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New Street Fighter 5 stage revealed, 'The Forgotten Waterfall'

A brand new stage has been revealed in Street Fighter 5.

According to the Capcom UK Twitter account, this backdrop is called the Forgotten Waterfall and is said to take inspiration from New Zealand.

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What do you think of the new stage? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Capcom UK. Sent in by Roxnroll and rosariocutuli.

Does Charlie's art hint at Illuminati's return in Street Fighter 5?

Since the return of Charlie, many players been speculating exactly how the stitched-together warrior came back to life. The most common hypothesis has been that Street Fighter 3's Illuminati had something to do with it.

That explanation just gained a little bit of a traction. When going through the various wallpapers for each character in a thread about possible background stages in Street Fighter 5, Reddit user Joffocakes noticed that the statue in the background of Charlie's art is extremely similar to the ones in Gill's stage from Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact.

Does this mean we can expect the Illuminati's return in Street Fighter 5? Take a look at the two images, then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Source: The Street Fighter Subreddit.

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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Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

While we covered Street Fighter 5 extensively in our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, I also wanted to get their thoughts on how the pro tour was playing out, including the rule change where 5th place finishers at premiere events wouldn't be awarded a spot in the Capcom Cup, if the 1st through 4th placers had already won automatic bids.

"The intention of premiere events is that you have to be a champion, or get a very notable placement. If you placed 5th, it won’t be an automatic spot," Capcom's Matt Dahlgren told us.

"We felt that was a good place to draw the line, because we would have to do some sort of playoff between the two 5th place finishers, which isn't the most exciting way of handling that situation," he added.

"I think a better approach is opening up a new spot for someone who was more consistent throughout the entirety of the tour."

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

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

Our next article from our interview with Capcom at E3 2015 focuses on the upcoming Street Fighter 5 beta test, and what the partnership with Sony will mean for the fighting game community.

I asked Capcom's Matt Dahlgren how the development process is going with Street Fighter 5 so far.

"Graphically, we feel like we have the right style, so that's pretty much there," said Dahlgren. "We're also very comfortable with the status of the game engine, and the variable system, and it has been showing very well here at E3.

"The next big challenge for us is going to be online play," added Dahlgren.

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'How were we supposed to defend our turf if we weren't even playing the same game as internationals?' - 801 Strider on American Street Fighter

Gustavo "801 Strider" Romero has been turning heads in recent months with his impressive Abel play.

Things seemed to start with his 2-0 defeat of EG|Momochi at NorCal Regionals in April. Strider followed up by scoring an impressive second place finish, beating the likes of MCZ|Daigo Umehara, EG|PR Balrog, MCZ|Mago, YOMI|Dieminion and more in the process, at CEO just last month.

Strider was kind enough to take some time out of his day to do an interview with us, discussing his training regimen, his view of the community and why he feels he's been able to make things work so well with a character that most others can't.

Raptor: First off, congratulations on your recent strong performances. You've been a relevant name for some time now, but now you're hitting top 8 in incredibly stacked tournaments, what's changed?

Strider: Thanks! As for what's changed, I feel that I've just been getting better as a player with each passing tournament. I make it a mission to study my losses and figure out any weakness in my play to then improve it. That, plus I'm very comfortable in a tournament setting now.

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Street Fighter 5 beta will feature all six characters from E3 build, three stages, and no PS3 fightstick functionality

Combofiend over at Capcom Unity has posted an in-depth blog post this morning detailing the upcoming Street Fighter 5 beta, which begins on July 23rd at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT / July 24th at 3 a.m. CEST, 10 a.m. JST.

First up, the characters; all six characters from the E3 build of the game will be playable during the beta test. Ryu, Chun-Li, M. Bison, and Nash will be available right out of the gate, and both Cammy and Birdie will become available on Saturday July 25th. Capcom is delaying these two characters in order to test out their content delivery system.

When players get past the start screen, they will immediately be sent to character select. Once a character is chosen, said player will enter a training room until an opponent is found, and then will return to the character select screen to choose a fighter for the match.

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After the match is over, the player will be sent back to the training stage until another bout begins. Unfortunately, there will be no local versus during Street Fighter 5's beta test as this is mainly a test for online.

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EVO 2015 bests previous registration records yet again; see the full numbers for each game here

It's EVO season once again, and competitors from across the globe are preparing for their bouts on the grandest stage of them all.

We have the registration numbers for all nine of the main games featured at this year's event, and it looks to be the biggest EVO to date with no less than four different titles receiving more than 1,000 entrants.

EVO 2015 takes place in just under three weeks in Las Vegas, July 17-19, 2015. Hit the jump below to see the numbers for each game.

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Street Fighter 5's beta has 'a number of different characters' to play, Ono says online will have much for casual fans to enjoy

Over at E3 2015, PlayStation Access caught up with Street Fighter Yoshinori Ono to pick his brain and get the lowdown on Capcom's upcoming fighter -- Street Fighter 5. During their chat, Ono-san touched upon the game's online, character reveals, and much more.

Although Capcom is opening up a SF5 beta to those who pre-order the game near the end of this month, there is still much we don't know about it. While early access demos usually grant players control of one or two characters, it seems like the Street Fighter 5 beta won't follow suit.

"We're going to have a number of different characters for people to play and to enjoy," Ono said by way of a translator.

Ono went on to discuss the appeal this game will have to fans across the board. While hardcore players will be enthralled by the deep game mechanics and the Capcom Pro Tour, casual fans will find much waiting for them in the game's online mode. "With the online system, we're preparing a lot of very cool things that online players are going to be able to really enjoy. It's going to keep them glued to their consoles."

There's much more to this interview, so be sure to check out what Ono had to say after the jump.

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A big Tekken 7 announcement will drop very soon, says the official Tekken Project team

The Tekken team was suspiciously quiet at this year's E3, and we haven't heard much from them since the reveal of Kazumi Mishima last month. But it's looking like that's all about to chance.

A teaser was sent out by the official Tekken Project Twitter account late last night that talked of a "very important announcement" set to be made on July 7th. According to the tweet, this announcement will be made in celebration of Tekken's 20th anniversary.

The tweet featured a Tekken 7 hashtag and a promotional image of Kazuya and Heihachi from the latest installment , meaning the announcement will definitely be T7 related.

You can check out the official tweet along with a translation below.

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Cammy's evolution since her inception - check out how the Killer Bee has changed from Street Fighter 2 to Street Fighter 5

The official Street Fighter Twitter account has released another Street Fighter 5 trading card this time for Cammy.

Much like Birdie's card from yesterday, we get to see how the character has evolved since her first appearance. This card gives a comparative look at Cammy in Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 4, and Street Fighter 5.

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We'll be sure to update our story once her Vine card goes live.

Which iteration of Cammy is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Street Fighter on Twitter.

Daigo defeated by Strider's Abel, Smug's huge comeback on Momochi, Sonic Fox's Pyromancer Tanya: CEO 2015 day 2 highlights

CEO 2015 is well underway. Today marks day 2 of the event, and the action so far has been bigger and badder than ever.

We've seen a ton of top-level talent going toe-to-toe, and the hype cannot be contained if you tried. There have been upsets, comebacks, and enough salt to make Kramer thirsty.

So, tonight we bring to you some of the best plays we caught on stream. In this story, you'll witness MCZ|Daigo taking a loss to 801 Strider, PIE|Smug facing off against the Capcom Cup 2014 champion, and much more.

Tanya too stronk

We kick off our highlights with easily one of the best Mortal Kombat X players on the scene today. CR|Sonic Fox ran into Hitbox|Tyrant during pools today, and instead of going with his already trademark Erron Black, the young champion opted to use Tanya, MKX's latest DLC fighter. While most Tanya players are using her Dragon Naginata variation, Fox showed off what her Pyromancer style is all about. He dominated his match against Tyrant by constantly evading the Jax player and throwing well-placed fireballs everywhere he could.

The excellent Tanya play continued in the match between Ricky Walker NS and YOMI|Kush. In the second round of the first game, Ricky scored a flawless victory over Kush's Sonya. The most impressive thing here, is that Walker managed to teleport three times in a row, evading everyone one of Kush's counter attack attempts. Kush, however, went on to win the set.

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Tanya loses invincibility on teleports, Jacqui gets increased damage on Bionic Blast: Mortal Kombat X v1.06 patch notes

A brand new Mortal Kombat X patch has arrived.

Currently live on PlayStation 4, this update adds compatibility for the new Predator costumes, adds a number of bug fixes, makes online match making improvements, and more.

Additionally, a number of character tweaks have been made. Among the changes, Tanya has since lost the invulnerability frames on her teleports, which has been a popular topic of discussion since she was first released.

The patch is live on PS4 and will be hitting Xbox One soon.

Hit the jump to check out the character balance changes in the v1.06 patch.

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Visual effects upgrades, default colors 11 and 12 unlocked, and more: Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.04 patch now live on PlayStation 4

Another update has been made to the PlayStation 4 version of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Today, players are being prompted to download a 484MB patch bringing the game up to v.1.04. This patch makes improvements to the VFX, unlocks the default colors 11 and 12, addresses a number of audio issues, and more.

You can check out the full list of patch notes below.

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If images aren't your thing, you can check out a list of the patch notes after the jump.

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