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No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

Rounding out our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, we asked if there were any plans for additional Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance patches.

"At this moment in time, there isn't any," Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas told us.

"The possibility may exist after Capcom Cup, but right now we're fine with the balance," he continued.

Capcom added that this is the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4 that has ever existed.

"It's really hard to tweak a game that the community has told us is the most balanced," Rosas said.

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Do Ingrid and Bison share a trait that hints at the storyline of Street Fighter 5? BornFree hits the Udon Street Fighter Encyclopedia for answers

BornFree has grabbed hold of our attention in recent months having come out with some interesting speculations regarding the character roster in the upcoming Street Fighter 5. Whether these theories hold any truth remains to be seen, but the YouTuber is back with yet another speculation today.

This time around he's not predicting any future cast members, but rather putting Udon's Street Fighter Encyclopedia under the microscope to see if it has any information about SF5.

Long time Street Fighter fans were rather shocked at Birdie's new appearance in SF5 as the "headbut happy glutton," with emphasis on the glutton part. Birdie's profound physical change has been a popular subject for discussion in many circles.

Udon's Street Fighter Encyclopedia, which was published back in February, and no doubt written well before it hit shelves, notes one of Birdie's special abilities as "gluttony." This leads us to believe that perhaps the creators at Udon were privy to some foreknowledge about SF5.

If so, Born's observations about Ingrid and Bison may hold some truth as well. You can see just what we're talking about in the video after the jump.

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'They have the ambition of making sure that the PlayStation 4 is the home of fighting games' - Combofiend on Capcom's growing relationship with Sony

On Thursday's PlayStation Blogcast, Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas sat down and briefly discussed Capcom's recently strengthened union with Sony stating, "The relationship with Sony is fantastic, and it’s so much more than a co-marketing deal. They really share the same vision for where we would like to take the fighting game space over time...”

Listening to Combofiend, it seems as though Sony's goal here may be to envelope the fighting game genre. While there are other notable titles out there that don't have PlayStation exclusivity, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, claiming SF5 is a major step toward becoming the face of fighters.

Rosas continues, “Sony have been great partners, they have the ambition of making sure that the PlayStation 4 is the home of fighting games, and we’re there to support them, and it’s a wonderful collaboration between both our companies.”

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TOPANGA Charity Cup 5 results ft. Daigo, Momochi, NEMO, Mago, Bonchan, Kazunoko, Tokido and many more

With over 1,100 people in the tournament itself, the fifth TOPANAGA Charity Cup was held today in Japan. Notable players including MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Mago, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, Poongko, FA|Ryan Hart, EG|Justin Wong, Kazunoko, BT|NEMO, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and quite a few others participated in the 5v5 team event.

This time around, players weren't fighting for Pro Tour points or even a prize pool. All entry fees and contributions were donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The tournament played out on Niconico Live, so it was not as readily available to viewers accustomed to using Twitch.

You can hit the jump below to see the tournament results.

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July 7th release roundup - Yatagarasu, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, and Battle Fantasia Revised Edition all coming on July 7th

July 7th is looking to be a big day for certain fighting game lovers, with the long awaited Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm finally arriving on Steam. Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a complete collection of all the game has had to offer as a finalized edition, is also hitting the PS4 and Vita on that day.

Although Ark System Works had been teasing a Steam game of some kind, they recently revealed that said game would be a remade edition of Battle Fantasia, also hitting the Steam store on July 7th.

Hit the jump for details on all three of these titles, and what they offer.

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Limited edition Mortal Kombat X themed Xbox One available at San Diego Comic-Con

For anyone going to San Diego Comic Con, Ed Boon announced on Twitter yesterday morning that fans of Mortal Kombat should stop by the Xbox lounge.

At the Xbox lounge, a giveaway will be held for a limited edition Xbox One, featuring art of the Predator on the top and front of the case. It's an awesome looking console, and any fans should be sure to check it out. Here's the tweet in question, with a high quality picture of the console case itself.

Source: Ed Boon's Twitter page

FC Return live stream ft. ZeRo, Armada, Leffen, Hungrybox, Westballz, Zhu, MacD, Nintendude and more

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

This weekend, the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament FC Return is taking place in South Bend, Indiana.

Among others, you can expect to see ZeRo, Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, Liquid|Hungrybox, Tempo|Westballz, Zhu, MacD and Nintendude compete at this event.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Fully realize the Monado's power with Smash and Grab's latest Smash Bros. for Wii U character breakdown

Adding to the list of high quality explanatory videos that Smash and Grab produces, their latest video goes over a largely under-utilized character in Smash Bros. 4, Shulk.

The star of Xenoblade Chronicles has many tools and complicated mechanics at his disposal, and this breakdown video does a superb job of highlighting all of the things this character has to offer, how to go about using these tools, and what every Shulk player should keep in mind. It's a useful video for anyone who's either experienced with him already, or looking to learn more.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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r/Kappa Salty Suite footage from CEO 2015 - Watch EX Pugera, Alex Myers, Sabin, FourWude, and more show off their skills

The r/Kappa Salty Suite matches from CEO 2015 has finally been uploaded to Youtube, giving us even more fantastic gameplay footage to indulge in from the event.

This Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage contains heavy hitters such as Alex Myers, EX Pugera, TS|Sabin, FourWude, and more trading blows in some really entertaining exhibition matches.

Hit the jump to check out some of the footage.

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Capcom handling PC version of Street Fighter 5, parity with PS4 is crucial - Dahlgren shares thoughts on EventHubs community

Capcom handling PC version of Street Fighter 5, parity with PS4 is crucial - Dahlgren shares thoughts on EventHubs community

One of the questions that often surfaced from our readers is who would be handling the PC version of Street Fighter 5. As it turns out, Capcom is handling it themselves, as one of the things they're stressing is parity between the two platforms.

"The PC version of SF5 is being developed internally," said Capcom's Matt Dahlgren.

"We have to have parity between the PC and PlayStation 4 version, for cross platform play to work, so they will be coming out simultaneously and developed by the same dev team," he said.

Fans also wondered if they were plans for an arcade release of SF5, but Capcom's answer was a succinct "No."

I asked about the mature rating Street Fighter 5 received in a few places, but Capcom said it's going to be a teen rating when it is released, although the game hadn't been rated by the ESRB, yet.

"We're not going to have Street Fighter as a mature franchise, it's meant to be all encompassing and inviting to players of all types, so the mature rating was just an error," noted Dahlgren.

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Tremor spotted in MKX? - Images show Tremor's bio page, new klassic and MK3/4 costumes

Though we've just been getting over seeing Predator coming to life in the world of Mortal Kombat X, it seems that the next character is already on the horizon.

Tremor, first seen in the not so great Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, has been known to make his first playable debut in Mortal Kombat X for some time now. However, new imagery has surfaced that appears to show his bio in-game, as well as multiple new costumes, including various outfits from MK3.

Hit the jump to check them out.

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r/Kappa is no more!? The popular and controversial subreddit has been involuntarily set to private, FGCDrMike and other mods removed

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

Update: Maikky, the creator of r/Kappa, has reached out to us. Concerning the situation, he stated, "Honestly, I have no idea [what's going on]. Mike just contacted me and told me [crap] was going down." He continued, "Got back, turned on Reddit, and boop, it was gone. At this moment [in] time, me and Mike . . . have no idea what's going on."

Earlier: No matter what your opinion is on r/Kappa, the Reddit-based branch of the fighting community has continued to grow its presence, sponsoring and sending players to more and more tournaments internationally.

Rumors began earlier this summer that r/Kappa was under investigation for removal by mods due to a recent plan by Reddit to omit communities that could be seen as aggressive or be involved in harassment.

After the dust cleared from the initial removals and r/Kappa remained standing, some members thought the subreddit had survived the new and more politically correct initiative set by controversial CEO Ellen Pao.

Continue reading below for the original Tweet as well as comments from FGCDrMike.

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New Predator gameplay trailer released, reveals some absolutely brutal footage and an interesting character interaction

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

Can't wait for the upcoming Kombat Kast on July 6th to watch some Predator gameplay? A new Mortal Kombat X trailer was released today, presumably in Russia because it contains Russian subtitles (and the video comes from Russian gaming channel Nonetheless, it shows off some fantastic gameplay footage and an X-ray attack.

Additionally, a very interesting interaction occurs between Shinnock and the extraterrestrial hunter. Hopefully, once the character releases to Kombat Pack owners on July 7th and July 14th to everyone else.

Watch Predator do what it does in the video below.

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Bill Trinen, interpreter for Shigeru Miyamoto and Senior Product Marketing Manager for Nintendo of America, will be competing at EVO in Smash 4

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

A clever Redditor, Jer-Bear92, noticed a familiar name pop up in pool D46 for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The name registered was TH|Trintroll.

That name suggests Bill Trinen, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Nintendo of America. Despite his job title, most gamers would recognize him as Shigeru Miyamoto's interpreter. The TH most likely stands for Nintendo Treehouse.

While this might have been interpreted as simple trolling, Trinen actually confirmed it to be true on Twitter this morning! Apparently, the Nintendo employee plays Rosalina.

Check out his confirmation below.

Sources: Smash Bros. Subreddit and Bill Trinen's Twitter.

Artwork gives a Saturday morning cartoon twist to Mortal Kombat X's roster

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

Xamoel at DeviantArt has drawn the Mortal Kombat X's roster in a style reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons. This isn't the first time the artist has done so with a Mortal Kombat roster, as he's also given the interpretation to the original one from 1992, but it is certainly his most ambitious looking to date.

According to Xamoel, the picture took him five months to complete. The image is so crowded with MK goodness that it doesn't look there's any room left on the page for future DLC.

Check out the cartoon take on Mortal Kombat X's roster below.

Martal Kombat X cartoon image #1
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Source: Xamoel's DeviantArt.

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