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Fight in Rio 2018 results ft. Brolynho, DidimoKOF, HKDash, DoomSnake, Dark

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's a stacked weekend for sure, because we've got even more action going on than the events already posted.

Fight in Rio is taking place this weekend in Rio, Brasil, and it's a Capcom Pro Tour event.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the tournament will also be hosting Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, The King of Fighters '98, Mortal Kombat XL and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, TF|DidimoKOF, Furia|HKDash, SB|DoomSnake, Umbrella|Dark, AAG|Pr3da, Paulow3b, TPT|Stunner, AAG|BabyBrasil, KMT|ChuChu and many more.

With almost 90 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the fight for points is on. Tune in to not miss any of the hype matches.

Streaming is being done at Fight In Rio, Pro Gamer Streaming and Kombat Klub.

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This fan-made Mortal Kombat Funko Pop figure of Noob Saibot is so damn awesome

Starting out as a simple all-black palette swap of the other colorful ninjas in Mortal Kombat, Noob Saibot has become quite the popular character in the legendary fighting game series. Unfortunately, the shadowy kombatant was not a playable character in the most recent installment of the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, but that hasn't stopped fans from demanding his return and showing their appreciation for him.

A Twitter user named NashmanAguilar recently created and shared a custom-made Funko Pop figure depicting none other than Noob Saibot.

The figure features the chibi-esque style Pops are known for, but painted all black with blank white eyes that give off an angry stare. Funko Noob also has his face mask, classic Mortal Kombat ninja vest, boots, and even a crest on his belt.

Aguilar notes that these fan-made pops are created by finding figures in stores that appear similar and removing parts to add to the custom in progress. Then they are reshaped and painted to look more like the desired character.

Continuing with the Mortal Kombat motif, Aguilar also shared a custom Funko Pop figure of Kintaro which you can see below. This one is actually a commission he purchased a ways back and was designed over the Goro Pop figure, naturally.

All this creator needs to do now is make Noob Saibot's shadowy clone to go along with the custom figure. Would you buy a Noob Saibot Funko Pop figure if they were for sale? Let us know in the comments.

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No, Boon's updated avatar isn't a hint at a new project and Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe 2 isn't Netherealm Studios' next game

Ed Boon is a game developer that is known for teasing upcoming projects. Unfortunately, many fans seem to have a knack for taking anything that Boon says over Twitter as a hint towards something as a result of this.

You'd swear that people would think that Ed Boon was hinting at the next game or character if he tweeted about trying his first cup of black coffee. Remember that Twitter is also meant to be a social media platform.

Recently, Ed Boon changed his profile picture which features half of Scorpion's head and half of Batman's head. Surely this means that he's hinting at the sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe, right? Right!?

Actually no. Ed Boon has confirmed on Twitter that he just wanted to change his profile picture because his previous picture was old. Netherrealm Studios is known for developing the Mortal Kombat and Injustice games — titles in which Scorpion and Batman are easily respectively recognizable.

Ed Boon then outright confirmed that Netherrealm Studios' next game will not be Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe 2. Notably, the first game for this crossover was set in a timeline before Mortal Kombat's story reboot.

It is interesting that Ed Boon didn't deny the possibility of Injustice 3, however. Still, it's best not to jump to conclusions.

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A hilarious way to censor Mortal Kombat X fatalities: turn the graphic quality all the way down to 'potato' level

Mortal Kombat X is nothing if not a beautiful game. The fighting game franchise has a history of being especially visually enticing as the spectacle of fatality finishing moves has been enough of a reason alone for some people to purchase MK titles.

The latest in the series, 2015's MKX, is the most gloriously gory yet as it has gone the farthest in terms of gruesome details as characters rip, smash, burn, break and blow up each other. We've seen it at its best, but what about at its worst?

GameSpot has a YouTube series titled "Potato Mode" wherein they take the most beautiful games they can find and turn the visual quality down as far as they can.

Players can toggle visuals via in-game menus a bit, but for this show hosts Joey and Erick delve into some Matrix-level hacking to bring the quality down to ridiculous levels.

The result sees some pretty hilariously muted death sequences as brains and innards become non-discernible from Jell-O or putty.

Having seen these brutal kill sequences in high definition makes watching them in potato mode all the funnier. Give the video a watch and let us know what you thought.

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'I don't think Mortal Kombat 11 is that far off' - Maximilian rounds up recent potential clues about a new title from NetherRealm

The big expectation was that NetherRealm Studios was going to follow the schedule they've been adhering to over the last few years with a new game announcement at even numbered years' E3 events. That didn't happen at all.

Many fans were more than ready for Mortal Kombat 11 — the development company has been alternating between Mortal Kombat and Injustice every two years — but not a single titter came down from the NRS offices at this year's E3.

So what happened? Why the sudden change? Prominent fighting game streamer Maximilian has been developing something of a theory on this, and is expecting an MK11 announcement in the relatively near future.

A big part of this theory is fueled by the recent reveal that a brand new Mortal Kombat film is in the works. The timing for a big "Mortal Kombat celebration" seems to work out with an in tandem game and film release.

Beyond this series co-creator Ed Boon has been tweeting out statements and such that could technically be taken as hints or nods to a new MK game, though the ground is certainly not stable there.

Give Max's video a watch and chime in with your two cents about whether or not you feel we'll be seeing a new game in the relatively near future based on the leads provided.

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Updated: Mortal Kombat movie reboot's reported characters leak is not the full list, says film's writer

Updated 10:46 a.m. PDT, Thurs. July 12, 2018: The Mortal Kombat reboot's writer Greg Russo confirmed on Twitter that the list of the film's characters in the original report is not a complete list (via IGN). Russo explains that the list shared by The Hashtag Show was based on an old version of the script.

Russo goes on to say that some of the characters on the list have been cut, while others were left off. So there's still a chance we'll see major Mortal Kombat characters like Sub-Zero and Scorpion in the film.

Earlier: Some interesting details about the Mortal Kombat movie reboot have surfaced thanks to ThatHashTag reports. The first original Mortal Kombat movie came to theaters in August 18, 1995 while its sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, debuted on November 21, 1997.

James Wan is the producer for the reboot. Meanwhile, Simon Mcquoid will serve as the director of Greg Russo's completed script. They appear to be taking the movie in a very interesting direction.

A brand new character named Cole Turner will be introduced in the movie. This character will be the lead male. Cole Turner is stated to be a struggling, widowed boxer who cares more about his 12-year-old daughter more than anything. Even in the face of a fantastical adversity, he refuses to quit.

Of course, familiar faces will also appear in the movie. Liu Kang, for example, is mentioned to be a "talented Earthrealm champion." Shang Tsung also appears to be fulfilling a role as the main antagonist.

Meanwhile, Raiden will apparently be a 14-year-old kid, Sonya will be a writer, and Kung Lao will be Liu Kang's mute monk brother. Needless to say, that's enough to raise an eyebrow already. Taking creative liberties like these don't always appeal to the fans.

The movie will also apparently feature a number of obscure characters like Drahmin, Nitara, and Reiko. According to ThatHashTag's reports, there are currently no mentions of Scorpion or Sub-Zero yet...

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Viennality 2018 results ft. Biohazard, TekkenMaster, HoneyBee, Hayatei

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Viennality is taking place in Vienna, Austria.

The big deal at this event is Injustice 2, of which it's a spot on the Injustice 2 Pro Series circuit, making it a landmark event.

Besides that, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat XL, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players attending include BC|Biohazard, NASR|TekkenMaster, BC|HoneyBee, PG|Hayatei, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, PG|Kitana Prime and many more.

It's a two-day event, so stay tuned throughout all of it to enjoy the full action.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, PND|Ketchup and Virtual Dojo Vienna.

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Faces, functions, on disc DLC and more, Curse Entertainment recounts the biggest fighting game faux pas over the last seven years

The fighting game community entered something of a golden age after 2009's release of Street Fighter 4 and a handful of subsequent successful titles, but it's been a real roller coaster of ups and downs since then.

There's no question that we've seen some incredible growth and development through franchises old and new, but one can only imagine where we could be if it weren't for some monumental missteps that have slowed and even buried games that had incredible potential.

Curse Entertainment has put together a video examining some of these issues so as to keep them at the forefront of our thoughts lest we make them again.

Some such mistakes were eventually corrected leaving just a few non-fatal scars as in the case of King of Fighters 14's initial visuals or Street Fighter 5's shoddy launch. Other titles were not so lucky, as Street Fighter X Tekken and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite would never be able to recover from their respective failures despite some eventual corrections.

Not to be a total Debbie Downer, Curse also takes some time to highlight the successes of franchises like Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct, both of which have seen major successes in various avenues.

As the scene continues to expand to new heights on both the casual and competitive levels we hope to learn to better cross our "T's" and dot our "i's." Continue on to check out the video and let us know what you think after you're done.

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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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Mortal Kombat 11 won't be announced at E3 2018, Ed Boon confirms

Well, there you have it, folks. We will not be seeing Mortal Kombat 11 at E3 2018.

Fighting game fans have been anxiously awaiting NetherRealm Studios' next big reveal, and based on the company's track record of announcing and releasing games in recent years, the chances of a new Mortal Kombat being shown at this year's were very high.

Now, we have confirmation from NetherRealm Creative Director and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, that no such announcement is scheduled for the expo this week.

Boon and a handful of fellow game developers sat down with Giant Bomb at E3 to discuss the gaming community and their latest projects. Not long into the talk, Boon was asked about Mortal Kombat 11, specifically why there has been no game reveal.

"We've had E3s where there's no game in the past," Boon said. "There's definitely like a pattern we've been following that we've kind of broken out of, and I'm surprised at how many people know about that pattern."

The Mortal Kombat creator explains that their team is changing things around, in terms of how and when they announce / release their fighting games. Still, there may actually be something in the works to talk about, just not right now.

"I'm chomping at the bit to talk about stuff, but at the moment we have nothing that we're announcing," Boon explained.

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Sony E3 2018 conference: What fighting game reveals might we see tonight?

It's that time of year again, folks. E3 2018 is officially underway.

Before the show floor doors open up to industry members and the public alike, gaming's biggest companies are running their conferences to showcase what content and titles are coming down the pike.

Yesterday, we saw Microsoft's presentation which brought with it another Bandai Namco fighting title, Jump Force. Sony is gearing up for their conference later tonight, which will undoubtedly bring with it a slew of exciting reveals and announcements.

There are a lot of fighting games currently on the market with more to come this year and next. From DLC to brand new characters or even games, there's potential for all kinds of great announcements tonight.

If you're a reader on this site, chances are you're awaiting any and all fighting game reveals from Sony's conference. But what might we be seeing if there are indeed fighting game reveals scheduled to take place?

Let's jump into what are some of the big reveals we could be seeing in just a matter of hours.

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Fighting Games Challenge 2018 results ft. Knee, Qudans, Chanel, LowHigh, Tissuemon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighting Games Challenge 2018 is taking place again this year in Lodz, Poland.

This year, it's a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, so a lot of people are showing up to try and get a piece of that $5,000 prize pool and the TWT points available.

Although Tekken 7 is the main event, Mortal Kombat XL and Dragon Ball FighterZ will also be played.

Players set to participate include ROX|Knee, UYU|Qudans, ROX|Chanel, Fursan|LowHigh, CGG|Tissuemon, Kkokkoma, DG|KaneAndTrench, UYU|Fergus, Circa|JoeyFury, SNG|Blackbeard, Crazy|SuperAkouma, mYi|KiraKira, DG|Asim, Fursan|Rangchu, Exeed|Ghirlanda, DG|ThePhantom, RooKang and many more.

Of course, with almost 200 entrants for Tekken 7, upsets are extremely possible, so keep your eyes on the stream all weekend long to not miss any of the action.

Streaming is being done at Tekken.

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There's a possibility that Mortal Kombat 11 won't be announced at E3 this year; History Behind the Warrior shares doubts

With the way the internet has been talking about it (EventHubs included) the fighting game community is viewing Mortal Kombat 11 as an all but surefire shoo-in for one of E3 2018's big reveals.

Following NetherRealm Studios' apparent schedule from over the last few years places a new Mortal Kombat game release in the middle of 2019 with E3 2018 being the prime time and place for an initial reveal.

YouTubers and journalistic outlets alike have been discussing potential character returns, fantasizing about updated game mechanics, taking bets on story direction and plenty more.

The problem is, we haven't actually had a single bit of hard evidence that NetherRealm Studios is working on a new Mortal Kombat at all.

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Updated: WB Games reveal stream is now live

Updated 9:55 a.m. PDT, Thurs. June 7, 2018: The WB Games reveal stream is now live. We now see that the stream will focus on Hitman, however, you can tune in after the jump in case of any other announcements.

Earlier: WB Games has announced that there will be some live reveal on June 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). It seems like this might be the imminent Mortal Kombat 11 reveal.

Back in May, Ed Boon took to Twitter and asked "you know what ELSE would be kool.....?" to someone who stated that it would be cool if we got a Fighter Pack #4 for Injustice 2 in 2018. Emphasis on the fact that he used the letter "k" instead of "c" to spell out the word "cool."

This tends to be a common tradition for the Mortal Kombat series. A reveal this week before E3 2018 officially begins is also something that fits Netherrealm Studios' modus operandi.

Not too long ago, the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition was announced and released. This is essentially a "gold" edition of Injustice 2 that contains all the DLC as part of its package.

Whenever Netherrealm Studios has done this, it meant that the post-release development of the game had effectively finished. More importantly, this indicated that they were working on the next title.

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Should Mortal Kombat 11 bring back Variations or is this Mortal Kombat X combat system just too overwhelming?

We are right on the precipice of another stacked E3. This year's event should be huge for us fighting game fans, as there are a bevy of exciting fighting titles on the market right now with more on the way.

One game that everyone is expecting to see announced by next week is the next installment in NetherRealm Studios' blockbuster gore-fest, Mortal Kombat. A potential "Mortal Kombat 11" is on the tips of the tongues of the masses due to the developer's pattern for announcing and releasing their fighting games.

We've been seeing both Mortal Kombat and Injustice alternate in their announcements and release in recent years. With Injustice 2 having been out since May of last year, and NetherRealm's tendency to announce a new game around E3 time, a new Mortal Kombat seems likely to be revealed next week.

With that in mind, we can only wonder what new facets we can expect to see if Mortal Kombat 11 indeed comes to fruition. Looking back at its predecessor, Mortal Kombat X, one of the major system mechanics found in the game was the Variation system.

Each character came equipped with three different styles that players could choose from at the character select screen. These Variations provided the fighter with a handful of unique tools to utilize in battle and gave them options to aid in dealing with bad match ups and added a new flavor to an already solid contender.

With the foundation for Variations already built, we could see the system make a return and expanded upon in a potential Mortal Kombat 11. But should Variations return?

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Spawn is getting a new movie at a time when Soul Calibur 6 and possibly a new Mortal Kombat are on the way

Earlier this week news broke of an all new Spawn movie that is currently in the works. With the series' creator Todd McFarlane at the helm of the project as writer and director of the film, fans will once again get to see the dark anti-hero on the big screen.

What we know about the movie so far is that Jamie Foxx is confirmed as the role of Spawn. Though we're expecting to see a reboot here, McFarlane said in an interview with Deadline that he is not looking to tell the origin story again and has a trilogy in mind for the Hellspawn.

Contrary to what people might be looking for, the new Spawn film might not actually feature that much of the anti-hero, Forbes points out. "The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk," McFarlane explained in the aforementioned interview.

"It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that.”

The film's main character is actually Twitch -- a detective in the Spawn universe. Still, Spawn will be back in the limelight in 2019.

Considering that Bandai Namco's Soul Calibur 6 is set for release sometime this year and we might be seeing an announcement for a "Mortal Kombat 11" at E3 2018 in a couple of weeks, the chances of Spawn returning to fighting games might be better than ever.

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Combo Breaker 2018 results ft. Go1, SonicFox, Tokido, Fujimura, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we're getting an absolutely gargantuan event taking place in St. Charles, Illinois in the form of Combo Breaker 2018.

It really can't be stated enough how big this event is for a ton of different games, with a whopping 16 games, and the Mystery Game Tournament besides them as well, exceeding 100 entrants each, and with two games exceeding 500 entrants, and another one getting very close.

On top of that, it's a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour and a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, so people will definitely be showing up to compete. Also, the winner of Dragon Ball FighterZ will claim the final spot in the 16-person event Summit of Power happening two weeks from now.

With so much on the line and so many players showing up, we couldn't possibly begin to list every notable name present, so here is a very small excerpt of who you can expect to see: CO|Go1, FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, EG|NYChrisG, PG|Infiltration, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Justin Wong, NuckleDu, FOX|Punk, TSM|Leffen, Rise|MenaRD, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Liquid|Nemo, Fursan|Verloren, Mouz|Problem X, AS|Reynald, GGP|Kazunoko, CYG|Fuudo, ALG|Dragon, CO|Dogura, PG|SKD, RB|Luffy, FOX|Theo, PG|MarlinPie, RNG|Swedish Delight, Circa|ForeverKing, Tempo|S2J and so, so many more.

The games being played at the event, in order of entrants from biggest to smallest, are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Mortal Kombat XL, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the ceremonious Mystery Game Tournament, Super Smash Bros. 4, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mortal Kombat 9.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, BG Callisto, Funky P, PandaxGaming, Vampire Arcadia and VG Boot Camp.

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