Daigo unsure if Street Fighter 5 will still be played next year; says he's not ready for EVO, focusing more on Capcom Cup

Legendary fighting game player and Twitch's new Global Ambassador, Daigo Umehara, took to his weekly Street Fighter 5 stream last night to express some of his concerns about the game and share some of his upcoming plans.

Though the stream was entirely in Japanese, as it often is, The BeasTV producer and Umehara's translator, Jiyuna, provided Twitter followers with an English recap of what was said.

According to the tweets, Daigo's main focus right now is winning Capcom Cup 2016 in December, which is surprising with the year's largest fighting game tournament, EVO, right around the corner.

Daigo feels that EVO is coming up too soon and that he's not quite ready for it.

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Ryu engages in a fierce battle with Evil Ryu, Shadaloo slowly conquers the world in sigmaG19's fan-made Street Fighter 5 story mode

Last time, we saw Ryu transform into Evil Ryu during a fight with Rashid in sigmaG19's fan-made story mode.

This time, things heat up as Ryu continues the inner battle against the Satsui no Hado. As the story continues to unfold, we learn that Shadaloo slowly conquers Earth and it's up to the world warriors to stop them.

Much like we've seen previously, the editing and scene structure here is outstanding. Short, but sweet, today's clip is definitely worth a watch.

You can get a quick glimpse in the GIF below.

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Previously unseen character Mian sheds her mask in latest King of Fighters 14 trailer - also gives more screentime to Sylvie and Kukri

The latest trailer for King of Fighters 14 is for Team Official Invitation, which contains previously shown newcomers Sylvie and Kukri alongside Mian who we haven't seen prior to this.

The images here should give you a nice taste of what the trailer has to offer.

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Check out the trailer itself below.

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Street Fighter 5 online matchmaking speed and quality to be increased in next week's update

As we all know, Street Fighter 5 is set to receive an update next week which will contain the free Story Mode update, Ibuki as a character and a bunch of other goodies.

Another thing to be included in this update, it was revealed today, are improvements to the game's online matchmaking. A post on Capcom-Unity from Haunts detailed what exactly this will entail.

Check out the full notes below.

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Hakan owns the world's biggest oil company, Gill is the very embodiment of 'unknown' - These burly men fill the latest Street Fighter 5 profiles

Two of the latest ones added to the CFN site of Street Fighter 5 character profiles are Street Fighter 4's glistening wrestler Hakan and the head of the Illuminati, as well as the last boss of the Street Fighter 3 series, Gill.

Get a quick glimpse of Hakan here.

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Continue below for Hakan's profile as well as Gill's image and profile.

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What Makoto might have looked like - Check out these Street Fighter 3 concept art pieces for the series' iconic karate girl

If you're like the majority of the Street Fighter fanbase and happen to enjoy Makoto of Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike fame, then you're in luck today.

A recent post over at the CFN Portal details some of the process that went into designing Makoto, showing a bunch of old sketches and images of what they envisioned her as when the game development was going on.

Check out all the various versions of Makoto below.

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'The game is really balanced' - Capcom doesn't foresee any Street Fighter 5 characters needing specific adjustments or tweaks

One of the main goals for Street Fighter 5's development team was and is to create a roster of characters that are all viable, and to do so without having to tweak them after initial release.

If you've played through the life of virtually any fighting game, you know that character adjustment is a staple of the genre. Sometimes initial designs are just too powerful, and this leads to more frustrated complaining than competitive excitement. (The code to play as Old Sagat in Super Turbo is ↑ ↓ ↓ ↑ jab/fierce.)

Even the more modern Street Fighter 4 saw five different iterations, each of which had a handful of nerfs and buffs to most every one of the game's characters.

The goal is not to make every fighter exactly the same, but rather to make every fighter a viable contender. We're hoping to avoid having the same three characters win every tournament, and really, SF5 hasn't disappointed in this avenue.

We asked Peter "Combofiend" Rosas at E3 if there were any specific moves or characters he as a Capcom representative is looking at tweaking, and the short of his answer was:

"No, not in particular... the game is really balanced."

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Did you know Bryan Cranston voiced Fei Long? Street Fighter fans will love this nostalgic trip through the franchise's history

We're always talking about the here and now of our favorite fighting games, but it's sometimes nice to take a trip to the historical section to revisit some of the rich history of games like Street Fighter.

It started as a, excuse me for saying it, pretty bad game from the late eighties, but would become an entire franchise that branched out into media beyond just video games.

YouTube game reviewer SomecallmeJohnny has devoted a full video to look back over the years of Street Fighter, and covers some nostalgic and surprising tidbits.

I personally was not aware that Bryan Crantson, best known for his role as Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad, actually voiced Fei Long in the animated Street Fighter movie.

Johnny's review is both informative and very entertaining, and even those who have been around since the beginning will most certainly enjoy it. Take a few minutes to journey through this blast from the Street Fighter past.

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Has Xian's Street Fighter career taken a masochistic turn? Dreamhack interview with the top player reveals some interesting perspectives

With achievements like winning EVO 2013 under his belt, RZR|Xian is one of the most impressive Street Fighter players of all time. While we don't doubt his abilities for a minute, we do question his apparently masochistic approach to Street Fighter 5.

Xian plays F.A.N.G, a character even he himself has admitted has some big faults. In a recent interview with Capcom's Matt Edwards, Xian essentially explained that F.A.N.G heavily relies on gimmicks to get by.

He admits that F.A.N.G would be a much better character if YouTube didn't exist, simply because people can easily do research to understand and counter the character's one-off strategies.

Despite the fact that he's essentially identified F.A.N.G as a character with an expiration date, as well as a character who isn't easy to win with even in the game's early state, he has identified himself as a character loyalist.

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Balrog, Juri or Urien... Let us know which Street Fighter 5 DLC character you're most excited to play in our latest poll

Of the six DLC characters, Balrog, Juri and Urien are still sitting on the bench, and we'd like to know which of these fan favorites you're most looking forward to at this point.

Balrog has been around since Street Fighter 2, and though he's not the most elegant or intelligent, his raw charisma and interesting play style have made him an enduring staple of the franchise.

Juri is only a baby when it comes to the Street Fighter family, as she first appeared only a few years ago in Super Street Fighter 4. Her unique design paired with her sinister and sexual aura instantly made her a fan favorite.

Finally, "The Treacherous Disciple," Urien is on his way. This Street Fighter 3 character is tyrannical and primal, (evidenced by his only fighting in a loincloth) and is probably most referred to for his trademark Aegis Reflector technique.

We've put together a poll so you can tell the community who you're looking forward getting your hands on the most. Hit the jump to cast your vote.

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Someone managed to record off stream Dreamhack tournament footage of Momochi, Tokido, Mago, Ryan Hart and Haitani

Dreamhack Summer 2016 was packed with exciting bouts, but not all of them made it to the big stage for the world to watch.

Players like Tokido and FA|Ryan Hart, somehow, ended up playing off stream. Normally any match that doesn't hit the Twitch archives gets lost forever, but luckily for us Jakub Dudkowski recorded the action.

Dudkowski nabbed footage of four off stream matches involving top tier talent, and so now you can see MJS|Haitani, Mago, EG|Momochi and more duke it out in his videos.

Below you'll see a snippet of Ryan Hart vs. Tokido, where Hart makes a great comeback after a seeming eternity of stalemate wiggles. As a heads up, the footage was taken from an older camera, but it does the job.

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Unbelievable fireball pressure, amazing whiff punishes, perfects, and much more: This Street Fighter 5 Chun-Li highlight reel has it all

The ℝnK ℂlan recently put together a Street Fighter 5 highlight reel for one of their team players, Lucius. This compilation focuses solely on Chun-Li, and there are some truly outstanding moments to behold.

In this reel, you'll see powerful fireball pressure strings, big-damage combos, perfects, long-range whiff punishes into Critical Art, and much more.

For a glimpse of what you can expect here, check out the sequence in the GIF below.

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If you're a Chun-Li player, or are thinking about picking up the character, you won't want to miss this one. You can watch the highlight reel after the jump.

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Ibuki's battle costume revealed; June update brings all premium costumes and new stages, drops next week

Capcom released a blog this morning that gives us a glimpse at the new costumes and alternate stages that are set to come included in the June update.

Though the story mode costumes have been playable in-game for some time now, players will be able to get their hands on the premium battle costumes for each character on the roster once the update drops.

Not only that, but fans can also look forward to picking up the alternate stages: Shadaloo Air Base and Forgotten Waterfall at night, and Kanzuki Estate during the day.

Everything will be available through the PlayStation Store and Steam next week. You can check out screenshots of the new content below, and after the jump you will find a price breakdown for everything.

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'Upcoming Street Fighter 5 characters have attacks and such... but they're not complete yet' - Combofiend talks progress on the game's new fighters

We know that Juri, Balrog and Urien are on the way to the Street Fighter 5 roster, but we recently found out that these upcoming fighters will be playable in the story mode that's set to come out this month.

In our interview with Capcom at E3, Combofiend let us in on the details of how the development process for these additional characters is going.

We did see a playable version of Balrog last week, but haven't yet caught a single glimpse of Urien or Juri. Given that we're supposed to get the new story mode by the end of June, we asked Fiend just how fleshed out these new fighters are at this point.

"They have attacks and such, but in terms of their final move sets and how they work and all that, they're not complete yet," he revealed.

We don't expect to see final versions of these three fighters just yet, and the prospect of getting to see them at all is exciting for the time being. Combofiend then went on to detail the balancing process for DLC fighters in SF5.

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A fast 100% combo where the opponent can barely see what you're doing; General RAAM can end things quickly using Instinct Mode

Many times when you find a massive damage combo, it's not viable. We're not going to go all the way and say you'll see this combo on the regular, but hear us out.

The newest Killer Instinct fighter, General Raam, has the ability to control swarming, bat-like creatures called Kryll. When he activates his Instinct Mode the screen gets dark, Kryll surround him and he becomes fairly difficult to see.

A big part of Killer Instinct is the mind game that comes with combo breaking. When you can't see what moves your opponent is doing, that can be a big problem. Our own Dreamking found a 21-hit Instinct combo with Raam that does 100% damage.

Viable? Scary? See for yourself and let us know what you think.

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