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Microsoft says no more Killer Instinct balance patches planned after upcoming 3.9 update

A new patch is headed to Killer Instinct very soon that is set to implement several system changes, as well as balance tweaks to many of the characters on the roster.

The 3.9 update was originally set for release earlier this week, but according to a recent blog on Ultra-Combo there were last minute delays. We can now expect to see the next patch go live sometime between today and Tuesday, September 5th, if all goes according to plan.

The Microsoft team has released a full set of patch notes for 3.9, and has also included a video demonstration of each character's balance changes.

The video mentions the Steam version of Killer Instinct is only weeks away, as opposed to months as it previously was. Much more on the subject wasn't divulged here, but we will be finding out more soon.

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Absolute Battle 8 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, Snake Eyez, Justin Wong

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Absolute Battle is back, and as always, it's taking place in Texas.

This event is a big deal for Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, since it's part of both the Capcom Pro Tour and the Tekken World Tour, but it's an even bigger deal for Injustice 2, for which it is a Premier Event in the Injustice 2 Pro Series.

Each of these three games are boasting over 100 entrants, so there'll be a lot of matches lined up to be played this weekend.

Although those are the main three games, that doesn't mean there's nothing else to enjoy. You can also look forward to tournament play in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Killer Instinct and Pokkén Tournament.

There are a bunch of high profile players showing up for most games present at the event, including, but not limited to, FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, Noble|Dragon, Streamme|Anakin, EG|NYChrisG, ITS|Joey Fury, Rogue|Slayer, PG|Speedkicks, FOX|Theo, Brian_F, XSK Samurai, RNG|WhiteBoi, CYG|PR Balrog, ITS|Princess Ling, Noble|Semiij, Circa|LPN, VS|Pokchop, Flash, PG|Hayatei, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, Circa|ForeverKing, Biohazard, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, vS|KoDee and WBG|CJ Truth.

Streaming is being handled by Versus Gameplay, NetherRealm, PandaxGaming and Salty Mayhem.

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Balrog takes on TJ Combo in the latest Death Battle

Honestly, it's somewhat surprising that this fantasy bout has taken this long to pop up on Death Battle, but nonetheless, we now finally find out which of these two iconic fighting game boxers would win in a punch out to the death.

Killer Instinct's TJ Combo goes head to head with Street Fighter's Balrog right smack dab in the middle of the squared circle.

ScrewAttack!'s Wiz and Boomstick do a bit of research to find the specific stats for both boxers, and it turns out they're surprisingly close when it comes to strength and resiliency.

I personally am going to give the edge to Balrog, as he's the bigger of the two a 6'4" and I've definitely felt his wrath in no small way with V-Trigger in Street Fighter 5.

A few notable feats to keep in mind, Balrog once punched an elephant to death and has survived a 1,200+ ft fall. TJ is able to launch Fulgore, a 560 pound robot, 12 feet into the air with a single hit. Curiously enough, he has also survived a 1,200+ ft fall.

The latter's out-boxer style would be a technical counter to Balrog's brawler approach, but I still feel the fight money-happy boxer's brute force will be the deciding factor.

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Summer Jam XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got yet another great Big E event in store for us this weekend, with Summer Jam XI taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, as well as a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour and also has points on the line for the Dead or Alive Battle Royale Circuit.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, ARMS, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Vampire Savior.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, UGS|XCaliburBladez, FOX|Justin Wong, Streamme|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, HoneyBee, FOX|Theo, ITS|JoeyFury, CYG|PR Balrog, VS|KoDee, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, VS|Pokchop, Fable|NYCFab, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, BrianF, Method|MikeandIke, NG|Obscure, OG|Shine, BxA|StarCharger, Method|SylverRye, NS|Ludovic, F3|Alucard and many more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, TSB Blaze, Kombat Network and Atari FGC.

With over 100 participants each in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, you'd best be ready to see some intense matches coming up.

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VS Fighting 2017 results ft. JDCR, Saint, Xian, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighting game action is going on all across the globe this weekend - for European viewers, the most time-zone friendly option is obviously VS Fighting 2017, which takes place in Birmingham, UK.

This tournament is a big deal for several games, as it's a Master event for the Tekken World Tour, a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series and a Ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

A bunch of stellar competitors from all across the world have decided to show up, so the local talent definitely have their work cut out for them.

You can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, RZR|Xian, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Rogue|Slayer, Method|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, Infused|ImStillDaDaddy, NASR|TekkenMaster, RNG|Whiteboi, Method|Cobelcog, Biohazard, Epsilon|Takamura, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, TDG|Fergus, PND|Madzin, Aris|Nivek, Infused|Afii, Epsilon|Brick, Prophecy|Shivryuken, Infused|Shakz and many more fighting for the points in their game of choice.

Besides the three aforementioned games, the tournament also hosts Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Killer Instinct and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Streaming is being handled by Tekken, NetherRealm, Electronic Dojo, VSFighting, Situational Damage and Grand Master Challenge.

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Defend the North 2017 results

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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Eagle, Killer Instinct's newest character, coming out tomorrow roughly at 9:00 AM PDT for $4.99 along with patch 3.8

As we already know, Killer Instinct's newest character, Eagle, will be releasing June 27, 2017. This will be alongside patch 3.8.

It has been announced on Ultra-Combo the time in which Eagle is planned to be released tomorrow. Keep in mind, that there is still a potential for something to delay the exact time of release -- this is only the rough estimate of the character's release time.

Eagle will be purchasable for $4.99. You'll get Eagle and his retro costume for this price.

The premium accessories for Eagle will not be immediately available though. If you want to get your hands on these, you'll have to purchase them using Killer Instinct's in-game currency, gold.

It has also been announced that Kilgore, Shin Hisako, and Eagle will be free for Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition owners -- but not yet. This was supposed to happen when the Steam version comes out, but the KI team is working towards getting these characters out for free to Windows 10 and Xbox One Definitive Edition players.

Eagle, but not Kilgore and Shin Hisako, will also be free for Season 3 Ultra Edition players, eventually. If you fall into this category, it is recommended that you wait as well.

If you own the definitive version, you'll likely want to wait until the characters are free. In the meantime, Eagle will be the next free rotating character for next week to help tide over those players.

Here are Eagle's images again. After the jump, you can review the trailer and gameplay demonstration to see if this character is right for you.

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Killer Instinct 3.8 patch notes and footage of Aganos' absolutely brutal new Ultimate

The Killer Instinct 3.8 patch is coming on June 27th, and developers have come forth with quite a lengthy list of changes.

Sadira, Orchid, Spinal, Riptor, Omen and Cinder did not receive and tweaks, but everyone else will be getting a makeover in two days' time.

There's only one general system fix rolling out:

Fixed an issue preventing several characters from cancelling normals into specials from too far away, which was most noticeable when hitting the outstretched limbs of opponents. These cancels will still not be possible from these ranges when striking armor.

With the video below, you'll catch up on recent news and hear Rukari list off most of the new character changes.

This patch will release Eagle ($4.99) as well as introduce a few new Ultimate combos. Here's what Aganos' looks like:

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'So much attention to detail and love is built into Dragon Ball FighterZ' - Sajam on his love for DBF, early Marvel Infinite impressions and much more

Not so long ago, Stephen "Sajam" Lyon was just another young face at Super Arcade. One opportunity to offer his clever and informative commentary via that trademark, buttery voice later, and we have one of the most recognizable faces (and voices) in the fighting game community.

BornFree and Sajam were finally able to sit down for an interview at E3 last week, which allowed for the young commentator to divulge on a range of topics.

From commentary advice, "Find videos of top 8's, mute the audio, talk over it," to his thoughts on Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, "Gameplay is crazy and awesome, it just doesn't look that good," Sajam has plenty of interesting input on all things fighting games.

He also comments on Capcom's current situation as they endure player backlash, stating, "I feel bad for the guys we know at Capcom US, especially Combofiend, because they are not making the decision you hate."

There's just about something for everyone in their talk, which you'll find after the jump below.

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CEO 2017 results feat. Punk, NuckleDu, Daigo, Snake Eyez, Smug, XSK Samurai

Updated with results from CEO 2017: We've added the final results for this tournament below.

One of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world kicks off today, Community Effort Orlando, better known as CEO.

The competition will take place in Orlando, Florida, and is scheduled to attract some of the world's best fighting game players.

This is a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, and part of Injustice 2 pro series and Tekken World Tour.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Tokido, CYG|PR Balrog, CYG|Daigo Umehara, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, PIE|Smug, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, Brian_F, FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, GRPT|MOV, CO|Dogura, Circa|LPN, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, DNL|Chris Tatarian, EG|Ricki Ortiz, F3|Alucard, XSK_Samurai, NS|Ludovic, FA|Mono, Flash, WBG|CJ Truth, among others.

Top players for Smash 4 include TSM|Zero, FOX|MKLeo, C9|Ally, RNG|Dabuz, P1|Tweek, 2GG|Komorikiri, Mr. R, NRG|Nairo, MSF|Larry Lurr, MVG|Salem, DNG|Kameme, LG|Abadango and 2GG|Ranai, plus many more.

The top game for entrants as of Thursday evening was Smash 4 with 611, followed by Street Fighter 5 with 548, Injustice 2 had 400 people, Melee 292 and Tekken 7 picked up 248 competitors.

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Killer Instinct coming to Steam later this year

As a live attendee at CEO 2017, I have to say that watching the Killer Instinct top eight bracket play out in the main hall was incredibly encouraging. The fans love this game.

The passion is just as red-hot as ever, and the game continues to fight on with the recent announcement of DLC character Eagle keeping the train chugging along.

Killer Instinct is often held in a bit of a tragic light in the sense that it's one of the most gamer-friendly fighting games out there, but that its potential was a bit stifled due to its Xbox One-exclusive release.

While yesteryear's PC release was surely a big help in terms of outreach, there was another announcement at CEO that looks to potentially get the game into even more hands.

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Eagle gameplay reveal in Killer Instinct, game coming to Steam later this year

We've now gotten some prerecorded gameplay of Eagle in Killer Instinct, which was featured at CEO 2017 before the grand finals of the game's tournament. Eagle, the brother of Thunder, is the next downloadable character coming to the game.

Being that he holds a bow, it looks like he takes a zoning approach rather than the grappler's approach that his brother takes. A lot of his moves remind of Green Arrow from Injustice and Hawkeye from MvC.

In addition to this, he has a mechanical bird that is always with him. This bird can be utilized to perform attacks without an animation from Eagle himself -- which means these attacks essentially function like "assists" similar to ARIA.

Of course, Eagle is not able to just keep zoning and running away. He has a limited number of arrows in which he is able to fire.

In order to replenish his arrow stock, he has to go out of his way to pick them up. He starts out with a whopping twelve arrows, however.

It was also announced that Killer Instinct will be coming to Steam later this year. An exact date was not given beyond that.

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All of Eagle's accessory sets in Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct Community Manager Rukari recently gave us another look at Eagle, the next playable character entering the fray. Over on Ultra-Combo, we see each of Eagle's full accessory sets.

For his default look, we have the Snow Warrior, Wasteland Gear, & Ultratech Armor. The Ultratech Armor is a premium set and must be purchased with KI Gold.

Eagle's retro costume gets the tewiisin’ taawmal, qilaasx taaqmal, and yoosyoos cepeek’ilkt sets. Like the Ultratech Armor, the yoosyoos cepeek’ilkt, is a premium accessory set and must be purchased with KI Gold also.

So far, we've seen all of Eagle's default colors and his retro colors. Microsoft and Iron Galaxy have also released Eagle's official trailer, which you can find after the jump.

Eagle is the younger brother of Thunder in Killer Instinct. After being captured and experimented on by Aria, he was released by Glacius and is back to rid the world of corruption.

Eagle is set for release on June 27th. He will come along with the 3.8 update to the game.

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Full character trailer for Eagle in Killer Instinct

Eagle's official character trailer for Killer Instinct has been released via Maximilian Dood'sYouTube channel.

The trailer highlights the Native American warrior's fight style and story, revealing a heavy reliance on bow and arrow techniques.

Given the footage we've seen thus far, we're going to go out on a limb and guess that Eagle will be a zoning-based character.

Not only does he use his bow for a myriad of projectile attacks, but he also has a bionic eagle that looks as though it will help out in the fight with assists or power ups.

Eagle will drop on June 27th alongside the KI 3.8 patch. Here are a few screen shots, with the trailer waiting after the jump.

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Killer Instinct getting a free 4K makeover, Xbox One X to support original Xbox games

During today's Xbox E3 press conference Microsoft announced a ton of exciting new titles and content for the coming months, but they also showed some love for already established games in the Microsoft family.

The upcoming Xbox One X (which is slated to run for about $499) will offer 4K graphic makeovers for a few existing titles, including Killer Instinct.

This means the already beautiful game will be looking even crisper once the update becomes available. Here's a clip of the announcement:

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In addition to this, Xbox One X will be backwards compatible with games from the original Xbox, which means we may see some older titles such as Capcom vs. SNK 2 get a bit of a return to the spotlight.

We don't know which of the older titles will actually be featured, but would love to hear which you're hoping for most in the comments.

All of Eagle's retro costume colors in Killer Instinct

Yesterday, we saw Eagle's default colors 1 - 9. Now we get to see the next Killer Instinct character's retro costume.

Rukari, the game's community manager, shared screenshots of the alternate outfit earlier today. Included are all six of its different color palettes.

Check them out below.

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If all goes as previously stated, we should be seeing Eagle's accessories sometime this weekend, gameplay footage next week, and the character's official trailer soon.

Source: Ultra-Combo.

Here are all of Eagle's default colors in Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's next newcomer, Eagle, is on his way. Today, KI Community Manager Rukari has released a handful of images showcasing the character's default colors.

Included here are all 9 palettes, the first two of which are available up front and the rest you'll have to unlock through leveling up.

Check out each one below.

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