EVO Japan 2019 stream cuts feed after lewd display during Dead or Alive 6 presentation, staff apologizes

During the EVO Japan 2019 live stream earlier this morning, a stage presentation for Dead or Alive 6 was interrupted after a lewd scene in-game was broadcast resulting in the live feed being cut by the tournament's organizers.

Koei Tecmo's upcoming 3D fighting title saw a demonstration at EVO Japan that aimed to give fans a glimpse at the product and gameplay ahead of its March 1st release date. With Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori on stage, as well as two female hosts, the show was cut short when the game's camera feature was used to display a moment that was overtly sexual in nature.

A couple of minutes after the incident aired on EVO Japan's main English broadcast, the stream went down. The EVO staff apologized for the events that transpired on social media, as well as on the tournament stream when it returned.

"The DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC," wrote EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar in a since deleted tweet. "We ended the stream temporarily to protect the integrity of the brand. We sincerely apologize to our fans."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, also took to the stream to apologize for what took place on the EVO Japan broadcast. "I just want to get on stream and apologize on behalf of Triple Perfect and EVO Championship Series," Julio started.

"The stuff that was on stream just recently from one of our partners that were showcasing their recent title that is going to be coming out does not reflect the content and intention of EVO. So we do apologize if we offended anyone during the broadcast," he concluded.

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Street Fighter 5 sales surpass 2.9 million units

Back in November of 2018, Capcom had reported that they had sold at least 2.2 million units of Street Fighter 5. Notably, their original projected sales for the title was two million. We had received confirmation that Capcom had achieved this goal back in December of 2017.

It's worth mentioning that Capcom's latest financial report indicated that the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection performed well in 2018, but oddly made no mention of Street Fighter 5. Despite what that seems to suggest, it appears that Street Fighter 5 sales have jumped up by about 700,000 units.

In other words, Street Fighter 5 is now Capcom's 18th best selling title. This also means that Street Fighter 5 is Capcom's fourth best selling fighting game.

Note that updated versions of fighters like Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Street Fighter 4 and Super Street Fighter 4 are being counted as separate titles. It appears that Street Fighter 5 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition are being counted as the same entity since the new version was a free update.

As for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, sales were increased by approximately 100,000 units. Unfortunately, this means that it has only been able to reach 1.3 million units of the two million projected sales goal.

Oddly, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is absent from Capcom's Platinum Titles page despite the fact that Devil May Cry HD Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection are both present.

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Team Ninja appears to have gone rogue during the EVO Japan 2019 presentation

When Team Ninja took the stage at EVO Japan 2019 to showcase Dead or Alive 6, it's highly unlikely the EVO Japan staff knew the full extent what was about to happen.

Team Ninja was allotted some main stage time to showcase Dead or Alive 6 at EVO Japan 2019 this week. During this time they put on a gameplay presentation hosted by Japanese gravure idols Yuka Kuramochi and Saki Yoshida, as well as director and producer, Yohei Shimbori.

Instead of playing in a traditional manner, Shimbori manipulated characters into various sexual poses, paused the game and used the free roam camera to zoom in on characters' private parts while Kuramochi and Yoshida observed, commented and even spent some time jiggling their own breasts and spanking one another.

After a few minutes of this, the EVO Japan team decided to cut the live stream feed for the English broadcast and end the presentation early. Head organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar followed up with a since-deleted tweet stating that "the DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC. We ended the stream to protect the integrity of our brand."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, further apologized on the live stream once it was booted back up, indicating a clear disconnect between what EVO organizers and Team Ninja were expecting during the latter's stage time. The looks on both his and commentator Steve "Tasty Steve" Scott's faces further indicated they were not prepared for the carnal display that had just taken place.

With lewdness being such a hot topic when it comes to the Dead or Alive franchise, it seems producers may be aiming more for shock and surprise as opposed to being straightforward with their intentions as we've been getting very mixed signals from the team for quite some time now.

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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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'The story of Street Fighter 5 is not finished' — Capcom UK community manager addresses fan concern over lack of Season 4 content

Looks like Street Fighter 5 might still have more content on the way.

Things went quiet on the Season 4 front after Capcom unveiled and released the season's first character, Kage, alongside a batch of balance changes for the full roster back in December at the Capcom Cup finals. Since then, there hasn't been any official word on what's to come leaving fans concerned about the future of the game's content.

Those fears grew larger when, a few days after Capcom Cup, the publisher announced that there would be no season pass for Street Fighter 5's Season 4 DLC characters this year. The only statement from Capcom the community has been able to cling to is, "we're doing things differently this year," which doesn't strike people with an optimistic connotation given the circumstances.

As it stands right now, a lot of fans are feeling like there might not be much more coming down the pike for Street Fighter 5, with some thinking that Kage might be the only character we're receiving this season. There hasn't been much word from Capcom to the contrary, but it appears as though we might have a more positive update now.

During the most recent Winner Stays On weekly stream over in the United Kingdom, Capcom UK community manager Matt "The Street Writer" Edwards addressed concerns from fans in the stream's chat who think support for Street Fighter 5 is over.

"All I'm going to say is... the story of Street Fighter 5 is not finished," Edwards said when responding to commentator Logansama who brought up the concerns from the chat.


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Jade, Frost, Jacqui Briggs, and... Terminator? Mortal Kombat 11's roster may have been leaked

Earlier today, we reported on the possibility that Erron Black may have been leaked for Mortal Kombat 11. This was the result of a mysterious listing on Steam's database page for achievements for the upcoming title.

Given, we're making a few assumptions about some of the API names. Still, it's pretty logical to assume that "TROPHY ID PERFORM 2 DIFFERENT FATALITIES WITH SON", "BAR", and "ERR" are references to Sonya, Baraka, and Erron Black respectively.

Since then, there have been a number of updates to the Steam page that reveal even more interesting details. For example, API names that reference "KUN," "CAS," "JAD," "FRO," "KOT," "JAC," and "LIU" have emerged.

If I had to fathom a guess, I'd say that these API names are pointing towards the existence of Kung Lao (or Kung Jin), Cassie Cage, Jade, Frost, Kotal Kahn, Jacqui Briggs, and Liu Kang respectively. But there are some other names present here that might be even more interesting.

"TER," "CET," and "KOL" are also referenced within the Steam database page. As I was unable to find names that matched these abbreviations from the Mortal Kombat universe, there's a possibility that these might be guest characters or newcomers.

There's a distinct possibility that "TER" is a reference to the Terminator. Of course, keep in mind that this is speculation on my part.

As for "CET" and "KOL," I'm not entirely sure. Given, these three acronyms could also be pointing to brand new editions to the Mortal Kombat series.

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Ono won't be at EVO Japan next weekend, chances of a big reveal might have just gotten worse

Earlier today, Yoshinori Ono revealed that he has finished his tasks with the Capcom eSports team in the U.S. Notably this was done while on the West Coast.

Ono noted that he will be back in Japan by this weekend. Despite this, he will not be able to attend EVO Japan.

Considering that Ono is typically front and center when it comes to many new information regarding fighters like Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, this appears to have reduced the chances of a big announcement next weekend.

This doesn't necessarily guarantee that there won't be any sort of reveal. It's been about 54 days since Kage was unveiled and made playable without any word about the next fighter.

Capcom has mentioned previously that they are "doing things differently" with Season 4. Aside from the fact that there's no season pass for 2019, we don't exactly know what this means yet.

Interestingly enough, Ono mentioned "various circumstances" as the reason for his absence. Obviously he didn't go into detail about this.

EVO Japan will begin on the weekend of February 15th. It's worth mentioning that this event isn't actually part of the Capcom Pro Tour.

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Mai Shiranui returning to Dead or Alive 6 with an as-of-yet unrevealed King of Fighters character, World Championship and costumes also announced

After the Dead or Alive 6 exhibition today at EVO Japan 2019, we got a bunch of new information about the upcoming game.

First of all, it was stated that a Dead or Alive 6 World Championship will be held, which will have a whopping 10 million yen ($90,637) for total prize money, and will have qualifiers for the main event held in Asia, America and Europe.

It was also stated that there'll be a demo version of the game available on PSN and Xbox Live next weekend, February 23-24th, with all 24 launch-available playable characters, some story mode content, training mode and online matches, so if you're on the fence this is a great opportunity to try the game out for yourself. The full game launches a week later, on March 1st.

Finally, they announced the Season Pass, which will contain 2 brand new characters and 62 new costumes, starting off with two "happy wedding" packs, giving wedding-themed costumes to each launch character and presumably the two DLC characters, as well as 2 more packs with 13 costumes each, and 5 costumes each for the DLC characters. It also contains one bonus costume each for Nyotengu and brand new character NiCO.

Furthermore, it was announced that the DLC characters will be part of a collaboration with SNK — Mai Shiranui, who was a guest in Dead or Alive 5, is returning, alongside another SNK character they're not ready to reveal yet.

The collaboration specifically listed King of Fighters 14, so it would make sense for a character who was present in that specific title to be the second guest, but nothing was explicitly confirmed. You can find images of each of these announcements below.

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When will we get our next Street Fighter 5 DLC character, who will they be and how many more are coming? EventHubs staff offer round table opinions

Kage was simultaneously revealed and released on December 16th of last year, and that was the last time we received any official news in terms of Street Fighter 5's DLC for 2019.

Since EVO Japan has come and gone without any further announcements or reveals, the community is left to continue to speculate as to how many new characters will be coming, who they'll be, and when they'll start being revealed.

The next most logical date is probably March 17th as it will see the end of Final Round, the Capcom Pro Tour's inaugural event, but we've seen Capcom skip such opportunities in the past.

We here at EventHubs have gone around the horn to speculate some answers to the questions posed above, and have collected the opinions of Nick "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, Jon "Catalyst" Gray, Steven "Dreamking" Chavez as well as myself.

Each of us offer ideas as to "when, who and how many?" in terms of DLC characters this year. Give us a read and then chime into the comments with your thoughts when you're finished.

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Amy revealed for Soul Calibur 6

With EVO Japan 2019 in full flare, we were just about to enjoy the top 8 finals for Soul Calibur 6, when the game's producer Motohiro Okubo stepped up on stage.

After detailing some of the season pass which we were already privvy to, he also mentioned that the next character customization pack will be released next week, on February 19th.

However, Okubo correctly predicted that the crowd might not be entirely sated, and had something else prepared to show.

Amy, the adoptive daughter of Raphael, is set to join the fight, and she looks better than ever.

Although no release date was confirmed, Okubo promised that she will be out in the game as soon as possible.

We're still waiting to find out who the fourth character of the season pass is, though with Amy's reveal it seems quite likely that a leak from the end of last year will end up true.

You can find a bunch of images here, and the official Japanese trailer further down.

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Jump Force is starting to get internet hate for its less than impressive cut scene visuals

Jump Force is just three days away from official launch, but footage of the Story Mode has some potential players worried that visuals won't meet 2019's standards.

A Twitter user by the name of Nitomatta posted a 16 second clip of one of the game's cut scenes as a group of heroes chit chat amongst themselves. It came along with the following caption:

"The cut scenes in Jump Force are so bad that characters barely emote and move like they have a stick up their ass." Said tweet has already garnered 7,200 likes and nearly 2,600 retweets. This was just one of a handful of similar posts from other users.

This isn't the first time we've seen unreleased fighting games catch some heat for their visuals, as King of Fighters 14 was relentlessly hounded for its graphics after its initial reveal.

We also have to call back to the story of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, which started to become defined in the public eye by its abysmal pre-release character appearances, an issue that wound up being a major player in the game's eventual downfall.

You can see a full 35 minutes of the game's Story Mode in action via the full video after the jump thanks to MKIceAndFire. Immediately below is a clip taken by Nitomatta and another from @Scourgey which has added audio, but depicts actual in-game footage.


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Jade announced for Mortal Kombat 11

Jade has been revealed for Mortal Kombat 11. Although she was absent during Mortal Kombat X and the game's story mode, Kitana had access to a "Mournful" variation that had her utilizing Jade's bō staff.

Now Jade has returned due to popular demand. Like Baraka, Skarlet, and Kabal, we haven't seen Jade since Mortal Kombat 9.

This may not come to a surprise to many as NetherRealm Studios was hinting at Jade's appearance with the "GreenAF" and "FanFav" hashtags. The image of a jade green color was pretty telling by itself.

In her introduction, Jade showcases a handful of moves both new and old. Her Shadow Kick, boomerang and staff are back in full force, but now she utilizes the staff both to harm her foes and for movement purposes.

Jade also has a ton of teleportation movements in her cinematic sequences, adding to the overall flair of her presentation. The character appears as though she may be undead as she now has a grayed skin tone. This would be in keeping with the lore that she's been dead since the events of Mortal Kombat X, referenced directly by one of Kitana's variations.

Here's a quick clip of her in action, continue on for her full trailer:

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Alex receiving Red Earth crossover Leo costume in Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter 5 is going into its second year of doing free crossover costumes since launching Arcade Edition, but there's still a good number of characters who have yet to receive their time in the spotlight.

Capcom announced today that Alex will be receiving his first crossover costume in Street Fighter 5 in the form of Red Earth's Leo including his signature sword and shield.

This new costume will be available in SF5's Extra Battle mode with missions set to kick off on March 15 when Balrog's Guts Man crossover missions come to an end meaning that players will not be able to use the grappler's lion-headed outfit until April 5.

Leo is one of the main characters of Capcom's fighting game Red Earth, or War-Zard in Japan, where he was a king cursed to have the body of a beast. Red Earth never earned a sequel, but Leo did show up in Capcom Fighting Evolution and had a cameo appearance in Hawkeye's ending in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

To obtain the first Red Earth-themed costume in Street Fighter 5, players must complete four weekly missions in the game's Extra Battle mode to collect pieces costing users 2,500 Fight Money per attempt or at least 10,000 FM to complete.

The publisher released a trailer for Alex's Leo set alongside the announcement, so you can check out the costume in motion in the clip plus in the gallery below.

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You're going to 'freak out' when you see Mortal Kombat 11's DLC characters, says series co-creator Ed Boon

Mortal Kombat 11 is out in April, and with only 10 characters officially revealed at this time, there are still many announcements coming down the pike.

During yesterday's Kombat Kast — the first-ever for Mortal Kombat 11 — series co-creator Ed Boon shared a couple of interesting bits of information pertaining to the characters we can expect to see on the roster. Kicking things off, Boon stated that there will be several returning characters that fans might not have seen in a while.

"We have a long list of characters that we're going to be revealing that are kind of like, in that vein," Boon started. "Characters that you haven't seen maybe some in a long time, fan-favorites that are on the way."

Boon thinks of Baraka and Kabal as part of this string of returning fighters that will be joining Mortal Kombat 11's roster. These fan-favorites won't be limited to the launch roster, however, as he notes that Mortal Kombat 11's DLC fighters will be in the same vein and will surely impress.

"You're going to freak out when you see the DLC characters that we have," Boon said. "They're in the same vein. It's going to be awesome. "

Ed Boon recalls the reaction to the Kabal teaser at the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event, saying it was a big moment that generated a roar of energy from viewers. He says that they "have a number of those beats coming" down the line.


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Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth, and Arcana Heart's Heart Aino announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Naoto Kurogane, Teddie, Seth, and Heart Aino have been announced as upcoming DLC for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. These announcements came following the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle grand finals at EVO Japan 2019.

Teddie (or Kuma in Japanese) comes from Persona 4: Arena. Meanwhile, Naoto Kurogane originated from BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

As for Seth, he typically appears in the Under Night In-Birth series. Finally, Heart Aino is the first representative from Arcana Heart 3 to join the fight.

Naoto Kurogane's title was stated to be "Bloodedge Kindred." Teddie was declared to be "the Beast in Heat."

Seth is simply the "Assassin." Finally, Heart Aino is referred to as "the Angel Who Fights for Love and Justice."

No information about the release dates of these combatants were released other than "coming soon" and "2019 Spring." Notably, the words "next update" appeared before these reveals so they might become available with the next patch.

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