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Final Round 2018 early results, stream ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR, Punk, Daigo, NuckleDu, Saint, ChrisG, Itazan and more

Update: This story is being updated with live results as they occur.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, Monster|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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Aigis, Carmine, and Jubei revealed for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle character pack 2

Three new DLC characters have been announced for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle today as Arc System Works revealed Aigis, Carmine, and Jubei just a few minutes ago.

Hailing from Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and BlazBlue respectively, these three continue to round out the 2v2 game's roster nicely. Aigis is also the first member of the roster to originally come from Persona 3.

We got a trailer showing off snippets of each character's basic game play and special moves as they explode on to the scene to bash foes with their partners.

Cross Tag Battle is set to release at the end of May in Japan and then on June fifth in North America.

Let us know what you think of these new fighters as well as who you think will join the cast later in the comments after you check out the exciting new content.

Below are a few stills showcasing each of three new characters, and you'll find the full trailer after the jump.

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The Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour both kick off this weekend - here's what's waiting at Final Round in a few days

We've had a few months now without any tournament circuits going on, and while there've still been events happening, it's been quiet for fighting game community standards.

That's all coming to an end now, though, as both the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour are going to be kicking off at Final Round 2018 this weekend.

Not only is it kicking off both tours, but it's a Premier event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and a Master event for Tekken 7, so stakes are huge right out of the gate.

With such a lucrative opportunity, you can bet all manner of top players will be showing up to try and get that optimal start to the year's season, and we're going to list some of the biggest ones aiming to show up.

Of course, that's not all. Dragon Ball FighterZ is at the event and has an absolute crazy amount of registrants, and a bunch of other fighting games will be played, too.

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Winter Brawl 12 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's story will feature fights on the 'Phantom Field' - Arc System Works shares details on the game's different modes

Arc System Works is currently in the process of developing their next team-based fighting title -- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. In it, players will construct teams of two from a roster consisting of characters from the BlazBlue series, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.

The company shared details on the various game modes fans can expect to see when they boot up the game. Thanks to Gematsu, we have the translations to read over.

First up, ArcSys released the main artwork for Cross Tag Battle. Illustrated by Higuchi Konomi, designer and artist for several other Arc System Works games, the piece features two characters from each of the four franchises represented.

In the past, the BlazBlue series has provided players with an extensive story mode. Things will be no different with Cross Tag Battle, as the "Episode Mode" will include an original story where "battles unfold on the 'Phantom Field,' a singular point where the worlds of the four works represented in the game come together."

We'll also be seeing a "Tactics Mode" that allows players to experience the unique systems that Cross Tag Battle has to offer. Based on the screenshot provided, this mode looks reminiscent of a combo trials mode you'd see in other modern fighting titles.

You can check out screenshots for these three modes below.

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BlazBlue director and Guilty Gear creator discuss accessibility while keeping depth and why male ArcSys characters lack nipples in new interview

Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari and BlazBlue director Toshimichi Mori have been no strangers to interviews lately, and now they are back answering the pressing questions like where are Azrael's nipples?

The two Arc System Works veterans recently sat down with PC Gamer to talk about the accessibility in Cross Tag Battle, sharing technology, PC releases, EVO and of course the absent nipples.

On the topic of making Cross Tag Battle more accessible, Mori says that he wants to bring in players that have been on the sidelines feeling like the barrier of entry was too high and hopes new players will be able to easily pick up and play the game.

"I think a lot of [depth] will come down to the character combinations," said Mori, via PC Gamer. "There are a variety of toolkits the players will have access to, depending on which characters they combine with who."

In terms of the PC base for ArcSys game players, Mori says they have not noticed a shift in player base yet from more established or familiar spaces and platforms.

"I think it's still very very young in its development stages, said Mori." "Yes, we have begun to bring games to the PC, but having said that, we haven't noticed any large movement in terms of shift in fanbase or anything of that nature. I think we'll find out in the coming years how that's going to affect that our company structure."

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Six minutes of new BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle footage uploaded showing off Chie, Jin, and the Japanese RWBY cast

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has been in the news quite a bit lately largely stemming from its previous messaging and confusion about DLC for the game leading up to more concrete details about the game's pricing structure.

At the end of the day though, Cross Tag Battle is still a fighting game, so gameplay is still king for most folks. On that front, Gamespot's YouTube channel uploaded six minutes of new footage for the game.

We get to see a total of three matches in the game starting off with a team of large bodies, Tager and Waldstein, against the team of the scythe users, Ruby Rose and Gordeau. They use the Japanese voices for this footage, so if you haven't heard Ruby and Weiss' Japanese voices, it is something else worth checking out.

In the second match we get to see Weiss and Nu 13 take on Ragna and Linne. For those that played the Persona 4 Arena games, Weiss' gameplay looks to take from Mitsuru's with her quick rapier attacks and ice specials.

Lastly, they show a team made up of Yukiko and Jin against Chie and Hyde duke it out. The team of fire and ice's keep away game cannot hold against Hyde and Chie's rushdown abilities.

The clip below shows off some scythe team chemistry and combos. Be sure to check out the full video after the jump.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's US pricing detailed by ArcSys along with statements from the series' creator

Arc System Works have been staying in the gaming media and the fighting game community spotlight for a while now with their release of Dragon Ball FighterZ and their messaging for the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

Yesterday, ArcSys detailed the pricing for the crossover game's various SKUs and DLC in Japan, and they have now detailed how those prices will look in the US along with some new statements from series creator, Toshimichi Mori.

The base game will cost players $50 for both the physical and digital versions of Cross Tag Battle.

Like the Japanese breakdown, the DLC will be bundled into six packs of three characters each plus the free Blake and Yang DLC. Each pack costs $5 though there is the option to buy the "Character Collection" containing all of the packs for $20

The first character pack containing Kanji, Orie, and Platinum the Trinity will be free to download for the first two weeks after the game launches and a "Digital Deluxe" edition of the game will be available for $70 including all of the content mentioned above.

In an interview with Destructoid, Mori stated that their first announcements were muddled and caused confusion for the audience.

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Gameplay footage of Blake Belladonna in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Today's three new DLC characters has been the talk of the town for the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, but that wasn't all we were made privy to.

We also got our first look at Blake Belladonna's gameplay, as the RWBY character got a good three to four minutes of stream time.

Blake's most notable ability is her Semblance, which enables her the power to create clones of herself that can server various purposes. Cross Tag Battle was sure to take full advantage of this, granting her access to multiple variations of said clones.

We also get to view her basic attacks, specials and movements as ArcSys representatives show off the basics for this RWBY protagonist.

Below is a one minute clip from the showcase that highlights her gunfire special attack as well as a few other techniques that cause her to zip about as she fights.

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ArcSys details pricing for Japanese versions of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and its DLC

Arc System Works have been catching some flak for their DLC structure in their upcoming game BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The game is set to launch with 20 characters in the main roster with 20 more being added in with DLC.

Today ArcSys detailed their pricing structure for the game and its DLC in Japan as well as released a new trailer showcasing their first character pack featuring Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue, Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4, and Orie from Under Night In-Birth.

The standard retail version of the crossover game will cost 6264 yen (~59 USD) while its digital counterpart will cost 5800 yen (~55 USD), via Famitsu. For comparison the price of Dragon Ball FighterZ is 8208 yen (~77 USD) on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

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Kanji Tatsumi, Platinum the Trinity and Orie announced as DLC characters for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Arc System Works dropped a new trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle showing off three more of its planned DLC characters.

Platinum the Trinity from the BlazBlue series, Orie from Under Night In-Birth, and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 are set to be the next characters in the crossover game's roster.

The sets of characters are seemingly going to be released in packs of three with the aforementioned characters making up the first round of paid DLC according to Famitsu though this first pack will be free for those that pre-order the game or purchase first print copies, via Siliconera.

There are six volumes shown for DLC sets that do not include the previously announced Yang and Blake from RWBY as free DLC.

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For the first time in over two years, a BlazBlue game will feature an English dub alongside Japanese with Cross Tag Battle

After largely leaving out English dubs from their games for over two years, Arc System Works has stated that BlazBlue Cross Tag battle will indeed be getting both English and Japanese voices when it releases later this year.

During a livestream featuring Battle for the Stones' champ Jonathan "Cloud805" Morales, it is revealed that the game will be "subbed and dubbed with a localization."

Cross Tag Battle, along with Dragon Ball FighterZ, breaks their streak of releasing fighting games without English voice acting since the release of BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend in 2015.

Both of the Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator games along with BlazBlue Central Fiction forwent English voices and released solely with Japanese even though Guilty Gear Xrd Sign did feature a dub.

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Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna announced as free DLC for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna have been announced as free DLC for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. While Blake Belladonna was already previously revealed, Yang Xiao Long appears to be a new arrival.

This information was elaborated on during the EVO 2018 lineup reveal stream. Despite the fact that the game isn't released yet, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be one of the main games for the event.

Both of these fighters come from the RWBY series. They will be joining Ruby Rose and Weiss Schnee, who are a part of the base roster.

These two appear to be the first among the 20 combatants that will join the cast after its launch. There's been some backlash from the community regarding the decision to make half of the characters DLC.

It was reported that BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will not cost much more than a full priced game after all the DLC fighters are purchased. It is currently unknown if any other combatants will also be free later down the road.

The game will be launching on May 31st in Asia. As for North America, it will be available on June 5th.

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Source: ArcSystemWorksU's Twitter. Sent in by: drxhunter and WaifuFightersII.

The EVO 2018 game lineup will be announced on February 6th, so let's speculate - Which games seem like locks, and which games might be in trouble?

After the massive hype of EVO Japan 2018, EVO staffer MarkMan stepped up on stage and gave people some hype stuff to look forward to. First of all, EVO Japan was confirmed to return next year, to much joy, but we were also promised that the EVO 2018 lineup will be officially unveiled on February 6th.

Getting the official EVO lineup is always a very big deal, and everyone's always sweating it, hoping that they're game of choice will make the cut.

Of course, every year we keep hearing about 7 games for the EVO lineup, and while EVO Japan did indeed cut off at 7 titles, EVO in Las Vegas has actually stuck with 9 games for the last 3 years running.

While there's no way of telling how many games are going to be part of EVO 2018 until we get the official announcements over and done with, we can still have a look at how various games' chances seem to be stacking up, leading up to the February 6 reveal.

So, what does the situation look like for the games that are battling for a coveted main stage spot at EVO 2018? You can find my thoughts on the matter below, where I've divided it up in two categories, with 6 games I think are locks, and 6 games I think are in trouble.

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EVO Japan 2018 results ft. Tokido, Omito, JDCR, E.T., MenaRD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another EVO event is upon us, and for the first time it's taking place on eastern shores, namely in Tokyo, Japan.

We've detailed the amount of entrants for this event already, and they are gargantuan. Every single game present is going to have some ridiculous gameplay coming your way, so stay tuned.

It's honestly impossible to even begin to list the amount of notable players attending, there are up to 4000 unique attendants after all, so let's just summarize by saying that if the player you're looking for lives in Asia, they're there. If they don't live in Asia, odds are still pretty good that they're there. For some brief insight into who's attending, you can check out our event preview.

The games being played in an official capacity at this tournament are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and ARMS.

Besides that, there's a huge wealth of side tournaments being played, which we will do our best to cover as well. You can find the stream list for side events at Kakuge Checker.

English language streaming is being done at EVO and Capcom Fighters, as well as dedicated game streams in Japanese for ARMS, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

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ZJZ waits patiently for the perfect jump-in while DoraBang challenges Platinum's normals with a super - KoF 14 and BlazBlue EVO Japan highlights

EVO Japan has been a tournament that has been ongoing this weekend. We're seeing an impressive display of skill for a variety of games.

There are a number of notable players participating this time around. In the case for King of Fighters 14, we see that HuomaoTV|ZJZ, Lau, SANWA|M', DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Ball KTB, HuomaoTV|E.T., Koukou, Fudoumyouou, Kindevu, ViolentKain, Tikok, and KojiKOG are among the top performing competitors for this event.

Meanwhile, BlazBlue saw the performance of CO|Fenrich, Yuta, Sayakachan-Bot, Mokemoke, Fumi, BE|DoraBang, Naoto, and Daiwa among others. The characters in the top eight for both games were fairly diverse.

As a result of the talent present here, we have highlights that showcase some of these games's cooler moments. These are just meant to give you a small glimpse at the plays that occurred at the tournament.

First up is King of Fighters 14. This particular round pitted Lau's Benimaru against Ball KTB's Leona.

Lau was just one hit away from losing Benimaru in this 3v3 skirmish. Thanks to a fake cross under reset (he stayed on the same side), Lau was able to snatch the comeback.

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Street Fighter 5's salty runback potential, Guilty Gear on home turf, Tekken gods clash, Smash brings the character specialists - EVO Japan preview

With EVO Japan 2018 around the corner, it only felt pertinent to jot up a preview for the event for all of our loyal readers.

Although I already did one piece that talked about the entrant numbers for each game, this time I will be focusing more on what to expect from the event from each game, beyond just the large entrant sizes.

The year has only just begun, but we're going to see a gathering of some of the best players in the entire world, and the place these battles will take place is in Japan, the home of some of the most legendary players the genre has ever seen.

With 7 titles getting main stage action, this is going to be a very big deal, so you'd best tune in and enjoy the show when it kicks off Friday morning Japan Standard Time.

Until then, here's some information and a few writeups to tide you over.

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