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Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy 15 announced for Tekken 7

At the Tekken World Tour Finals today, Harada had promised there would be an announcement.

Well, he delivered.

Right before the Top 8 of the tour's finals were set to start, we were treated to a trailer from Harada himself.

In this trailer, we got to see that none other than Noctis Lucis Caelum, the main character from Square-Enix's recent Final Fantasy 15, will be joining the cast of Tekken 7... Oh, and he's buddies with Lars.

He brings a Final Fantasy 15 stage along with him, and a bunch of flashy moves any Final Fantasy fan is sure to love. In the trailer, you can see him wield all of the royal weapons he has at his disposal in the original game, as well as magic in the form of Fire, Blizzard and Thunder, to boot.

Although the video shows some fishing action, it's probably safe to say this won't actually be part of your Tekken matches in the future.

Here's a bunch of images from the trailer.

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Whose accomplishments are greater in Injustice 2? SonicFox's quantity of 1st places or Dragon's big tournament wins like EVO?

Every fighting game needs their share of professional players. Among these professionals, only one can truly say they are the best in the world.

FOX|SonicFox is a player that can make that claim for Injustice 2. In fact, his reign of domination is quite noteworthy from other games.

He made his appearance upon the scene towards the end of the first Injustice's lifespan. Throughout the course of Mortal Kombat X, he was basically the undisputed best.

Now onto Injustice 2, his been taking tournament after tournament. In terms of just the quantity of tournaments, his title is safe. But...

ALG|Dragon has achieved a number of accomplishments in Injustice 2 that not even SonicFox has. Big wins like EVO and Eleague are hard to contest.

Perhaps the best player in the world is the one who is able to succeed in the tournaments that have the most amount of pressure. If that's the case, then maybe it's Dragon who is currently the best in the world.

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Are Laura and Zeku flirting? Their victory quotes to one another leave a lot to speculation...

Street Fighter 5 fans may have noticed Zeku's unique method of giving a victory quote. He speaks in Haiku -- typically non-rhyming poems that consist of five, seven, then five syllable phrases.

Zeku has been available for players to use since October 24th. Many victories and losses have been achieved with this fighter since then.

Of course, what he says to other characters aren't the only interesting pieces of dialogue added with his inclusion into the game. These characters also have a few things to say to Zeku when he's defeated.

In particular, the quotes between Zeku and Laura are somewhat interesting. It's certainly not something one would expect to see...

Laura appears to be behaving in a flirty manner with Zeku. More so with his older form than his younger self. Specifically she mentions that she thinks older men are "sexy."

Meanwhile, Zeku apparently thinks of Laura as a "dangerous temptress." Have a look for yourself:

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Did you know: Marvel vs. Capcom was originally conceived because Marvel wanted to get exposure for their characters to people in Japan

It all started 21 years ago in 1996 when X-Men vs. Street Fighter hit arcades.

Comic characters didn't have nearly the public acknowledgement they do today, and Marvel wasn't the media powerhouse it would eventually grow into. Fighting games, on the other hand, had recently become all the rage.

Games like Street Fighter 2 and Moral Kombat had players taking extra trips to convenience stores and laundromats if they weren't close enough to a legitimate arcade, and home consoles had others inviting friends over for more domestic bouts.

Street Fighter and X-Men though? Sure, it's cool, but why? In reading through Capcom's latest Development Report, we get our answer.

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Street Fighter PC mods: Alice from King of Fighters, Emma Frost from X-Men, and Ann Takamaki from Persona 5

PC Best Mods is back with another set of costume mods for Street Fighter 5. Like previous batches, the costumes highlighted here transform fighters in the game into someone else entirely.

THEJAMK has developed an Alice skin for Karin. Alice if another fighter that hails from the King of Fighters franchise.

Kolin has also been modded to look like Emma Frost from the X-Men series. This mod actually makes a lot of sense considering Kolin's affinity for frost and ice.

Given, Emma Frost's mutant abilities actually have nothing to do with the elements, ice or otherwise. This costume was created by Khaledantar666.

Finally, we have an Ann Takamaki costume from Persona 5. Once again, this mod was created by Khaledantar666.

The combatant chosen to make this look work is Karin once again. Hit the jump below to check out the videos showcasing these mods.

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Tier lists: What they are, what they aren't and how to better understand them

One of the main things I worked to prove in my earlier article about how a game's balance affects its competitive potential was that tiers are inherently fluid, and shift with a game's lifespan as more discoveries and developments are made by players.

Now that the nature of tiers has been established, we need to advance to the next step - how to actually understand what tiers mean.

It might sound absurd at first that someone who is plugged in to competitive fighting games might not understand what tiers mean, but it's actually not so far-fetched in reality. I think most people who play competitive fighting games know tier lists, but knowing tier lists and understanding them are not at all the same thing.

There will be a lot of ground to cover here, and I will be bolding several central points related to understanding tier lists, but there are two points in particular that are extra important. These two points will be at the beginning and at the very end of this piece.

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So Saturday Night Live did a skit on eSports last night; nods to Sonic Fox, Mortal Kombat and other fighting game notables

While there was no shortage of routine political jabs and comical commentary on the seemingly dime a dozen Hollywood sex scandals that have been popping up as of late, last night's episode of Saturday Night Live also featured an eSports skit.

Not only did it venture into competitive gaming territory for a full five minutes, writers chose to focus specifically on fighting games as we saw the world championship finals of "Death Fight 12," an obvious spoof of Mortal Kombat XL.

The premise sees player Pwn Donkey take on Sonic Goon, likely a nod to Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" Mclean, in the quarter finals of their eSports event mirroring TBS' Eleague.

The central joke seemed to be aimed more at general than fighting game-centric audiences, which makes sense given the show's fan base, as Pwn Donkey wrestles with choosing a character to use.

We'll let you be the judge as to whether or not this was laugh-worthy, but seeing the reach of eSports make it to a main stream entity like SNL is an encouraging marker of growth in the public eye.

Check out the skit in the video below and let us know your reactions to both the comedy and the basic fact that SNL chose to do this skit in the comments section.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Brick, WhiteBl4ck, Nightcross

Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan took place today.

As the name suggests, this was a tournament part of a qualifying series where the winner can get their trip to EVO Japan paid for.

This wasn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but also featured Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and King of Fighters 14 being played.

Players attending included Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Brick, CDV|WhiteBl4ck, Epsilon|Nightcross, Epsilon|Keftaroz and more.

Streaming was done at Brussels Challenge.

You can find full results for the event below.

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Demographics of Capcom Cup: Which countries have the most representation in this Pro Tour's year end finale?

We're coming up to the end of the Capcom Pro Tour and the lists of attendants are coming in. Keep in mind that there is still Red Bull and the Last Chance Qualifier. So there will be one more participant for sure, perhaps two.

That said, we do know for certain the identities of 30 participants. Given that we now know most of the who, why don't we take a little look at the where?

The Pro Tour extends its reach to four major regions of the world: North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. It has given spotlight to players and scenes that may otherwise not get a chance to show off their mettle, and has globalized Street Fighter competition in a way we've never seen before.

The demographics for the Capcom Cup are pretty wide, (there are participants from no less than 11 different countries that will be attending) but when we take a look towards the top of the list something becomes clear: Japan is tearing things up.

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EventHubs readers want Makoto in Street Fighter 5 more than they want Dudley? Here are the results of our Third Strike character poll

Update: This story has been updated with final results. You can view them after the jump below.

Let's now consider the characters that debuted in Street Fighter 3. Originally, it was planned for there to not be any returning characters so the game's cast is mostly made up of newcomers.

Since then, a lot of these characters have become fan favorites. Despite this, there have been very few opportunities for many of these characters to appear in other games beyond Street Fighter 3.

As of right now, we only have Alex, Urien, and Ibuki in Street Fighter 5. There's still plenty of room for other Street Fighter 3 characters.

There are still many fan favorites that exist like Dudley. He definitely offers a different style from Balrog.

I'd honestly be surprised if I didn't see characters like Oro or Q at the top of the list. Given, the results of previous polls were different than how I expected.

Hit the jump below to check out the poll. Note that you'll be able to vote up six times in this particular poll.

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'I hope they nerf [Necalli] so I get forced to switch [characters]' - Phenom on changes he'd like to see to SF5, how he picks his characters and more

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is the young prodigy from Norway, BX3|Phenom. In this interview, he talks about his character selection process, making it work while living in a non-competitive area and how Street Fighter 4 players can adapt to Street Fighter 5.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: In Street Fighter 4, you used M. Bison almost exclusively. While you've been sticking with Necalli for most of Street Fighter 5, we have seen you pick M. Bison here and there, and you've even been using Guile from time to time lately.

What do you look at in a character, gameplaywise, when you decide to pick them up, and are there any more characters you think we might see you bring out in tournament any time soon?

BX3|Phenom: I try to pick a character based on how good I feel they fit the meta. In Season 1, I played M. Bison at first and had success, but he was extremely weak back then, so I started playing my secondary, Necalli, as my main.

Right now, I don't feel the need to switch away from Necalli, but I play other characters just for fun, mainly because Necalli is boring.

I hope they nerf him so I get forced to switch, but right now, I'm good.

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9th eSports World Championship results ft. Jeondding, Doujin, Book, KiraKira

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although the main story this weekend for both tournaments and Tekken itself is obviously the Tekken World Tour Finals taking place on Sunday, there's another Tekken event happening as well.

Enter the 9th eSports World Championship, hosted by International eSports Foundation, a competition built around countries battling eachother, of which Tekken 7 is a main game this year.

This means that from any given country, only one player can parttake through qualifiers.

This year, the competition is taking place in Busan, South Korea. The Tekken 7 competition is set for Saturday, so once the stream begins today, it'll be going until the end of the tournament, so stay tuned for maximum Tekken hype.

Notable Tekken players you can expect to see compete here include Jeondding, PBE|Doujin, VS|Book, mYi|KiraKira and more.

Streaming is being done at IESF TV.

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Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2 is a sign that NetherRealm Studios are going to keep upping the ante with their announcements

The announcement of the Ninja Turtles for Injustice 2 was one that took everybody by surprise. There were no hints that we were going to see this occur.

I think it's fair to say that we all expecting some sort of guest character. Somebody like Spawn would've been interesting, but he wouldn't have been as much of a surprise as seeing all four of the Ninja Turtles as a single fighter.

When I saw the trailer, my mind was completely blown. I had to rewatch it a few times simply because what I saw just seemed so unbelievable.

That's not to say that the Ninja Turtles didn't fit in with the rest of the Injustice 2 cast -- we've already seen the Ninja Turtles interact with Batman in a comic before. Still, this just came completely out of left field for me.

Everybody has been talking about the possibility of Spawn or a Watchmen character joining the roster. Again, they easily could've fit in. Fans would've been happy to see one of these as a possibility, but it was too expected.

Just when we think that we've seen everything, NetherRealm Studios just keeps upping the ante with their surprises. This has been going on since Mortal Kombat 9...

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Street Fighter 2 bonus car stage playable on the HTC Vive VR at Red Bull Battlegrounds; chance to win a custom RB arcade cabinet in drawing

Those of us who have played Street Fighter 2 might remember a certain bonus stage. I'm referring to the stage where you destroy the car, not the barrels.

Apparently there exists a virtual reality version of the game on the VR Vive. This virtual reality experience is only, as of right now, going to be available at the Red Bull Battlegrounds.

Players that participate in this experience will be able to enter into a a drawing. Participation appears to be possible regardless of the success of destroying the car.

Up to three entries can be entered into this competition per player. The winner of the grand prize will win a Red Bull Street Fighter 5 Can custom gaming cabinet which is apparently valued at $3,000.

Another winner will be selected to take home a HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This is valued at $599.

It is unknown if we'll someday see this car destruction stage in retail for Vive owners. If you are in the area during the event, it might be worth it to enter yourself into the drawing three times.


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Source: Jimmy Nguyen's Twitter, Red Bull Battlegrounds (1, 2).

iDom shows no mercy to Zeku players, Brolynho trolls with side switches, and Menat scores a 51 hit combo - Street Fighter 5 'dirt' compilation

Street Fighter 5 is known for a number of interesting things. Some people might say it's a game filled with "dirty" things.

Comebacks are actually a pretty common in Street Fighter 5. Damage output tends to be very high for most fighters in the game.

RektScrub recently uploaded a video showcasing some of the dirty sequences that can occur during gameplay. Note that the ranks of the players participating in these matches range from platinum to master.

We see iDom certainly isn't taking it easy on Zeku players. In fact, he scored a perfect on one of them.

Meanwhile Big Bird is showing off what he's discovered with Zeku. Of course, we see many of the other Season 2 DLC characters as well -- Rockpon, for example, managed to land a 51 hit combo with Menat.

Here are a couple of sequences to get you started:


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Pepeday talks with Red Bull on returning to competition, the match that changed his life, and why he never left Street Fighter 4

The year was 2014 and Street Fighter 4 was nearing its final chapters. The community had widely figured that those who were going to rise to the top of the competitive scene had already done so, but one Japanese player rushed to jump aboard the hype train at the very last minute.

Yudai "Pepeday" Furushima wowed audiences when he exploded onto the Ultra Street Fighter 4 scene with one of the most unique El Fuerte game plans (or perhaps, brilliant lack thereof) the community had ever seen.

It was a rare sight to see El Fuerte in the latter brackets of tournaments, let alone to see one giving players like CYG|Daigo Umehara a run for their money. Pepeday's charisma and strong skill set made him a fan favorite both in and out of gameplay.

Street Fighter 4's time in the central spotlight abruptly ended upon the release of Street Fighter 5 in early 2016, and Pepeday was one of the many players that disappeared with the game, much to the dismay of his numerous fans.

We're excited to say that the charismatic Japanese player will be attending Red Bull Battle Grounds next weekend in Boston, and has sat down for an interview with Red Bull to catch us up on what he's been up to, and what we can expect in the near future.

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Ninja Turtles Injustice 2 reveal sends fans into hype-filled frenzy; relive the magic of the moment with them here

Seeing the Ninja Turtles in the latest Injustice 2 trailer was quite a surprise to fans. That's putting it very mildly...

Atom and Enchantress are cool, but most of us probably care more about those Ninja Turtles. You can probably visualize fan reactions to their reveal.

Ed Boon posted a clip of the Eleague crowd while the trailer was playing. The energy in the room started off tame.

Eventually though, the time came to reveal that final character after Atom and Enchantress. When that sai blade was thrown into the ground, the crowd seemed unsure of what to make of it.

When the coat and hat was discarded, everybody basically lost their mind. You could feel everybody's excitement.

Maximilian also had a live reaction video. He (and a few others) were speculating that the character was going to be Mileena. Hit the jump to see how he reacted to the Ninja Turtles's entry.


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