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Allen Snider confirmed to be in Arika's unnamed fighting game

Arika has uploaded a teaser which outright shows its latest fighter: Allen Snider.

Allen Snider is a character known for being based off of a young Chuck Norris. He also tends to borrow some mannerisms from Bruce Lee.

Not much is shown of Allen Snider. We, unfortunately, do not yet have the opportunity to view Allen Snider's fighting style in the new game.

All we get to see is his idle stance. Still, it's enough to see that he is most likely going to be a playable fighter.

He is joining Kairi, Garuda, Hokuto, Skullomania and Darun. This makes a total of six characters in the game now.

We'll be sure to be on the lookout for additional details about Allen Snider. I will say though, that the music that plays during the trailer is quite enjoyable.

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Daigo taking a closer look at ARIKA's upcoming fighting game on tonight's live stream starting at 7 p.m. PDT

On tonight's edition of DaigoTheBeasTV, CYG|Daigo and his guests will be looking at and offering thoughts and reactions on the highly anticipated, upcoming fighting game from ARIKA.

ARIKA is a development company formed by former Capcom employees in 1995, and is most notable for creating the Street Fighter EX games (of which this new game features characters from).

Using "Fighting Layer EX" as the placeholder title, ARIKA's latest caught the interest of the FGC when it was teased as an April Fool's joke back on April 1st, but has since been confirmed as real and in need of funding.

Developers showed off a playable build of Fighting Layer EX at EVO this year, furthering hype and excitement amongst the community.

We're not certain as to whether Daigo will have a playable version of this game in house, or if he'll simply be reviewing and commenting on footage that we've already seen.

The live stream kicks off at 7 p.m. PDT, and we have the embed awaiting conveniently below.

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Jecht announced for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT; beta to start August 26th

A trailer was released yesterday that announced a new character for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. This character is Jecht who first appeared in Final Fantasy X.

During the trailer, we see Jecht fighting his son Tidus. Jecht was never exactly father of the year material, but this might be taking it a little too far...

At the beginning of the trailer, we see Jecht playing with a Blitzball. Despite this, he uses a sword for combat.

Please note that the trailer is in a different language. There doesn't appear to be an English trailer available.

It was also announced that the closed Dissidia beta would start on August 26th. It will last until September 4th.

If you are interested in participating in the beta (and have access to a code), you'll want to sign up before August 15th.

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No Guilty Gear characters joining BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, series creator says only four franchises to be represented 'for now'

At EVO 2017 last month, a new crossover fighting title was unveiled. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle pits characters from the series, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY all against each other in a 2v2 setting.

Famitsu recently sat down with BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori to discuss the upcoming fighter. In the interview, we learn about the fan reaction to the announcements at EVO, as well as details on Cross Tag Battle.

Long-time followers of Arc System Works' games might be wondering if we'll see any Guilty Gear characters in the upcoming crossover. Mori does address this, and unfortunately, there is nothing planned at this time.

At this time, BBCTB will focus soley on the four aforementioned franchises, however, Mori does note this is a "for now" situation. We could see the game expand beyond this in the future.

Famitsu's interview was conducted entirely in Japanese, but thanks to the efforts of our own MajinTenshinhan, we have an English translation. Below you will find a snippet directly from Famitsu's article.

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Arika creates official Facebook page for upcoming fighting game

Arika's upcoming fighting game (which still remains unnamed) is set for a PlayStation 4 release. This week, the company has created an official Facebook page for the new title.

Those hoping for the latest information on the game will definitely want to like the page as Arika notes that they will be sharing updates, answering questions, sharing ideas, and connecting with fans through it.

Arika's fighting project started out as kind of an April Fool's joke earlier this year. What was once a proof of concept evolved into a legitimate game that is currently under development.

So far, we've seen five characters unveiled: Kairi, Shirase (Hokuto), Garuda, Skullomania and Darun Mister. Fans of the Street Fighter EX series will certainly recognize these warriors.

We can expect to see this game, which Arika notes is another entry in the EX series, released sometime next year in North America, Europe, and Japan.

A limited time playable beta/server test will also take place at the end of 2017 on the PS4. In the meantime, you can check out some screenshots, move lists, and system explanations in the gallery below.

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Fight in Rio 2017 results ft. Brolynho, Dark, Tubarao, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighters from across Central and Southern America are looking to gather this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the aptly-named Fight in Rio 2017.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so CPT points are on the line. It's also one of the biggest Latin America fighting game events.

Besides Street Fighter 5, the event will also be hosting tournaments in Injustice 2, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and Karnov's Revenge.

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Defend the North 2017 results feat. Punk, Smug, SonicFox, ChrisG, Dragon

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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You can play Fantasy Strike for free this weekend, download the pre-alpha and start playing right now

The pre-alpha for David Sirlin's Fantasy Strike is available for free download this weekend, and already players are excitedly jumping in and sharing their experiences.

The single-button fighter takes a step back from the intricacies of technical combos and specific commands to boil things down to a dual of wits more than anything else.

Instead of solid life bars, players have a certain number of "hits" they can endure, (some stronger techniques count for more than one "hit") and need only worry about pressing single buttons to execute full special attacks.

The pre-alpha is available worldwide until July 30th at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and you can head over to the Fantasy Strike homepage to begin downloading it.

We have some footage of players delving into Fantasy Strike, giving us an idea of the game's general pace and flow.

Here's a quick clip to whet your palette, but you can see more in the full video after the jump.

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Over 50 minutes of Arika's unnamed fighting game footage, features look at the 'deck' system

Recently, Arika uploaded a YouTube video containing over 50 minutes of gameplay footage of their unnamed game. It is specifically mentioned in the title of their game that the name is still undecided.

As indicated by the description, the footage shown is the EVO build (meaning there likely exists a build for the developers that is beyond the EVO build). The game is being played by the developers themselves, who probably know the most about how to play the game at this point.

Characters that fight are Kairi, Garuda and Hokuto. Unfortunately, no Skullomania or Darun yet despite their announcements.

We get a good glimpse of some mechanics as a result of the footage. For example, there are two different input methods that can be selected before a match.

Progressive is said to give shortened inputs for the benefit of faster inputs. Meanwhile, Classic has traditional inputs instead.

There is also an interesting "deck system" that appears similar to SFxT's gems, but way simpler. This seems like it will help players better diversify themselves even if they pick the same characters.

Here's a pretty stylish sequence that occurred within the video:

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Icons: Combat Arena trailer -- gameplay made to be very similar to that of Super Smash Bros.

Recently, we saw the trailer for a new game by the company known as Wavedash Games. The gameplay looked pretty familiar...

There's actually a reason why the game looks familiar, and it's not a bad thing. For one, the mechanics appear to be similar to the Super Smash Bros. series.

The reason for this is that at least some of the team is made up of people who worked on Project M, a mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl that made the mechanics feel closer to that of Melee's. It also came with the addition of balance adjustments and characters.

You may recall that the Project M team ceased development on their mod back in December of 2015. It seems that this concept has come a long way since the beginning of Smash mods such as Project M.

This definitely makes me think that the gameplay will try to match Melee's mechanics more so than Smash 4's mechanics. This could be the game many fans were waiting for when Brawl came out instead.

Those familiar with the "Ken combo" will certainly recognize the playstyle that this character is seemingly emulating.

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Gameplay, mechanics, developer attitude and more; here's everything you want to know about Arika's new EX game so far

Arika's latest fighting game project was on the showroom floor at EVO this year, and Maximilian was able to get his hands on it for a good chunk of impressions.

There's a certain, unique anticipation for this title, probably stemming from the fact that it's being made by developers that worked on Street Fighter 2, and that it's part of a series that wasn't really all that mainstream when it came to the fighting game genre.

In this current build there are only a few playable characters, and it does not try to hide the fact that it's still in development as clipping and overpowered sequences abound.

That said, Max had a blast playing it, and points out directly that developers were on site actively trying to get feedback from players in order to tailor make this game for today's fighting game climate.

There are a few mechanics that really draw interest, especially the gougi system which allows fighters to access mini power ups mid-match. This is one of the facets of the new Arika game that's fairly broken right now, as it can allow for near endless Super combos and hyper armor that lasts for quite some time.

Max offers a full breakdown from gameplay to aesthetics to overall experience in the video below.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT closed beta 'should' kick off this summer; EVO attendants given beta codes

It was announced at EVO 2017 that there will be a beta for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Square Enix notes that they should be kicking off the closed beta this summer.

Attendants at EVO are supposedly being given a special access key for this closed beta. Despite this, they note that they want to open the beta to more people than just EVO attendants later down the road.

You'll want to go here to register for the closed beta.

Square Enix states that they want as many people to give them feedback as possible. They intend to use the feedback for development and operations.

Still, being that it is a closed beta, you can expect that the amount of testers will be limited. If you are interested in participating, then you might want to register.

After the jump, you'll find the trailer for the game that was previously shown at E3.

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EVO 2017 results ft. NuckleDu, JDCR, Armada, SonicFox, ChrisG, Xiao Hai

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The biggest fighting game tournament of the year is upon us once more as the weekend of EVO 2017 dawns.

This huge event has multiple games with over 1000 entrants, so the weekend will be packed to the brim with action across several popular titles.

There are too many players attending to even list the notable ones - byou can basically assume that anyone who's anyone, in any given title being played, will be there, with very few exceptions.

The official game lineup this year consists of Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

Besides this, there will also be multiple side tournaments, including the AnimEVO side event, which will feature a bunch of different games which you can all find in our schedules at the bottom of the story.

Streaming for the main event will be done at EVO, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, Capcom Fighters, NetherRealm and Tekken.

AnimEVO side streams include Numakie, The Brett, Ghoul02, Nick Cool 1996, Sharonasaurus X and Dark and Ark. You can also expect a tournament to be played in the upcoming Dragonball FighterZ at Bandai Namco US, the schedule for which can be found here.

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New character Jubei for BlazBlue CentralFiction and new title BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle announced

After the BlazBlue grand finals for EVO 2017, ArcSys had a few interesting announcements to make. A new character and a new game.

It was announced that Jubei would be joining the roster for BlazBlue CentralFiction. It is noted to be coming Summer 2017 (soon, in other words).

After that, a new game titled "BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle" was announced. This is a crossover fighting game for the BlazeBlue CentralFiction, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.

This is a tag-team battle which appears to be featuring 2v2 gameplay. It looks like it will be a pretty hectic game.

The game appears to be coming out in 2018. No further details about the release date have been given beyond that.

Hit the jump below to check out the videos.

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New 'EX' fighting game from Arika showcased at EVO 2017

Arika showcased a new fighting game at EVO 2017 featuring cast members from their Street Fighter EX series, it's powered by the Unreal Engine.

Kairi, Shirase (Hokuto), Garuda, Skullomania and Darun Mister were all shown in the trailer.

There didn't appear to be an official title for the game shown at the moment, but the words "EX" appeared on screen for a brief moment in time.

Arika stated that "This game will be the newest entry in the EX Series."

It was announced as a PlayStation 4 release, which will happen in 2018 in North America, Europe and Japan. The trailer also teased that the game may be playable on April Fools 2018.

A limited time playable beta/server test will also take place at the end of 2017 on the PS4.

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Samurai Shodown 5 Special coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this Summer

Fighting gamers are getting a blast from the past very soon. Samurai Shodown 5 Special is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this Summer.

As the ninth title in SNK's samurai fighting series, Samurai Shodown 5 Special is an upgraded version of its predecessor. The main changes implemented came in the form of audio and visual improvements, however, balance changes were also made.

This iteration added Samurai Shodown boss Amakusa Shiro Tokisada and Samurai Shodown 3 boss Zankuro Minazuki, replacing Sankuro and Yumeji. Additionally, hidden character Poppy was replaced by Rashoujin Mizuki, the boss from Samurai Shodown 2.

Samurai Shodown 5 Special has not seen a release since its original NeoGeo launch back in 2004. Though there is no release date or pricing info just yet, fans may be seeing the game in action as soon as this weekend.

Early this morning, the official SNK Twitter account sent out a tweet hinting at an EVO 2017 showing. "A new Classic NEOGEO project" is set to be exhibited at the Atlus/Sega - SNK booth, and we can only assume that it will be SamSho 5 Special.

Below are some screenshots to get you started. Be sure to hit the jump to view the trailer.

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New trailer for Fantasy Strike shows a super that is very similar to Ryu's Ultra 2 in Street Fighter 4 - crowdfunding started

Remember Fantasy Strike? The fighting game that is supposed to emphasize simplicity through its controls and mechanics?

A new trailer for the game has been launched on PlayStation's YouTube channel. It has been announced that the crowdfunding has started.

As of right now, the crowdfunding is at $33,092 of its $500,000 goal. It appears that this will be going on for 45 days.

Those who have been following the game may already be familiar with some of the attacks looking very similar to moves of classic fighters. The developers themselves have referred to this as Remix Culture.

Fans of Ryu might immediately recognize the character that fights similarly to a Shoto. He has a fireball, an invincible sword slash attack, and a move that looks like a hurricane kick.

One of his supers reminds a lot of Ryu's Ultra 2 from Street Fighter 4.

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