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5 fighting games releasing in 2020 that you need to look out for

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 1, 2020 at 2:39 p.m. PST • Comments: 50

The new year is officially upon us, and with the start of 2020 means new fighting games for us to get our hands on. The market for fighting games is as packed as its ever been, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

In 2020, we'll be seeing numerous fighting games launched. Today we're going to talk about five in particular that you should keep an eye out for.

The list we have cultivated here organizes the game releases in order of date. Naturally, there are some without concrete release dates at this point in time, so we went ahead and tried to place them based on their planned launch window.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

Platform: PlayStation 4, PC
Release date: February 14, 2020
Retail price: $29.99 USD

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is the next installment in the Street Fighter 5 lineage. Bringing nearly all of the content from the first four seasons of the game, 40 playable characters, and over 200 costumes, this will be the quintessential version of the game for fans to pick up.

Champion Edition will be released alongside the newest DLC character. Street Fighter 4's big boss, Seth, will be included with the upcoming game and boasts a new design and new techniques.

Street Fighter 5 recently saw the addition of a large balance update, as well as a second V-Skill added for every character. Champion Edition will also include all of this content, and it will be available for purchase both physically and digitally.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[Cl-R]

Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release date: February 20, 2020
Retail price: $39.99 USD

The third major UNIEL installment is set for release late next month. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[Cl-R] is set to include new moves, numerous balance changes, and a new character, Londrekia.

If you already own Exe:Late[st], then Exe: Late[Cl-R] will be available as a free update. The game will also release as a standalone purchase.

Exe: Late[Cl-R] will be the first time UNIEL sees a launch on the Nintendo Switch. This fighting game series is one that sees strong support from its community, and 2020 will bring even more for the dedicated fanbase to sink their teeth into.

Granblue Fantasy Versus

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: 2020
Retail price: $59.99 USD

This stylish 2.5 fighting game from Arc System Works has already been making waves by way of its closed beta and upcoming release in Japan. Players overseas can expect to see it launch on February 6, 2020, but a North American release is slated for sometime this year.

Granblue Fantasy Versus is based on the Granblue Fantasy RPG. It operates as a standard 2D fighter, but as a means of making it more accessible for newcomers, Granblue also uses a "Skybound Arts" feature.

Each character comes equipped with a Skybound Art that is tied to a skill that they can use in the RPG, and these maneuvers are activated by a single button press. There will be 11 characters at launch, with four DLC fighters expected in the first wave of additional content.

Guilty Gear -Strive-

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: Late 2020
Retail price: TBD

Arc System Works is bringing an all-new Guilty Gear to fans in 2020. While the game aims to retain the spirit of the beloved fighting game franchise, Guilty Gear -Strive- is experimenting with several new tricks of the trade to make it a more welcoming experience for newcomers.

Strive's art-style is as beautiful as ever, and gameplay appears more cinematic with dynamic camera angles and stage transitions to keep spectators hooked. Series mainstays such as Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske make a return, and Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari noted that while familiar fighters will retain familiar gameplay traits, the development team is reexamining the returning characters and in tandem with new gameplay mechanics aims to maintain overall balance.

Guilty Gear -Strive- does not have a concrete release date yet, but it is expected in "late" 2020.

King of Fighters 15

Platform: TBA
Release date: 2020
Retail price: TBD

Very little is known about the next numbered King of Fighters game right now. SNK revealed that the game is in development back in December 2018, and since then all we have seen is the game's logo unveiled.

Looking back at past King of Fighters games, these main iterations typically boast a large roster of fighters categorized into specific teams of three. King of Fighters 14 saw an impressive cast of a whopping 59 playable characters, and while we don't know if KOF 15 will match that, it is clear that there is no shortage of warriors to choose from.

We haven't seen a main King of Fighters game released since 2016, so those looking to get their SNK fix this year will undoubtedly want to keep an eye out for King of Fighters 15.

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