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New open beta dates announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ drops on January 26th, but fans will be able to play at home almost two weeks beforehand via an open beta that was announced earlier today.

This beta will run January 14th-15th, but those who pre order DBF will be able to get in on the action a day earlier than everyone else, (Sunday, January 13th) effectively making for a three day play test experience.

More specifically, things will kick off at 12 a.m. PDT on January 14th (same time on the 13th for pre-order players), and close at 12 a.m. PDT on the 16th.

The UK will gain access at 8 a.m. GMT on the 13th and 14th, and will conclude at 8 a.m. GMT on the 16th. The magic number for start/stop time in Australia is 7 p.m. on the same dates, all according to IGN's posted schedule.

At this point we do not know how much of the game will be accessible during this testing period, though our fingers are tightly crossed that we'll be able to access some of the more recently announced characters such as Goku Black, Hit and Kid Buu.

Dragon Ball FighterZ will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One upon release. Thanks to kumonphonics, jimk23, kinoslayer and Owlflame for sending this in.

Mysterious new character on the way to King of Fighters 14, to be playable at EVO Japan

Exciting news for King of Fighters fans as SNKPofficial has announced that a new King of Fighters 14 character will be playable at EVO Japan in late January.

Just a few hours ago, the development company tweeted out the following text along with the image of the Joker card seen in the banner of this story:

"SNK will have a booth at EVO JAPAN in Ikebukuro from January 26th to 27th! A new character for KOF XIV will be available to play for the first time! The event attendance will be for free! Please come and play! #SNK #KOFXIV #KOF14"

We learned a few months back that KOF14 would be getting a new Saudi Arabian female character as well as a Masmak fort stage.

It's possible that this is the character SNK is referencing, but the joker card hint doesn't seem to have a very evident connection with any of the little information we know about the confirmed Saudi fighter.

We do have a possible lead on another KOF figure that has appeared in multiple entries, but is currently nowhere to be found in the latest. Here are the images of the Saudi Arabian character, and we'll delve more into the other lead after the jump.

New Saudi Arabian female character and Masmak fort stage in King of Fighters 14 image #1
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Dead or Alive 5 support is ending; a special heartfelt message from Team Ninja

The mood was pretty good leading up to the finale of the Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale tournament held at NEC 18. We got word of there being an announcement after the finals so fans began to speculate the possibility of Dead or Alive 6...

Once they started playing the video, the mood started to shift. The announcement of a new title in the series was supposed to be a happy one, but this came across as bittersweet.

Unfortunately, it seems that support for Dead or Alive 5 would be ending, along with the developer-sponsored tournaments that came with it.

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NEC 18 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, XCaliburBladez, Dragon, MrKwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The annual Big E event Northeast Championship is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in its latest installment NEC 18.

This is a big event for many games, and will have the finals of this year's Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale, so that's definitely something to look forward to.

Besides Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, games being featured are Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, Windjammers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and a few other games depending on entrants.

Notable players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, UGS|XCaliburBladez, ALG|Dragon, MrKwiggle, PG|MarlinPie, FOX|Theo, SB|JB, PAG|LostSoul, RNG|WhiteBoi, vS|SperoGin, Method|Flux, Circa|JoeyD, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, PG|Coach Steve, FSD|Teru Rock, TSB|Mynus, PG|RayRay, SYN|Rojikku Reigns, ON|Vicio, GXR|Hoodless, NG|Obscure, DC|LazieFreddy, OniJin, PAG|Grover, FSD|Rikuto, NS|Ludovic, UGS|BlackmoonrisingX, ITS|Maknificent and many more.

With 5 games having around or more than 100 entrants, there's going to be a lot of action going on no matter your game of choice, so tune in to the action.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network, Team Spooky, TSB Blaze and Atari FGC.

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The Holiday Bash Smash Invitational results ft. SFAT, Westballz, Shroomed, S2J, PewPewU

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend has a pretty sweet Super Smash Bros. Melee invitational event going on.

The event, The Holiday Bash Smash Invitational, is taking place is Northern California.

Although there will be some side events as well, it's mainly focused on singles action, with 14 players divided up into two Round Robin-based groups.

From these groups, players will later advance into a bracket and fight it out for the glory of 1st place.

The players participating are CLG|SFAT, G2|Westballz, IMT|Shroomed, Tempo|S2J, CLG|PewPewU, Duck, ALG|n0ne, Lucky, MSF|La Luna, KJH, HugS, EGtv|Crush, VGz|lloD and VGBC|Rishi.

Streaming will be done at VGBootCamp.

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Yoshinori Ono: We have no plans on bringing Street Fighter 5 to arcades at the moment

The announcement of Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition was one that generated a lot of hype for the community. Despite the mention of "Arcade Edition" in the title, this is referring to the arcade mode in-game rather than an edition that will be present at the arcades.

4Gamer (a Japanese website) recently had an interview with Yoshinori Ono of Capcom. We've been collecting some interesting tidbits from this interview over the last couple of days.

One of the questions had 4Gamer asking Ono why this edition is called "Arcade Edition."

"Actually, I have a question I really want to ask you today, Mr. Ono," 4Gamer pondered. "How come this new version is called Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? It's not like you're releasing it in arcades, is it?

Ono answered by confirming 4Gamer's theory. "Like you said, we have no plans on bringing it to arcades at the moment."

"We did add an arcade mode, so it kind of naturally went to Arcade Edition," continued Ono. "But, there's more to it than just that."

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'Even though they're the same IP, there's barely any crossover between players from both games' - JTCircus on why both Smash games should be at EVO

There has been some debate if whether or not the Smash Bros. series truly deserves to have two different games in the lineup. JTCircus has decided to tackle this question in the form of a video with a couple of humorous skits thrown in as well.

Currently, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Melee are both played at a professional level. They have both been making appearances at EVO for several years now.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is a title that is over 15 years old at this point. Not only that, but there are games that have come out after both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 that might not make an appearance in EVO 2018.

During the video, JTCircus brings up a few good points that justify Smash having two titles in the lineup when no other series does. He notes that the playerbase for both games are completely different in that there really isn't a lot of crossover between the players that exist in the top 100 player lists of both games.

It's also important to note that Smash 4 and Melee both bring in great numbers. In EVO 2017, Super Smash Bros. 4 had 1,508 entrants while Melee had 1,428 entrants which were the 2nd and 3rd highest number of entrants respectively (only losing to Street Fighter 5).

There's been talk about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite not making the EVO line up this year despite the franchise's routine appearance at the event for a great many years now. JTCircus goes on to say that now is a very important time for the MvCI community to rally together and support their game not unlike last year when they earned an EVO spot for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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Poll: Which Street Fighter 5 Season 3 character are you most excited to play?

Kidding. Yes, we're excited to see Blanka (even if he's caused a lot of grief in the past) as he's one of Street Fighter's most iconic and interesting characters.

The reveal of all of Street Fighter 5 reveals (thus far) happened one week ago at Capcom Cup 2017. Not only did we get an announcement for Sakura, but also Blanka, Cody, G, Falke and the ever requested Sagat.

We'll be getting to try out the charismatic school girl character on the day Arcade Edition drops (January 16th, 2018) as she's the first of the season's DLC crew. It appears as though we'll then get Blanka some time later, then Falke, then Cody, G and Sagat if the announcement image reflects their release order.

In the past, new characters have been released every two months barring any setbacks, which could potentially mean we get a newcomer in January, March, May, July and September of 2018.

We're super excited for everyone and are curious to hear what you all think as well. We made a poll wherein you can vote for the character that you're most looking forward to playing in Season 3.

In previous polls, we've found that the hype for Sagat has trumped all others, but perhaps that's changed a bit now that we've seen glimpses of all six of these combatants in their Street Fighter 5 iterations.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan #3 results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Nightcross, Gen1us

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another one of the Road to EVO Japan events is taking place in Brussels today.

This is a Street Fighter 5 event where many of Europe's more notable players gather to try and get the trip to EVO Japan promised to the victor.

There will also be tournaments played in Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, though it is unclear if there will be any stream time devoted to any of these games.

Players attending include, but are not limited to Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Nightcross, Melty|Gen1us, Fuhajin, Method|NastyNas, Kashama, RagingReiskorn, AngryMojosan, KojackKira, Momi and Zer0q.

The action starts at 1PM CET and will continue until conclusion, so once you tune in, stick around and enjoy it.

Streaming is being done at Brussels Challenge.

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Hiro's fighting game art is both amazing and hilarious

Wow. We've seen the work of Wallace "Hiro" Pires in compilations on this site before, but in looking through his impressive portfolio, we felt the need to showcase this talented artist all on his own.

Pires is an illustrator and indie game designer hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and devotes a good portion of his illustration time focusing specifically on fighting game characters.

We're rounded up a gallery of 16 of our favorite pieces from Pires, though there's plenty more to see on his various media pages.

Most of today's selection features Street Fighter characters, though we do also see the Androids from Dragon Ball FighterZ, Sophitia of Soulcalibur, and a few others from various other fighting games.

If you saw Capcom Cup, you'll have a special appreciation for the manga-style work in image six. It features AW|Nemo and DNG|Itabashi Zangief with a comedic take on their infamous post top eight match handshake.

Do yourself a favor and head over to Pires' tumblr where you can see even more of his top tier artwork and request a commission for a personalized drawing of your own liking.

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Goku Black's scythe attack in Dragon Ball FighterZ is downright brutal; see him, Beerus, Hit and Gotenks in action in this new gameplay video

That's it, I need to start watching Dragon Ball Super. If at any point on the checklist for Dragon Ball FighterZ is a box for raising hype for DBS, the team at Bandai Namco can use one of those big, fat, smelly permanent markers to check it off.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is just over a month from release, and is shaping up to potentially be one of the most well-received fighters of recent times as it continues to wow prospective audiences with reveal after reveal.

New footage of the latest characters in DBF has emerged following yesterday's showcasing at Japan's Jump Festa. Beerus, Hit and Goku Black were only recently revealed, and we're already getting to see them in gameplay action.

Thanks to ShoenGameZ, we're privy to footage of all three of these new fighters from the DBS series, along with Gotenks, duking it out and showing off what they can do.

The nearly five minute video sees Beerus pull off a level three Super command grab as well as utilize some intimidating orbs, Hit smack his opponent around with his 56-hit Super and Gotenks fly about like a rabid, Tazmanian Devil as he spins and spits attacks.

While most all of this footage is exciting, I have to highlight Goku Black's Violent Fierce God Slicer scythe technique, which also happens to be his level 3 Super. Here it is in all its beastly brutality:

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World E-Sports Legendary League results ft. Qudans, Xiao Hai, E.T., Noroma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This wekeend, the World E-Sports Legendary League is taking place in Changsha, China.

This event features some old-school games, namely King of Fighters '97, King of Fighters '94 and Samurai Shodown 2, but the focus is on two modern titles.

Tekken 7, and even moreso King of Fighters 14, have a very heavy focus at this event.

For King of Fighters 14, 8 of the world's top players were invited, expenses paid, to compete against eachother. Unfortunately, one of the invited players, WhiteAshX could not make it and was replaced with Naiwang. The other players participating are DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, E.T., AS|Reynald, M', PandaTV|Dakou, Pako and Luis Cha.

For Tekken 7, the Tekken World Tour champion Qudans attended, as well as several other top players such as COOASGAMES|Noroma and Dee-On.

Streaming is mainly being done on DouyuTV, though King of Fighters 14 is also being restreamed on Romance's Twitch channel.

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Street Fighter 5's 'exhaustible' fight money opportunities will be disappearing after January 16th - let's go down the checklist

It was only just recently that Capcom revealed some interesting details regarding Extra Battle Mode. There will be new ways to generate in-game currency for our Capcom Fighter Network accounts.

There is, however, a downside that was revealed. According to Capcom Unity, "modes that offered one-time finite batches of Fight Money will no longer do so."

The good news is that we still have time to complete these modes before January 16, 2017 rolls around. If you're like me, then that means that you'll probably be scrambling in order to get these modes completed or else these monetary opportunities will simply be lost forever.

So let's go down the checklist on what opportunities will disappear once the Arcade Edition update is live. Note that while these modes will still be available, there will be less incentive to actually completing them.

Interestingly enough, the Japanese blog actually talked about this a little bit more as I was informed by my coworker, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor. Apparently this method of generating fight money is being removed for the sake of players that aren't that skilled.

Supposedly, while fight money could technically be earned by completing trials and survival, it might as well have not been there at all for these type of players. It's certainly no secret that hard and extreme survival modes are considered to be extremely difficult to complete.

In addition to this, they felt it made more sense for all levels of players to have renewable sources of currency gain instead of exhaustible ones.

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The Season 3 cast for Street Fighter 5 had their V-Gauge system plans started 'almost precisely a year ago,' according to Ono

The Season 3 cast for Street Fighter 5 was completely revealed at the end of Capcom Cup 2017. It caused a great deal of hype within the community.

Many of these characters are beloved fan favorites. These returning veterans are Sakura, Blanka, Cody, and Sagat.

The two newcomers are G and Falke. So how were these characters chosen? 4Gamer (Japanese website) recently asked this of Yoshinori Ono during an interview.

"By the way, I'd like to ask about the characters you announced for the upcoming Season 3," inquired 4Gamer. "What basis did you use for choosing these 6? It feels like Sagat and Cody are characters people have really been waiting for eagerly, but still."

Yoshinori Ono replied, "well, just like you said, we've heard a lot of people saying 'I want this character in!', and that's how we chose them." The process was apparently that simple.

It's no secret that fans have been wanting these characters -- especially Sakura and Sagat. This obviously doesn't explain G and Falke, but maybe they'll have very unique play styles.

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List of reported balance changes for the Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition PlayStation Experience build

During the PlayStation Experience, Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition was available to play for those present. It's very important to understand that the build that was present was specifically made for the event -- which means that this is not the final build.

Given, every change that has been reported is very much subject to change. We won't truly know what balance adjustments have been made into sometime in January (before the release of the update).

While no official list of changes have been logged, many top level players were present. These are individuals who know their characters very well.

DeadAceBS has compiled the notes of those who have noticed changes. He obviously stuck to reliable sources.

For example, Mago noticed differences with Karin. As a small sampling of how detailed this information is: standing medium kick is -4 on block (down from -2) and also has a start up of 8 frames (up from 7).

Corner throw loops appear to be universally removed from the entire cast. Hit the jump to check out the video.

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Nemo's last chance run, Daigo's crazy reactions, Itazan's disgustingly good call out; Capcom shares their top 5 moments from Capcom Cup

Though it's already been a week since Capcom Cup 2017, much of the Street Fighter community is still on a high from a weekend chocked full of intense bouts and exciting reveals.

Capcom Fighters has gone back through the tapes and selected their top five favorite moments from the weekend, which was quite the task considering how many epic sequences we saw.

From AW|Nemo's run through the Last Chance Qualifier to the unbridled action of the top eight finals, we revisit moments that took us to edge of our seats (and sometimes completely off them).

Not only did established top players bring out all the expected stops, but breakthrough performances by rising competitors like AAG|DidimoKOF and the incredible RISE|MenaRD made for an event that wound up being even better than we could've predicted.

CYG|Daigo's prepared approach, FOX|Tokido's demonic lock down, Mena's insane grand finals run and more round out this wonderful reliving of one of the greatest events in SF5's lifespan thus far.

We won't spoil too much here, but we will share one of the boldest reads from the top 32 bracket with you as we watch DNG|Itazan throw caution to the wind and bet his tournament life on an aggressive forward jump despite being a touch away from death:

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FDJ Masters League Tekken 7 Edition results ft. Tissuemon, Fergus, SuperAkouma, KiraKira

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big Tekken 7 finals going on this weekend in Paris, France. To the victor goes a cash prize of €20,000 and a place at EVO Japan next month.

FDJ Masters League has been holding qualifiers for their finals for the last two months, and now 6 players have reached the final bracket.

That's not the end, though. There will also be a last chance qualifier at the event where two more people will join the finals.

The players already qualified are CCG|Tissuemon, TDG|Fergus, Crazy|SuperAkouma, mYi|KiraKira, DougFromParis and Harry Potter.

With the majority of Europe's Tekken 7 contenders showing up to grab one of those last two spots, you can bet there's more than enough action to be had all day long. The broadcast begins at the posting of this story, and it will continue nonstop, straight from the qualifier into the finals, until a champion has been crowned.

Streaming is being done at JVTV.

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