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NieR: Automata’s 2B coming to Soul Calibur 6 on December 18th, Bandai Namco details balance changes in V1.10 patch notes

Bandai Namco has announced the release date for Soul Calibur 6's next DLC character. Guest fighter 2B officially joins the fight on December 18th, 2018.

2B hails from Square Enix’s action RPG, NieR: Automata. She is the second guest character to join Soul Calibur 6 after The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia, who is a part of the game's launch roster.

You will be able to gain access to 2B by purchasing the Soul Calibur 6 Season Pass, which for $29.99 USD will net you the three upcoming DLC characters (as they're released), two sets of creation parts, and bonus character Tira — if you don't already own her. 2B will also come included with an alternate costume, unique background music, a new stage, and more.

The company also released patch notes for the upcoming V1.10 update. This patch adds several alterations to the game, including numerous balance changes for each of the fighters on the current roster.

Soul Calibur 6's upcoming update will not only feature balance changes, but it is also set to improve network functionalities and aims to fix the issues with the game's created characters. Since the game's launch, players have been using the Create-A-Soul mode to generate offensive creations and characters that make matches unfair — and they can be used in ranked bouts. We will likely be seeing new measures to counter these situations with the patch.

We can expect to see the V1.10 update for Soul Calibur 6 on December 17th, a day before 2B's release. It will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on the same day.

You can view the full English patch notes here.

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Brad Wong and Eliot gameplay trailer released for Dead or Alive 6

Koei Tecmo has released the first gameplay footage of Brad Wong and Eliot in Dead or Alive 6.

This trailer comes hot off the heels of the reveal for these characters that came about in Famitsu magazine.

Both Eliot and Brad are returning characters in the Dead or Alive series.

Brad Wong practices the drunken fist fighting style in the DOA series. He made his debut back in Dead or Alive 3. According to Koei Tecmo, Wong spent years training in the remote mountains of China, until his master sent him on a quest to find a legendary liquor. Wong entered DOA’s third and fourth tournaments, but skipped the fifth; now he returns to take on the competition once again.

Eliot fights using Xingyi Quan martial arts and is pupil to fellow Dead or Alive series combatant, Gen Fu. Eliot, known as “The Apprentice of the Iron Fist,” set off on a journey of self-discovery and martial arts training alongside Brad Wong after the fourth DOA tournament. It was here that Eliot was allowed to learn the ways of Xinyi Liuhe Quan, and now enters the sixth DOA tournament with the improved skill and confidence of a true first-rate martial artist.

More details about these fighters can be found on the official Dead or Alive 6 website. You can check out the trailer below.

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Live action Super Smash Bros. stunt tribute features an over the top free-for-all match that will blow your mind with its amazing direction

Clearly Super Smash Bros. has been on a lot of people's minds lately. There's no doubt that this has become one of Nintendo's most iconic franchises. It's particularly well known for its over the top nature.

Let's take a moment to visualize how zany Super Smash Bros. would look as a live action sequence. Thanks to the an upload on Legend of Micah's YouTube channel, we can actually see it happen.

During the video, we see unique intro animations for actors dressed as Mario, Link, Captain Falcon, and Ness. They'll be engaging in a four way free-for-all fight.

What makes this sequence particularly awesome are the dramatic reactions of the actors, the special effects, and the constant usage of sound clips from the Super Smash Bros. series. Every single sword swing by Link, for example, is accompanied by a slash effect. Clearly a lot of effort went into the making of this.

As you might imagine, every single character gets a chance to beat up on the others and hold the spotlight for some time. After some time however, they eventually get overwhelmed by one of the other competitors and are sent flying.

Just to give a small taste of the amount of action contained in the video, here's a quick clip of Mario taking on Link and Captain Falcon before getting caught off guard by Ness:


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Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 2 — who are the top seeded players at the event and what can we expect from them?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We already ran the first part of our preview yesterday, which you can find here. Because of how big the event is, we had to spread this out across several pieces, and there will be another one which focuses on the Last Chance Qualifier as well.

Now, let's take a look at the 16 highest-seeded players set to compete and what we can expect from them going in to the event.

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Who we think will win Capcom Cup, eSports ads invade Street Fighter 5, less than graceful acceptance speeches, win a free copy of Smash Ultimate

We're just a few days away from Capcom Cup 2018 and that means first round predictions from both Catalyst and myself on this week's podcast.

We go through all 16 initial match ups to share who we think will win and who the EventHubs readers chose to win. We also cap things off with our final picks for overall Capcom Cup 2018 champion.

The podcast kicks off with a special interview with our Smash Bros. expert, Justin "Adaptive Trigger" Gordon, as he gives some initial thoughts and reactions on the latest and possibly greatest Smash entry yet.

We're actually giving away a free copy of Smash Ultimate with details on how to enter the running after the jump below.

FOX|Sonic Fox brought the Game Awards trophy for best eSports player home to the FGC this week, but got a little politically intense during his acceptance speech. Catalyst and I both offer some thoughts on that as well as the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal and the infamous rap music from 21 Savage that accompanied said reveal.

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Here's our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review and why it took us a few extra days to release

One of the largest gaming events of 2018 is finally upon us; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is officially in the hands of the public. Nintendo brings to the world the most ambitious entry in the series, with more content, more characters, more stages, and more everything packed into a Smash Bros. game than ever before.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts a launch roster of over 70 characters, features more than 100 playable stages (each with three different layouts to choose from), over 850 songs from 32 different video game franchises, and the classic Smash Bros. gameplay players have grown to love over the past 19 years.

Everything we've seen of the Nintendo Switch title leading up to its launch has been top-notch, leaving fans thirsty for more. From beautiful cinematic reveal trailers to showcases at gaming expos, Smash Bros. Ultimate built up a status in the public eye that is not easy to uphold.

So, does Super Smash Bros. Ultimate live up to all the hype? And how does it stack up in an era littered with other major, modern fighting titles?

We have spent the last week digging deep into the massive mountain of content and fun that is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and somehow we're still alive to tell the tale. There is so much to get to here that Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon and myself took as much time as we reasonably could — admittedly at the expense of some sleep — to put together our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review. You probably aren't surprised to hear that unlocking characters and World of Light ate up a large chunk of our time, but more on that later.

Let's dive right into Nintendo's gargantuan crossover phenomenon, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Zangief outplaces Sagat for popularity, M. Bison just keeps on winning — Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition online stats for November 2018

Capcom has released the latest statistics for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's online modes. This time, we're given a look at how each character on the roster did last month, November 2018.

As per usual, Street Fighter 5's online stats provide a list of how popular every playable fighter was for that month (character usage) and characters' winning averages ranked from best to worst (combat stats).

On the character usage end of things, always popular fighters Ryu, Akuma, Ken, Guile, and Cammy retain the top ranks: ranked first through fifth, respectively. Back in October, Sagat was found sitting comfortable as the sixth most frequently used character for the month, but last month the king fell several spots and is now lower ranked than M. Bison, Zangief, and Karin — despite Zangief being considered fairly low tier, he still remains pretty popular online.

Characters such as F.A.N.G, Falke, and Dhalsim remain at the bottom of the usage list, unfortunately.

In November, M. Bison continued to be the character with the best win average. The Psycho powered-villain was followed by Urien, Vega, Dhalsim, and Blanka.

For comparison's sake, you can check out the stats from October 2018 here.

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Persona 5's Joker stole his invitation to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but who is he and why are so many excited about his inclusion?

Super Smash Bros. has been giving us unexpected third-party characters for over a decade now since Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear's Solid Snake were first revealed to be in 2008's Brawl, and they certainly haven't stopped since.

The latest character announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues the aforementioned trend by adding a fighter who has only appeared in a spin-off game on a Nintendo console and hails from a developer with no representation in the franchise

Joker from Persona 5 was announced to be the first DLC character for Smash Ultimate's Fighter Pass, but who is he, where does he come from and why was he an important announcement to many fans of both series? Well, let's dig into all of that.

This stylish masked thief, named Akira Kurusu in the manga adaptation and Ren Amamiya in the anime, is the main protagonist of Persona 5 which is an RPG franchise from the developer / publisher Atlus.

The Persona games themselves feature entirely new casts for every numbered entry like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, but the series itself is actually a spin-off of Atlus' long-running Megami Tensei franchise which started on Nintendo's first Famicom system in 1987.

Persona as its own franchise has essentially exploded in popularity over the past decade thanks to its last three main installments to the point where they've received their own fighting games with Persona 4 Arena along with other spin-offs including a rhythm game. That's enough background on the series for now, so let's get into the character of Joker after the jump where minor story spoilers for Persona 5 will follow.

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A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate battle between two of the greatest Smash Bros. players of all time

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has seemingly everyone hooked right now. Seriously, throw a dart (Nerf, not real) at a crowd of people and you'll probably strike someone who is playing Smash Ultimate.

Before the latest Smash Bros. title dropped, there existed a divide in competitive scenes between Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Both games held their own strong groups, with the top players from each usually staying focused on their title of choice and not crossing over much.

As such, it's rare to see the best of the best from Melee and Smash 4 go head-to-head against each other. However, it seems as though several of the top Melee players are trying their hand at Smash Ultimate right now, and recently one of the best Super Smash Bros. Melee players ever, TSM|Leffen, went up against the best Super Smash Bros. Wii U player ever, Tempo|ZeRo.

Leffen has won numerous Melee tournaments over the years, earning himself the title of "god slayer" — a reference to his success in defeating the five gods of Melee: Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango, Liquid|HungryBox, FOX|Mew2King, and EG|PPMD — and earlier this year Leffen took home first place in Melee at that largest fighting game tournament of the year, EVO.

ZeRo has achieved an unprecedented amount of success in Super Smash Bros. 4 tournaments, holding the Guinness World Record of "longest winning streak in Super Smash Bros. tournaments" with 53 first place wins between November 2014 and October 2015. He also won first place at the very first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament ever held — the invitational at E3 2018.

Now we get to see these two players duke it out in Smash Ultimate. ZeRo runs several characters, such as Chrom, Diddy Kong, and Richter Belmont, while Leffen opts to go with Incineroar and Chrom.

Below is just a quick clip to get you started, but be sure to check out the full set after the jump.


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New Street Fighter 5 patch notes released; special holiday promotion going on in Extra Battle to earn more Fortune Tickets

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition saw its latest update come last night bringing with it new Sponsored Content and a free trial among other things though now we have a clearer picture of what it all added for players.

Capcom has released the official patch notes for the new update on their Shadaloo CRI website, but there do appear to be some details left off of the new list that many had been waiting for the developer / publisher to clarify.

These patch notes include all of the information about the free trial period, addition of Partner Content to the game, new DLC bundles, the re-release of old DLC and includes the new music choices added to the game.

It does not include, however, any mention of the previously announced changes being made to the difficulty and replayability of Extra Battle missions, so we still don't know whether some battles have become easier or more difficult — or if Capcom even went ahead with the changes at all.

Along with this update came a new set of holiday-themed Extra Battles that will allow players to earn cheap Fortune Tickets by battling the Season 2 and 3 casts in their holiday attire. A new mission unlocks every two days until December 23, and players will have five attempts to score a ticket from each one. Unlike most missions where players are limited to a number of mission retries, these missions only give out rewards upon first completion, so don't waste Fight Money trying to obtain more once beaten.

You can check out the first holiday battle mission against Sakura below and the full Street Fighter 5 patch notes after the jump.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sells over 1.2 million copies in Japan in only three days smashing the record for series sales and Switch launches

Nintendo knew that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was going to be their biggest title of 2018, and the numbers appear to have backed them up in that regard since it's currently smashing sales records across the globe.

We now know that Smash Ultimate sold over 1,220,535 retail copies in its first three days on the market in Japan between December 7 and 9 according to the latest Media Create sales charts which does not include digital sales.

That strong of a launch made it the best selling release for the Smash franchise as a whole in its home country, and it even managed to become the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game of all time beating out titles like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe.

The Switch also managed to sell 281,222 units in Japan last week alone which is more than double the numbers of the week prior though PlayStation 4 saw a jump in sales over five times that of the previous period.

Japan isn't the only place Smash Ultimate has been topping charts and breaking records, as the title also managed to top the United Kingdom's sales charts plus had the strongest launch for a Switch title and the series to date.

Those looking for figures from the United States will likely need to wait until the end of the month for the NPD numbers to be released, so we'll need to wait and see just how well Super Smash Bros. Ultimate did in its biggest market. You can check out the full top 10 sales charts for Japan and the UK after the jump.

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Update: Brad Wong and Eliot announced for Dead or Alive 6; first screenshots revealed

12/12 Update: The first in-game look at Brad Wong and Eliot in Dead or Alive 6 is now online thanks to Famitsu. Brad has changed his goal after finding the legendary wine in a previous title to now searching for the legendary salmon while Eliot joins the DoA6 tournament to hone his skills. You can take a look at the new character screenshots below.

Earlier: Dead or Alive is a series largely known for its beautiful female fighters who aren't always wearing much in the way of clothing, but their male warrior counterparts are also no slouches in battle or representation.

Koei Tecmo revealed that Eliot and Brad Wong will be playable in Dead or Alive 6 in this week's Famitsu magazine via Ryokutya2089.

Eliot is the apprentice of the classic DoA fighter Gen Fu and practices xingyi quan martial arts. His first debut came in Dead or Alive 4 where he was the youngest fighter to join the series at only 16 years old at the time of the tournament.

Brad Wong is a compatriot of Eliot who first appeared in Dead or Alive 3. He is a practitioner of zui quan martial arts which may be better known in the West as the drunken fist or drunken boxing due to their movements seemingly mimicking someone who is intoxicated.

Unsho Ishizuka, Brad Wong's Japanese voice actor, passed away earlier this year in August though it is reportedly confirmed his voice work will still be used for the character in DoA6 while Eliot will be portrayed again by Junko Minagawa.

Dead or Alive 6 is scheduled to release on February 15, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Here are the colors for Ryu's Jin Saotome costume in Street Fighter 5 plus Easter egg which puts the fighter back into only his underwear

Earlier this week Capcom announced the next two Extra Battle costumes to be coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition with Mech Abigail incoming after Mech Juri leaves the stage followed by a new crossover outfit for Ryu seeing him turn into Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness' Jin Saotome.

This new Jin costume won't be available to use for players until the beginning of February next year, but modders have apparently already gotten their hands on the outfit and shown it off online.

We've collected the 10 different colors that are selectable for the crossover from another Capcom fighting game from the past along with its Easter egg which was posted online by Gravelee.

Ryu appears to have a nice spread of colors to choose from for his new cosplay including black, navy blue, red, orange, pink and green though what is underneath it all might be a bit more eye-catching to some players.

Like most crossover costumes in the game, the Jin Saotome outfit features a special Easter egg version which leaves Ryu in nothing but his headband and underwear. This makes it the second time a crossover stripped Ryu down to his skivvies after he first received a costume for Arthur from Ghost 'n Goblins which could leave the fighter in just his heart-imprinted boxers.

The Extra Battle missions for the Jin Saotome outfit won't start until the latter part of January, but you can get a taste of it and its available colors in the gallery below.

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Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 1 — here's our runthrough of who and what we'll see this weekend, from players to potential reveals

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

Given the magnitude of this event, our preview has to be split up in several parts. This is the first one, but there will be two more, one covering the higher seeded players and yet another one focusing on the Last Chance Qualifier competitors who are vying for that final spot in the bracket.

Now, let's get right in to the nitty-gritty of it all and see what Capcom Cup is set to offer us this year.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 1.2.0 patch coming within the next week

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is seeing another patch within the next week. The version 1.2.0 update is coming soon, according to a new in-game prompt, though details are currently scarce.

The message reads, "Version 1.2.0 will be distributed within the next week. Once you update the software, you won't be able to watch replays made with previous versions."

Nintendo goes on to encourage players to save their pre-patch replays as videos by heading into the Vault, selecting Replays, then Replay Data, and finally "Convert to Video."

"The patch notes will be released when the update goes live," says the Smash Ultimate in-game message.

What this update could include is anyone's guess. We do know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online mode has been under fire recently due to its poor matchmaking.

When you're playing Quickplay or Elite Smash — essentially the game's ranked mode — you can set preferred rules for finding games. Unfortunately, a lot of the time the game will put you into whatever is available. So if you have your preferred rules set to 1v1 and no items, you can and will likely be tossed into free-for-all matches, team battles, and bouts with all items on.

It feels fairly early for character balance changes, but it's possible that we see some tweaks to make things work more as intended. It is not an uncommon practice from game developers in this day and age to make slight alterations shortly after launch, but we won't know for sure what's coming in this update until it actually hits.

What do you hope to see in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 1.2.0 update? Let us know in the comments.

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Here's how Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's new sponsored content works

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's latest update is now officially live as the game's servers are back online. One of the biggest and most interesting additions to Capcom's mainstay fighting title in this patch is the new sponsored content feature.

To put it simply, the new sponsored content allows players to enable in-game ads, and by doing so earn extra Fight Money. Early images and explanations showed logos plastered on character costumes during matches and ads embedded into certain backgrounds.

So how does it actually work? Here's what we've found.

Sponsored content is geared toward ranked and casual matches. Though you'll see the effects of the enabled settings in other modes, like training, you'll only earn Fight Money from the two aforementioned online modes.

There are three different types of ads you can enable: costumes, loading ads, and stage ads. The "Ad Style" costumes show up as their own outfit option and are basically each character's default costume (and colors) with the ads on various areas of their bodies.

You can choose between colors 1-10 for the Ad Style costumes, and it only seems to be for the default looks at this time. It appears that sponsorships will be available only for certain periods of time, as an in-game prompt notes that if a sponsorship is not available at the time and you selected any colors from 3-10 of the Ad Style outfit in your battle settings, you will be forced to use colors 1 and 2.

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Update: Street Fighter 5's servers are back online, update now live

Updated 1:59 p.m. PDT, Tues. December 11, 2018: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's servers are back online. The version 2.09 update is now live.

Earlier: Every time Street Fighter 5 receives new content in the way of characters, costumes or updates, Capcom takes the game's servers down to prepare for the incoming changes for a few hours — and there's no exception here.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's online servers will be unavailable today, December 11, beginning at 8 a.m. PDT for maintenance that is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. PDT to add in new Sponsored Content, a free trial for the game and more.

Sponsored Content in the way of in-game advertisements are coming to SF5 with today's update which will allow players to earn extra Fight Money for seeing ads on character costumes, during loading screens and on certain stages for online matches. This new content will be entirely optional, however, as the ability to see them can be turned off in the Battle Settings.

Changes to the game's Extra Battle mode are also incoming with this new patch, but Capcom has yet to detail what we should expect beyond adjustments to difficulty and mission replayability which could impact players' ability to earn Fight Money.

A free trial of Street Fighter 5 will also be available today once servers go live in celebration of Capcom Cup week, so everyone on PlayStation 4 and PC can try out the title's base roster plus Guile, Akuma and Sagat at no charge until the morning of December 19.

You can take a look at official examples of the in-game advertisements coming to Street Fighter 5 in the gallery below, and stay tuned to EventHubs for more news on the game's update and all it will entail.

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