What fighting game-related announcements are we likely to see at E3 2019?

Well we know we're getting a Smash character at least

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 9, 2019 at 11:18 a.m. PDT

E3 may have officially kicked off yesterday with EA's announcements, but today marks the true beginning for most of us interested in fighting games with Microsoft's conference coming at 1 p.m. PDT.

We already know at least one big reveal is coming soon, but let's take a look at the other upcoming and currently available fighters that may have a presence at the big event this year.

At the end of the Nintendo World Championships event last night, Masahiro Sakurai himself announced that a new character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be announced at Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, June 11.

We've also seen in recent days a leaked title in Bleeding Edge that will likely be revealed officially at Microsoft's E3 press conference.

Capcom is also going to have a Street Fighter presence in Los Angeles, California this week, but does that mean we're actually likely to see some sort of new information there?

What do the Bandai Namco leaks mean for their three big fighting games at E3? Let's break it all down below with what we know and what we don't know.

Confirmed for E3

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

With Sakurai's announcement last night, we know that a new character is coming in our near future as many of us had previously guessed which will be shown off to the world on Tuesday morning with a later June release window likely in store.

Perhaps more interesting than Sakurai taking the stage was the new head of Nintendo of America, Doug Bowser, stating that we may want to tune in "to see what or who [Sakurai] may be talking about" as rumors have been swirling about Banjo's potential inclusion in the roster.

Samurai Shodown

The new SNK fighter is only a few weeks from launch now, and though we already know all of the characters in the base roster, it appears as though the game is going to have some sort of showing for E3.

Samurai Shodown's Twitter account retweeted Geoff Keighley's Tweet about the YouTube Live show hosted by Samuel Jackson and the Xbox conference. SNK's response was "if we were you, we'd be watching this particular E3 2019 show today."


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Update: We now know that post was in regards to Rimururu's announcement as the first DLC character for Samurai Shodown.

Probable for E3

Bleeding Edge

This game was leaked out a few days ago with a trailer with what appears to be 4v4 arena combat in a similar vein to something like Anarchy Reigns from Platinum Games back on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Bleeding Edge is being developed by Ninja Theory, the studio behind titles like Hellblade, DmC: Devil May Cry and Heavenly Sword, who were purchased by Microsoft with the announcement at E3 2018, so it stands to reason that the new game has a very good chance at showing up at today's Xbox event.

Unlikely to Have New Announcements

Street Fighter 5

Yoshinori Ono is going to be in attendance for E3 this week along with some other Capcom staff though we don't believe that a reveal for SF5 is likely to come.

Ono is signed on for his usual autograph sessions for the event while the Capcom Fighters team will be running Street Fighter League exhibitions with the pro players facing off against each other and the attendees.

Sony, Capcom's original partner to develop SF5, is skipping out on E3 this year which essentially leaves the Street Fighter team without a big platform to make any announcements from unless they just wanted to do so from their own stream. It feels much more likely, however, that we'll still need to wait until EVO 2019 to see what Capcom and Ono have in store for the future of their flagship fighter.

Mortal Kombat 11

NetherRealm's latest title feels like it should have been a lock to see more shown at E3 with some potentially big DLC plans in the works, but some awkward timing has us feeling that they are choosing to skip out on the show once again.

Shang Tsung's trailer was just revealed a little over a week ago along with the identity of the majority of the Kombat Pack, so it feels to be a little too soon to see more for the game likely until the soul-stealing sorcerer is officially out. The timing of the trailer though has us wondering why they didn't just save it for E3 to get potentially more eyes on it. Shang Tsung's trailer was fantastic and likely would have impressed anyone who'd seen the original film even if they were no longer really in tune with fighting games typically.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6 and Tekken 7

Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 each have at least one DLC character they have left to show off that are coming in the near future, but it seems that they won't be at E3 for a fairly simple reason.

Bandai Namco's apparent E3 plans leaked online including three currently unannounced titles and nothing involving fighting games. A DBFZ reveal for Janemba seemed quite possible given that it was Xbox that originally talked about the character, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards this time around.

Katsuhiro Harada is also in attendance for the big event, but that's not surprising given that he's now the general manager of original IP over at Bandai Namco. We've already received all of the promised new content for Tekken 7, so we'll need to wait until EVO or the Tekken World Tour Finals to learn what's next for the series.

What announcements are you hoping to see at E3 2019? Let us know in the comments below.

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