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General news roundup: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax release date, Capcom XBL sale, Under Night In-Birth, Tekken, Arcana Hearts 3

It's been a while since we've done one of these news roundup posts. About time, huh?

In an effort to bring you the latest news on fighting games whose names do not start with "Street" and end with "Fighter Four", we've decided to finally do another general news roundup after such a long time.

Games covered in today's roundup news bulletin: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, Arcana Heart 3 Max Love, Tekken Revolution, and even some Capcom fighters.

Harada is thinking of including an Arab fighter in Tekken 7, seeks feedback on character design blueprints

Tekken 7 producer and director Katsuhiro Harada has shared with fans on Facebook today one of the character design blueprints that the development is currently considering using for a new character -- an Arab fighter -- in the game.

Do note that at this point, the Tekken 7 development has not yet decided if the Arab fighter shown here will indeed be included in the game's roster. That will depend on the community's feedback.

Check out the character's design blueprint below, along with a note written by Harada himself.


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Wednesday Night Fights to play Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PC, Yatagarasu added to The Runback line-up - season 3 and 4 details

Alex Valle over at Level|Up has posted new information on the upcoming seasons of Wednesday Night Fights and The Runback. With the grand re-opening of Super Arcade taking place later this month, both events will return to the arcade for their third and fourth season.

Wednesday Night Fights is undergoing an interesting change for season 3 and 4 -- Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be played on PC instead of Xbox 360. The hardware used will be provided by Alienware, and Level|Up hopes to expand the fighting game community by "competing on a platform that’s accessible and predominately used in championship gaming events world wide."

It was also announced that Wednesday Night Fights has officially been added as a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event. The top 16 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players in season 3 will earn CPT points based on their overall performance.

Additionally, the overall Ultra Street Fighter 4 grand champion of Wednesday Night Fights season 3 will qualify for the Canada Cup Master Series taking place this November. The champ will win flight and lodging accommodations for the event and will compete against RZR|Xian, QANBA|Xiao Hai, and more for $20,000 CDN.

Kuma's fart can KO in 1 hit? Incredulous comebacks, timer scams, shenanigans and gimmicks in Tekken Tag Tournament 2

With so many characters, moves and possibilities, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is an incredibly rich game with plenty of depth -- and also shenanigans.

For instance, if you're not careful, you could be making all the right reads and be winning in most of the round, only to lose the entire round in a single hit to Kuma's fart attack, as seen in the first 23 seconds or so in this TTT2 highlights compilation video.

And that's just the beginning. Other cool and funny moments featured in this video include amazing combos, tricky mix-ups that involve conditioning your opponent through move spamming, and even some incredulous timer scam tactics -- like lying down prone on the ground once you have the health lead to minimize damage.

And you thought playing lame was a legitimate tactic only in Street Fighter!

Harada: 'We're trying to make Tekken 7 easy to approach, a lot of fans skipped over TTT2 because it was too difficult to learn 2 characters'

After Bandai Namco Games's panel at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Famitsu.com caught up with Tekken 7 producer and director Katsuhiro Harada in hopes of gleaming more details about the sequel.

While Harada did not provide any concrete details, he did share quite a bit of the team's thinking behind the development of the new Tekken.

"With the previous installment, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, there were a lot more players skipping over the title because it was difficult to learn to use two characters, than we had imagined," Harada said.

"So in contrast to that, since Tekken 7 is a sequel in the mainline series, the expectation here is for us to take the series back to its roots, back to the sort of Tekken that everyone is probably most familiar with. That's the vibe that we're getting from our fans."

To that end, Harada said that the Tekken's series complex wake-up mechanic is currently under review, to potentially get simplified in the new game, but only in a way that core players would also be happy with it.

He also said that more details on the game will be revealed right around the Tokyo Game Show timeframe in mid-September -- that's when Harada is slated to provide fans with the next update on the sequel.

Check out our translation of the interview below.

Updated: Tekken 7 San Diego Comic-Con panel live stream archive

Update 2 [1.37PM]:Team Spooky's stream of the recorded panel has gone live.

Earlier: Bandai Namco Games's fighting game panel at San Diego Comic-Con is about to start. The stream is about to go live.

Tekken 7 producer and game director Katsuhiro Harada said at EVO 2014 to expect to hear more details about the next sequel, said to be "the final battle", in Bandai Namco Games's long-running series.

Join us as we find out what's in store for fighting game fans in this next installment.

Updated: Full-length cinematic trailer added, Lars confirmed for Tekken 7 - more details from Comic-Con

With the Tekken panel currently taking place at San Diego Comic-Con, Polygon has reported some of the first details about the upcoming Bandai Namco title.

According to series producer Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken 7 will have a "very detailed background story," and will conclude the Mishima clan saga.

Additionally, this installment will answer old Tekken mysteries such as why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson, why Hiehachi threw Kazuya off of a cliff, who Devil Jin is and others.

Not only that, but Maximilian is also in attendance and has reported that Lars will be in the game. You can find the tweets below.

Tekken 7's PC release possibly leaked by Amazon

Today an image has been floating around of Amazon.co.uk showing Tekken 7 listed for PC release. While the image itself looks fairly legitimate and has been reported on by a number of news sources, it should be noted that when we were unable to locate the product on Europe's Amazon. Also, the image leaves out the exact web address, instead displaying only a lowercase "tekken 7" in the search bar.

Nonetheless, here's the original image making its rounds around Twitter to help you decide whether it's another major hint or simply a grab for attention.


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Image source: Chris Thomason via Aris's Twitter.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears: EVO 2014 grand finals sets for all games now available

IGN has uploaded each and every one of the grand finals sets from EVO 2014.

Included in our story are the final bouts for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, and Killer Instinct. IGN has the remainder of the grand finals sets over on their site, including side tournaments, so be sure to check them out.

In case you happened to miss them, you can find the EVO 2014 results and battle logs here on EventHubs.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears from this year's EVO!

EVO 2014 results feat. Daigo, Xian, Infiltration, Tokido, Justin Wong, PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, ChrisG, Fuudo, Flocker, Mango & more

Updated with final EVO 2014 results: This story has been updated with results, battle logs and other details from this tournament.

The whole year has led up to this moment, and it's finally time to prove who's the best at EVO 2014. The tournament begins at 8AM PDT, and features an incredible amount of players from all across the world battling it out in 8 official tournament games, with side-tournaments also being played at the venue.

The gargantuan tournament's main features are Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us and King of Fighters 13.

This may be the highest level of fighting game competition that the world will see for an entire year, so have your snacks and drinks ready, and buckle up for some amazing action in all of these titles.

For more information regarding who's attending this massive event, read our official preview here. Also make sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Tekken 7 officially announced, trailer may show Kazuya's mom and Devil Jin

At EVO 2014, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada, officially said Tekken 7 is in development, confirming the leak that happened earlier in the day.

Harada showed a short teaser trailer for the game and that more information would be coming July 25, 2014, at San Diego Comic-Con.

The trailer opens with with a view of Heihachi's residence (subsequently Jin's in Tekken 5), the Mishima estate, and shows a woman named Kazumi, who's heavily implied to be Kazuya's mother/Heihachi's lover.

What's even more curious about Harada's announcement is that Tekken 7 was not originally going to be the game he was planning to reveal today.

The Tekken series producer and game director suggested that the original plan was to reveal one of the other unannounced titles he had been working on, but that since the news about Tekken 7 had been leaked, he had to change it to this one.

Harada also said that he did not have a trailer prepared for Tekken 7, and had to run back to his hotel to prepare something from the footage he had this very morning, when he woke up to news of the leak.

You can view the trailer for yourself below.

Tekken 7 info leaked ahead of Harada's EVO Sunday announcement; will be powered by Unreal Engine 4

Tekken 7 is coming, a leaked IGN news video has unveiled ahead of Tekken Project development team lead Katsuhiro Harada's announcement later today at EVO 2014.

Check out the video below.

Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada making an announcement right before EVO 2014 USF4 Finals; Yoshinori Ono will be present

Yesterday on the SrkEVO2 stream, it was mentioned that Tekken Project development team leader Katsuhiro Harada would be making an announcement on EVO Sunday.

The impending announcement was confirmed later in the day, when Harada himself tweeted an image of the updated EVO Sunday schedule, along with a message reminding members of the Tekken community (specifically Tekken) to take note.


EVO 2014 preview: Notable players, streams, brackets, schedule and more - July 11-13 in Las Vegas

It's that time of the year again, when we shut ourselves in for three straight days to simply enjoy the largest fighting game competition in the world, and EventHubs has you covered this year, as always, with full coverage of the event.

The site will be updated live with the latest results, battle logs and happenings throughout the entire event as they occur, so as to make sure that our loyal readers don't miss a single moment of the action this weekend.

Read on in the full story for a rundown of notable players at the events, what streams to watch, as well as the event schedule.

Full EVO 2014 weekend stream schedule now available - Team Spooky, Capcom Fighters, and IPlayWinner providing coverage

Evolution 2014, the Super Bowl of fighting games, is set to punch and kick its way into Las Vegas this weekend. If you aren't able to attend in person this year, then chances are you'll be staying in and catching all of the action via live stream.

Luckily, the full weekend stream schedule is now available for all to see.

Throughout the weekend, both Team Spooky and IPlayWinner will be running the show on the srkevo1 and srkevo2 streams. Not only that, but Capcom Fighters will also be streaming Ultra Street Fighter 4 pools from their channel.

Check out the full EVO 2014 stream schedule below and start planning your weekend as a stream monster early!


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