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What will we see revealed at Tokyo Game Show for fighting game announcements?

Tokyo Game Show is the Eastern equivalent to the West's E3, so it should come as no surprise that many of the big video game reveals and announcements come to us in September every year.

We're about two weeks away from the start of TGS 2018 on September 19th which is shaping up to be the bearer of good news for new fighting game announcements, and we're going to break down what to expect and where to look during the massive event.

Bandai Namco is looking to have a major presence at the trade show this year, and their fighting games are certainly not being left out of the equation since we'll likely see at least three announcements for their upcoming or currently available fighting games later this month. TGS is also the place where the publisher first showed off Tien, Yamcha and Android 21 in action for Dragon Ball FighterZ last year.

Tokyo Game Show 2018 will also serve as a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition will have a presence there even if there is no new reveals for Capcom's flagship fighter. It is worth pointing out though that Monster Hunter was revealed for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite at TGS 2017.

Other developers / publishers like Koei Tecmo and Arc System Works have already announced their attendance of the show as well with new announcements for their games coming in a few weeks.

You can check out our full Tokyo Game Show 2018 breakdown after the jump.

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Dead or Alive 6 jiggle physics update: they're back, but more realistic this time around; see for yourself in these six minutes of new footage

It's been four long years now, but I finally get to write about the one subject I joined EventHubs to cover: virtual boobs.

As seemingly unimportant of a topic as it may seem at first, the Dead or Alive fighting game franchise has made its characters' overt sexuality a major part of its identity as a whole.

With the sixth installment on the horizon developers came out immediately to state that they are aiming to tone down said sexuality likely in an effort to reach wider audiences.

As the game develops we've seen only glimpses here and there as more and more content is showcased. Recently Dual Shockers was able to get some behind the scenes time with a current build of Dead or Alive 6 and have reported that it "marked the return of breast physics, but in a more realistic fashion."

Traditional Dead or Alive breast physics — I still can't really believe I'm writing about this — have been overly accentuated and to draw attention. In addition to a summary of statements offered by Producer and Director Yohei Shimbori, Dual Shockers also got some video footage of this current DOA6 build.

This is not the final product and stands mainly to showcase the progress the game and its visuals have made since we last saw it. As far as a jiggle physics are concerned, some characters do seem to have a little more than real life standards would see, but they're nowhere near the likes of previous DOA titles. Here's a quick example:


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Hitomi and Leifang gameplay featured at developer session for Dead or Alive 6 at Gamescom

Hitomi and Leifang were originally teased and subsequently leaked for Dead or Alive 6 before their official reveal at Gamescom this week, and now we get a better chance to see them in action.

Director and producer of Dead or Alive 6 Yohei Shimbori joined IGN at Gamescom to show off gameplay and multiple matches for Hitomi and Leifang while answering questions about the new characters.

We see the characters battling in different colors for their default costume on the new Forbidden Fortune stage where a giant octopus will grab a fighter that gets knocked into the Danger Zone.

Shimbori states that they changed their default costumes so that newcomers would be able to more easily tell what kind of fighting styles they use. He does assure fans that their previous costumes will still be in the game as alternates, however.

The director also reveals that both characters were planned for the game since the beginning of production, but Leifang was originally supposed to be revealed alongside Jann-Lee. Hitomi was always planned to be announced at Gamescom though due to her German heritage.

You can check out a round from the matches in the clip below along with the full video after the jump featuring the interview plus more matches with Diego, Zack, Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa.


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Hitomi and Leifang officially revealed in new Dead or Alive 6 trailer

A couple of days ago, Hitomi and Leifang were accidentally leaked for Dead or Alive 6. It was suspected that they would be revealed during Gamescom week after they were teased on Twitter via silhouettes.

Team Ninja Studio has now released the official trailer for Hitomi and Leifang. They fight on a brand new stage called the "Forbidden Fortune."

Leifang is declared to be the T'ai Chi Ch'uan prodigy who is capable of utilizing a series of effective holds to counter enemy attacks. She has been in the series since the very first Dead or Alive game.

Meanwhile, Hitomi has "The Fist of Innocence" title. She is apparently a Karate expert whose techniques are both offensive and defensive in nature. Hitomi's first appearance was Dead or Alive 3.

One of the main stage hazards present on the Forbidden Fortune is a giant kraken. According to the video's description, the kraken is guarding stolen treasure found inside of the ship.

After the jump, you can check out the new trailer.

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Hitomi and Leifang screenshots leak online for Dead or Alive 6

Previously, Tecmo Koei teased two new characters to be revealed for Dead or Alive 6 at Gamescom in the coming week, but it appears our first look at the characters are already available to view via some leaked screenshots online.

French gaming website Playscope recently posted screenshots of Hitomi and Leifang online ahead of their official Gamescom reveal which have since been taken down though they have been saved elsewhere around the web.

A new stage is also revealed in these screenshots featuring a shipwreck and an interactible giant octopus / kraken-like Danger Zone that appears to grab and throw characters that get to close or are knocked into the large tentacles.

Both characters are returning favorites with Hitomi first appearing in 2001's Dead or Alive 3 and Leifang being a part of the original Dead or Alive roster before the turn of the century.

Hitomi is of German and Japanese descent, and she is trained in basic karate by her father obtaining her black belt at 18. Leifang is Chinese college student and is referred to as the "Tai Ji Quan Genius."

Diego and Rig were the previous characters announced for Dead or Alive 6 before EVO 2018 where the former is the new title's first official newcomer. You can take a look at the new characters and new stage in the gallery below.

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Hitomi and Leifang teased for Dead or Alive 6

Two silhouettes were shown on the official Dead or Alive Twitter account. Many have speculated that the identities of the shadows are Hitomi and Leifang.

Being that Dead or Alive 6 is currently being development, this seems to indicate an announcement of these two for the upcoming game. The Tweet appears to be hinting at the official reveal at Gamescom this month.

Hitomi was first introduced into the series in Dead or Alive 3 back in 2001. She is of both German and Japanese descent — her father was German while her mother was Japanese.

Her fighting style appears to be a basic type of Karate. Trained by her father, she was able to earn her black belt at the age of 18.

Leifang appeared in the very first Dead or Alive game. She is a Chinese college student and Taiji Quan prodigy. Her main goal was to defeat Jann Lee — who had previously saved her life — in order to prove that she too is strong.

Gamescom will begin on August 21st. We should receive more details before the end of August 25th.

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Diego and Rig announced for Dead or Alive 6

Two previously unannounced characters have been revealed for Dead or Alive 6. Their names are Rig and Diego.

Fans of the Dead or Alive series are sure to recognize Rig. His debut in the series was Dead or Alive 5.

During the events of Dead or Alive 5, Rig appeared as one of the game's main antagonists. He is a and oil platform worker and practitioner Taekwondo. He does not actually know his real name.

Immediately into the trailer, we can see Rig starting trouble with someone we've never seen before. This newcomer to the series is Diego.

Apparently Diego started participating in street matches. He intends to earn money this way in order to support his ailing mother. This has given him the title of New York's "uncrowned street hero."

It's demonstrated that Diego has a very "raw" fighting style. Many of his attacks involve actions such as headbutting and curb stomping the opponent's head.

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I'm skeptical Dead or Alive 6 will stick with scaling back sexual content, because of history and bikini wedgies

Ever since the Dead or Alive 6 team said "we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized," I've been pretty skeptical of their claims, mostly due to how DoA5 turned out.

It has less to do with the sheer amount of sexual content in Dead or Alive 5, but the statements that Team Ninja made before that game was released, and then later started walking back.

I'll say flat out, up front, there's nothing wrong with sexual content. There's a time and place for it, and one of those places has typically been the Dead or Alive franchise. It's often what the series is well known for, and what longtime fans expect.

Even though people may not own up to that being a reason they play these games, like when gamers asked for more male costumes, but instead bought the bathing suits, the bottom line is sexual content is a pretty established norm for the franchise.

There's also no issue with toning down the sexual content of your games — if that's truly your intention.

My problem here is that I think Team Ninja is being a bit deceptive with their statements, based on remarks they made a few years back. Before we get into those though, I just want to remind everyone of what Dead or Alive 5's costumes looked like, a game which was still being supported up until December 2017.

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'Jiggle physics aren't gone in Dead or Alive 6, they're just toned down' - Producer Yohei Shimbori directly addresses DoA6's character sexualization

Since Dead or Alive 6 was revealed last Wednesday, a great deal of community banter has focused on the development team's decision to tone down sexuality, perhaps the franchise's most widely known trademark.

Scantily-clad characters and overly jiggly assets have become so much expected that Team Ninja almost immediately began receiving social media heat once word that such aspects of the game may not be returning in the latest entry got out.

Producer and Director for Dead or Alive 6, Yohei Shimbori, spoke directly on this matter during a Twitch E3 stream.

"We got a lot of comments about the jiggle and the bounce, but to be honest with you, that’s something that is part of the genes of the DOA series, so it’s not gone entirely. We’ve taken an approach where it’s more realistic and natural. We just wanted to clarify that. It’s not how people think of it. It’s just toned down," said Shimbori.

Furthermore Shimbori also clarified that Kasumi's traditional blue costume would be coming back in Dead or Alive 6. Though he only spoke about Kasumi in this respect, we wouldn't be surprised to find that other iconic legacy characters will be getting the same treatment.

You can view the bit where Shimbori responds about sexualization and jiggle physics by clicking the thumbnail here:


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Big E3 sales underway for titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition; Killer Instinct: Definitive is $10

E3 may be winding down its new game announcements, but the sales related to the year's biggest gaming event are still well underway; the fighting game sales are very strong this time around.

The US PlayStation store currently has their 'Best of E3 Sale' going for "big titles from years past" including the likes of many current and popular fighting games on PlayStation 4.

Dragon Ball FighterZ sees discounts on the digital storefront for the game's standard edition, FighterZ Edition including the season pass and Ultimate Edition with the season pass, anime music pack as well as the commentator DLC pack.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, its deluxe version and the game's character passes are also included in the sale as well as Injustice 2: Legendary Edition, Guilty Gear REV 2 and Tekken 7 among others.

Microsoft's fighter Killer Instinct is also up for grabs for a great price. Players that have yet to pick up the title can grab it plus all of its characters and content with the Definitive Edition for $9.99 USD.

The PlayStation Store sale is running through June 19th. You can check out the full list of games and prices below.

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Team Ninja releases more information for the characters and systems revealed for Dead or Alive 6 so far

Koei Tecmo Games surprised everyone last week by announcing that Dead or Alive 6 was not only in development, but in a state where players can already sit down and get in some matches in the title.

Along with the game's reveal and other information, like new features being added to the game and their plans to reduce sexualization of their characters, six characters were also fittingly revealed.

All of the characters officially shown off so far are returning characters from previous Dead or Alive (and Ninja Gaiden) titles. The characters that we currently know are a part of the roster are Kasumi, Helena, Hayate, Ryu Hayabusa, Jann Lee and Zack.

Team Ninja has also updated their website with details about each of the characters shown thus far along with the games new mechanics like the Break Gauge System with Break Blows and Break Holds as well as the Fatal Rush system.

Dead or Alive 6 is currently slated to release in early 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam, and we know now that the game will be playable to the general public for the first time at EVO 2018.

You can take a look at some official stills of the characters in action in the gallery below along with the new system descriptions plus the character bios and high resolution character models after the jump.

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Nearly 13 minutes of Dead or Alive 6 E3 2018 gameplay footage

On June 8, 2018, Dead or Alive 6 was revealed. This was quite the pleasant surprise for fans considering the somber farewell message the Dead or Alive 5 team left the tournament scene back in December of last year.

Team Ninja is making a number of interesting decisions with Dead or Alive 6. For one, they are making a conscious effort to make the characters less sexualized.

Dead or Alive 6 is also the first game in the series to feature a super meter bar. The game director has noted that the new special move button is a "rescue button for beginners."

An interview with IGN also revealed a number of other new mechanics. There will be a side attack, break gauge, fatal stun, and more included.

IGN also recently released a YouTube video that showcases some gameplay for the upcoming fighter. There's nearly 13 minutes of footage shown while an interview is being conducted.

The returning characters so far are Kasumi, Hayabusa, Jann Lee, Zack, Hayate and Helena. There also appears to be a newcomer to the series. Dead or Alive 6 will be releasing in early 2019.

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Dead or Alive 6 new mechanics including Side Attack, Break Gauge, Fatal Stun and more detailed in IGN interview with Director Yohei Shimbori

It's been a good six years since Dead or Alive 5 initially dropped and though fans of the series weren't necessarily expecting a new entry, we found out yesterday that an all new Dead or Alive 6 is on the horizon.

IGN scored an interview with the game's Director, Yohei Shimbori, who detailed some of what DOA6 will have to offer.

As Shimbori talks about the game, we see some footage of Dead or Alive 6's new mechanics in action. These include the Side Attack, Break Gauge, Fatal Lash/Stun, Break Blow and Break Hold.

The details on what these all do and how to perform them are included over at Free Step Dodge, but we'll share the specifics for Fatal Last/Stun to give you an idea.

"Pressing that 4th button continuously is an activity all characters can trigger.... the first hit will initiate Fatal Stun, which puts the opponent in an unprotected state, and the normal hold can not be performed. If your gauge bar is filled you can use "Break Blow" on the last hit. This will be an easy move to pull off for beginners, but the timing of it will be complex for high level play."

Some of this ties directly into DOA6's attempt to reach more casual audiences with easier execution, as Shimbori notes that it "kind of evens the battlefield a little bit." You can view the full interview below.

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Dead or Alive 6 to feature the series' first-ever super meter; new Special button is a 'rescue button for beginners' says the game's director

Dead or Alive 6 is coming early 2019. What feels like an out of left field announcement this week has people once again talking about the fast-paced 3D fighting title.

We've seen the official reveal trailer for Dead or Alive 6, and though it provided us with a look at some gameplay, there is still a lot to learn about how the game will function.

IGN was given the opportunity to get hands-on time with Koei Tecmo's upcoming title, and were also able to speak with Dead or Alive 6 producer / director Yohei Shimbori.

Fortunately, Shimbori shed some light on some of the game's mechanics.

Though this installment in the Dead or Alive series will play similarly to its predecessors, every new game in a series should have some added features to keep things fresh. Naturally, Dead or Alive 6 will have some new bells and whistles, like the new Special button.

Set to R1 on a PlayStation 4 controller and RB on an Xbox One controller, the Special button allows players to perform a powerful combo by simply tapping it repeatedly. This combo, or "Fatal Rush," utilizes up to four "neatly animated" punches or kicks that will make newcomers feel like expert competitors.

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'We made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized' - Dead or Alive 6 director discusses the shift in design philosophy for the team

Koei Tecmo revealed Dead or Alive 6 earlier today much to the surprise of almost everyone on the internet, and the developers over at Team Ninja are already out and providing more details about the game and its new features.

The game's director and producer, Yohei Shimbori, and art director Yutaka Saito joined IGN to discuss what DOA6 will have to offer along with the changes and additions that are being made to the new title

Those that watched the reveal trailer for DOA6 probably noticed that the female characters were dressed in less revealing costumes than what had become expected of the franchise that has Xtreme Beach Volleyball spin-offs which appears to be a very intentional decision by the development team.

“We wanted to make a more cool and mature Dead or Alive this time, and to that end we made a conscious decision to make the characters less sexualized,” said director Shimbori via IGN.

Female characters' breasts will no longer feature the exaggerated 'jiggle physics' or seemingly defy gravity with their bouncing as was becoming somewhat of a staple for the series.

Below is a side-by-side comparison showing Kasumi as she appears in one of her bikini alternate costumes in Dead or Alive 5 next to what is likely Kasumi's new default costume for DOA6.

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Dead or Alive 6 revealed

More big fighting game news this morning as Koei Tecmo has revealed Dead or Alive 6.

The new title is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, making it the first installment of the Dead or Alive series to be developed on current-gen technology.

Koei Tecmo has released a trailer to showcase the upcoming fighting game. In it, we see returning characters Kasumi, Hayabusa, Jann Lee, Zack, Hayate and Helena, as well as what appears to be a brand new character.

Much of what we know from the Dead or Alive series seems to still be intact in Dead or Alive 6. Stage interactions make their return and now seem to involve background character participation.

We also see that super moves have been brought back and still retain their cinematic quality. From the looks of it, supers still need to be charged mid-combo.

There also appears to be a blood splatter effect that can be seen on-screen when certain hits land. This might just be an added effect for the trailer, however.

Dead or Alive 6 is expected to drop early 2019.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 10 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Battle Arena Melbourne is back for its 10th installment, and it's going to be the a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you know a bunch of top Tekken players from Asia are going to show up down under to try and grab those points.

It is also a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, and while it's not as stacked as you might hope, being on the same weekend as France's Stunfest, a Premier Event for the tour, some top players chose to attend here instead.

Besides these two games, the event will also feature tournaments in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, pretty much anyone who's anyone from Asia's Tekken scene will show up, but for a short list of names for various games, you can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, ROX|Knee, UYU|Qudans, Alliance|Armada, Fursan|Verloren, RZR|Xian, FOX|Saint, Fursan|LowHigh, ROX|Chanel, Kkokkoma, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, iG|Jiewa and many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, New Game Plus TV, Melbourne Melee, Firery, Burnout Fighter, Virtua Fighter Australia and Couch Warriors Smash.

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