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The controversy of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's DLC announcement - Why is doubling the roster post-launch being seen as a bad thing?

Last week after the ArcSys Fighting Game Awards, the release date and full 20 character launch roster for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle was announced.

While this is normally something to celebrate and be happy about, there was a very dark cloud hovering above this announcement as well.

The trailer shown was for the character Blake Belladona from RWBY, and that she'll be joining the battle... as DLC after release.

Not only that, but it was also announced that the roster would be doubled post-release, eventually going from the 20 characters in the base roster to a large 40 character roster.

So what's the controversy here? A lot of people will think it's obvious, but in case you don't, look no further than right below for some more insight into what's causing such a ruckus across the internet.

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Iron Tager, Makoto, ν-No.13, and Es join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle adds four new combatants to its playable roster today. Iron Tager, Makoto, v-No.13, and Es all join the fight.

Arc System Works has released introduction trailer #5, which shows all four fighters in action.

The Red Demon, Iron Tager, returns to the fight. BlazBlue's large grappler character is back with his magnetic powers intact, utilizing the powerful slams he is known for.

Makoto Nanaya, the squirrel-type demi-human, also enters the ring. Making her playable debut in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, she joins Cross Tag Battle with her powerful tonfas strikes at the ready.

The Sword of Hades, v-No.13 is a fighter that was among the playable cast of the first BlazBlue title released. Her multi-hitting attacks and ability to summon swords in order to keep the opponent away still look to be key components of her gameplay.

Es hails from XBlaze – Code: Embryo, but joined BlazBlue: Central Fiction as a DLC character. She battles with her giant sword, the Crystalline Sealed Blade: Murakumo -- one of the legendary Legacy Weapons.

Each trailer so far has revealed one fighter from the different series found in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle: BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, and Under Night In-Birth (no other characters from RWBY have been shown). This time, we get four characters all from BlazBlue.

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'I'm hoping [for] more variation in the neutral game' - Moke talks his Persona fighting game history, hopes for Rashid's new V-Trigger and more

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and the questions and answers were subsequently translated by me, MajinTenshinhan. The original Japanese questions and answers can be found towards the end of the article.

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is one of the players who put Rashid on the map, Ponos|Moke. In this interview, he talks about his Persona fighting game history, what Rashid's new V-Trigger should be, his chances at Capcom Cup 2017 and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games?

Ponos|Moke: I was influenced by my older brother and started playing fighting games at age 6.

Continue below for the full interview.

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Gordeau, Yukiko, and Azrael join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has received another batch of new character reveals. This time, Gordeau, Yukiko, and Azrael join the fight.

Gordeau comes from the Under Night In-Birth series, Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 Arena, and Azrael is another BlazBlue combatant.

With these characters, this brings the number of currently revealed BlazBlue fighters to six, Persona 4 Arena to four, and Under Night In-Birth to four as well. So far, we've seen a total of 16 characters enter the fray.

Today's footage shows that Gordeau takes on opponents using a large scythe. Yukiko comes equipped with fans in hand and fights alongside her Persona, Konohana.

As for Azrael, the death bringer, he trounces foes with large, powerful strikes and slams the opponent around the battlefield.

Arc System Works has released an official introduction trailer for these characters. You can check it out below.

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Toushinsai 2017 results ft. Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's a big one for arcade games, because the annual Toushinsai event is taking place in Japan.

As is customary, all games at this event will be played on Arcade.

This event is also the host to the ArcRevo Cup, so ArcSys games hold a special place at the event.

Games being played here include Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14: Arcade Version, Pokkén Tournament, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Ultra Street Fighter 4, Nitro Blasterz Plus: Heroines' Infinite Duel, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX!, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu and Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade.

There will obviously be a ton of players attending, but just to name a few you'll get to see: Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage, Kazunoko, Garireo, N-O, Dora, Samitto, Rion, FAB, Yoshiki, Karinchu, Fumo and Hasegawa.

Streaming is being done at Toushinsai Official TV.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Frosty Faustings IX results, ft. NuckleDu, Ally, Dogura, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Frosty Faustings IX is taking place in Chicago, Illinois, and there's going to be a great many games played at this event, including Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Darkstalkers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Pokkén Tournament, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Melty Blood: Actress Again, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 2 and a mystery game tournament.

There are a lot of big-name players attending, including Liquid|NuckleDu, C9|Ally, CO|Dogura, CO|Go1, PG|MarlinPie, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, FF|ElvenShadow, Wolfkrone, PG|RayRay, BjornSonofBear, Doren2k, BlackSnake, TS|NerdJosh, Hotashi, MVG|Dyr, TheBeautifulDude, TS|Arturo Sanchez, JJRockets, TSC|FaultyDefense, Sym, MC|GCYoshi, BxA|Squall, GS|Gllty, DCB|EliTheCurry, GLB, OMGItzAndre and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by BG Callisto, Team Spooky, RS Black Rose, Melee Everyday, Unrivaled Tournaments and KFair IPG.

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Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, Skullgirls and King of Fighters characters look especially gorgeous when Dejaguar draws them

Today we feature a selection of fighting game artwork from Dejagar.

This talented artist has some immaculate drawings of characters from King of Fighters, BlazeBlue, Skullgirls and Guilty Gear. We've selected a handful of our favorites to share with you here:

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Arc Revolution Cup 2016 results ft. Rion, Omito, Ogawa, Kedako

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's time for this year's Arc Revolution Cup, often affectionately referred to as ArcRevo, taking place at the larger Toushinsai arcade game event.

At this event, there will be single-entrant tournament play for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], King of Fighters 13, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel and Chaos Code. Team events will be held for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players expected to attend include Rion, Omito, Ogawa, Kedako, Kakkou, Nage, Daru, TopGaren, Hamburg, Hasegawa, FAB, Samitto, MarlinPie, Jajamaru and many, many more for a variety of games.

Streaming is being done at Toushinsai Official TV.

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'We definitely want to make [Persona 5: Arena] happen' says Persona 4: Arena series director Kazuhisa Wada

During the medal ceremony at Toushinsai's Arc Revolution Cup 2016 portion tonight, after presenting prizes to the victors, each game's director got to speak a few words to the fans.

Kazuhisa Wada, the director for the Persona 4: Arena series, from Atlus, was well aware that fans are really hoping to see a new installment in the fighting game series now that Persona 5 is out and has been greatly received all over Japan.

While there was nothing official to announce just yet, Wada's comments were extremely positive for any hopefuls out there.

You can see what Wada said, translated personally by me, Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, below.

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CEOtaku results ft. MarlinPie, Kedako, Hotashi, ElvenShadow, LordKnight

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Anime fans rejoice, because CEOtaku 2016 is taking place this weekend, and there are a great deal of games taking up tournament space at this joyous event.

At this event, you can expect to see top-level play in Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Melty Blood: Actress Again, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Koihime Enbu, Nitroplus Blasterz, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max, Vampire Savior, Aquapazza and even in the non-fighting game Catherine.

Players expected to attend include PG|MarlinPie, Kedako, Hotashi, FF|ElvenShadow, D-Link|LordKnight, cR|SonicFox, COG|KidViper, BjornSonOfBear, TXrd|FaultyDefense, VGP|Oso, GC|ElRosa, BrkrDave, dot_Nova, TheBeautifulDude, KCO|Pedro, Grover, ON|Vicio, DawnHikarii, Doren2k, Zinac, TS|NerdJosh, Foo, TectalEastside, MC|GCYoshi13, ChosenNinja and many more.

Streaming is being done by CEO Gaming and Jyosua.

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