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(Quarter 4 - 2017)

December 31st, 2017
SNK Celebrating 40th Anniversary, Updating KOF XIV & Releasing "New Titles" on Console & Mobile in 2018

SNK previously stated that they plan on reviving some of their iconic franchises, as The King of Fighters XIV was just the "beginning". According to a recent article translation via BlackKite on Twitter, SNK's Hiroyuki Oda recently said the "SNK brand will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018". He added that "new games are coming in 2018 for console and mobile" (but they can't announce them yet) and an update to KOF XIV is coming. Additionally, a new KOF manga and 40th Anniv. merchandize will become available in 2018.  (Source: BlackKite)

December 29th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Character Breakdowns for Tien, Kid Buu, Adult Gohan, Beerus, Hit, Yamcha, & Gotenks 

Bandai Namco recently released several character breakdowns for Dragon Ball Fighter Z. These videos provide some early insight into each character's moveset and playstyle. The Tien and Gotenks breakdowns are narrated by eSports commentator, HellPockets; Beerus & Adult Gohan's breakdown is narrated by fighting game guru Perfect Legend; Hit's character breakdown is narrated by DBZ historians Rhymestyle & AfroSenju; and Maximilian uploaded his own character breakdown video for Kid Buu.

December 28th, 2017
Rugal Bernstein Makes his Debut in The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 22

SNK has released another episode of their free-to-watch 3D animated series, The King of Fighters: Destiny 3D. In Episode 22: "R", Fighters have been released from mind-control by breaking the generator. Kyo Kusanagi and Terry Bogard head towards the bridge in order to put an end to this incident. The organizer, "R" finally appears... and has evil intentions. In case you haven't figured it out yet, "R" stands for Rugal (Bernstein), the original boss of The King of Fighters series.

December 26th, 2017
TFG Presents: Fighting EX Layer Beta Combo Video for Kairi, ALlen Snider & Skullomania

Now that the Fighting EX Layer PS4 beta has concluded, TFG presents an exclusive combo video starring Allen Snider, Kairi and Skullomania. For each character, I cover a wide variety of combos: beginner, intermediate, cross-ups, jump-ins, corner, etc. I didn't try to break the game during the beta. Instead, I focused mostly on combos that I think will make the cut to the final version of the game. That said, if you plan on learning any of the above characters, definitely take a look at these combos.

December 24th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 21

The latest episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny is now live on Youtube, free to watch of course. In Episode 21: GENERATOR, Athena senses the energy source of the evil power and uses her telepathy to inform Kyo. Kyo and his teammates find a generator which has a black crystal to generate the evil power and attempt to destroy it. However, Ryo and Robert have run berserk as well and stand in their way.

December 24th, 2017
Soul Calibur 6 Sophitia Character Breakdown Video

It appears Bandai Namco will be releasing official character breakdown videos for Soul Calibur VI. The first character breakdown puts the spotlight on Sophitia Alexandra, as producer Motohiro Okubo provides commentary throughout the 2-minute video. While nothing specific regarding Sophitia's SC6 fighting style is mentioned, Okubo noted that Sophitia uses an "orthodox" style and is an easy character for any player to control.

December 24th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Opening Movie Released

Bandai Namco and Arc System Works released the official opening movie for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The colorful and hard-hitting intro briefly highlights every playable character in the game to date. The intro proudly displays the game's stylized in-game graphics engine, blending flashy gameplay with comic-style visuals in a way that you'd expect from Arc System Works. Does the intro make you say... "I can't wait to play it."? That is the sign of a good fighting game intro, indeed.

December 22nd, 2017
Core-A-Gaming's Video Analysis on The Difference Between 2D and 3D Fighting Games

For those of us who've been playing both 2D and 3D fighting games for many years, the contrasting differences of each style of game is part of what makes each title so charming and unique. In Core-A-Gaming's latest video, many of these subtle differences are explained. The 9-minute video zeros in on the great depth of 3D fighting games like TEKKEN, which casual or "2D-only" players may not even be aware of. The video also covers the humble beginnings of 3D fighting games and the dramatic evolution over the years.

December 20th, 2017
Team Versus Mode Announced for SFV: Arcade Edition

In case you're not yet sold on Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Capcom has sweetened the deal with yet another new mode for the game. Team Versus Mode has been confirmed, featuring "team battle" style matches with up to 5 characters on each team. The mode has a variety of unique modifiers & options as well, including: Vitality Recovery, Change Order, and Retain EX Gauge. In a new video on UpUpDownDown, the WWE's Xavier Woods, A.J. Styles, Kofi Kingston, Big E., and The Usos preview SFV:AE's new mode.

December 20th, 2017
Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada Interviews Street Fighter 2 & Fighting EX Layer Creator, Akira Nishitani

Two of the most influential developers in fighting game history have come together for a lengthy and must-read interview. TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada and Street Fighter 2 creator/Arika co-founder Akira Nishitani (currently working on Fighting EX Layer) discuss a plethora of fighting game specific topics: the humble beginnings of the genre, concepts and evolution behind fighting mechanics, the "good feeling" move commands have, the concept of fun versus game balance, Fighting EX Layer development, and so much more. Seriously, read it.  (Source: Jiyuna)

December 19th, 2017
Soul Calibur 6 New Gameplay Footage, Details & Screenshots, Character & Stage Selection Screens

Over the weekend at Bandai Namco's Level Up Winter press event, some lucky fans got to try out an early playable demo of Soul Calibur 6. That said, we've got some brand new gameplay footage to analyze, along with new details and screenshots. In a recent interview with Gamereactor, producer Okubo mentioned that the new Reversal Edge mechanic is chargeable by holding a button, and that the follow-up counter attack will initiate once the button is released.

December 18th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Begins January 14-16, Jan. 13 For Early Access Players, New Gameplay Video

Bandai Namco announced the open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ will kick off January 14th-16th. Players who pre-ordered the game will gain early access to the beta on January 13th. The official timings for the beta in Europe are as follows: Jan. 13th 9:00 AM CET to Jan. 14th 8:59AM CET for early access players. Jan. 14th 9:00 AM CET to Jan. 16th 9:00 AM CET for everyone else. In addition, check out a new DBFZ gameplay video featuring Goku Black, Hit & Beerus in action! Dragon Ball FighterZ releases in North American on January 28th, 2017.

December 17th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 20

Hope you've been enjoying The King of Fighters: Destiny over the past few months... SNK has posted Episode 20 on Youtube. Episode 20 is a "Side Story" for Art of Fighting original, King. Like past side stories, the episode is done in a cool hand-drawn 2D art style. King works as a bouncer in order to pay the medical bills for her little brother, Jan. The owner orders her to kill Ryo who is on his way to save his little sister, Yuri, who has been kidnapped.

December 16th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Adds Iron Tager, Makoto, V-13 & Es

Arc System Works released the fifth character introduction trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Unlike the past two trailers, which revealed one fighter from Persona 4 Arena, one from Under Night In-Birth, and one from BlazBlue... trailer #5 confirms the return of four BlazBlue characters. I guess Arc System Works wants to remind players that BlazBlue is in the title of this game? Nonetheless, Iron Tager, Makoto Nanaya, V-13, and Es have been confirmed as playable.

December 15th, 2017
SFV: Arcade Edition Crossover Costumes, Extra Battle, Costume Viewer & New Challenges Details

Capcom is keeping the renewed excitement for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition rolling by showing off new screenshots of the new "Crossover Costumes," which turn some of SFV's fighters into other Capcom legends, including: Captain Commando, June Milliam and Vewtiful Joe. Capcom also provided new details on Extra Battle Mode, Shadaloo Soldier Challengers, an in-game Costume Viewer, and more.

December 14th, 2017
Tekken 7 PS4 Version 1.10 Improves Input Lag by 2 Frames

Bandai Namco and Team Harada should give themselves a pat on the back. The developers of TEKKEN 7 successfully worked around the Unreal Engine 4's added lag and improved input latency by roughly 2 frames. According to several input lag tests, the PS4 version's input lag has been decreased to 5.5 frames, down from 7.1. After playing about 20 matches online & offline after update 1.10, I can also personally confirm a major improvement to performance and online mode. Congrats and a big thanks to Harada & Company!

December 14th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Beerus, Hit & Goku Black

The latest V-Jump magazine has confirmed 3 new playable characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Beerus, Hit & Goku Black. All three fighters are from the Dragon Ball Super series and will bring their iconic abilities to the upcoming 2D fighter. The V-Jump scans note that there are still more character reveals to come. V-Jump also mentions that players will be able to perform certain actions before a battle, which will initiate a "Dramatic Enactment" - which is described as special scenes before or after the fight. [UPDATE] Official trailer added!

December 12th, 2017
Famitsu Reveals New Details on Soul Calibur 6

This week's Famitsu magazine contains interviews with Soul Calibur 6 producer and developers, Motohiro Okubo, Yoshiyuki Takahashi & Michinori Ozawa. Fans are hungry for more details, and we've got the latest bullet points regarding Soul Calibur 6 development, gameplay details, and what to expect out of this highly-anticipated sequel.

December 12th, 2017
Tekken 7 PS4 Input Lag Fix is Coming December 14th

Good news PS4 TEKKEN 7 community... Great news, actually. Bandai Namco producer Motohiro Okubo confirmed they will be rolling out an update on Dec. 14th to reduce input lag specifically in the PS4 version of TEKKEN 7. If you're a casual player, you probably don't notice much input lag, but Bandai Namco has addressed the requests of hardcore players to further remedy input delay. This may or may not be the patch Harada mentioned at TWT 2017, as they are still closely working with Epic to reduce lag on Unreal Engine 4.  (Source: Motohiro Okubo)

December 10th, 2017
SFV: Arcade Edition Season 3 Characters Announced, Sakura Reveal Trailer, Cinematic Opening

At Capcom Cup 2017, Capcom made some huge announcements for the future of Street Fighter V. Sakura, Blanka, Cody and Sagat are all confirmed for Season 3 as returning characters. They will be joined by two newcomers: Falke and "G". There are two new SFV trailers to check out: Sakura's reveal trailer and the cinematic opening for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Sakura will be available when SFV: Arcade Edition launches on January 16th, 2018.

December 10th, 2018
Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection Announced for PS4, XB1, Switch & PC! 12 Games + Online Mode, etc.

Tonight, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono announced Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection! Coming to PS4, XB1, Switch & PC in May 2018, this $39.99 compilation package includes 12 arcade perfect titles from Street Fighter history (arguably the best Street Fighter games ever), complete with Online Mode (for 4 games), Museum, Interactive Timeline, Character Bios & Save States. This is obviously a must have title for any fighting game enthusiast in 2018. Check out the announce trailer!

December 9th, 2017
Soul Calibur 6 PlayStation Experience 10 Minutes Gameplay Preview / Producer Interview

It's only been 2 days since the surprise announcement of Soul Calibur 6... and thankfully, we don't have to wait any longer to see some raw gameplay footage! Playstation uploaded a 10-minute gameplay preview from PSX '17 featuring an interview with producer, Motohiro Okubo. In the video, Okubo talks about SC6 development, the new "Reversal Edge" mechanic, comparisons with TEKKEN 7, and much more.

December 8th, 2017
Soul Calibur 6 HD Screens & First Details, TFG Preview is Live

Nothing quite brings the hype like the revival of an iconic, era-defining franchise that hasn't been in the limelight for a while... 2018 will mark the rebirth of Soul Calibur. We now have the first details about Soul Calibur 6, which more or less a "reboot" for the series. Set somewhere between the events of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur, the returning veterans will appear in an "epic" new storyline as their younger selves. We've got the first gameplay details, HD screenshots, and character art live on TFG's preview profile and in today's updated article!

December 7th, 2017
Soul Calibur 6 Announced, Coming to PS4, Xbox One & PC in 2018

Bandai Namco made the surprise announcement of Soul Calibur 6 tonight during the Video Game Awards 2017. The announcement trailer confirms the return of Mitsurugi & Sophitia, and teases a new combatant at the very end. It's worth mentioning that Mitrurugi looks considerably "young" in the trailer... bearing a resemblance to his Soul Edge incarnation. Could SC6's timeline be set as a prequel? Soul Calibur 6 is coming to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2018!

December 7th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episodes 18 & 19

Let's catch up with the latest episodes of The King of Fighters: Destiny. Early this morning, SNK posted Episode 19: Labyrinth, in which the Fatal Fury Team infiltrate a cruise ship that has turned into a labyrinth, and are attacked by Mai and her teammates. In Episode 18: Escape, Athena and her teammates battle Kim Team who have turned violent. Athena tries to expose the secret of the Black Crystal with her Psychic Power.

December 6th, 2017
Injustice 2 Full-Length Gameplay Trailer for The Atom

We previously saw some teaser gameplay of the Atom in Injustice 2, but today, NetherRealm and Warner Bros. released Atom's full-length gameplay trailer. Armed with his quantum bio-belt and a prodigal knowledge of physics, players can utilize all of scientist Ryan Choi’s subatomic powers to deliver justice against Superman's regime. Atom certainly has some interesting abilities, as he is able to become very small and very big onscreen. The Atom becomes available as DLC on December 12th for players who purchased early access passes.

December 6th, 2017
Fighting Ex Layer Blaire Dame Teaser Trailer

Any fan of Street Fighter EX will immediately remember the name: Blair Dame. Like past character teasers, Arika released an 8-second teaser trailer that appears to confirm Blair Dame for their upcoming title with the heading "She will surely come back". Blair's outfit design and attire looks a bit different from what you may remember, but her hair-style, choker, and long boots are recognizable. Remember, next week starting on December 11th, the Fighting EX Layer online beta begins on Playstation 4 (PS+ required).

December 6th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Adult Gohan & Kid Buu Trailers

Adult Gohan and Kid Buu star in the latest character trailers for Dragon Ball FighterZ. More of a teaser than anything else, each gameplay trailer is under 40 seconds long and shows a few trademark attacks from each fighter. Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release in North America and Europe on January 26th, 2018.

December 4th, 2017
MVC: Infinite Venom & Winter Solider Gameplay Breakdowns

Tomorrow, Capcom will release Venom, Winter Soldier and Black Widow as DLC characters for Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite. Maximillian Dood got early access to the new MVCI characters and put together some early gameplay footage (with his commentary) to give fans a preview of the new characters in action. So far, Max uploaded gameplay breakdowns for Venom and Winter Solider.

November 30th, 2017
12 New Premium Costumes Coming to MVC: Infinite on Dec. 5th

On December 5th, Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite will be getting a big update. Not only will Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier join the roster, but 12 new Premium Costumes will become available . There are 2 new costumes packs available on Dec. 5th: The Cosmic Crusaders pack and the Stone Seekers pack. Capcom Unity posted screenshots and write-ups for each new costume, along with a trailer. These costumes will run $3.99 each or $11.99 per pack. All 12 costumes are included in the $29.99 Premium Costume pass.  (Source: Capcom Unity)

November 30th, 2017
Injustice 2 December Update Patch Notes, The Atom Available Dec. 12th

NetherRealm Studios just released their December patch for Injustice 2. Warner Bros. Games posted the full patch notes for update 1.13, which includes general gameplay fixes, character changes, new legendary Multiverse portals, and an updated reward system for the AI Battle Simulator. Additionally, the first new character in Injustice 2's Fighter Pack #3, The Atom, will become available December 12th for players with early access passes.  (Source: WB Games)

November 29th, 2017
Tekken 7 Version 1.09 Rolls Out November 30th, Adds Geese Howard & Online Player Match Rematch Option

TEKKEN 7's first DLC guest character, Geese Howard, will be available with update 1.09 when it goes live on November 30th. The 3.5GB patch also includes a player-requested updates such as a Rematch option for online Player Match (for sessions when max participants is set to 2) and a "New Challenger" sound when finding an online opponent. The patch notes also mention "improved optimization of matchmaking conditions" and various bug fixes. Additionally, Bandai Namco released a launch trailer for Geese!

November 23rd, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 17

Happy Thanksgiving! Today, SNK posted the 17th weekly episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny, free to watch on Youtube. In Episode 17: BLACK CRYSTAL, a party is held on a cruise ship and the fighters gather to relax before the final round. However, the organizer (Rugal Bernstein) has set a trap for them. Meanwhile, Kyo and his friends sneak out of the tournament venue and bear witness to the power of the black crystal.

November 23rd, 2017
Puzzle Fighter on iOS/Android Now Available Globally

Inspired by the 1996 cult classic, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Capcom Vancouver has officially released the reimagined Puzzle Fighter on iOS and Android devices. Featuring 3D graphics, a sushi shop run by E. Honda, a playable roster that includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Dan, M. Bison, Nash, Blanka, Haggar, Megaman X, Dante, Morrigan, Frank West & others, and familiarly addicting gem-breaking gameplay, Puzzle Fighter might be worthy of some of your downtime this holiday season. You can now download Puzzle Fighter for free on iOS or Android.

November 22nd, 2017
"Street Fighter II X Transformers" Collaboration Poseable Action Figures Preview

Takara Tomy just announced a very interesting collaboration - a "Street Fighter II X Transformers" action figures line. These poseable figures are based on well-known Transformers characters, but colored and designed to look like Capcom's iconic Street Fighter II world warriors (and yes, they're transformable). The figures will come in 2 different packs: "Ryu (Convoy) VS M. Bison (Megatron)" and "Chun-Li (Arcee) VS Ken (Hot Rod)".

November 21st, 2017
MVC: Infinite Winter Solider, Venom & Black Widow Trailer

This morning, Capcom released the gameplay reveal trailer for Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite's next 3 DLC characters: Winter Soldier, Venom, and Black Widow. Just under 3 minutes long, the trailer provides a good look at each fighter, showing some of their combos, specials, supers, and Infinity Gem abilities. All 3 characters will become available on December 5th, 2017.

November 21st, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ First Screenshots & Gameplay Trailer of Gootenks, Kid Buu & Adult Gohan

Arc System Works revealed the latest Dragon Ball FighterZ screenshots featuring Adult Gohan, Kid Buu, and Gootenks. Included in the new screens are images of the Arcade Mode menu and an offline battle lobby. Also check out a quick gameplay trailer for Gootenks and some official character artwork. Dragon Ball FighterZ launches in North America on January 26th, 2018 for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

November 21st, 2017
New Street Fighter V Holiday & Nostalgia Costumes Available November 29th

Say what you will about DLC costume add-ons, but Street Fighter V has seen some excellent alternate and classic outfits over the past couple of years. On November 29th, Capcom is adding some new retro / nostalgic costumes for Birdie, Balrog, Karin, and Chun-Li. Additionally, new Holiday costumes for Menat, Kolin, Alex, and Cammy will become available. The new costumes will retail on PSN and Steam for $3.99 each.

November 20th, 2017
The King of Fighters XIV Adding New Saudi Arabian DLC Character & Stage Designed by Fan

Back in September, Manga Productions held a social media contest in the Middle East for fans to design a character and stage to appear in The King of Fighters XIV. After receiving over 300 entries, SNK confirmed that this new female Saudi Arabian character will appear in KOF XIV as downloadable content, along with a new "Masmak Fort" stage. KOF14 producer Yasuyuki Oda, character designer Eisuke Ogura, and art director Nobuyuki Kuroki, all participated in the selection process.

November 19th, 2017
SFV: Arcade Edition New V-Triggers Teaser Trailer

This afternoon, Capcom released a new Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition trailer showing the first footage of some of the brand new V-Triggers. Once again, all returning characters will receive a second V-Trigger, which can add new moves, abilities, and combo enders for the respective fighter. On January 16th, 2018, all Street Fighter V players will receive the free Arcade Edition update.

November 17th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Adds Yukiko, Azrael, and Gordeau

Arc System Works released a new trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle today, confirming another 3 playable characters in the game: Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 Arena, Azrael from Blazblue, and Gordeau from Under Night In-Birth. The BBCTP character introduction trailer #4 briefly shows some footage of each character in action.

November 17th, 2017
MVC: Infinite Getting Balance Patch December 5th

Capcom announced that a major balance update for Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite is set for December 5th. They also detailed the contents of the patch, from general bug fixes to specific character changes. On that note, many characters and Infinity Stones are getting game-changing updates in this patch. You can head over to Capcom Unity for the full patch notes.  (Source: Capcom)

November 16th, 2017
Kid Buu, Adult Gohan & Gotenks Confirmed Playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ

The latest issue of V-Jump confirmed 3 more playable characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Kidd Buu, Adult Gohan, and Gotenks. Each of these characters played an important role in the final story arc for Dragon Ball Z. Along with a scan featuring the first images, V-Jump published some gameplay details for the newcomers as well. Kid Buu will have his "Planet Burst" as his level 3 supermove and has his stretchy arm grapple. Ultimate Gohan will have his Ultimate Kamehameha and can unlock his Mystic form when enough super meter is stocked.

November 16th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episodes 15 & 16

It's time once again to catch up with SNK's The King of Fighters: Destiny 3D animated series. Last week, Episode 15 featured a side story for Angelina, Terry Bogard's love interest in the series. Angelina's story goes back 10 years prior to the events of KOF: Destiny, where she met her knight in shining armor (Terry) in a dark alley of South Town. Today, SNK uploaded Episode 16: FINAL ROUND, with Terry Bogard facing off against Geese Howard for their "final battle".

November 15th, 2017
Fighting EX Layer PS4 Beta Begins December 11th, New Trailer & Screens

Today, Arika Nishitani / NIN from Arika dropped some big news regarding the spiritual successor to the Street Fighter EX series and Fighting Layer. Arika's "mysterious fighting game" finally has an official name: Fighting EX Layer. Arika talked with Playstation.blog about the upcoming title, and confirmed that the Playstation 4 beta test will begin on December 11th, 2017. The beta will feature 6 playable characters: Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider, and Shirase. Arika also released a new trailer for Shirase and new HD screenshots!

November 14th, 2017
Tekken 7 Geese Howard TWT 2017 Gameplay Footage Roundup

With TEKKEN 7's Geese Howard being playable for the first time at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals 2017 last weekend, a variety of early gameplay clips have been uploaded to Youtube. Enjoy this roundup of the best Geese Howard gameplay videos thus far. Among the Geese videos are a movelist run-through, early customization options for Geese, and plenty of raw match footage as well. Once again, producer Harada stated that Geese Howard will arrive "soon". According to Gamespot, Geese will join the roster this December.

November 13th, 2017
Tekken 7 Noctis & Hammerhead Stage Screenshots, Geese Howard & Input Lag Reduction Coming Soon

Today, Bandai Namco released 10 TEKKEN 7 screenshots showing Final Fantasy XV's Noctis fighting on the new Hammerhead stage, along with Noctis's official TEKKEN 7 character render. As we reported yesterday, Katsuhiro Harada mentioned at the Tekken World Tour Finals 2017 that Geese Howard will be released "soon". Additionally, Namco plans to release an update which will reduce input lag in the console versions by the end of the year. An instant rematch option for online Player Match will also be added soon.

November 12th, 2017
Final Fantasy XV's Noctis is Tekken 7's Next DLC Guest Character

Tonight at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals 2017 in San Francisco, Bandai Namco dropped a reveal trailer for the next guest character for TEKKEN 7. The main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV, Noctis Lucis Caelum, will be crossing his swords with the likes of Akuma, Geese Howard, and TEKKEN 7's roster in Spring 2018.

November 10th, 2017
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Enchantress Join The Atom in Injustice 2's Fighter Pack #3

After the conclusion of the Injustice 2 ELEAGUE finals, NetherRealm Studios dropped the reveal trailer for Injustice 2's Fighter Pack #3 DLC. The cinematic trailer begins by confirming DC's Enchantress, joining the previously announced Atom. The third character announcement was quite the shell shock... as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will indeed be duking it out with DC's best. It appears the turtles will function as a single character, but gameplay details have yet to be revealed.

November 3rd, 2017
Blade Strangers TFG Preview Profile, Character Artwork Gallery & First Details

Blade Strangers is an upcoming 2D fighting game by Studio Saizensen coming to Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. TFG's preview profile for Blade Strangers is now live, featuring a full written preview, full character artwork gallery, screenshots, and a 10-min gameplay video. We'll be keeping you updated on Blade Strangers release date and additional details, so stay tuned on FightersGeneration.com for more!

November 3rd, 2017
Street Fighter V PC Mod Makes Graphics Look Like Pencil Sketches

We don't regularly post "news" about the latest PC mods for fighting games... but some are just too good not to report. A modder known as "Nded" created a graphics mod for Street Fighter V and MVC: Infinite that makes the visuals look like something out of a sketchbook. While not yet perfect (as some special move effects aren't visible), the sketchy graphics filter's sharp lines create a catchy and striking visual aesthetic. It even makes me wonder if a future fighting game could incorporate this unique visual style into the default graphics.

November 2nd, 2017
Terry and Geese Face Off in The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 14

In Thursday tradition, SNK uploaded the latest episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny on Youtube - free to watch, of course. In Episode 14: FATAL FURY, Terry and Angelina try to escape from Geese Tower. However, when they arrive on the top floor, Terry's sworn enemy, Geese, stands in their way. In order to take revenge for his father and save Angelina, Terry's Fatal Fury begins...

November 2nd, 2017
Street Fighter V Limited Edition Red Bull Cans Now Available, Unlock In-game Costumes

From now until April 30th 2018, a set of Limited Edition Street Fighter V Red Bull Energy Drink cans will be available at retailers stores worldwide. Featuring SFV character artwork on the front, the cans contain a PS4 code for exclusive costumes and colors for several characters. After redeeming a code, you'll be given a choice of what item you’d like to download (so you don’t have to worry about getting duplicates). You can redeem up to 16 codes per PSN account. For additional info and a preview of some of the costumes, visit Capcom Unity.

November 1st, 2017
New Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer Previews Story Mode Scenes, Gameplay Mechanics and Modes

Arc System Works and Bandai Namco are starting off November 2017 with a bang, by releasing a brand new full-length Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer. The 4-minute Japanese trailer teases some brand new scenes from story mode, outlines a few system mechanics with fresh gameplay footage, and shows off the colorful online battle lobbies. [UPDATE] The English version of the trailer (with subtitles) has been added to the article.

October 31st, 2017
Hellboy Joins Injustice 2 November 14th, Gameplay Reveal Trailer

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. released the gameplay reveal trailer for the final character in Injustice 2's Fighter Pack #2, Hellboy. He will become available on November 14th for players who bought Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #2. Hellboy will be available for purchase for everyone else on November 21st.

October 30th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Nappa & Ginyu Gameplay Trailers

Arc System Works and Bandai Namco released 2 short gameplay trailers featuring the latest playable characters to be revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Nappa and Captain Ginyu. The new gameplay trailers are only 40 seconds long, but show the first in-game footage of the quirky new combatants. Both fighters will utilize their own respective assist characters, making them interesting additions to the roster.

October 26th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episodes 11, 12 & 13

It's time once again to catch up with The King of Fighters: Destiny 3D animated series. SNK uploaded Episodes 12 and 13 on Youtube early this morning. Episode 13: "TRAP" features Kyo and his teammates squaring off against the American Sports Team, who show signs of the Orochi power. Meanwhile, Episode 12: "SHADOW OF EVIL" hosts some other classic match-ups in the ring. Last but not least, a young Rock Howard makes his debut in Episode 11: READY GO!

October 25th, 2017
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Pre-orders Come with Nostalgia & 30th Anniversary DLC Costume Packs

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will launch as a standalone title on January 16th, 2018 for $39.99. Capcom announced that by pre-ordering Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, players will automatically gain access to the Nostalgia costumes pack (featuring 5 classic costumes) and the 30th Anniversary costume pack (featuring 4 costumes). These great costumes may actually "sweeten the deal" for any fans looking to try out Street Fighter V's "fresh start" in 2018.

October 24th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Access with Pre-order, FighterZ Pass Not included in Collector's Edition

Bandai Namco confirmed that players who pre-order either a physical or digital copy of Dragon Ball FighterZ will gain access to the next open beta. (No details or release date for the next beta yet.) Secondly, it's been confirmed that recently announced FighterZ Pass containing 8 DLC characters will NOT be included in the $139.99 CollectorZ Edition of the game. Once again, the FighterZ Pack will set you back $34.99 alone... so even the most excited fans might want to mind their funds before springing for the Collector's Edition.  (Sources: Gamespot, Bandai Namco)

October 24th, 2017
New Tekken 7 X New Japan Pro Wrestling Collaboration Costume & Rage Art Revealed for Lars

A brand new TEKKEN X New Japan Pro Wrestling collaboration costume has just been revealed. Lars will be getting a new costume in TEKKEN 7 based on NJPW superstar, Hiroshi Tanahashi. Just like King's Kazuchika Okada attire, Lars will get a new Rage Art animation with this outfit equipped. Tanahashi's theme song (Love & Energy) will also play during the match. So far, this costume has only been confirmed for the arcade version... but remain optimistic, as all previous NJPW content has come to consoles (and for free).

October 23rd, 2017
Capcom Street Fighter Character Popularity Poll

Capcom just opened up a character popularity poll on their CFN Portal site. There's no telling what they plan to do with the results from this poll, but with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (and Season 3) on the horizon, your vote could help determine the future of SFV's roster (or alternate costumes, perhaps). The poll contains pretty much every Street Fighter character in existence, even those from SFEX and the obscure Street Fighter 2010. You can vote for your favorite Street Fighter character HERE.   (Source: CFN Portal)

October 23rd, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Western Release Date, Character Pass with 8 DLC Fighters Announced

Like it or not, post-launch DLC character packs - via season passes, are becoming a standard in the fighting game genre. Today, Arc System Works announced the "FighterZ Pass" which will include 8 additional DLC fighters for $34.99. Each of these characters will come with their own lobby avatar, stamp, and alternate colors. Aksys also announced the Western release date for DBFZ - January 26th, 2018. A special bundle was also announced which contains the FighterZ Pass, pre-order bonuses SSB Goku & Vegeta, a music pack & commentator voice pack.

October 22nd, 2017
Details on BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle System Mechanics

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will feature some familiar gameplay elements to past anime fighters, but also some unique mechanics that differ from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, and Under Night In-Birth. We now know a bit more about the basic controls and the "Cross System" of BBCTB thanks to some official images by Arc System Works. You can also read some more about the gameplay on TFG's preview profile for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

October 20th, 2017
TFG's Full Review of Tekken 7 is Live!

TFG Webmaster here. I'm happy (and relieved) to announce that my full review of TEKKEN 7 is finally live. Thanks for your patience. I wanted to get this one done a bit sooner, but hurricanes and other work / projects took priority. As always, I think a fighting game should be played for several months before slapping a final score on it. That said... please enjoy my elaborate 40+ paragraph review of TEKKEN 7. I believe I covered everything. Time to get going on my MVC: Infinite review!

October 20th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Adds Noel Vermillion, Chie Satonaka & Waldstein in New Trailer

Arc System Works released a new BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle trailer this morning. The new trailer confirms 3 more characters for the game: Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue, Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 Arena, and Waldstein from Under Night In-Birth. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is coming to Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam in 2018.

October 18th, 2017
Ginyu and Nappa Confirmed for Dragon Ball FighterZ

V-Jump magazine just confirmed 2 more playable characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Captain Ginyu and Nappa. In gameplay, Nappa will have Saibamen and powerful energy blasts in his arsenal. Ginyu will have his iconic "Body Switch" ability intact, switching lifebars and bodies with his opponent! Ginyu can also utilize Ginyu Force members as assist attacks. Also, some sources are claiming the Japanese release date for DBFZ is February 1st, 2018... but this hasn't been 100% confirmed by Arc System Works or Bandai Namco.

October 18th, 2017
Cloud Strife was Almost a Guest Character in the PS2 Version of Soul Calibur II

Lest we forget, Namco pretty much invented the "fighting game guest character craze" with the console versions of Soul Calibur 2. Localization producer for Soul Calibur 2, Nao Higo, was recently featured in GiantBomb's "8-4 Play" podcast. During the podcast, Higo revealed that Final Fantasy VII protagonist Cloud Strife was originally planned as a guest character for the PS2 version of SC2, but the plans fell through - and Heihachi Mishima took his place in the stage of history.

October 17th, 2017
18 Premium Costumes Coming to MvC: Infinite Today

18 premium costumes will become available in Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite later today. Capcom announced the MVC: Infinite Premium Costume Pass, which will contain 30 costumes for $29.99 (18 of which releasing are today). Individual costumes will retail for $3.99, and several costume packs containing 6 costumes each will cost $11.99. Head over to Capcom Unity for images of the new MVCI costumes and costume packs. Black Panther, Sigma, and Monster Hunter also join MVCI today as DLC characters.   (Source: Capcom)

October 15th, 2017
Zeku Joins Street Fighter V October 24th, Reveal Trailer & Alternate Costumes

As previous rumors and speculations suggested... Guy's former master, Zeku, will make his fighting game debut as Street Fighter V's final DLC character in Season 2. Capcom released Zeku's reveal trailer early this morning at South East Asia Major 2017. Zeku uses a variety of speedy ninja tricks and raw martial arts techniques, and has the ability to "transform" into his younger self during gameplay. His transformation move has him curiously looking a bit like Strider Hiryu.

October 15th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Announced for PS4, Switch & PC, New Trailer Reveals Rachel, Hazama & Weiss Schnee

Arc System Works dropped a new trailer for Blazblue Cross Tag Battle at RTX London 2017. The trailer confirms BlazBlue's Rachel Alucard and Hazama, along with RWBY's Weiss Schnee as playable characters. The trailer also officially confirms the platforms Blazblue Cross Tag Battle will appear on, those being Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

October 14th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 10

SNK has uploaded the tenth episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny on Youtube. Episode 10 is a side story featuring Benimaru Nikaido. Like the Geese Howard side story before it, this episode primarily uses 2D artwork to tell the story. "No one could stand a chance against Benimaru until he met Kyo. Benimaru begs Kyo for a re-match before mysterious men in black suddenly surround Kyo. The men confront and attack Kyo in front of Benimaru. How will Benimaru react to this unexpected brawl!?"

October 14th, 2017
Mortal Kombat 25th Anniversary Video

The official Mortal Kombat Youtube channel recently uploaded a video to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic fighting franchise. Developers Ed Boon, Dan Forden, Tony Coskie, Steve Beran, Carlos Pesina, and John Vogel appear in the video and reminisce about the rise of Mortal Kombat's popularity and the undeniable effect that it had on pop culture.

October 11th, 2017
Tekken 7 Console Sales Surpass 2 Million Copies

Replying to a fan on Twitter, TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed TEKKEN 7 has surpassed two million copies sold on console. Considering the current demographic of gaming as a whole, and the fact that arcades no longer exist in most places, a fighting game selling 2 million copies in 3 months is quite an achievement. For comparison's sake, Street Fighter V has moved only 1.7 million units since February 2016. Bandai Namco noted that TEKKEN 7 is on track to reach their target of 2.1m by the end of 2017.

October 5th, 2017
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Coming January 16th, Features Arcade Mode, Extra Battle & More

Capcom announced Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, a free update to their flagship 2D fighter containing new content, including: Arcade Mode, Extra Battle, Bonus Stages, New UI, Gallery, and a second V-Trigger for every fighter. Capcom kept their promise that you'll "only need 1 disc to enjoy all future SFV content," as Arcade Edition will arrive as a free in-game update for all current players on January 16th, 2018. SFV: Arcade Edition will also be available as a standalone new title for $39.99. Visit Capcom Unity for screenshots, details, and more.  (Source: Capcom Unity)

October 4th, 2017
Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite Black Panther and Sigma Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Today, Capcom uploaded a new gameplay trailer showing DLC characters Black Panther and Sigma in gameplay. Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter join MVCI on October 17th along with each of their premium costumes. Players who picked up the 2017 Character Pass will automatically receive Black Panther, Sigma, Monster Hunter, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom when they become available. Individually, each DLC fighter will be priced at $7.99 and comes with a premium costume.

October 4th, 2017
Leaked Gameplay Video of Ruby Rose in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle

Arc System Works is expected to show a new demo of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle at this weekend's New York Comic-Con 2017 (October 5th-8th). On Twitter, @graymartigan of RoosterTeeth appears to have gotten his hands on the new demo early and posted a short gameplay video. The new gameplay footage shows Ruby Rose in action for the first time.

October 4th, 2017
The Atom Revealed for Injustice 2 in Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros and NetherRealm Studios released a new teaser trailer for the next DLC character coming to Injustice 2, The Atom. If you're not familiar with the character, here's a short bio of The Atom: "Physics prodigy Ryan Choi took on the mantle of the Atom when his mentor - and original Atom - Ray Palmer mysteriously disappeared. Now armed with quantum shrinking technology, Ryan will use the subatomic power of the quantum bio-belt to seek out his lost friend and further the fight for justice."

October 3rd, 2017
Thunder God Raiden Joins Injustice 2 Today

Weeks before Injustice 2 launched, a character silhouette of Mortal Kombat's Raiden was teased in an image advertising future DLC character packs. So it didn't come as much of a surprise when Raiden was officially announced a few weeks ago... but the day has come for the iconic thunder god (in his weirdly superhero-esk getup) to join Injustice 2's roster. Players who own the special editions or Fighter Packs #2 can use him now. Raiden becomes available for purchase October 8th for $5.99 and comes with a Black Lightning Premium Skin. Check out Raiden's gameplay trailer.

September 28th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 9 is Live

For the ninth week in a row, SNK has released a new episode of their 3D animated series, The King of Fighters: Destiny. In "Episode 9 - Secret", Terry sneaks out from the KOF announcement event and successfully infiltrates Geese Tower. He witnesses a dreadful experiment in the basement of the tower. Meanwhile Geese discovers the truth behind Terry's past and gives an "order" to Angelina.
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