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Noel, Chie, and Waldstein join the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle roster

Three new characters have been added to the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle roster. Noel Vermillion, Chie Satonaka, and Waldstein enter the fray.

Arc System Works made the reveal this morning via a brand new gameplay trailer showcasing the new combatants.

Noel is a staple in the BlazBlue series. She mainly fights with two large handguns, but has larger weapons in her arsenal as well.

Also known as the "Spunky Dragon with Deadly Legs," Chie comes to BBCTB from Persona 4 Arena. As you might have guessed, her fighting style revolves around her kicks, and she also uses her Persona in battle to help her achieve victory.

Lastly, Waldstein comes to us from Under Night In-Birth. He is a towering fighter with large claws who scoops up the opponent and tosses them around the screen.

You can check out the trailer below.

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Asian CPT leaderboard comes to a close, Tekken's best collide and a battle for the Time Stone - Here's why you should watch SEAM 2017 this weekend

South East Asia Major 2017 is coming up this weekend, and there are multiple reasons you should keep your eyes on this event.

It's not just about this event being a staple for the FGC for the last 5 years, but there's so much more that makes this event a huge deal in 2017.

For a full rundown of everything this event will bring you, continue below.

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Here are the controls and game mechanics explanations for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

The latest in the BlazBlue series will pit different gaming franchises against each other in 2v2 battles. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is set for release sometime next year, and will come along with new mechanics and systems for players to learn.

A playable demo of the game was showcased at New York Comic-Con last week, and players we excited to finally get their hands on it. Top BlazBlue player PG|SKD happened to be in attendance, and managed to grab a couple of photos of the on-site controls and game mechanics explanations.

We see standard movement options that BlazBlue players will be familiar with, as well as a breakdown of the HUD. A new bar called the Cross Gauge is also present, which dictates players' ability to utilize tag moves.

Like Persona 4 Arena, there is also a "smart combo" system here that lets players hit one button repeatedly to initiate a combo. Usually, this is a specific combo (meaning you'll get the same sequence every time) that isn't really optimized and more for beginners to understand how the system works.

Cross Tag Battle also has a parry maneuver, "Reject Guard" (which is essentially pushblock), and a "Cross Combo" feature that brings your partner out to attack the point character with you.

There seems to be quite a bit to this game, and so far we have only seen seven playable characters revealed.

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Revolution 2017 results ft. Svampen, Kiba, Raven, KingRasta, RAD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Revolution 2017 is taking place this weekend in London, United Kingdom.

This event features a bunch of different games, with its main focus aimed towards the sub-genre generally referred to as anime games or airdashers, though also featuring games outside of that distinction.

The games you'll be seeing tournament play of are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Gundam Versus, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Pokkén Tournament DX and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max.

Players attending include the likes of Svampen, Kiba, Raven, KingRasta, RAD, Jackal, Pida, LordSpectreX, Sacred Azure, Nyphi7 - and of course, many more.

This event has 84 entrants for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and 78 entrants for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, the event's two main games, so it's definitely going to be action-packed.

Streaming is being done at NGI Events and Nth Gen Media.

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Playable character Cloud of Darkness revealed for Final Fantasy Dissidia NT

A new fighter has been revealed for Final Fantasy Dissidia NT. This character's name is Cloud of Darkness.

Despite this combatant having "Cloud" in her name, she doesn't have any connections to the character named "Cloud Strife". Instead, she was the final boss of Final Fantasy III.

Being that the Onion Knight is also a character who hails from Final Fantasy II, she'll probably serve as an antagonist to this character once again. Cloud of Darkness's goal is to flood the world in darkness, so she'll likely align herself with other evil characters.

This is pretty much the role she fulfilled in previous Final Fantasy Dissidia games. This is a returning character, after all.

Her gameplay style was revealed through her trailer. She certainly has a... unique outfit.

Based on her emphasis on ranged attacks, she is very likely in the marksman class of fighters. She'll probably play similarly to Terra, Y'shtola, Shantotto, Ace, Emperor, and Kefka as a result of this.

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The Fall Classic 2017 results ft. XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, JoeyFury, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the many big events going on this weekend is The Fall Classic 2017, taking place in North Carolina.

This is a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you can bet the Tekken beasts will be out in full force. It's also a key event to the Dead or Alive Battle Royale, so we recommend paying attention to the high level of play in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as well.

Besides that, the event will also feature tournament play in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Another notable factoid about this tournament is that several top level 3rd Strike players from Japan have flown out to compete, so you can expect to see some Co-operation Cup tier gameplay coming your way.

There are also potential to increase the pot size of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as well as get some hype exhibition matches. For more details regarding this, go to this Matcherino page.

Players attending this even include, but are not limited to, XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, ITS|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, Kokujin, RX, ITS|Princess Ling, Circa|JoeyD, Xcel|SperoGin, Issei, Rip, Jimmy J Tran, VS|Pokchop, Chi-Rithy, Yakkun and Noble|Vagabond.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Tekken, Funky P, KPB Live and Exodus 3rd.

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SoCal Regionals 2017 results ft. JDCR, Punk, Saint, Haitani, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although many events are going on this weekend, it's hard to argue that any of them are bigger than SoCal Regionals 2017, taking place in Anaheim, California.

This event isn't only a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, but also a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour and the first Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides these main games, the event will also feature tournament play in Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14.

There will also be special exhibitions in the upcoming Final Fantasy: Dissidia NT.

Players you can expect to see at this event are beyond plentiful - FOX|JDCR, PG|Punk, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, YouDeal|Yukadon, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Hayatei, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|NYChrisG, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Theo, SPY|RyanLV, PG|Speedkicks, GFuel|Verloren, ITS|Princess Ling, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, Eanix|Biohazard, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, Circa|JoeyD, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, VS|Pokchop, FP|Suiken, Circa|ForeverKing, NG|Obscure, Noble|iLuusions, CYG|PR Balrog, PND|Madzin, BrianF, XSK Samurai, Circa|LPN, Xcel|SperoGin, ITS|BeautifulDude, WBG|CJ Truth, Flash, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, GAM|Caba, NB|DualKevin, PG|RayRay are all expected to attend, and obviously many more will be there alongside them.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2 and EnnyMura.

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CEOtaku 2017 results ft. SonicFox, MarlinPie, SKD, KizzieKay

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

If your interests lie more towards anime-based fighting games, don't worry. This weekend is good for you, too.

CEOtaku 2017 is taking place in Orlando, Florida, and there'll be tons of different games and players participating.

The games for viewers to enjoy at the event are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX!!!!!, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Skullgirls: Second Encore, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, King of Fighters 14, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Koihime Enbu and Gundam Versus.

Besides fighting games, there will also be tournaments in Catherine and Puyo Puyo Tetris.

There are tons of players attending, but a small sample of them are as follows: FOX|SonicFox, PG|MarlinPie, PG|SKD, Fable|KizzieKay, Xcel|BjornSonOfBear, LordKnight, Fable|KidViper, PAG|Grover, BxA|DotNova, Doren2k, TSB|Blaze, Betadood, Hotashi, TheArm and TectalEastside.

Streaming is being done at CEO Gaming, Jyosua and Orlando Fight Nights.

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Doctrine Dark joins Arika's untitled fighting game

Although it's slightly awkward that Arika's upcoming fighting game doesn't even have a title yet, that hasn't stopped people from being hyped for it.

Taking the characters from Street Fighter EX which they have the rights to, Arika have shown off many old favorites to be joining the fray in this future fighter.

Next on the list is the twisted Doctrine Dark, quite a popular character if comments on our stories is anything to go by.

It's a very short teaser, but you'll get to see his in-game appearance, and briefly hear his voice in the form of a creepy laugh.

Doctrine Dark joins Kairi, Shirase, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, and Allen Snider on the playable roster.

Arika's unnamed fighting game is due out sometime next year.

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Arika's unnamed fighting game gets new trailer featuring more Allen Snider

Tokyo Game Show 2017 is taking place this week, which means we'll likely be seeing announcements, new trailers, and the like from various gaming companies.

Kicking us off with a new compilation is Arika, the company behind the Street Fighter EX series. As many know, the team is currently working on a new EX game that is being referred to as "the unnamed fighting game.

Today's trailer gives us a quick look at the currently announced fighters, and showcases a bit more of its latest combatant, Allen Snider.

Back in August, we saw a quick reveal trailer for Snider that only showed his in-game character model and official artwork. Featured here is a couple of quick clips demonstrating some of his attacks and super moves.

With Arika releasing a trailer of this title for TGS, this could point to a new playable build on the expo's show floor. We'll have to wait until later this week to find out, however.

Tokyo Game Show is taking place from September 21st to the 24th, and Arika's unnamed fighting game is due out sometime next year.

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OzHadou Nationals 15 results ft Infiltration, Saint, Nobi, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour is in Sydney, Australia.

Of course, that's not all we're going to see here - it's also a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides those two main games, the event will also feature Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Project M, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

A ton of local players are going to be showing up, but besides them, a bunch of international players have made the trip down under to participate as well.

Players you can expect to see compete include, but are of course not limited to, RZR|Infiltration, FOX|Saint, Yamasa|Nobi, CO|Go1, ZW|OilKing, Mago, ROX|Knee, GRPT|MOV, Gachikun, Yamasa|Take, Kkokkoma, Yamasa|Yuu, Ponos|Moke and DNG|Tachikawa.

Streaming is being done at OzHadou, Melbourne Melee, Sydney Smash, BlankaEXX, Fire Ryda, Gamrah, Gilbagz and MegaDarve.

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Jin, Yosuke, and Linne revealed in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Three new fighters join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Jin Kisaragi from the BlazBlue series, Yosuke Hanamura from Persona 4 Arena, and Linne from Under Night In-Birth have been revealed as playable characters.

The trailer showcases gameplay for each of the new combatants. We see some of their super moves, a handful of combos, and more.

Cross Tag Battle features 2v2 gameplay and brings characters from the aforementioned franchises, as well as RWBY, together for the ultimate battle.

Outside of the newly revealed fighters, Ragna the Bloodedge, Hyde, Yū Narukami, and Ruby Rose have been confirmed as playable so far.

The game is due out sometime in 2018.

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Samurai Shodown V Special hits PlayStation 4 and PS Vita tomorrow

Fans are getting the opportunity to revisit a classic NeoGeo fighter very soon. Samurai Shodown V Special is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita tomorrow.

The latest release of this bloody brawler brings back the highly praised SNK fighter and adds several new modes for players to enjoy.

With the re-release of any classic title, one of the most requested features is online multiplayer. Fortunately, SamSho V Special comes equipped with this mode and allows competitors to take on adversaries from around the world.

Also included here is a gallery mode that features art and illustrations that must be unlocked. This adds even more replayability to the classic fighter.

Lastly, those who dive into SamSho V Special can look forward to a new setting that allows the selection of music for the game's menu. Look through the game's library of music and pick your favorite track to listen to while you navigate through the game modes.

Samurai Shodown V Special will run you $14.99 and features both cross buy and cross play. PlayStation Blog has posted a breakdown of the game's various system mechanics, so if you're trying the game out for the first time be sure to head over there to learn the basics.

You'll find a new launch trailer for the game after the jump.

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Malaysian government blocks access to Steam over religiously controversial new fighting game

A new Steam fighting title has been making waves in the gaming community, not all of which have been positive.

Fight of Gods is a Steam-only fighting game with a relatively low price tag of $7.99. The fighter dropped back on September 4th, and features religious figureheads such as Buddah, Zeus, Moses, Odin, Sif and Jesus Christ in hand to hand combat.

It goes without saying that this kind of content could easily be taken as offensive, but the Malaysian government has expressed exceptional disdain for the dueling deities, identifying Fight of Gods as an offense of Section 233 of their Communications and Multimedia Act 1998

In order to block access to Fight of Gods within its political borders, Malaysian officials have shut down access (via a Domain Name System block) to the entire Steam Store. Players are unable access the Steam Store on laptop or mobile, but can still play games that've already been downloaded.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak stated that action was taken 24 hours after the ministry issued an ultimatum to Steam demanding disabling of downloads of Fight of Gods for Malaysian users.

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Shredder takes on Silver Samurai in the latest Death Battle

ScrewAttack! is back with a brand new episode of Death Battle, this time featuring Marvel's Silver Samurai and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's Shredder.

Though not the most prominent character, Silver Samurai was featured in both X-Men Children of the Atom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 as a playable character.

Shredder has indeed appeared in a fighting game, as he showed up in 1993's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters.

Now the two Japanese baddies face off in a fantasy duel to the death as Wiz and Boomstick analyze attack, defense and cunning to see who'd come out alive.

I'm no expert on the nuances of either fighter's combat skills, but I'm going to put my money on Shredder based pretty much on charisma alone.

Let us know in the comments before you watch as to who you think the victor will be.

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Ultimecia revealed for Final Fantasy Dissidia NT

The big baddie from Final Fantasy 8 has joined the roster for the 3D fighter Final Fantasy Dissidia NT.

Ultimecia is a sorceress en route to becoming a god, and has some pretty powerful spells to aid her in quest to get there.

Being a main antagonist, Ultimecia was incredibly formidable in FF8, boasting her Hell's Judgement attack that would take each and every character in your party down to just one HP.

We doubt she'll be quite as powerful in her latest iteration for Dissidia, though her trailer does show off some pretty gnarly long range attacks in the form of spells.

Ultimecia marks another step made in NT developers' goal to reach a full cast of 50 characters for their worldwide release on January 30, 2018.

Here are a few screen shots from the trailer, with the rest of it waiting below.

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Dreamolition Derby 2017 results ft. JDCR, Malekith, Caiper, KaneandTrench

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Germany has some proper fighting game action going on at Dreamolition Derby 2017.

This is mainly a Tekken 7 event, with it being a Master event for the Tekken World Tour. Although there's no CPT status for Street Fighter 5 at this event, the top 2 placers qualify for the Zowie Fighter event later this year.

Although Tekken 7 is the main focus, this event will also have tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Vampire Savior and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Most of Europe's top players are attending, but you can also expect FOX|JDCR to be there, so this is definitely a good event to tune in to.

There are over 100 entrants in Tekken 7, so make sure to tune in all weekend for some great matches.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, Geeky Goon Squad and Arcade Dreams Munich.

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