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Fighting games are experiencing a rebirth; will 2016 see start of a new golden age?

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, we'll have seen brand new titles for most of the FGC's most recognized franchises. We saw the newest chapters from Mortal Kombat and Super Smash Bros. last year, and look forward to releases from Street Fighter, Tekken and King of Fighters this year.

While this many new releases is surely impressive, and the list above isn't even exhaustive, a collection of new titles doesn't necessarily imply a new golden age for a genre. Why then does a recent article from Wired propose the possibility of such a time?

With more money, prizes and exposure than ever before, the FGC is undeniably growing to brand new heights at a very encouraging rate, but Matt Kamen of Wired feels the genre's strongest propeller is the way developers are minimizing divisional walls.

"The biggest indicator that 2016 will be the year of the fighting game though is in the growning communal approach to the genre. This can already be seen in the collaboration between creators," he writes.

Hit the jump for the specifics on these collaborations, and to hear other reasons why fighting games look to be reborn in 2016.

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Asuka, Akuma & Lili strut their stuff in these high resolution Tekken 7 screen shots

Bandai Namco put up a ton of high resolution screen shots of Tekken 7, featuring Asuka, Akuma, Lili, Xiaoyu, King, Feng, Dragunov, Bryan and some of the stages.

While we've posted some of these images before, this is a much higher quality look at how the game is shaping up, as the models and textures have recently been improved.

There are quite a few screen shots to look through here, you can find everything below.

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Virtual reality in Tekken 7 probably isn't what you're thinking it is

When we first heard that Tekken 7 would support virtual reality to some extent, it was pretty easy to envision Machine Gun Kicking our friends in the first person with a VR helmet on.

[Un]Fortunately, this is not how things are going to pan out for the latest Bandai Namco fighter. Let's be honest, if it were, Eric Jakobus would destroy all of us.

WIRED caught up with Tekken 7's senior game designer, Michael Murray, to get a better understanding of how the game would utilize virtual reality.

"I think people think we're going to incorporate VR into the main game itself, when we don't currently see a way that that would enhance Tekken to a new level better than what it would be right now," Murray remarks.

If not for first person fighting, then what? Murray does give us a hint or two, which you can read after the jump.

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CVS2, Rival Schools, Third Strike, MVC2 and a LOT more; this epic, blast from the past combo video features 60 different fighting games

Scrolling through our more recent posts, you may notice we're on something of a Street Fighter 5 binge. While we're absolutely loving playing, discussing and delving into the new game, a little variety is always nice.

We use the term "little" very loosely, as the video we have here for you features no less than 60 different fighting games, (yes SF5 is in there as well,) from over the years.

The nostalgia you'll get from seeing a few of these titles is reason enough to give this combo collection a watch. Take a look at this Chun-Li sequence from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom... which does over 25 billion damage:


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Hit the jump for the full video.

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Daigo and Mago duke it out in Tekken 7? Nobi and Yuu face off in Street Fighter 4? Ono and Harada are up to their usual antics

The respective heads of Street Fighter and Tekken are both business competitors and closest of friends. Yoshinori Ono and Katsuhiro Harada have a very... interesting dynamic whenever they appear together.

During a recent event, Ono and Harada decided it would be fun to bring in two of the top competitors from each of their respective franchises to face off. The catch: the Tekken players play Street Fighter, and the Street Fighter players play Tekken.

MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Mago, ORZ|Nobi and Yuu sit down to try their hands in games they aren't too familiar with, and the resulting matches are quite entertaining.

Great players may be great because of their fundamental understanding of fighting games, but these top level fighters reveal they are definitely tenderfoot status when it comes to each other's main titles.

See how it all plays out by clicking the jump and watching the video.

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Tekken 7 shows off some of its sexy side in new update that adds costumes for playable cast

Tekken 7 shows some of its sexy side in new update that adds costumes for playable cast

Tekken 7 was recently updated to 'Ver. L' in arcades, and it brought with it a bunch of new costumes, which primarily show off a bit of the sexy side of the female and male cast, but a few themed ones are thrown in as well.

The patch also brings improved online matchmaking, but the costumes seem to be at the heart of the update, which should be available now if the machine you're playing on is synced with TEKKEN-NET. You can find all of the images below.

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Shadowloo Showdown tournament series discontinues after six-year run

Early this morning, the Shadowlogic Facebook page made an announcement pertaining to Shadowloo Showdown. The Australia-based, ongoing tournament series is being discontinued.

This event first came to fruition in 2010, and is now coming to an end after a six-year run.

The Shadowlogic team cites "reasons unfortunately out of our control" for the closure, and also mentions that the tournament became increasingly more difficult to sustain each year.

Back in February, EG|Momochi took first place at Shadowloo Showdown 6 after coming off of his huge Capcom Cup 2014 win that December. In years past, we've also seen champions such as AvM|GamerBee, MCZ|Tokido, and more walk home with the Shadowloo Showdown gold.

You can find the official statement from the Shadowlogic team further explaining the matter after the jump.

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How do Akuma's movements in Tekken 7 compare to those in Street Fighter 4? This comparison video highlights minor, but potentially crucial differences

First of all, Akuma looks absolutely beautiful in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. The game's visuals are off the charts, as expected since it's made for the latest generation console.

YouTuber Toitoi123 has spliced together a handful of Akuma's animations from Street Fighter 4 and Tekken 7 so we can compare how the demonic fighter moves in each game.

Though he has many of his traditional moves, the Tekken 7 Akuma does look like he's been formatted to exist in the Tekken universe.

His jump arc doesn't appear to be as high, his roundhouse doesn't appear to move him forward as much and his fireballs make a huge explosion upon impact. You'll see a snippet of the comparison below.


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You can view the video after the jump.

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New Tekken 7 Fated Retribution screenshots give closer look at characters, Akuma's stage, and more

A new set of official Tekken 7 Fated Retribution screenshots has been uploaded on to the Tekken Facebook page.

In these stills, we get a closer look at various characters and stages. We also get to see Akuma's temple stage as it transitions from day to night.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the rest.

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NEC 16 results ft. SonicFox, Smug, RayRay, XCaliburBladez

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

While this year's Capcom Pro Tour may be over and done with, that doesn't mean the action has ended - far from it.

This weekend, NEC 16 is taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it'll be featuring loads of different games for your viewing pleasure. Games featured include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, Tempo|NYChrisG, KIG|Problem X, PIE|Smug, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, RayRay, XCaliburBladez, EG|K-Brad, RIG|Kwiggle, BT|Clockw0rk, cR|HoneyBee, YP|FilipinoMan, PAG|Cosmos, vQ|DaBuz, SRM|Hoodless TK, BE|Takumi, TSC|Sanford Kelly, FF|ElvenShadow, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, D-Link|LordKnight, RIG|CrazySteady, Master, TSC|IFC Yipes, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Slayer, Boreal|Ally, Flux, BCW|Brenttiscool, BT|MarlinPie, Madzin, BE|DoraBang, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSB|Mynus, YKWIS|GoldenBoyNeo, Ranmasama, PG|Coach Steve, UA|Tom Brady, F3|Alucard, EMP|DarthArma, CT|The Moon, Hotashi, BOTB|Marq Teddy, IGT Unkn0wn, DJ Nintendo, TS|NerdJosh, PIE|Poem, TheBeautifulDude, CoinUp|Ludovic, BIFU|SpabRog, ANBU|Sonyono, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, FunkyP, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Nica_KO and Smash Studios.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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'Akuma still looks like a Street Fighter character in Tekken 7' - VesperArcade takes a closer look at the latest fighter in Fated Retribution

The fighting game community was shocked today when we learned that one of Street Fighter's poster children, Akuma, is slated to appear in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.

Though he acknowledges the fact that many players are awed at the fact that Akuma has made it into Tekken, but not the latest Street Fighter, his also examines the way Akuma seems to translate into the Tekken universe.

Though it's early, Akuma appears to play much more like a Street Fighter character than a Tekken character. Projectiles are uncommon in Tekken, yet Akuma has both his ground and air fireballs. He also has his Raging Demon, Tatsu and Shoryuken.

Vesper goes into greater detail about Akuma's transition into his latest franchise, and you can see his full video after the jump below.

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Street Fighter's Akuma joins Tekken 7 in 'Fated Retribution'

Updated: We've added HD footage from the official video, along with artwork, screen shots and the new logo into this story.

Earlier: Akuma was revealed for Tekken 7 Fated Retribution today, an update to the arcade release of the game.

It contains enhanced graphics, new costumes, and of course Akuma from Street Fighter. Harada also said more new characters will be announced for the game, too.

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You can find more screen shots and the official HD video below.

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Tekken's Steve Fox comes to life as Eric Jacobus expertly performs his moves on a virtual Balrog

A real guy is performing a virtual guy's real moves on another virtual guy... or something.

Eric Jacobus continues his real life Tekken series with blonde boxer, Steve Fox. Apparently pads and dummies weren't enough, because this time around Jacobus is beating up on a Balrog sprite.

The action star/stuntman has an uncanny knack for mimicking character movements to the tee, as seen in the short excerpt below:


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To be fair, Balrog does eventually hit back. Hit the jump to see the full video.

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Fighting Games: The Next Generation panel live stream with Ono, Harada and Seth Killian

Sony is hosting a fighting game panel talking about the next generation of the genre, kicking off now at 7 p.m. PST.

It will feature the following FGC developers:
• Yoshinori Ono, Producer, Street Fighter V
• Katsuhiro Harada, Director, Tekken 7
• Seth Killian, Developer, Rising Thunder

This should be a very interesting panel, and you can watch the entire live broadcast below.

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Think you know who will win Capcom Cup? Participate in UltraChen's fantasy bracket contest for your chance at some cool prizes

We're just two days away from Capcom Cup 2015, and it feels like that in every other FGC conversation you'll be sure to hear predictions for Capcom Cup matches. UltraDavid and James Chen have partnered with Mad Catz and Maxoplata to create a fantasy bracket contest.

With 32 of the the year's strongest competitors all under one roof, predicting won't be easy, but the ones with the closest predictions will win themselves some nice prizes.

There's a Chun-Li Street Fighter V TE2 Arcade Fight stick for first place, a Tritton Pro+ headset for second place, and a Tritton Kunai headset for third place. The contest is free to enter, and you can see all the details over at UltraChenTV.

You can do some recon on the players in the tournament by checking out UltraChen's individual player break downs on Capcom Fighters. Image source: SRK.


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