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Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash announced for April release in free and paid versions with hits to the graphics to get it running on Nintendo Switch

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 31, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. PDT • Comments: 31

With April 1 now upon the world (in Japan at least), fighting game fans are looking to Arika to see if they've got another April Fool's Day announcement, and the streak indeed continues.

Arika announced today that the reworked Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash is now available on the Nintendo Switch in Japan with a western release slated for later in the month, and it'll allow players to try the game out for free in a limited capacity.

The free to download version of Another Dash features four playable characters with Kairi, Darun, Shirase and Doctrine Dark to choose from though the only modes available with it are Arcade and Versus.

For $25 USD, players will unlock the full experience with 18 characters in total plus all colors, training mode and online functionality.

Another Dash is something of a complete rework of the standard FEXL, as it completely gets rid of the Gougi system in favor of new EX moves that allow players to extend or break combos plus some other neat interactions.

To get the game running smoothly on Switch, it appears the developers had to make noticeable sacrifices to FEXL's graphics with seemingly lower texture quality and anti-aliasing.

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Similar situations have been seen though in pretty much every 3D fighting game ported to Nintendo's hybrid console including Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Samurai Shodown though the rumored upgraded version of the Switch may help alleviate those problems with the help of artificial intelligence.

Another Dash does not use the rollback netcode that was implemented in the standard FEXL title and instead uses something of a mixed system the developers call backstep interrupt.

More updates for the game are planned for the coming months including an online spectator mode and a slow motion feature that looks similar to Tekken 7's.

With the April 1 announcement, fans were also looking forward to perhaps seeing what the project Arika teased last year, Prayer to Death, would end up being, but it seems like we'll have to keep waiting to see if it'll make it into a full game or not.

Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash is scheduled to release on the Switch in North America and Europe on April 15.

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