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Will EVO 2018 be Marvel-less? Event organizers 'torn' on whether or not to include Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on 2018 line up

Capcom's Battle for the Stones saw its finale this past weekend at Capcom Cup 2017, but to a somewhat lackluster audience.

The event deviated from traditional norms with a bold attempt to add to the already chaotic nature of the Marvel vs. Capcom series as players were awarded special Infinity Stones that granted them powers of influence both in and outside of gameplay.

Said powers included the ability to change an opponent's team or button layout, guarantee a first hit during one round in a match, gain an extra life during a single set amongst other special privileges.

The takeaway was that Capcom was trying to cater more to audiences than players with over the top amendments to traditional tourney approaches, but it seems as though viewers were more interested in a showcase of player skill than an event made unpredictable with unconventional rules.

Many chairs were left empty in the live arena, and audience reactions were fairly muted when compared to more standard events, and stream viewership reportedly only clocked in around 5,000 actives on average, though Sunday's Grand Finals peaked at around 16,000 concurrent viewers according to Sullygnome.

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar posted a Twitter poll today asking his followers whether or not Infinite is dead. As you'll see in the image here, he later stated that the EVO staff is "torn" on whether or not to include MvCI in the 2018 lineup:

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Sakura looks to lend herself to extended and high damaging combos - Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition trailer breakdown

It was only just this last weekend where Sakura was announced for Street Fighter 5. She is the first new character for both the Arcade Edition and Season 3 which will start on January 16, 2018.

Capcom has already released details on the functionalities of Sakura's V-Triggers (both of them), V-Skill, and Critical Art. This is clearly a rushdown focused character with quite a bit of depth.

Still, there are a number of other details that we can dissect about Sakura if we take a closer look at her trailer. She has a number of specials and normals that will essentially define her play style.

First off, let's review how her Critical Art works just one more time. It's essentially two in one as it has a different effect based on hitting from afar or close.

If the opponent isn't within close proximity, then it's basically Ryu's Shinku Hadouken super. This seems like it'd be a good option to punish another projectile user.

This move goes into a special animation if the opponent is near. The name of this Critical Art is known as "Sakura Rain."


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Desk pulls off devastating 68-hit Allen Snider combo in Fighting EX Layer

The beta for Fighting EX Layer is currently available on PlayStation 4. PS Plus users can dive in, for free, and enjoy both training mode and online play.

With any new fighting game, fans are quick to hit the lab and begin finding the biggest and best combos they can. Desk is absolutely no stranger to this concept, and he is doing the same with FEXL.

Just last night, the content creator put together a combo for Allen Snider that successfully net 40 hits. Though that's impressive in its own right, within three hours of that video going live Desk had posted another combo, this time landing a whopping 68 hits.

This sequence moves the opponent across the screen, ultimately putting them in the corner. There, Desk uses multiple attack strings and supers to launch the training dummy into the air and keep them airborne.

The total combo damage comes out to 192, but to put that in layman's terms, the entire sequence leaves Darun with about 5% health.

Within the first 24 hours, we've already seen touch of death combos, one that lands seven supers in one go, and more. We can only imagine what else the community will discover over the two week beta period.

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Alex Myers' reaction to Street Fighter 5's Sakura reveal is priceless

This past weekend was perhaps the greatest success to date when it comes to Street Fighter 5 reveals.

After an already incredibly exciting Capcom Cup, anticipation only grew as SF5 Producer Yoshinori Ono took the stage for his trademark audience participation Shoryuken.

After Red Bull Battle Grounds' pink sakura flower teases, it came as little surprise that Sakura Kasugano would be the next DLC fighter to join the Street Fighter 5 roster. Even so, finally seeing her on the big screen still sent waves of emotion running through the crowd.

Few (if any) were as emotional as Tempo|Alex Myers, who was known for using Sakura as his main character throughout all of Street Fighter 4. The NorCal player has been using Cammy, to a great deal of success, but will most certainly be picking up his old bae as a new main.

Luckily for us, the cameras were rolling and captured the joyful hype as it surged through Myers' face along with the rest of his whole body.

You can see Myers' immediate reaction in the clip here, and then see the entire live audience's reaction in the video we took after the jump. Shout outs to Keith Ace for creating the image used in the banner.


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Atom now available in Injustice 2

Injustice 2's newest DLC character is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Atom, the physicist / professor, joins the fight with the ability to shrink and grow at will..

Today, players who purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #3 gain access to Atom. He will likely become available for standalone purchase on December 19th -- a week from today -- for $5.99.

In Injustice 2, Atom is a character that doesn't really fit a specific archetype. He has numerous tools for different situations, and his ability to shrink down makes him difficult to hit.

You can check out the Atom breakdown from the most recent Watchtower stream for more info on how the character plays.

Atom is the first character in Fighter Pack #3. Enchantress and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will join him at a later time.

If you haven't purchased any of the aforementioned editions or Fighter Pack #3, you can still try Atom out in his free trial Multiverse.

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Fans should look forward to guest characters and character creation in Soul Calibur 6, says the developers

The latest issue of Famitsu magazine features an interview with Soul Calibur 6 producers Hiroshi Okubo, Michinori Ozawa and designer Yoshiyuki Takahashi. Though we don't have the article in-hand, the Japanese Esuteru blog provided a recap of some of the important details shared within.

All of the information here was presented in Japanese, but thanks to the efforts of our very own MajinTenshinhan, we have the details in English for you to read over.

We learn that Soul Calibur 6 is indeed a reboot, with it taking place in 1586 -- a year that hasn't been explored much in the series' lore. The team decided to return to the early days of Soul Calibur in order to introduce newcomers to the franchise's rich history and to bring veteran players back.

As it stands right now, development of the game is 70% complete. So far, we've seen Mitsurugi and Sophitia in-game, but we'll be seeing new characters as well.

On the subject of the playable roster, the developers note that guest characters and character creation will also be a part of Soul Calibur 6. "Please look forward [to both]," they say.

Soul Calibur 6 is slated for a 2018 release. Continue below for the full recap of details.

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Street Fighter characters spotted in trailer for Steven Spielberg's new Ready Player One film

A new trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming film, Ready Player One, recently hit the internet. It didn't take the world long to realize that the footage provided was littered with interesting Easter eggs.

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel of the same name and takes place in a dystopian year 2045. Amidst the chaos, people find solace in OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant James Halliday.

When Halliday passes away, he will leave his fortune to the first person who can find a special Easter egg within OASIS, creating a worldwide contest of players actively searching for it. Teenager Wade Watts joins the hunt, and it is here where much of the action and excitement from the trailer takes place.

Among the bevy of cameos here, we see classic World Warriors. Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanka can all be seen at different points in the trailer.

In the first image below, you'll see Ryu walking next to a car on the left-hand side. The second screenshot shows Blanka standing in between the two characters in the center.

The final cameo is quite a bit clearer, as we see Chun-Li running alongside Tracer from Overwatch. It is also reported that Mortal Kombat X's Cassie Cage can be seen just to the left of Tracer.

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100% touch of death combo by Darun and more - Fighting EX Layer demo tech roundup

Earlier today, the Fighting EX Layer beta went live on the PlayStation store. As a result of this, PlaySation Plus subscribers have the opportunity to explore the game's mechanics.

Remember that the beta will be running for a full two week period. We may see even more advanced tech and combos as time goes on.

We've taken the time to round up some of the videos that have been circulating today. Most of these are focused on stylish day one combos.

There's already been a touch of death discovered with Darun. In other words, this is a 100% damage combo if you have three bars of meter.

This will do 201 damage (character health bars represent 200 life). Keep in mind that certain conditions need to be fulfilled in order for this combo to fully deplete an enemy's health bar.

To get started, here's a look at one of Allen's combos. Basic, but very effective if you're willing to spend the meter.


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Sakura character story images for Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition shown by Capcom

So Sakura was announced for Street Fighter 5 yesterday. Blanka, Cody, G, Sagat, and Falke were also revealed as Season 3's roster for the Arcade Edition update.

Like every other fighter we've seen so far, it looks like they'll probably be getting a character story mode that brings out their personalities. It looks as though quite a bit has changed with Sakura considering her new appearance.

Capcom has recently given a sneak peak at a few of her story images. There will likely be a fight against Karin as she is seen in one of the images.

This certainly makes sense considering their rivalry in the Alpha games (now a friendship). In every one of these images, Sakura looks like she has a rather puzzled look about her.

Apparently, she's having some difficulty figuring out the meaning of street fighting. According to Capcom, "Sakura's look isn't the only thing about her that's changed. Sakura's feelings are in turmoil as she considers the meaning of street fighting..."

Perhaps her new job working at an arcade is competing with her time. We'll have to wait until the release of Arcade Edition on January 16th, 2018 in order to find out.

What do you think is going on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Nemo has the loops with Urien, Problem X has the insane pressure with M. Bison, while MenaRD has the giant check with Birdie - Capcom Cup highlights

Capcom Cup 2017 has come to its conclusion. A champion has been crowned for the year.

This was definitely a tournament that will be remembered for years to come (not to mention the reveals afterwards). The top eight performing players really put on an impressive display.

Rise|MenaRD, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Tokido, and YouDeal|Yukadon started in the winners bracket. Meanwhile, Ponos|Moke, CYG|Daigo Umehara, Mouz|Problem X, and AW|Nemo found themselves in the losers bracket before top eight began.

Due to this pool of talent, you can expect there to be many moments that leave you screaming "WHAT?!" (true story). We have highlights that focus on these very moments.

Let's start with the set between MenaRD and Itabashi Zangief. MenaRD had a clear life advantage but went for a bold move with his jumping command grab.

Things looked as though they were going to go downhill for MenaRD fast when Itabashi capitalized on him missing by getting his okizeme game going. MenaRD was eventually able to break free and win the round.


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Wait... is Street Fighter 5 Season 3's new character G actually Greg from Bloody Roar?

If you happened to catch the newly revealed Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition intro video last night, then chances are you spotted a mysterious, top hat-wearing character. As of right now, we know that his name is G and believe him to be the rumored "president" fighter we previously heard about -- with his Uncle Sam pose and Abraham Lincoln-esque look being further indicators.

Among the six DLC characters set for release in Season 3, G is the only one we've never seen before last night. Naturally, the community wants to know more.

Well, an interesting theory about who G might be was sent our way this morning. Twitter users Du Nguyen and Xavier pointed out that this new character might actually be Greg from the Bloody Roar series.

Admittedly, I was skeptical at first. However, there is some fairly compelling evidence here.

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Fighting EX Layer beta now live on PlayStation Store

Arika previously announced that their upcoming fighting title, Fighting EX Layer, would see a beta test starting December 11th. The demo is now available for download on the PS Store.

PlayStation 4 users can now try out the game for free, but you must be a PS Plus subscriber to do so. This demo will be available for two weeks.

The beta features six playable characters: Kairi, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Allen Snider, and Shirase. Those who participate can jump into training mode or fight against opponents online.

In Fighting EX Layer, players can choose between a Progressive and Classic control style. The former simplifies move inputs, while Classic retains quarter-circle, Dragon Punch, and other motions.

You will also find an option that shows all of the Gougi and what they do in the demo. There are five different options to choose from, each giving you different effects for completing various tasks.

With this beta test, the company aims to test the network match function around the world, and encourages fans to participate and provide honest feedback.

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Here's how Sakura's V-Skill, both V-Triggers, and Critical Art work in Street Fighter 5 Season 3

After the Capcom Cup 2017 finals last night, Capcom made two huge announcements regarding Street Fighter 5 next year.

As we now know, Sakura has been revealed as the first character for Season 3, which will begin with the release of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on January 16th, 2018.

Sakura's official trailer was shown at the event, and we got a glimpse at what this new iteration of the character can do. Since then, Capcom Unity has put together a blog post detailing Sakura in Street Fighter 5.

No longer in high school, Sakura has graduated and now works part-time at an arcade. She is trying to figure out what choices to make in life so that she can be satisfied with her future.

In Street Fighter 5, Sakura's playstyle remains similar to past iterations. Many of her mainstay special attacks make their return, such as her Hadoken, Shouoken, and Shunpukyaku. She has a new move, Tengyo Hadoken, which fires a Hadoken diagonally up that can be used to anti-air opponents.

The blog provides details on how Sakura's V-Skill, both V-Triggers, and Critical Art function in Street Fighter 5. V-Skill has three different follow ups, which will be good for mixing the opponent up, while V-Trigger 1 and 2 focus on improving certain special moves.

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Smash 4 Boot Camp results ft. ZeRo, MKLeo, Nairo, Dabuz, Larry Lurr

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The next four days, there's a big Super Smash Bros. 4 event going on.

Smash 4 Boot Camp is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's a similar event to the highly popular Smash Summit events that Super Smash Bros. Melee players have enjoyed.

10 players were chosen, 6 more voted in, and now they'll be sharing a house for the next four days, with many streamed events taking place.

While there will of course be Singles and Doubles tournaments, the schedule also promises 4v4 tournaments, commentator tournaments, Connect 4 tournaments, Iron Man events and more.

The players participating are TSM|ZeRo, FOX|MKLeo, NRG|Nairo, Dabuz, MSF|Larry Lurr, MVG|Salem, BC|Mr. R, P1|Tweek, CLG|VoiD, Marss, BSD|Elegant, PG|MVD, Cosmos, RPS|Xzax, Light and PES|Peabnut.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp.

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All Street Fighter 5 Season 3 characters revealed - Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Sagat, and Falke

During the Arcade Edition trailer, we saw the reveal of all the Season 3 characters. Sakura was revealed first in her own trailer.

Running alongside her was Blanka. Clearly this is one of Ono's favorite characters. Blanka looks to be relatively the same, though with a little extra hair.

In the case of Cody, he didn't appear in a prison outfit. In fact, he looked as though he's been elected the mayor -- which means he is no longer wearing his handcuffs (he is clearly shown to shed them away).

Sagat is wearing a new pair of pants. We clearly see him performing his classic Tiger Uppercut while fighting against Ryu.

We also saw that there will be a couple of newcomers this season as well. We've been hearing rumors about a president-like fighter. This might be "G" who certainly looks to fit the part. His pose is very similar to the that of Uncle Sam's

The final character that was revealed was someone we've seen before in Ed's story. That shadoloo doll looking girl... Apparently, her name is Falke.

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Sakura revealed for Street Fighter 5 as the first Season 3 character

At Capcom Cup 2017, something awesome was revealed after top 8 had concluded. Yoshinori Ono himself appeared on stage before the announcement was made. The hype levels were building up...

There were hints pointing towards this, and at long last, Sakura was revealed as Street Fighter 5's first Season 3 character.

First appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ryu’s number one fan returns to the series with a new outlook on life.

Capcom notes that the exuberant youth is done with school, and now jumps into Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on January 16. In the official canon Sakura worked part-time at an arcade, but wonders what decisions she needs to make in order to be satisfied with her future.

Her stage for Street Fighter Alpha 2 — Kasugano Residence — is also featured, along with a remix of her classic theme song. She showcased multiple moves in the trailer, like her Dragon Punch, Sakura Otoshi and Arcing Hurricane Kick moves. Her V-Trigger II, Sakura Senpu, appears to buff her special moves.

Since leaving school, Sakura is wearing a headset microphone, which is likely tied to her new job. Arcade workers in Japan need to communicate with each other, in case something needs checking up on. Also, her uniform looks like that of a standard arcade worker as well.

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Capcom Cup 2017 results ft. Punk, Tokido, Yukadon, Haitani, Problem X

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The whole year has been leading up to this, and the event is finally upon us.

Capcom Cup 2017 is taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California, and it's stacked through the roof with all kinds of hype. The winner of Street Fighter 5 gets over $120,000 in prize money, so everyone is hungering for a taste of that action.

The event will kick off with the Last Chance Qualifier to grab the final Capcom Cup qualification spot, and we'll also be seeing the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Battle for the Stones finals at this event.

The players partaking in Capcom Cup will be PG|Punk, FOX|Tokido, YouDeal|Yukadon, GRPT|Haitani, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, GRPT|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, RZR|Xian, RB|Bonchan, GFuel|Verloren, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, ZW|OilKing, Gachikun, CYG|Daigo, F3|Brolynho, CO|Go1, CYG|Snake Eyez, Ponos|Moke, BX3|Phenom, Mago, Rise|Smug, Rise|MenaRD, NASR|Big Bird, FOX|Momochi, RB|Luffy, Allegiance|801 Strider, Scarz|Sako, AAG|DidimoKOF, EG|Ricki Ortiz and the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier.

As for Battle for the Stones, your player roster consists of EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, KaneBlueRiver, SPY|RyanLV, Flocker, Viscant, FORT|Cloud805, Rise|Richard Nguyen, GGP|Kazunoko, Alioune, Sacktap, Teemo, Brian Kasugano, F2G|Moise and Stealth.

Streaming for the event will be done at Capcom Fighters, Capcom Fighters 2 and Battle for the Stones.

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