(Quarter 2 - 2020)

May 15th, 2020
Guilty Gear -Strive- Delayed to 2021

Today, Arc System Works producer Takeshi Yamanaka announced that the release window for Guilty Gear -Strive- has been delayed to 2021. On Twitter, Yamanaka confirmed that the COVID-19 outbreak has delayed the team's development schedule in every aspect, forcing them to postpone the release to 2021. Yamanaka also mentioned the developers of GGstrive have set up a schedule to further improve the quality of the game, giving them time to respond to user feedback... 

May 14th, 2020
EVO 2020 Online Announcement Trailer, First Details

After being officially canceled due to COVID-19, EVO 2020 has pivoted to an online format which will span five weekends starting in the month of July 2020. The announce trailer confirms most of the original games lineup will appear, including: TEKKEN 7, SFV: Champion Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, SoulCalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, Granblue Fantasy Versus, and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[c-lr]. However, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been removed.

May 14th, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath New Gameplay / Story Clip

NetherRealm Studios has more footage of Sheeva, Fujin & Robocop to share with a new Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath gameplay trailer. There's also a new 3-minute story mode clip to check out. The new gameplay trailer offers a closer look at the movesets of Sheeva, Fujin, and Robocop... showing a variety of combos for the 3 new DLC characters, along with Fatal Blows, Fatalities, and new Stage Fatalities (one involving an arcade cabinet). 

May 13th, 2020
The King of Fighters: All-Star x WWE Official Crossover Art

A collaboration that no one could've predicted... The King of Fighters: All-Star x WWE crossover is already making waves before the event's in-game launch tomorrow. In addition to the first gameplay footage of 6 WWE superstars playable in KOF: All-Star released yesterday, SNK and Netmarble shared some official artwork from the crossover, featuring: The Rock with Rock Howard, John Cena with Shingo Yabuki, and The Undertaker with Choi Bounge. 

May 13th, 2020
The Rock, John Cena & Seth Rollins Throw Down in KOF: All-Star

Following the debut gameplay of KOF: All-Star's WWE crossover event, which revealed Kofi Kingston, Becki Lynch, and The Undertaker in action; Netmarble posted short but sweet gameplay snippets of WWE legends: The Rock, John Cena, and Seth Rollins. As you might expect, all of the WWE Superstars retain their trademark attacks and finishers in Netmarble's beat-em-up mobile RPG. The KOF: All-Star x WWE crossover event officially begins on May 14th, 2020. 

May 12th, 2020
Kofi Kingston & Becki Lynch Confirmed for The King of Fighters: All-Star x WWE Crossover

WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and Becki Lynch have been confirmed as playable characters in the upcoming KOF: All-Star x WWE crossover event. The first official trailer for KOF: All-Star X WWE released by Netmarble shows gameplay footage of Kofi Kingston, Becki Lynch, and The Undertaker. The crossover event officially kicks off this Thursday, May 14th, 2020. 

May 12th, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath HD Screenshots

Following the reveal trailer last week, NetherRealm Studios shared some HD screenshots showing off some of the new content in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. The new screens provide a closer look at the new designs for returning series veterans, Sheeva and Fujin, along with upcoming DLC costumes for Sub-Zero and Frost. Guest character Robocop also appears in a few of the shiny new screenshots. 

May 7th, 2020
Iroha Joins Samurai Shodown May 13th, New Gameplay Trailer

This morning, SNK announced May 13th as the release date for Samurai Shodown (2019) Season 2 DLC character and Samurai Shodown VI veteran, Iroha. SNK's new gameplay trailer for Iroha shows the Japanese maid in action for the first time since her debut appearance in 2005's Samurai Shodown VI, wielding her two butterfly swords. 

May 7th, 2020
The King of Fighters: All-Star X WWE Crossover is Real, The Rock, John Cena & Undertaker Are Playable

BAH GAWD... SNK did it. Get ready to lay the smackdown in KOF: All-Star with SNK's latest crossover collaboration with World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE). Kyo Kusanagi versus The Rock? Terry Bogard versus John Cena? Iori Yagami versus The Undertaker? The crossover you never imagined is real in Netmarble's hit mobile beat-em-up title. Details are just starting to roll out, and confirmed WWE superstars, include: The Rock, Undertaker, John Cena & Seth Rollins. 

May 6th, 2020
Ultra Instinct Goku Joins Dragon Ball FighterZ on May 22nd, New Gameplay Trailer

This morning, Bandai Namco confirmed Ultra Instinct Goku will join Dragon Ball FighterZ on May 22nd as the second DLC character of the FighterZ Pass 3. Ultra Instinct Goku's new gameplay trailer shows more of what the godlike version of Goku is capable of in a match. In addition, Goku Day (May 9th) will bring additional free costume colors to all playable forms of Goku in Dragon Ball FighterZ

May 6th, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Announced, Adds Robocop, Fujin, Sheeva, New Story Content & Friendships

Today, NetherRealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, a DLC expansion set to add 3 new playable characters, more story mode content, new stages, and the return of Friendships and Stage Fatalities. Arriving May 26th, guest character Robocop, Fujin, and Sheeva will be joining MK11's roster. Without further ado, take a look at the official trailer below. 

May 5th, 2020
UDON X Capcom Sketchbook Preview, Pre-Orders Live

UDON Entertainment revealed their latest Capcom fighting game-themed artbook titled: "UDON X Capcom Sketchbook Alpha". The 48-page artbook gathers over 10 years of convention sketches, rough drafts, original line art, and character designs produced by UDON. Some interesting contents include unused DLC costume concepts from Street Fighter IV and a preview of UDON's upcoming Street Fighter Origins: Sagat comics series. 

May 1st, 2020
Fighting Game Deals in Steam's Golden Week Sale

In addition to the SNK Publisher sale for Steam's Golden Week event, there are quite a few other fighting game deals worth a look - with discounts of up to 75% off! If you're looking to expand your fighting game library on Steam, now is definitely a great time to do so. These discounts will be available until May 6th, 2020! For your convenience, I've compiled a list of all current fighting game discounts on Steam: 

May 1st, 2020
EVO 2020 Officially Canceled, Online Event Coming This Summer

As many were anticipating, Evolution Championship Series 2020 (originally planned for July 31st - August 2nd) has officially been canceled due to COVID-19. Joey Cuellar announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, along with a message from the EVO team. To keep the spirit of EVO alive, the EVO team will be hosting an online event this Summer. More details about the online event are coming soon. Inside, take a look at the official message from the EVO team. 

May 1st, 2020
SNK Publisher Sale via Steam, 50-75% Off All Titles

Happy May 1st! As most of us continue to self-isolate due to COVID-19, now is a great time to catch up on our backlog of games. If you're looking to expand your Steam library, SNK just began a publisher sale with ALL titles marked down 50-75% off! Discounted Steam games include: KOF XIV Steam Edition, KOF XIII Steam Edition, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Garou: MOTW, Last Blade 2, various Metal Slug titles, and more. Full list inside! 

April 28th, 2020
SNK Gals Fighters Coming to Switch April 29th, News on Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection Coming Soon

SNK confirmed that a Nintendo Switch port of the NEOGEO Pocket Color classic, SNK Gals Fighters, will be releasing tomorrow, April 29th, 2020! (Interestingly, this year happens to be the 20th birthday of SNK Gals Fighters.) Additionally, SNK mentioned in their Twitter post that more info about the Samurai Shodown NEOGEO Collection will be revealed soon. Once again, this compilation title will contain SS1-SS5 Special complete with online play and new features. 

April 28th, 2020
The Last Blade 2 Steam Rollback Netcode Beta is Live

Code Mystics, the developer behind the recent Garou: Mark of the Wolves rollback netcode update, announced that the Steam version of The Last Blade 2 now has a rollback netcode beta that users can opt into. On Steam, Code Mystics mentioned the Last Blade 2 rollback netcode update was ready for QA, but the COVID-19 outbreak stalled their plans. In any case, you can currently participate in rollback netcode beta for The Last Blade 2

April 26th, 2020
WeaponLord Added to TFG Games Library

TFG Webmaster here... I hope you're all doing well during these challenging times. As per fan request, I've finally taken the time (during my continued quarantine) to add the " cult classic" 2D fighter, WeaponLord, to TFG's Games Library. WeaponLord was a late 16-bit 2D fighter released only on SNES / Genesis. What it lacked in visuals, it made up for with innovative gameplay mechanics. This new addition brings 7 new Character Profiles and Art Galleries to the website! 

April 26th, 2020
Fighting Game Backgrounds for Video Calls & Meetings [UPDATE]

Bandai Namco recently joined Capcom, SNK, and Cygames by releasing high-quality fighting game backgrounds for video calls and virtual meetings during our continued period of quarantining / self-isolating due to COVID-19. Bandai Namco's Twitter posts include several recognizable stages from TEKKEN 7 & SoulCalibur VI, in addition to some other types of cool graphics worth checking out! TFG's updated article:

April 21st, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Official Beta Test Survey Now Live

If you participated in the Guilty Gear -STRIVE- PS4 closed beta last week, now's your chance to provide feedback to Arc System Works so that they can improve the game before the final release later this year! The survey has a total of 44 questions and the deadline to complete the survey is this Friday, April 24th. To begin the survey you'll just need your survey code handy, which was included in the email containing your beta voucher. 

April 21st, 2020
TEKKEN 7 Balance Update 3.31 Full Patch Notes

Today, Bandai Namco dropped a balance patch for TEKKEN 7 containing battle adjustments for 10 characters on the roster. Gigas, Eliza, Katarina, and Lucky Chloe received some much-appreciated buffs, while Season 3 characters Leroy and Fahkumram got some nerfs. After a backlash from many players, Kazuya and Devil Jin's tracking hellsweeps were also reverted to their previous versions (now side-steppable once again). See the full patch notes inside: 

April 20th, 2020
Street Fighter 2 North American Manual Art & Character Bios

Street Fighter series director and designer, Takayuki Nakayama, recently shared some photos from an official North American Street Fighter II: World Warrior guide manual from 1992. On Twitter, Nakayama posted several pages from the "Capcom Style Guide" manual, showing rare & highly nostalgic character concept artwork, along with bios of the original cast and even descriptions of their iconic special moves. 

April 17th, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus Zooey Gameplay Reveal Trailer

This morning, Cygames released the Granblue Fantasy Versus gameplay reveal trailer for the final DLC character of Season 1, Zooey. Together with her dragon, Lyrn, her sword and lightning will purge threats to the balance! Zooey joins GBVS on Tuesday, April 28th. A new wrestling ring stage (also shown in the trailer) called "Jewel Resort" is also coming to the game on the same day. The end of the trailer confirms Character Pass 2 arrives this Fall...   

April 15th, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Beta Character Starter Guides

To get players ready for the upcoming Guilty Gear -STRIVE- closed beta on PS4, Arc System Works released helpful video starter guides for every playable character in the beta. First up, take a look at the official video tutorials for Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, and Axl Low. Each guide runs about 3 to 4-minutes long and features a movelist demo, sample combos, and a quick command reference. Keep this page handy for the beta and get a jump on the competition! 

April 15th, 2020
Capcom Tweets "Stay Home" Message Feat. Ryu & Chun-Li

It's a challenging time for everyone... and we can use all the inspiration and positivity we can get. Thankfully, our hobby and love of fighting games isn't directly effected by COVID-19 (outside of not being able to participate at gatherings and events, currently). Capcom posted an inspiring message on Twitter reminding fans to "stay home" and "play apart together". Indeed, we can all still connect with our friends and enjoy playing fighting games together online. 

April 14th, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- PS4 Online Beta Begins This Week

If you applied to participate in the Guilty Gear -STRIVE- closed beta on PlayStation 4, you should've already received a confirmation email by Arc System Works with your voucher code. The download for the beta becomes available on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00am (PDT), with offline play beginning on Thursday April 16th at 8:00pm (PT). Following that, there will be three online tests throughout the weekend. The full schedule is posted inside.  

April 10th, 2020
Fighting Game Backgrounds for Video Calls & Virtual Meetings

In the wake of COVID-19, which is requiring many of us to work from home, several video game companies started a new Twitter trend by releasing free fighting game backgrounds to download. More specifically, these nostalgic (and beautiful) fighting game stages can be used as backgrounds for video chats and virtual meetings. Here's a look at recent Twitter posts from Capcom, SNK, and Cygames who all participated in the trend. 

April 9th, 2020
Famitsu Talks to Katsuhiro Harada About Pad Warriors, FPS & Cloud Gaming

Famitsu recently did an interview with beloved TEKKEN series producer, Katsuhiro Harada, who is now general manager and esports strategy leader at Bandai Namco. In the Famitsu interview, Harada-san talks about the growing number of pad-users at fighting game events, as opposed to those who use fightsticks. Harada also reveals his history with FPS games, as he was a fan of the original Doom back in 1993. Check out the interview inside. 

April 9th, 2020
Konami Renews Trademark for Bloody Roar Franchise

Japanese publisher Konami recently renewed their trademark for Bloody Roar, a 3D fighting series that many PS1 / PS2 era fighting game fans may have fond memories of. Before you get too excited... a Bloody Roar fighting game is not confirmed at this point, as Konami could be planning a Japanese Pachinko title or a mobile game. Bloody Roar series aficionado spotted Konami's revived patent and revealed the news on Twitter. 

April 6th, 2020
Bandai Namco Updates Global Tournament Schedules for TEKKEN World Tour 2020

In a continuing effort to safeguard the health and safety of competitors and live audience members of upcoming TEKKEN World Tour 2020 events, Bandai Namco has made some adjustments to the current schedule. Due to the dynamic nature of COVID-19, Bandai Namco said they will provide further updates for the TWT 2020 as they develop. Inside, take a look at 9 upcoming events that have been removed from the tour until further notice. 

April 4th, 2020
Arc World Tour 2020 Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Arc System Works had a year full of exciting events planned for the official Arc World Tour 2020 featuring games such as Granblue Fantasy Versus, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and early playable versions of Guilty Gear -STRIVE- before the game's launch later this year. Unfortunately, the tour in its entirety has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Inside, read the official statement by Arc System Works regarding the cancellation of the tour. 

April 1st, 2020
Capcom Celebrates April Fools Day with "Neco Drop" Puzzle Game Featuring All 40 SFV:CE Characters as Cats

Following their tradition of the past few years, to celebrate April Fools 2020, Capcom launched a free browser game (currently playable on PC and smartphones). This year, it's a free puzzle game called " Neco Drop" which features the entire Street Fighter V: Champion Edition roster (all 40 characters) as cats. Each character has a level based around them and they can be unlocked after "befriending" them using cat food. 

April 1st, 2020
Dead or Alive 6 Ending Development in Mid-April

On Twitter, Koei Tecmo announced Dead or Alive 6's patch 1.22 will be the final DLC for the game. Version 1.22 content includes High Society costumes, School Uniforms, and bug fixes. Current features like online matches and the store will remain online, but no further content will be released for DOA6. It's unknown if Team Ninja will revive DOA6 with an "Ultimate" or "Last Round" edition, but relatively poor sales and consistently low player numbers would suggest otherwise. 

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