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BlazBlue Central Fiction Japanese console release set for Oct. 6, 2016

The newest version of BlazBlue is coming home to Japanese consoles in early October.

In an article about upcoming PlayStation events this summer, Dengeki Online has revealed that the new title will be launching for Japanese consoles on Oct. 6. As previously stated by Famitsu, the new version of BB will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles and add Xblaze protagonist Es to the playable cast of characters.

There is currently no release date for BBCF outside of Japan, but Aksys Games has said to expect the game this coming winter in North America.


The Beginner and Intermediate Guide to Venom by DaiAndOh

New York's DaiAndOh has written a new guide to help players learn or improve with Venom in Guilty Gear Xrd.

As Venom is a character with many different moving parts, Dai's guide is broken up into eight chapters with information ranging from a general approach to the character all the way to zoning with different ball formations. There is even a combo breakdown with explanations for certain routes and choices.

Players can check out the guide here.


Injustice 2 gameplay trailer reveals Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd

During ESL's Mortal Kombat X season 3 finals, NetherRealm Studios debuted a trailer showing the first gameplay footage of Injustice 2.

The short video shows some of the new stage transitions and interactibles that will appear in Injustice 2 and introduces new characters Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. It also shows how the game's new gear system will affect the characters' appearances as they go into battle.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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New info on Street Fighter V's story mode revealed, Zenny system removed and more

Capcom has released more information about Street Fighter V's cinematic story mode planned for release this June, as well as some other important information.


SFV's story mode, "A Shadow Falls," will be released late June as a free add-on for all users. This cinematic experience, Capcom said, will span five chapters and last three to four hours overall. While still planned for release in their respective months later this year, the story mode will be the only place to try out unreleased characters Balrog, Urien and Juri.

Following trouble implementing the Zenny system, Capcom has scrapped it entirely and replaced it with a more streamlined method of selling DLC. The June update will allow players to buy additional content through either the Steam store or the PlayStation Store. This includes characters ($5.99), stages ($3.99), alternate versions of stages ($1.99), story mode costumes ($1.99) and premium outfits ($3.99). Players who have gathered a huge amount of fight money or purchased the Season Pass can reap the benefits with no extra charge.

Capcom hasn't yet shared an exact date for the big update. Other news includes Daily Challenges being reorganized into a new system called Targets as well as additional modes coming soon. The full breakdown can be found here.


Team Kim revealed in new King of Fighters XIV trailer

The fifth team trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, this time showing off Kim's all-new team.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off Max Mode combos for both Kim and Luong. What it also does, however, is give players the first gameplay footage for Gang-Il. The older fighter, who was listed as "Kim's master" in the KOF XIV character roster spoiler, is another kick-heavy fighter who brings back some of Kim's old attacks from previous Fatal Fury and KOF games.

The trailer also sees the return of KOF 2000's aquarium stage, reenvisioned for this title. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Injustice 2 officially announced, Supergirl joins the cast

NetherRealm Studios has officially announced Injustice 2, with the game's release to be sometime in 2017.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown offered a brief glimpse into what the title will have in store for players as he detailed a new gear system that will be featured in Injustice 2. The gear system will work like items in a RPG, changing "not only the look of each character, but your fight strategy and your personal approach to every match." He said the story in Injustice 2 will pick up right where the original ended.

NRS also debuted a trailer for the game, showing returning character Aquaman, Flash, Superman and Batman fighting it out while their costumes changed to reflect the gear system. However, as the fight wore on newcomer Supergirl joined the fray. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Leaked poster reveals Injustice 2

After some speculation that NetherRealm's DC fighting game would have a sequel announced at this year's E3, it seems the rumors are true.

An image of a promo poster for the upcoming Injustice 2 has reached the hands of several media outlets, showing Batman and the Flash facing one another. The poster is supposed to be part of a GameStop offer to players who preorder the title.

Ed Boon, meanwhile, put up a couple tweets earlier about the issue. The first showed GameStop removed from his potential party list, and the second showed an image of Injustice 2 trending on Twitter with the question of "how to de-trend something." 

E3 officially starts Sunday, June 12, 2016.


Super Desperation Radio episode 517 archive online

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

SDR returned after a week's absence with a full plate of news and plenty to discuss in terms of the fighting game community.

First up, SDR talked about the Ibuki's addition to Street Fighter V and the perceived delay in her release, along with the recent changes to Capcom Pro Tour rules.

The cast also talked about new players and community, focusing on the Tekken and King of Fighters scenes as both prepare to receive new games.

Lastly, Super Desperation Radio talked about bringing back the Daily Blow Up, this time featuring Overwatch.

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



Jasen's Customs TE2 EZ Mod for Mad Catz TE2 sticks coming soon, works with Brook UFB

Photo by Jasen HicksFor those who want their Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 to easily work with the previous and current generations of consoles, Jasen's Customs has you covered.

Jasen Hicks developed an EZ Mod for the TE2 line of arcade sticks to allow easy and near solderless support with the amazing Brook Universal Fighting Board. The TE2 EZ Mod replaces the stock TE2 board and serves as a bridging unit for the UFB. Harness cables from the stock board will be installed with little to no soldering required. The benefit for this kit is that if you ever need to switch back to the original PCB, the harness cables can be reinserted. The only soldering requirement is the USB cable's internal wires.

This comes following the release of the EZ Mod for the Hori Real Arcade Pro VLX Deluxe PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 line. Take note that the TE2 EZ Mod kit is made specifically for the original TE2 line, not the TE2+ model. Owners of the first generation Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS3/PS4 TE2 models can make use of this kit.

Paradise Arcade Shop and Arcade Shock will be selling the TE2 EZ Mod in the near future so stay tuned for updates. For now, you can check out the official Shoryuken Tech Talk thread here and two videos by Jasen himself below!

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Under Night summer update to add new character Mika

from Famitsu.comFrench Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is getting a summer update in Japanese arcades, and with it will be coming the new character Mika.

Described as a powerful short range fighter, Mika looks to use throws and moves that propel her toward the opponent.

There is currently no information on when the UNIEL[ST] summer update will happen, but head over to Famitsu for more images of Mika in action.


Capcom updates, clarifies player sponsorship rules for pro tour

Capcom has announced new amendments to the rules for its Capcom Pro Tour, based on "community feedback [the company] received." Previously, Capcom had prohibited player sponsorship by companies that produced adult entertainment, but due to comments surrourding the decision Capcom has revised its stance.

Now, the company says that all players will be allowed to compete no matter the sponsor but that "Capcom will not allow, and will not allow third parties, to display, advertise, or otherwise promote in any manner sponsorship, endorsement or commercial or any other type of affiliation with" those companies.

Furthermore, Capcom has added to the list of prohibited sponsors "companies that manufacture, sell, distribute or market alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or vaping (e-cigarette ), drugs, guns or other weapon[s]." The new addition, Capcom said on Twitter, was designed to "provide an inviting atmosphere for players of all ages" and have the tour's rules reflect that notion.

The complete updated rules can be found on the Capcom Pro Tour website.


Relive the Guilty Gear Team Battle Summit from Combo Breaker 2016

BGCallisto has uploaded all his footage of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-'s Team Battle Summit that happened on Friday night at Combo Breaker 2016.

Eight five-player teams—including one that was established in a last chance qualifier earlier in the evening—competed in a double elimination tournament with many of the U.S.'s strongest players taking part. Matches were done Pokémon style with best of one game deciding which player moved forward.

Many of the teams also represented a certain region or state in the U.S. Check out the full list of teams and the archives after the jump.

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Hit The Ground Running 13 discusses meter management

Brokentier's Jay "Viscant" Snyder continues his series on improving at Street Fighter V with a topic that is essential to high-level play: meter management.

Snyder talks about the two types of meter, Critical Art and V, weighing various strategies he's seen employed and theories behind why each choice could be beneficial to certain characters or matchups. From using these meters as offensive tools alone to actually holding meter as a deterrent, Snyder admits the answers of how meter should be used are not clear-cut.

Snyder even makes a point to talk about why he feels M. Bison is an exception to many rules because his meters seem to work together in way unique to his character.

The article, along with all other HTGR pieces, can be found at the Brokentier blog.


Latest KOFXIV team trailer all about Art of Fighting with Yuri gameplay reveal

Following the Fatal Fury team trailer, here is another heroic group representing South Town.

The latest trailer for The King of Fighters XIV showcases the classic Art of Fighting team of Robert Garcia, Ryo Sakazaki and Yuri Sakazaki. While Ryo and Robert were featured in past promotional videos and playable demos, this is the first time Yuri is publicly shown in the latest game.

If you are in Japan, you can try Yuri out along with a couple of newer characters as part of a special national tour. Her movelist can be found here.

The King of Fighters XIV is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in North America on Aug. 23, 2016, with other countries in the days following. The Premium Edition of this game will include a 144-page art book and a three-disc soundtrack. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Yomi Gaming opens its doors to the public

Team Yomi has established itself as a force in the fighting game community, and now the team's training grounds has become a public arcade.

Yomi Gaming in Atlanta, Georgia, is now open to the general public so that anyone can come grind the game of their choice. The venue will be offering weekly tournaments, monthly and yearly membership deals, fitness classes and more to potential customers.

For more information on Yomi Gaming, including hours and entrance fees, check out the arcade's website.


Learning footsies in Killer Instinct by Finchomatic

Finchomatic has created a new video to try and explain how players can learn the complex concept of footsies in Killer Instinct.

Using a definition he got from Juicebox, Finchomatic breaks footsies down into several gameplay ideas that he can explain using easy-to-understand terms.

He also discusses how the game's hitboxes and priority system play into footsies as an overarching theory, and addresses KI's armor system.

Interested players can check out the video after the jump.

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Ibuki joins Street Fighter V

After grand finals of Street Fighter V at Combo Breaker 2016, Capcom debuted the trailer for Ibuki, who will be the next DLC character released for SFV.

Ibuki's trailer shows her returning moves along with a new air glide and the ability to throw multiple kunai in the air or on the ground. Her V-Reversal is the ninja log replacement technique that also serves as a hit, and her V-Trigger throws a bomb that can be used to extend combos.

There is currently no date set for Ibuki's release. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Gargos added to Killer Instinct, update 3.1.5 patch notes released

image from Iron Galaxy StudiosThe newest patch for Killer Instinct is now live, bringing Gargos as well as plenty of changes to the game.

As with the previous patch, character updates and tweaks are now accompanied by rationale from the combat design team to give players more insight on their decisions. While many characters got a change or two, Kim Wu got several changes to hopefully improve her without trying to take away her weaknesses, the team wrote.

Other changes include bug fixes to the system and specific characters. For the whole list of changes, check out Ultra Combo.


BlazBlue Central Fiction coming to North America this winter

Aksys Games has announced that the newest BlazBlue will be coming home to PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles during a presentation at MomoCon in Atlanta, Georgia. This official announcement of a winter release comes on the heels of Amazon putting the games up for presale with a tentative street date of Dec. 30, 2016.

The console version of BBCF was first detailed in April 2016 and will include the features of the arcade game as well as a shop to buy in-game accessories and more; Alliance Mode, a "team construction mode"; and Speed Star Mode, where players will attempt to defeat computer-controlled opponents within a time limit. The title will also feature the debut of Xblaze's Es as a playable character.

BBCF has a tentative fall 2016 release window in Japan.



New King of Fighters XIV trailer shows off Fatal Fury's team

The newest trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, and it features another classic group: Team Fatal Fury.

The nearly two-minute video shows the Bogard boys and Joe Higashi performing various combos using super cancels and Max Mode, showcasing the various moves that return for them in KOF14.

The trailer also shows the reimagining of Terry's stage from Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 that will appear in KOFXIV.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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