Why I think it'd be better if Capcom tells us all DLC characters for Street Fighter 5's Season 3 up front

We're nearly through our second season of Street Fighter 5 at this point in time, and we've learned quite a bit in the last 20 months.

Though we haven't gotten an official announcement, we're expecting a similar DLC character schedule in 2018 with Capcom adding a new fighter to the mix every two months or so.

Though the initial plan in 2016 was to reveal each character one at a time, data mining spoiled that a bit and we ended up learning the identities of all six newcomers fairly early on. In 2017 Capcom was able to keep a lid on things for roughly the first half of the year.

Though hype and interest did spike a bit at the release of each character, I feel like the last two years have shown us that this slow reveal approach ultimately leaves Capcom missing out on some opportunities.

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PSA: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is a free upgrade for current owners of the game

In January of next year, the masses will be able to get their hands on Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. This new installment in the series will bring more game modes, a second V-Trigger for each character and more.

Amidst the excitement from all of the details about the game, it seems that some fans missed the specifics of how we'll be able to acquire the AE upgrade.

For those who were wondering, allow me to put your mind at ease: you won't have to pay again if you already own Street Fighter 5. That's right, Arcade Edition will become available on January 16th as a free update.

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A message from Yoshinori Ono about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

So, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is a real thing, and it's set for release on January 16th, 2018.

We'll be seeing new modes such as the long-awaited Arcade Mode, an Extra Battle option, a revamped UI, and more. SF5 AE is gearing up to be a large release for Capcom, and to commemorate the game's announcement Street Fighter series Executive Producer Yoshinori Ono released a special message to fans.

Ono speaks about the initial release of Street Fighter 5 and how it wasn't quite ideal. He appreciates those who have stuck with the game regardless, and goes on to explain what is in store for the January release.

By the end of the year, we'll be seeing 28 playable characters on Street Fighter 5's roster. On top of that, we've seen tons of stages, costumes, and new modes added over the past two years.

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Gameplay breakdowns for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta, Tien, and Yamcha in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ has seen a handful of new character reveals recently. Two Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan fighters enter the fray, as well as a couple of classic Z warriors.

Game Informer is currently in the midst of releasing exclusive content related to Arc System Works' upcoming 3v3 fighter. Today, we have exclusive gameplay breakdowns featuring Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, Yamcha, and Tien.

Many have been wondering what the difference might be between characters like regular Super Saiyan Vegeta and his blue counterpart. In his specific video, we learn that SSGSS Vegeta is more centered around offense, sacrificing longer-ranged attacks and defense for mix ups and high-powered attacks.

He has a dash kick special move that features several follow ups. This can help create openings and keep the opponent on their toes.

Someone like Tien, on the other hand, is more of a well-rounded fighter. He has several tools at his disposal that can help him deal with numerous situations.

One thing that is interesting about Tien is his super attacks. His Tri-Beam is his level 1 and level 3 super, and both are powerful attacks that actually inflict some damage upon Tien.

Be sure to learn more about these characters by checking out Game Informer's breakdowns.

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Over 100 endings in Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition's long awaited single player mode

Just going off the title of the Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition update, it's pretty easy to see at least one of the new features that Capcom is promising. It's quite literally in the title.

We are finally getting the long awaited arcade mode. While this is mostly good for the casual experience, it has been a staple of the fighting game genre since its inception.

As an added bonus, we are also going to get characters endings after completing this mode. Based on how Capcom describes it, it sounds like there will be multiple endings per character.

"Choose from six different paths and compete in matches against CPU opponents to reveal unique endings based on player performance." We usually only see one ending per character after completing the game's main single player mode.

This seems to imply that we'll probably get about two endings per character, right? A "good" ending and a "bad" ending maybe?

Well, based on this image that BornFree took of Capcom's presentation at the New York Comic Con, there may be even more than that:

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Street Fighter 5 Season 2's next DLC character reveal inbound; to be revealed at South East Asia Major 2017 Top 8

Update: According to the official Street Fighter Twitter account, the next character will be "infiltrating" South East Asia Major 2017 Top 8 this weekend. We've added the Tweet to this post.

Here we go, folks! Time for the next Street Fighter 5 Season 2 DLC character.

Capcom has just switched out their profile pictures on social media to feature the Street Fighter 5 logo with a new background design. The company has been known to do this in the past right before their next character reveal.

From what we can see, the background shows some sort of "X" strike with what might be trees behind it.

In addition to this, the official Street Fighter Facebook page has updated its cover photo to feature a more complete look at the final character's silhouette.

At this point in time, fans believe that the last Season 2 character will be Zeku, Guy's master. Making an appearance in Guy's Street Fighter Alpha 2 character ending, Zeku disappeared "never to be seen again" after suffering a loss to his pupil.

It has been confirmed by Capcom that the next character will be revealed at SEAM 2017 this weekend. It seems to be further hinted at that it is Zeku based on how it is noted that the character will be "infiltrating" (like a ninja) the top 8.

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A stance change and an FADC? Here's a more in depth look at Zeku's brand new Street Fighter 5 trailer

While his identity in and of itself may not have been much of a surprise, Zeku's reveal trailer (complete with extra classy jazz flute theme) hit us with a few interesting curve balls.

Perhaps we should start with the most blatant point of interest, Zeku's multiple forms. The Bushinryu master switches from an older to a younger form in the middle of battle.

Whether or not this is some sort of disguise or a whole other character entirely is unclear at this point. I'm leaning toward the idea that this is a second character altogether, (perhaps Zeku's current apprentice?) with maybe a hive mind-like attitude like Negan's Saviors in The Walking Dead.

In any case, this second form appears to be a stance change in terms of gameplay, and requires a quick tag out as Zeku disappears in a flash of smoke and teleports (and transforms) up above to younger Zeku. I suspect this is the character's V-Skill and it'll be interesting to see if you can choose where the teleport/transformation goes by holding a direction.

The switch in the trailer shows the second Zeku come in with an attack, which would be kind of necessary if this is indeed a V-Skill, as there needs to be some kind of successful/unsuccessful dynamic that determines whether or not you build V-Gauge.

Here we see a switch done mid-combo, which is likely the safest/most efficient way of going about stance changing:

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YouDeal Street Fighter Allbattle results ft. Haitani, Fuudo, Daigo, Nemo, Kazunoko, Smug

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a special exhibition being held this week in Japan.

The YouDeal Street Fighter Allbattle pits two teams against eachother - Team Japan and Team USA - in Street Fighter 5 competition.

The Japanese team consists of GRPT|Haitani, GRPT|Fuudo, CYG|Daigo, AW|Nemo and GGP|Kazunoko, while the American team consists of CYG|Snake Eyez, Rise|Smug, FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ and CYG|PR Balrog.

The format at this event is five decided matchups, and the winner of each gets two lives to use in the later team battle, while the loser of each only get one life each.

While the ruleset might seem a bit complicated, our battle logs should hopefully clear everything up for you.

The broadcast is being done via NicoNico, so tune in right away.

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Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter now available in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has seen a large update this week. Not only did the game receive a patch that fixed numerous bugs (including the removal of the Spider-Man infinite loop), but today we have the first wave of DLC.

Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter are now available for purchase. These characters are the first three of six DLC fighters that will be joining Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite this year.

If you'd like to pick up these characters individually, each one will run you $7.99 USD. All three characters have a premium alternate costume, which comes include with your purchase.

If you're planning on buying all six DLC fighters and want to save some money, you can opt to grab the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite character pass. For $29.99 USD, you will gain access to each of these characters as they are released, as well as their premium costumes.

Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter will be followed by Venom, the Winter Soldier, and Black Widow later this year.

Today's addition brings Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's total roster up to 33 playable characters. We now have 16 on the Marvel side and 17 on the Capcom side.

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No tutorials in Tekken 7 since players weren't using them anyways; story mode envisioned to teach players while they play instead

Fighting games are considered to be one of the toughest genres to pick up and play. There a number of mechanics that must be learned, special moves to memorize, and fundamentals to figure out.

You would think it would be important to include a tutorial mode in order to teach these basics to players. Despite this, Tekken 7 was packaged without this mode.

PC Games News recently had a chance to Katsuhiro Harada why this was missing. The Tekken producer noted that people weren't really using the mode anyhow.

"We can tell with most of our games which modes players are spending time in," said Harada. Tekken 7's "story mode was envisioned on teaching the player with baby steps whilst playing the game" instead.

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TWFighter Major results ft. Tokido, JDCR, Saint, Haitani, Yukadon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

With the Capcom Pro Tour drawing ever closer to the end of its current season, the Premier Events are out in full force.

This weekend's big showing is taking place in Taipei, Taiwan.

Besides being a Premier event for Street Fighter 5, this is also a Master Events for Tekken 7, so stakes are high there as well.

The tournament also features King of Fighters 14 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players expected to attend include FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, YouDeal|Yukadon, GRPT|Fuudo, Jeondding, CYG|Daigo, RZR|Infiltration, Gachikun, Chanel, GRPT|MOV, Mago, Ponos|Moke, CO|Go1, FOX|Momochi, Kkokkoma, GGP|Kazunoko, Scarz|Sako, KuroKuro, Pekos, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Jiewa, Talon|HotDog29, DNG|Tachikawa, Humanbomb, Tse4444 and many more.

Streaming is being done by Capcom Fighters, Tekken, TW Fighter and Taiwan Fighting Festival.

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Five Star Wars characters I'd want to see in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

I know, I know, this is something that probably won't happen ever. However, with Star Wars and Marvel being under the same Disney umbrella, and considering how hype we are (and damn near everyone else is) after watching the new Last Jedi trailer, I thought it would be fun to put together a "what if" list.

Star Wars is not alien (no pun intended) to the world of fighting games. From the hilariously bad Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi on the original PlayStation to guest stars in the Soul Calibur series, we know that our favorite intergalactic characters certainly lend themselves to the genre.

So, what if we saw one or more characters from the series join Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite? Today, I'm going to list my top roster picks.

Naturally, my choices are not the be-all-end-all here. Even more so considering this is a hypothetical situation.

So, once you've made your way through the list, please be sure to let us know which five characters you'd want to see most!

Let's dive right in.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki: I have to admit, when I first saw Marvel Versus Capcom: Infinite, I thought to myself, 'Oh shoot!'

The fighting game community has been extremely excited for Dragon Ball FighterZ' February 2018 launch ever since the upcoming title was first revealed back at E3 this year, but with its chaotic three on three format, players couldn't help but almost immediately compare it to the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

September 19th's Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has quite a few obvious differences to DBF: a two on two format, different style of tag mechanic, a more fluid character entry system after a teammate is knocked out and assists to name a few.

Seasoned fighting game players will likely perceive DBF more as more likely to encroach on anime fighters than on Versus Series titles, but Game Informer still made an effort to clear the air should anyone be worried a tug of war may start once DBF drops early next year.

Reaching out to both MvCI's Mike Evans and DBF's Tomoko Hiroki, Game Informer got the skinny from both sides as to whether or not there was any fear of too much overlap.

Hiroki does concede that she did raise an eye I'm happy that our titles are each different in its own unique way. Still, I have to admit, when I first saw Marvel Versus Capcom Infinite, I thought to myself, 'Oh shoot!'"

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Let's talk about the Filipino Champ and Sonic Fox Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite exhibition

Thursday night in an area of the Bronx that you don't walk through alone after dark, Bum1six hosted another edition of House of Chaos from his apartment, and over 11,000 people tuned in.

Why so many? Because Marvel god Ryan "SPY|Filipino Champ" Ramirez and fighting game prodigy Dominique "FOX|Sonic Fox" McLean were playing in a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite exhibition. Two first to ten sets would determine who the top dog was at this early stage in MvCI's lifespan.

To set the stage a bit, Champ is known as one of the absolute strongest players in recent Marvel vs. Capcom history, winning countless tournaments in MvC3, including an EVO victory in 2012. With three EVO championships, Fox has dominated the Mortal Kombat and Injustice scene for a few years now, to the point that it's really only news if he doesn't win.

Marvel Infinite had only been out for 17 days, but both competitors boasted big wins (Champ at SoCal Regionals and Fox at CEOtaku). Given their respective statuses, the community decided to pit the two against each other, though it's safe to say most likely expected to see Champ emerge victorious.

That's not at all what happened. The Marvel god (of which there are three recognized by the Marvel community) looked as though he were fairly helpless as his 19 year old opponent seemed to have free reign to move his characters about the screen in any manner he wanted, hitting his foe whenever he felt like it... which was often.

Most games were spent with Champ in the corner being juggled with combo after combo. Fox would take the first set 10-4, ending the whole thing with a perfect:

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Capcom may finally be playing to its bigger strengths with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Maximilian has produced a new video offering this initial thoughts and reactions to the recent Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition announcement, and in true Maximilian fashion, tosses out some thoughts, points and angles that are especially insightful.

For instance, in looking at Capcom's traditional strengths, Max points out that it makes much more sense to invest hope in Arcade Modes nuanced with secret boss battles, bonus games and the like as opposed to investing hope in story. (Go to NetherRealm Studio games for that.)

From what we know thus far, this update looks to improve on two major pillars of the game: pronouncing player identity through gameplay and the single player experience.

Max is candid about his general feelings toward SF5, (fairly lackluster over the last year or so) but admits that this upcoming update does have his interest. As less of a tournament-centric/competitive type, the prominent streamer likely speaks as a chorus for the majority of the casual fan base.

"I'm only hoping that this is the first step in SF5 to make me kinda like the game a bit more, want to play it online, and bring a whole bunch of people back..." he says.

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