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(Quarter 3 - 2018)

August 11th, 2018
SFV: Arcade Edition Concept Art for Sagat and G

Capcom shared some early concept artwork for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition's newly released characters, G and Sagat. Capcom's Takayuki Nakayama notes some of the early developmental ideas for both characters and shares some interesting fun facts about their early designs.

August 9th, 2018
Arika Shows New Gameplay of Pullum & Vulcano Rosso in Fighting EX Layer

Whether you just recently picked up Fighting EX Layer, or if you've owned it since day one, you should be excited about Arika's exciting updates planned for the game. Classic Street Fighter EX series icons, Vulcano Rosso and Pullum Purna, will soon be added to the game as free DLC. To hype up their arrival, Arika uploaded 2 new videos on YouTube showing both characters in gameplay.

August 9th, 2018
Base Form Goku & Vegeta Join Dragon Ball FighterZ in Latest Update, Full Patch Notes

Arc System Works have officially released Base Goku and Base Vegeta as DLC characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ. These nostalgic iterations of Goku and Vegeta are joined by a major balance patch, which looks to change up quite a few characters. The patch also brings updates to Training Mode, World Match, and several menu tweaks. Even System Mechanics get a tune up, with recovery frames of a successful reflect no longer being in counter hit state.

August 8th, 2018
Dead or Alive 6 Gameplay from Evolution '18, Lei Fang & Hitomi Silhouettes Shown

Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori was present at EVO '18 along with an early build of DOA6. At EVO '18, director Yohei himself threw down with some EVO '18 goers in his own game. Here's a video featuring a message from the director and about 9 minutes of gameplay with footage of DOA6's first newcomer, known as the "Uncrowned Street Hero", Diego. Additionally, Koei Tecmo showed silhouettes of Lei Fang and Hitomi.

August 7th, 2018
Soul Calibur VI Official Artwork, Screenshots & Character Bios for Seong Mi-Na and Astaroth

Soul Calibur VI is shaping up to be a gorgeous fighting game not only due to it's impressive 3D graphics engine, but thanks to veteran series illustrator and designer, Takuji Kawano. Fighting game artwork enthusiasts will definitely want to take a gander at Kawano's beautiful 2D illustrations of newly announced characters, Astaroth and Seong Mi-Na. Additionally, their SC6 character bios and 30+ screenshots were added to TFG's previous Soul Calibur VI article!

August 6th, 2018
Screens & Artwork of Tekken 7's Anna and Lei

Today, Bandai Namco released high-quality TEKKEN 7 character art and official screenshots for returning series veterans, Lei Wulong and Anna Williams. With Lei and Anna being two of the most requested characters to return in TEKKEN 7, fans are anxiously awaiting to use them once again when Season 2 arrives. While we wait for their release dates (not yet announced by Bandai Namco), enjoy ultra high-quality artwork and screenshots for Lei and Anna.  

August 5th, 2018
SFV: Arcade Edition Sagat and G Available August 6th, Reveal Trailers, Screenshots & Details... ohh my.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono took the EVO '18 stage prior to the SFV: Arcade Edition finals to make some announcements. After a live action "G" made a surprise appearance on stage, Street Fighter fans got the first look at SFV Season 3's final newcomer, G, the mysterious "president of the world"! Afterwards, Yoshinori Ono reappeared on stage with an eye patch... which can only mean one thing: there's also a Sagat trailer! As if the crowd wasn't hype enough, both characters join SFV tomorrow!

August 5th, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ EVO '18 Trailer Reveals Cooler, Shows Base Goku Vs. Vegeta Cinematics

Following the Dragon Ball FighterZ EVO '18 grand finals, Bandai Namco dropped a new trailer revealing Freiza's older brother, Cooler. The trailer also shows off some intense cinematics between Base Goku & Vegeta that long-time Dragon Ball Z fans will appreciate. Also announced, Base Goku & Vegeta will join Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC this Wednesday, August 8th.

August 5th, 2018
Tekken 7 Season 2 Brings Lei Wulong, Anna Williams, 3 Unannounced Fighters & Negan from The Walking Dead

After the conclusion of TEKKEN 7's finals at EVO '18, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray took the stage. After thanking fans for supporting TEKKEN 7 at EVO for the last 4 years, the team dropped a new trailer confirming a Season 2 for TEKKEN 7! Two fan-favorite legacy characters, Lei Wulong and Anna Williams, will make their way to TEKKEN 7, in addition to 3 more (unannounced) characters. Last but not least, a collaboration with AMC's The Walking Dead will bring Negan into T7 as a guest character.

August 5th, 2018
Astaroth & Seong Mi-Na Revealed for Soul Calibur VI

Before the start of the TEKKEN 7 Sunday Top 8 Finals at EVO 2018, Bandai Namco Producer Motohiro Okubo took the stage to announce not one, but TWO new characters for Soul Calibur VI... Astaroth and Seong Mina! The series veterans show their updated movesets and appearances in their official reveal trailers. Official screenshots & character art for Astaroth & Seong Mi-Na will be added to this article soon!

August 4th, 2018
Terry Bogard Announced for Fighting EX Layer, Sharon & Area Shown in New Trailer, Arcade Version

Never has a fighting game character been announced in two separate games, within two days! Terry Bogard is breaking all kinds of records. Just days after a female Terry was revealed in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, the lone wolf himself has been announced as a guest character in Fighting EX Layer. After the finals at EVO '18, Arika dropped a new trailer showing all kinds of new content coming to FEXL. Returning SFEX veterans Sharon and Area are teased later in the trailer, along with some new stages.

August 4th, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Character Packs 4-6 Releasing August 6th, New Crossover Teased

At the conclusion of EVO '18's BBTAG finals, Arc System Works officially announced 9 more characters for the game. BlazBlue's Mai Natsume, Izayoi, and Nine, Under Night's Merkava, Mika & Yuzuriha, and P4A's Mitsuru, Akihiko & Labrys will arrive in just a few days on August 6th, 2018. Additionally, at Cross Counter TV's Bar Fights, Arc System Works teased a new franchise coming to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

August 2nd, 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Adds Female Terry Bogard

Today, SNK revealed the latest playable character in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy... a gender-swapped version of Terry Bogard, of course. This actually isn't the first time we've seen a female Terry Bogard in a fighting game (Demitri's Midnight Bliss in SVC Chaos), but this is the first time the "fatal cutie" is playable. As you might expect, Female Terry has most of the original's special moves, including the iconic Buster Wolf, but she also shows off some unique techniques in her reveal trailer.

August 1st, 2018
Diego & Rig Revealed for Dead or Alive 6 in New Trailers

Earlier today, Koei Tecmo released 2 new gameplay trailers for Dead or Alive 6. The new DOA6 trailers reveal returning DOA5 character, Rig, along with a newcomer to the series, Diego. A brawler and unrefined street fighter, Diego seems to take some inspiration from TEKKEN's Miguel Caballero Rojo from TEKKEN. All together, there's nearly 7 minutes of new DOA6 gameplay footage to check out.

July 31st, 2018
Evolution 2018 Full Tournament / Streaming Schedule

It's that time of year again... this weekend, the biggest fighting game tournament in the world takes place at the Mandalay Bay in beautiful Las Vegas, NV. Whether you're attending in person or watching from the comfort of your own home, take a look at the full tournament schedule, streaming schedule, site map, and commentator line-up for EVO 2018. The festivities officially kick off this Friday at 8am PT.

July 30th, 2018
Nearly 20 Minutes of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Gameplay from SNK

SNK posted a new Youtube video featuring nearly 20 full minutes of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy gameplay. In the video, staff from Goziline.com (Japanese gaming news site) provide commentary alongside former SKE48 idol, Sawako Hata. The Japanese commentators talk about some of the mechanics and modes of SNK Heroines, before they battle it out in several full matches.

July 27th, 2018
Fighting EX Layer Update 1.0.7 Adds Arcade Mode, Other Fixes

Arika has released update 1.0.7 for Fighting EX Layer, which adds Arcade Mode to the main menu and fixes several performance issues. Arcade Mode lets players battle the CPU across 7 stages with Easy, Normal & Hard difficulty levels available. For online Ranked Match, players will now be returned to the mode they were previously playing after finishing an online match. Online stability has also been improved.

July 25th, 2018
Soul Calibur VI Battle Mechanics Blog with Producer Okubo

Bandai Namco Entertainment posted a Soul Calibur VI blog with Producer Motohiro Okubo. Having worked on TEKKEN 7 (which is still enjoying a lucrative competitive scene after several years), Okubo is applying "key lessons" for designing SC6's gameplay system. The blog details each of SC6's battle mechanics, including: Reversal Edge, Soul Charge, Lethal Hit, and Guard Impact, and outlines why both experienced & new players should enjoy the mechanics.

July 24th, 2018
SNK's 40th Anniversary Official Website Presents Special Illustrations by Iconic Artists

If seeing the words "SNK" and "40th" side by side makes you feel a bit old... join the club, and cheer up because you're part of The Fighters Generation. ;) One of the new "Special" features on SNK's 40th Anniversary website might be of interest to you, especially if you love SNK artwork, like the rest of us. SNK's 40th Anniv. Special Illustrations feature hosts brand new illustrations drawn by iconic artists known for their work on SNK games, including: Hiroaki, Falcoon, Kita Senri,  Eisuke Ogura, and Tonko.

July 22nd, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ Base Goku & Vegeta Reveal Trailers + Screenshots

"Base Form" Goku and Vegeta were confirmed for Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC characters a few days back. [UPDATE] Bandai Namco posted the official reveal trailers & screenshots showing the upcoming fighters and their trademark moves. Both DLC characters come out in early August for $4.99 each. They are also included in the $34.99 "FighterZ Pass" along with Broly, Bardock, Fused Zamasu, Vegito (SSGSS) and 2 additional characters yet to be announced (currently rumored to be Android 17 and Cooler). 

July 21st, 2018
Over 12 Minutes of Voldo Soul Calibur VI Gameplay, Character Breakdown Video from IGN

This morning, IGN posted several Soul Calibur VI videos from San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The new gameplay videos show us tons of footage of returning series veteran, Voldo, who was just announced yesterday. We also get to have a closer look at other recently revealed characters, Talim and Yoshimitsu, in some pretty solid match videos! IGN also posted a "full character breakdown" video for Voldo.

July 20th, 2018
Voldo Announced for Soul Calibur VI, Official Trailer & Screenshots

One of the freakiest characters of the fighting game universe is back... Voldo, the "Hell Guardian" has been confirmed as a playable fighter in Soul Calibur VI. Check out Voldo's new appearance and new moves in his official Soul Calibur VI reveal trailer from Bandai Namco. Voldo's official character artwork and other details will be arriving shortly. [UPDATE] Over 10 screenshots, high-res character artwork, and Voldo's character bio was added to the article.

July 20th, 2018
New SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Trailer Previews Storyline, Gameplay & Customization

SNK released a new trailer for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. The 3-minute trailer shows new gameplay systems, runs over the game's storyline and character roster, previews Customization mode and Photo mode, and outlines some of its online features. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy comes to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on September 7th, 2018.

July 20th, 2018
Ryu Joins The Power Rangers in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, Live Action Short Film Announced

Ryu from Street Fighter has done a lot of things in his 30 year career... but one thing he hasn't done (until now), is become a Power Ranger. Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, the "Ryu Ranger" is coming soon to the mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars as a playable character. Not only that, but a short live action film by Bat in The Sun titled Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown is coming this Fall. Check out the official Ryu Ranger teaser trailer and official artwork.  

July 20th, 2018
Base Form Goku & Vegeta Headed to Dragon Ball FighterZ

If you thought Dragon Ball FighterZ didn't already have more than enough versions of Goku and Vegeta (first of all, you have a very unpopular opinion), but Arc System Works has you covered anyway. "Base form" Goku and Vegeta have been confirmed as DLC for DBFZ, and V-Jump magazine has provided a first look at the iconic fighters. This version of Goku is known for his "Kaio-Ken" and Super Spirit Bomb, while base form Vegeta brings his Galick Gun and Galaxy Breaker.

July 16th, 2018
Haggar, Cody & Guy Confront Mad Gear in "The Broken Gear: A Final Fight Film"

The Game Basement Productions released a fan film based on Capcom's iconic series, Final Fight... and it's actually worth a watch. "The Broken Gear" features UFC and pro-wrestling legend, Don Frye, as Mayor Mike Haggar... possibly the best casting of all time. The actors who play Guy and Cody also know a thing or two about how to throw punches and kicks, making for a very watchable 30-minute martial arts flick.

July 15th, 2018
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is Coming to Steam on August 20th, 2018

Back in February 2018, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] released on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Arc System Works just announced that the Steam version will arrive on August 20th, 2018 in the West (August 21st in Japan). If the price point is the same as on consoles, the Steam version of the title should cost around $50. UNIST features a nice variety of modes, 20 playable characters, and very accessible (yet difficult to master) 2D gameplay.  (Source: Steam)

July 11th, 2018
Pullum & Vulcano Officially Announced for FEXL as Free DLC + Arcade Mode / Return to Training Option

Good news for players who picked up Fighting EX Layer on PS4. Arika officially confirmed Pullum Purna and Vulcano Rosso as playable characters in FEXL (and released new HD images of both characters). Even better news... Arika plans to release both characters as FREE DLC! Release dates & further details will be revealed at EVO 2018. Arika also mentioned that Arcade Mode (Ver 0.80) and an option to return to Training Mode after connecting to an Online Match will be added! 

July 8th, 2018
Launch Trailer for Pocket Rumble, Indie 2D Fighter Inspired by Neo Geo Pocket Classics

Pocket Rumble is now available for download on Nintendo Switch eShop (for a reasonable $10). If you haven't heard of Pocket Rumble, it's a 2D sprite-based fighter that takes heavy inspiration from iconic titles that made their names on Neo Geo Pocket Color in 1999-2000, including SNK Vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium... a true cult classic. Nintendo recently uploaded the launch trailer for Pocket Rumble, showing off all eight of its charming 8-bit style characters.

July 7th, 2018
High Level Soul Calibur VI Gameplay Roundup

While new Soul Calibur VI gameplay is easy to come by, there haven't been a whole lot of videos featuring "high-level" players on the controls. This not only makes a big difference on how much new information experienced players gain from watching the videos, but can also affect how fun the game looks in general, to players of all levels. Here's a roundup of "competitive" SC6 footage from CEO 2018 featuring Kenny Omega & Alex Jebailey, along with videos by KayaneTV and Top French Soul Calibur players.

July 6th, 2018
Mui Mui Joins SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

SNK revealed the latest female combatant to enter the world of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Mui Mui, who debuted in The King of Fighters XIV, will make her way to the mysterious mansion where an all-girls tournament is set to take place. Mui Mui's 20-second gameplay reveal trailer provides a quick glimpse at her in-game character model and new alternate costumes.

July 6th, 2018
Skullgirls 2nd Encore is Coming to Nintendo Switch

During Anime Expo 2018, Lab Zero announced that Skullgirls is on the way to Nintendo Switch. No other details or release dates were provided, but the Switch port will be the latest version of the game, Skullgirls 2nd Encore. This version includes 14 characters and 18 stages, along with Story, Challenge, Survival, and Trial modes. [UPDATE] Check out the official trailer for the Switch version of Skullgirls: 2nd Encore. Both physical and digital releases have been confirmed. 

July 5th, 2018
Soul Calibur VI Talim Reveal Trailer, Artwork, Screenshots & Official Character Bio

Today, series veteran and Talim has been confirmed for Soul Calibur VI. The dual tonfa-wielding "wind priestess" returns to her roots with her Wind Sault/Charmer stances from previous iterations - with new transitions and tools at her disposal. Check out Talim's official character reveal trailer, full-resolution artwork by Takuji Kawano, HD screenshots, and official storyline from Bandai Namco.

July 4th, 2018
Fighting EX Layer Announcement Near EVO '18, Arcade Mode & Other Updates Could Be Coming Soon

Similarly to SFV back in 2016, Arika's Fighting EX Layer has launched in a pretty "bare bones" state. While that doesn't stop the game from being fun (since netplay works fairly well), early adopters are hoping for the addition of features like Arcade Mode, Vs. CPU mode, and an automatic return to Training Mode after an online match. Thankfully, it looks like updates will be rolling out soon. Arika's Mihara-san recently said on Twitter that he'd like to announce something "around EVO 2018".

June 28th, 2018
Fighting EX Layer Released on PS4, Launch Trailer

What began as an April Fools joke last year has evolved into a new (yet nostalgic) 2.5D fighting game. Arika has released Fighting EX Layer on PlayStation 4 as a digital title, with "Light" $39.99 and "Standard" $59.99 versions currently available for purchase. DLC color packs are also live for several characters, ranging from $4.99 to $9.99 each. To celebrate the release of FEXL, Arika uploaded a launch trailer for the game.

June 28th, 2018
Blade Strangers Heads West August 28th, Release Date Announce Trailer, Game Modes Details

Nicalis announced that Blade Strangers is coming westward on August 28th, 2018 (two days before the Japanese release). The indie crossover 2D fighter will offer a traditional and streamlined 4-button control scheme, aiming to attract both casual and experienced fighting game players. Confirmed modes, include: Story, Arcade, Challenge, Survival, Versus, Online, Tutorial, Training, and more. Nicalis also uploaded a new release date announcement trailer.
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