Samurai Spirits fighting game revealed by SNK

"Samurai Spirits" has been announced by SNK. This appears to be a sequel or spiritual successor to Samurai Shodown. This also could be a reboot of the series.

The countdown timer on SNK's website has expired. As expected, this is a fighting game as most of SNK's intellectual properties exist within this genre.

Fighters are now rendered as 3-dimensional models rather than sprites. We can clearly see that this game is using the Unreal Engine in the Samurai Spirits website and at the beginning of the trailer.

Samurai Shodown was originally released in 1993. Since then, the series has had many sequels and spin-offs. In Japan, the series was always known as "Samurai Spirits."

Characters spotted include Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake. It's worth noting that this game does not appear to be afraid of showing uncensored blood.

This game is slated for a 2019 release. The game's setting will apparently take place in 1787, the 7th year of the Tenmei era.

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Yoshinori Ono is no longer head of the division that houses Capcom's fighting games, Monster Hunter's Ryozo Tsujimoto has taken the helm

Capcom's fighting game personnel changed around fairly recently as the well known Yoshinori Ono has taken on a lesser job title while Ryozo Tsujimoto, best known now as the face (Producer) of Monster Hunter, has taken over.

That's not to say that Ono is by any means out of the Capcom fighting game loop, but the turbulent release of Street Fighter 5 paired with the unfortunate failure of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite more than likely led to some big changes in management.

The story starts back in 2014 as Tsujimoto got promoted from "Head of Consumer Games Development Division 3 and General Manager of Department 3" to "Corporate Officer (Additionally Assigned) Head of Consumer Games Development Division 3 and General Manager of Department 3."

Monster Hunter absolutely thrived in Japan. This was evidenced by huge sales as well as the fact that an MH-themed attraction opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2014.

Tsujimoto would begin setting his sights on the rest of the world during this time, while Ono and his team would begin preparing for Street Fighter 5.

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SoCal Regionals 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big shebang this weekend is SoCal Regionals 2018, taking place in Ontario, California.

This is a huge event by all counts, with the biggest part of it being that it is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, also a Premier event on the Injustice 2 Pro Tour and a Ranking event on the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these three major tours, the event will also be hosting tournaments for the yet-to-be-released Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Pokkén Tournament DX and ARMS.

With Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition over 250 entrants, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ close to 200 entrants and Super Smash Bros. 4 at around 150 entrants, there's going to be a ton of competition in every game present, for sure.

Notable players attending are too many to count, but among others, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, FD|Fujimura, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, CYG|Fuudo, FOXSaint, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Punk, FOX|Justin Wong, Jimmy J Tran, Reynald, Ghost|NuckleDu, Gachikun, Noble|Tweedy, PG|Nakkiel, FOX|Dekillsage, EQNX|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, BC|ApologyMan, Noble|Semiij, EQNX|Dimeback, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, Shadow20z, NASR|TekkenMaster, PG|Hayatei, UYU|KizzieKay, MnT|Trungy, UYU|Princess Ling, Nisshin, Noble|Rewind, Pokchop, UYU|BeautifulDude and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, NetherRealm, 2GGaming and SilentScope88.

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Poll results: Which characters are the most in need of buffs and nerfs for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 4?

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to check them out.

Earlier: Season 3 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is nearing the end of its lifespan seeing as how Sakura, Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat have all been released as DLC characters. While there was a balance patch back in April that shifted the tiers a bit, it's best not to hold out hope for any more updates until the end of the year.

There's no doubt that Capcom is probably working out what should be done with Season 4 now that DLC and other updates are likely complete for the time being. It's that time of the year where everyone starts discussing their wish lists for the next year.

Which fighters should receive some buffs in the next patch? Notably, Ryu, Alex, F.A.N.G, Ed, Falke, Vega, Zangief and a number of others underperformed compared to some of the game's stronger combatants.

Meanwhile, Guile, Akuma, Ibuki, Menat, and Cammy are often regarded as Season 3's top tiers. Will Season 4 knock any of these characters down or peg? Do people even believe that they are in need of nerfs?

Finally, which fighters are well balanced for Season 3? Maybe these characters can be used as a template for how the game should be balanced going forward.

After the jump, you'll find three separate polls that ask these questions. For each poll, you are armed with 12 votes. Choose wisely!

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Darkstalkers costumes in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition revealed for Chun-Li, Ed, and Menat as Morrigan, Demitri, and Felicia

New Darkstalkers have been revealed for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Chun-Li, Ed, and Menat will be receiving Morrigan, Demitri, and Felicia outfits respectively.

These will be releasing on September 25, 2018. This is coming packaged in a Darkstalkers bundle for $14.99. It will contain six alternates in total.

We've already seen Urien as Donovan, Juri as Lilith, and Menat as Khaibit. Seeing as how Menat is also getting a Felicia costume, this means that this will be her second Darkstalkers themed costume. It's logical enough as Menat already has an Egyptian and cat-like theme going on.

While Menat is dressed as Felicia, her crystal ball is a ball of white fur, similar to the fur she is wearing. Will the color of the orb change with different colors? Probably not.

Chun-Li will gain the wings of the iconic Capcom succubus, Morrigan. Her hair is a teal-green color with wings also sprouting on the sides of her head.

Finally, Ed appears to be a bit bulked up in order to pose as Demitri. Ed is still notably quite short so it's an interesting look for Demitri.

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New Halloween costumes announced for Abigail, Falke, Guile and Kolin in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

New Darkstalkers costumes were already announced for Street Fighter 5 earlier today including the likes of Morrigan and Felicia, but it appears that Capcom has even more costumes coming right around the corner if you're up for some scares.

Capcom announced more new costumes will be making their way to Street Fighter 5 on September 25th alongside the new Darkstalkers costumes, and it'll bring the first new costume for Abigail since his release.

The new set of costumes transforms Abigail into a giant cyclops monster with his mono-eye and tons of armor, Falke becomes a shinigami — god of death — with her staff changing into a scythe, Guile becomes undead like Nash in a sense by becoming a decaying zombie and Kolin does her best wicked witch impression with a large black hat, dress and stockings.

This cyclops costume — which still has tires on his arms — is the first new outfit Abigail has received since his release with only access to his default, story and battle costumes up until this point though he's also rumored to be receiving his original Final Fight wears as well.

Capcom has released Halloween-themed costumes now in all three years since the SF5 launched in 2016, so we'll likely see another batch of holiday-themed costumes making a return later this year too.

All of the new Halloween-themed costumes will cost $3.99 USD each on PlayStation 4 and Steam, and the previous two years of Halloween costume sets will also be available to purchase once again for $9.99 for the 2016 pack and $6.99 for the 2017 bundle. You can check out the costumes in the gallery below and in their trailer after the jump.

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Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Isabelle was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during today's Nintendo Direct stream from the Animal Crossing series as a newcomer fighter using a variety of tools and objects to assist her in battle.

She is listed as character number 68 meaning that she is not an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's Villager, so she has her own unique move set though she still has many similar items that are used in different ways.

Isabelle's running attack causes her to trip and drop a pot, down Smash looks to be tossing a bucket of water side-to-side, side Smash appears to be a party popper with quite a bit of kick to it and she has a fishing rod to pull enemies closer to her. Her up Special appears to be a pure recovery move, as she's shown sitting on a swing tied to balloons.

Her first appearance came in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 where she served as the player character's assistant and secretary as mayor. She quickly became a fan favorite among players of the series to the point where she became a DLC character for Mario Kart 8 and used as costumes for other titles.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS saw her introduction to the Smash series as an Assist Trophy that would throw fruit for players to help heal them. Isabelle was also featured as a Mii Gunner costume in Smash 4 as well.

Rumors / leaks arose earlier this Summer relating to Isabelle's inclusion in Ultimate which have now come true, so Vergeben's other statements appear to have even more credibility now including recent posts about another Square Enix representative and Street Fighter's Ken. You can check out Isabelle's artwork and screenshots in the gallery below plus her full reveal trailer along with her Smash Bros. character trailer showing off more of her move set and Final Smash after the jump.

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The announcement trailer for SNK's new Samurai Shodown game showed us more characters than you might've noticed

Just a few hours ago, we got out first look at SNK's next upcoming fighting game, which is a return to the highly acclaimed franchise Samurai Shodown, known as Samurai Spirits in its native Japan.

The big headline for this game isn't just that we're getting a new game for the long-dormant Samurai Shodown series (with the latest new game, Samurai Shodown Sen, releasing 10 years ago), but also that the game looks absolutely fantastic based on the brief footage we saw.

In the trailer, we get a solid introduction to the gameplay of the new game and a look at its gorgeous aesthetics, both of which we'll delve in to deeper detail about in future articles.

The video also shows gameplay of five famed characters from the series, most notably Haohmaru, the series' main protagonist and Nakoruru, one of the most famous characters from it and who recently appeared as a guest in King of Fighters 14, which released in 2016.

Besides these two, we also got proper looks at Jubei Yagyu, Galford D. Weiler and Earthquake, all characters who were introduced in the very first game of the series back in 1993.

You'd think that showing five characters in the reveal trailer would be more than enough, but there's a quick glimpse that you may have missed where we get to see many more than just these five. Here's a screenshot from the trailer with my own speculation as to who these characters are, with some being much more obvious than others.

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While we can't say for sure whether these characters will be playable or not, SNK deciding to have artwork including them in the debut trailer definitely speaks well for their chances. Below, let's take a closer look at the characters pictured.

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New Dead or Alive 6 trailer reveals Marie Rose, Honoka, Nyotengu, Ayane, Bayman, Phase-4 and February 15, 2019 release date

A new trailer for Dead or Alive 6 has been released. It has now been revealed that Dead or Alive 6 will be releasing on February 15, 2019.

During the trailer, we also get a chance to see snippets of gameplay. There also appears to be a story mode as we see a number of conflicts arising during the trailer.

Notably, there are many stage hazards also present in the video. We already knew about the kraken on the Forbidden Fortune.

Apparently, dinosaurs aren't extinct in this world as they show up as hazards in another stage. One wrong move, and you can find yourself being attacked by a pterodactyl or a tyrannosaurus rex.

Marie Rose, Honoka, Ayane, and Bayman were also confirmed to be playable fighters in the new trailer. In the description for the video, it is stated that Nyotengu "the Female Tengu" will be a digital pre-order bonus on the PlayStation 4 or a pre-order bonus for the Xbox One.

Those that purchase the Steam version of the game by March 14th will also be able to obtain Nyotengu as a downloadable character. Phase-4, a clone of Kasumi, will also be available with the Digital Deluxe editions for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Poll: Which Samurai Shodown characters would you like to see join the fight in the upcoming 2019 title?

Not too long ago, a new Samurai Shodown game was announced to be in development. This upcoming title will be releasing sometime in 2019.

It's already been stated the the setting of the fighter will be taking place in 1787 in historical Japan. While this would place the timeline of this scenario between the events of Samurai Shodown 5 and the first Samurai Shodown, it's entirely possible that this is a reboot of the series.

Who knows if the characters will even be canonical in this new entry if it is indeed a reboot. There's a wide cast of fighters that come from Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3: Blades of Blood, Samurai Shodown 4: Amakusa’s Revenge, Samurai Shodown RPG, Samurai Shodown 64, Samurai Shodown!, Samurai Shodown! 2, Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, and a number of other games in the series.

Thus far, we've only gotten an official confirmation for Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake. Still, there may be hints that we could be seeing Charlotte Christine Colde, Kyoshiro Senryo, Hanzo Hattori, Ukyo Tachibana, Wan-Fu, Tam Tam, and Genjuro Kibagami join the battle.

Which combatants would fans be most excited to see? We're hosting a poll to find the answer to this question. After the jump, you can vote up to ten times.

Note that Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake are not available as options as they've already been confirmed. The others are fair game though.

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If Dragon Ball FighterZ receives a second season of DLC, which characters will make the cut? Let's look at the likely suspects

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been the most successful fighting game this year in terms of sales and number of tournament entrants at many majors including EVO 2018, so it feels like a pretty safe bet that the popular title will see more characters coming in 2019 as DLC.

This year saw / will see eight characters release for Dragon Ball FighterZ after its launch as DLC including Broly, Bardock, Vegito, Fused Zamasu, Cooler, Base Form Goku and Vegeta with Android 17 still heavily rumored to be coming with Cooler later this month.

Including all of the DLC brings FighterZ's roster over 30 characters, but the world of Dragon Ball still has plenty more fan favorite characters and different forms of Goku left that still aren't in the game.

We're here today to take a look at a handful of the characters we feel have the best shot of making their way into the probable Season 2 DLC including Mr. Satan himself.

Included in our list are characters hailing from all walks of Dragon Ball works including Dragon Ball Super, older films and even GT... it may also include some more transformations of Goku and Vegeta.

You can check out our full list after the jump, and let us know who you'd like to see in a second season of Dragon Ball FighterZ in our comments section.

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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle brings Final Fight, Captain Commando, and five other classic games back to consoles on September 18th

One good turn deserves another, as they say, and it looks like Capcom is taking this old saying to heart this year. Back in May we saw the release of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection which brought fans 12 legendary Street Fighter titles all in one package.

Yesterday, the company unveiled their latest collection of games: Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle. As the name suggests, this new title comprises of seven classic Beat 'Em Up games that fans will undoubtedly recognize.

Included in Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle is Final Fight (1989), Captain Commando (1991), The King of Dragons (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), Warriors of Fate (1992), Armored Warriors (1994), and Battle Circuit (1997).

While this style of game usually falls outside of the parameters of things we cover on EventHubs, I'm sure fighting game fans can quickly see the connection here. Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle comes with two titles that act as the debut for several popular characters we've seen in Capcom fighting games over the years.

"Cody, Abigail, Guy, Sodom, Rolento, and versions of Poison and Hugo all originated from Final Fight," Capcom Unity's blog points out. On top of that, Haggar (from Final Fight) made an appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, while Captain Commando was an extremely popular fighter back in Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

If you're looking for the opportunity to revisit these classic games and play as Cody before he became the Mayor of Metro City in Street Fighter 5 or just get your dosage of Captain Commando as you wait for him to return to the Versus series, you might want to look into picking up Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle. It comes with a price tag of $19.99 and is due out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 18th.

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Non-reactable 'just do it' moves might be the most hated gameplay aspect of Street Fighter 5 right now, let's take a closer look at why

Street Fighter 5 differs from previous entries in its franchise in that it carries more input lag, as well as input lag fluctuation, than any other title that has come before it.

One of the major results of said delay is a natural shift toward predictive and away from reactionary play. The risk for tossing out moves is relatively muted and players can ultimately be a little more cavalier about when they choose to go in on their foes.

A Twitter user by the name of Frankie Nunez recently made a statement regarding this that's been getting a bit of attention from the SF5 community: "A problem with SF5 is bad move design. There're a lot of "I ran out of ideas in neutral" moves that lead to 50/50's."

This sentiment was expanded on by Street Fighter tech scientist Javits Arias as he responded, "In some cases, it’s not that they ran out of ideas. That’s their ONLY idea, lol. Those moves are simply way too strong. I was talking to @AutoMattock about these recently and @SanfordKelly has always been vocal about them. It’s one of the things people hate the most about SF5.

He went on to specify a handful of these moves by name.

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This is quite possibly the best thing Ryu has ever done in Street Fighter 5

Everyone was very excited after Street Fighter 5's initial reveals that showed that Ryu would be regaining — or learning for the first time based on the canon — the ability to parry moves like every character could in the Street Fighter 3 games just as something called a V-Skill this time.

Fast-forward to 2018 where Ryu is regarded as one of the weakest characters in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition largely due to being outshone by Akuma with everything the poster boy can do the demon can do better, but there are still tons of players out there sticking it out with the character. Ryu is the most popular character online most months according to Capcom's own data.

Two and a half years into Street Fighter 5's life a player by the name of John Ruiz may have performed the coolest thing Ryu has ever done in this game up to this point using the parry combined with some more stuff he received with Arcade Edition.

Ruiz shared a clip of one of his matches against a Chun-Li player online which came down to the wire where the opponent ground down his life, hit him with a blocked Kikosho and attempted to chip Ruiz out with Critical Art.

The Ryu player has just enough of a gap to bust out the parry against Chun-Li to partially recreate EVO moment 37. Though as the clip below shows, Ruiz is using V-Trigger 2, and all of his successful parries give him enough V-Gauge to activate the Kakko Fubatsu.

Ryu and Ruiz use V-Trigger 2's Isshin counter attack to break through Chun-Li's final kick of her Critical Art finishing the round with a Shoryuken follow up. This was only round two of a three round match meaning it didn't win him the match, but you can go ahead and check out this flashy finisher below.

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Vulcano Rosso and Pullum Purna now available as free DLC for Fighting EX Layer along with balance changes and system fixes

Patch 1.1.0 was released for Fighting EX Layer today. This update most notably adds Vulcano Rosso and Pullum Purna as free DLC.

In addition to this, we're getting two new stages and a number of other changes. Characters are already receiving balance adjustments for a better gameplay experience.

Arika has also announced that Japan will be getting a physical version of the game. This has come about due to the demand by the users there.

Strangely, no such announcement has been made for other regions. No release date has been given for Japan's physical version as of this moment.

Currently, Fighting EX Layer is only available on the PlayStation 4. The game will eventually be coming to Steam.

Multiple issues have been fixed too. This is the largest patch for the game to date. This seems to suggest that Arika will be able to continue to support the fighter.

While the patch notes were provided on Arika's Facebook page, they were way more legible on Gematsu.

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