July 7th release roundup - Yatagarasu, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, and Battle Fantasia Revised Edition all coming on July 7th

July 7th is looking to be a big day for certain fighting game lovers, with the long awaited Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm finally arriving on Steam. Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a complete collection of all the game has had to offer as a finalized edition, is also hitting the PS4 and Vita on that day.

Although Ark System Works had been teasing a Steam game of some kind, they recently revealed that said game would be a remade edition of Battle Fantasia, also hitting the Steam store on July 7th.

Hit the jump for details on all three of these titles, and what they offer.

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Skullgirls: 2nd Encore pre-orders for PlayStation 4 and Vita are now live; hear the special pre-order bonus theme here

Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is on its way, and you can now pre-order it for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. You can currently cross-purchase the game for both systems for just $24.99.

If you pre-order now, you'll get:

- Cross-buy for both the PS4 and Vita versions
- A beautiful pre-order PS4 theme
- A 20% discount for PS+ members

A quick note from Lab Zero Games: "The July 31st date on the pre-order page is just a provisional date. If we pass final certification, then it will likely be earlier than that, but Sony requires that there be a temp date to be able to start pre-orders."

Hit the jump to hear the pre-order special theme preview, and for a link to the PS Store page where you can buy Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

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Learn how to play Tanya for free, see the Yatagarasu release date and watch a massive Skullgirls combo video all in our EventHubs round up

First order of business in today's round up, the Yatagarasu: Attack On Cataclysm release date has been announced. The anticipated Indiegogo title will officially drop on Steam on July 7th, and will carry along a $14.99 price tag. You can view the trailer after the jump.

Next up, we have a 23-minute Skullgirls: Encore combos music video. The CMV is a collaboration involving 29 different contributors and showcasing some insane combos for most of the game's cast.

Finally, those of your Mortal Kombat X players who don't have the Kombat Pack can play Tanya this week for free in the Tanya challenge tower. Ed Boon tweeted out earlier that Tanya's MKX Premier Tower begins today, so you can get used to the character before making the decision to buy her or not.

We've included a combo video for Tanya by Original Paperboy, which shows off some cool tech in all of her variations.

Check out all the juicy content after the jump below.

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Combo Breaker 2015 results, stream archive feat. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Ricki Ortiz, K-Brad, CD Jr., SonicFox, Air, Arturo & more

Story updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results for Combo Breaker 2015.

Combo Breaker 2015 is taking place this weekend, and it's got a ton of games, and a ton of competitors.

Players you can expect to take part in the event include EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, TSC|CD Jr., cR|SonicFox, ZeRo, CCG|Air, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, EMP|KDZ, KIT|ForeverKing, REO, MOR|Rico Suave, HitBox|Tyrant, Wolfkrone, STB|Shujinkydink, EMP|DarthArma, VGP|Tom Brady, FF|ElvenShadow, Pig of the Hut, BT|Viscant, BananaKen, JRosa, TS|NerdJosh, KidViper and more.

As for games, you can expect to see Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Skullgirls Encore, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Divekick, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Lethal League and a special mystery game tournament.

There are also a bunch of retro tournaments, featuring classic games such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Vampire Savior.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, VGBootCamp, BGCallisto and Galloping Ghost Arcade. There will also be an after-hours stream, featured on EG Justin Wong's stream.

Hit the jump to partake in the action.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 7 results feat. Mango, Leffen, Armada, Perfect Legend, HeavyWeapons, ToXY, Somniac and more

Updated: Final results and stream archives have been added to this story.

Earlier: Battle Arena Melbourne 7 kicks off this weekend in Australia, running May 22-24, 2015.

Some notable players from outside the land down under are attending this event including RZR|Perfect Legend, C9|Mango, Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, along with some of Australia's finest like HeavyWeapons, ToXY, DB|Somniac and more.

Brackets for most games are scheduled to be updated on CouchWarriors' Challonge page and Smash Challonge brackets are posted here.

You can find the live streams and schedules below.

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Skullgirls competitors will appreciate this stylish Cerebella combo video artistically edited with a Sherlock Holmes theme

Video creator draganos451 has had this concept brewing for the past nine months now. A recent update for Skullgirls almost made his vision impossible, but he trudged on and was able to finish what he calls his masterpiece.

The video only features combos from Cerebella against Squigly. The combos are all based around countering Squigly's Inferno of Leviathan move, wherein she sends a giant projectile to bounce about the stage.

With precisely-timed use of her Diamond Deflector move, Cerebella is actually able to continue her combos and use the Inferno of Leviathan to her advantage. The awe comes in when you realize, that not only does Cerebella have to time her Diamond Deflector, she has to also figure out combos with gaps at just the right times to allow her to actually do Diamond Deflector.

It's evident that many hours went into making this video, both in the execution of the play and the editing. Hit the jump to check it out!

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Skullgirls 2nd Encore will add combo trials, challenges, fully-voiced story mode and more to PlayStation 4 and Vita versions

Earlier today, Peter Bartholow over at Lab Zero Games posted a blog detailing some of the features set to be added in Skullgirls 2nd Encore.

The update is set to hit PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this Summer, however, the Skullgirls team is looking into releasing the features as DLC for the PC version down the road.

Among the new facets being added to the game are a fully-voiced story mode, challenges that ask players to complete certain stipulations during the course of a match, survival mode, and much more.

Oh, and there are going to be trials too!

Trials test players’ skills by having them to perform combos. Trials are built on a new button-by-button instructional system to make learning combos easier and more intuitive than ever.

Furthermore, unlike many fighting game trials, Skullgirls 2nd Encore’s trials include combos frequently used in real play, from basic bread ‘n butter to more advanced combos.

You can check out the full list of Skullgirls 2nd Encore features over on the official Skullgirls website. Sent in by HooliganComboFTW and Shinkuu_Kikoken.

Northwest Majors 7 results ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Ogawa, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, Dogura, KojiKOG, Air, Cloud805, KBR and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results and battle logs.

Earlier: This weekend, we're being treated to an awesome viewing experience in the form of Northwest Majors, taking place in Seattle, Washington.

The event features a huge load of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Project M, Super Smash Bros. 64, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Skullgirls: Encore, Darkstalkers 3 and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, NeoGAF|Ogawa, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, NeoGAF|Dogura, NeoGAF|KojiKOG, CCG|Air, pH|Hoodaman, KIT|Cloud805, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Brentt, Alex Myers and more. Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, LogicHole, 62-Bit Gaming and Seattle Tekken.

What are you waiting for? The live streams and schedule can be found right below.

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Skullgirls beware! Beowulf brings the pain with these flashy, massively damaging tag and delayed hyper combos

The anticipation for Beowulf was pretty huge, and he hasn't disappointed as he makes his splash into Skullgirls Encore.

Today we have a video made by RemiKz showing off some of Beowulf's most damaging combos. They actually do 100% on duo team characters, and while you may not realistically spend all your resources on these types of combos in tournament play, they do represent just how hard Beowulf can hit.

If you haven't tried out the new wrestler yet, this video may persuade you to give him a spin!

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Beowulf is here! See what combos, specials and theatrics the newest member of the Skullgirls cast is capable of in this showcase video

The newest DLC character for Skullgirls Encore has finally hit consoles. Beowulf jumps into the ring with high-flying theatrics, power slams, and enough illegal chair shots to satisfy even the most hardcore of wrestling fans. Uzumakihero Gaming has put together a quick video showcasing some of the new fighter's moves, combos and costumes.

With a tip of the hat to a myriad of pop culture including fighting game favorites, comic book heroes, a Power Ranger, The Ultimate Warrior and even William Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beowulf's 25 variations costume references are hilariously on point.

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Hit the jump to see Beowulf in action.

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Epic wrestling star Beowulf makes his way onto the Skullgirls scene this Friday!

Created as a comedic echo of the Old English Epic hero, Beowulf is a retired wrestler who totes around his trusty weapon, a fold up chair. He's named it "Hurting," a clever call back to the mythical hero's sword, "Hrunting."

Beowulf will be available on PSN, the Xbox Marketplace and on Steam this Friday, 4/17. As with all Skullgirls Encore DLC, he'll be free to download for the first 3 months. Download him during that period and you get him for forever for free. After the free period he'll be $5.

Very important for 360 users: You'll need to re-download the required compatibility update once Beowulf is released as that is necessary to make him playable! That is the actual file that contains the patch update for the game.

Check out some character images below:

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Beowulf was the 5th DLC character announced for the game, and the fourth to become playable. Hit the jump to see the character trailer!

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Kim gets frozen in air, Xian tries the 'dash, dash, dash, dash' strategy, and more: Funny and Cool Moments ep. 89

LiangHuBBB returns with week with a brand new installment of his Funny and Cool Moments series.

In this episode, games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter 4 Third Strike, King of Fighters 13, and many others are featured.

There are a number of awesome, and frankly, odd moments included here. Be on the look out for the weird KoF13 glitch that leaves airborne, RZR|Xian attempting multiple dashes, then command throw with Makoto, and plenty of other great clips.

For Funny and Cool Moments episode 87, hit the jump.

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Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4 to support cross-play with PS3 version

Fans are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of Skullgirls Encore on consoles, but luckily we have some news today that will definitely make those waiting quite happy.

Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4 will support cross-play with the PlayStation 3 version. Last week, Jonathan "Persona" Kim, the game's senior animator, took to Twitter and confirmed that the feature allowing players to battle opponents across both systems will indeed be included when the game drops on next-gen.

Additionally, Kim posted a quick update on the Beowulf patch, stating that it has been submitted to Sony for testing.

You can check out the tweet after the jump.

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For Mother Russia! Skullgirls project lead Mike Zaimont turns into Real Soviet Announcer for the game's first alternate voice pack

The Skullgirls Endless Beta (which comes free with the regular version of Skullgirls on Steam) was updated earlier this week.

On top of fixing a couple of bugs, this latest patch also allows Robo-Fortune's stage (work-in-progress version) to be selectable, changed the background music used for the NMO Arena stage for testing purposes, and introduces the first ever alternate voice pack for the game: Real Soviet Announcer.

Accessible only in the Endless Beta version of Skullgirls (for now), you can now swap out the game's default announcer for the Real Soviet Announcer by going into Main Menu => Options => Voice Setting. It's the third option on the Options menu.

When you do, you'll start hearing Skullgirls project lead/lead programmer/also-does-a-lot-of-other-things-guy Mike 'Mike Z' Zaimont say funny things in a Russian accent from time to time. Things like "Time to wrestle, like bear," "Be strong, like ox," "Are you crying? There's no crying in fighting games," and even "Toki wo tomare" and "Soshite toki wa ugokidasu" -- the last two are references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Someone made a video compiling all of the voice clips for the Real Soviet Announcer. Check it out below, and see if you're able to keep a straight face on while listening to this (I couldn't).

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Winter Brawl 9 results and stream archive ft. Smug, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Sanford Kelly, Dieminion, RayRay, CD Jr., Yipes, Rico Suave and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, courtesy of BigEGaming, you'll be able to enjoy the action-packed Winter Brawl 9.

Among others, you can expect to see PIE|Smug, Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, CTRL|RayRay, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|IFC Yipes, MOR|Rico Suave, Dieminion, TS|LordKnight, BIFU|Insaynne, BT|MarlinPie and many more.

Games set to be played include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Tag Tournament, Skullgirls, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat 9, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, Kick Punch Block, TS|Arturo Sanchez and Smash Studios.

You can find all the action right below.

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