America.


Kenny Omega is coming to CEO 2016

Pro wrestling's Kenny Omega is a fighting game player and fan. He has his own YouTube channel where he uploads Street Fighter IV match videos, he has been on Excellent Adventures and now he's coming to play at Community Effort Orlando 2016.

The CEOGaming YouTube channel posted a video where the current New Japan Pro Wrestling Intercontinental Champion claims he is coming to take the souls of competitors at the event. A Cody player in Street Fighter IV, Omega will have to find a new character if he hopes to compete at Street Fighter V as well as SF4 when he makes his competitive debut.

Community Effort Orlando 2016 takes place on June 24-26 in Orlando, Florida. Check out the video after the jump.

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Digital Foundry analyzes Street Fighter V graphical power on both PC and PlayStation 4

The respected graphics analysis group has a series of videos breaking down the elements found in Street Fighter V.

Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter explains that SFV on PC slows down when it's hitting below the intended frame rate, similar to that in the Street Fighter IV PC ports. Despite the slowdown offline, playing online under the limiting condition enables frame skipping but it's still not operating optimally.

John Linneman talks more about the graphical detail between the PlayStation 4 build and the various PC visual options. What's new is the Max setting, something not found in the beta. Leadbetter and David Bierton do a more side-by-side graphical shootout using the cross-play replay system to their advantage.

Make sure to check out Haunts' post on Capcom about the PC spec recommendations if you are looking to get SFV on the platform. If you notice any slowdown on your setup, make sure to change settings accordingly. Also subscribe to Digital Foundry on YouTube and look forward to a full analysis on their Eurogamer page soon.

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MarkMan and Mad Catz part ways

Mark "MarkMan" Julio is no longer employed by Mad Catz. The parting became apparent when Julio changed his profile picture and account information on Twitter during the morning of Feb. 15, 2016.

IPLAYWINNER reached out to Julio who confirmed his departure. Julio did not have anything else to say on the matter at present but said he intends to make a full statement in the next several days.

Julio has, during his time at Mad Catz, become one of the ever-present figures in the fighting game community. His work in helping create the Tournament Edition line of sticks, as well as assisting with Team Mad Catz and coordinating events and streams, has changed the landscape of the FGC since the release of Street Fighter IV.


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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