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Soul Calibur 6 now allows players to turn off custom characters for online matches after latest patch

The ability to create and customize one's own unique fighters in Soul Calibur has been one of the bigger draws of the franchise for over a decade now, but not everyone wants to see some of those creations when trying to advance their online rankings.

Cassandra finally came to Soul Calibur 6 this past week, and with her came the beefy Version 1.50 update which added in a feature that many players had been asking for since the game launched in 2018.

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Soul Calibur 6 was not originally planned to have a second season of DLC content but fan support changed Bandai Namco's mind

Soul Calibur made it back to the EVO mainstage after a long absence, and they certainly did so with style in a fun top 8 run and the announcement that Soul Calibur 6 Season Pass 2 is on its way — but that wasn't always the case.

The game's producer, Motohiro Okubo, revealed on Twitter that Soul Calibur 6 was not originally planned to have new content beyond its first season, but the fan's support for the game apparently changed Bandai Namco's mind in the end with perhaps a little help from SNK in there too.

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EVO Japan returns in January 2020 with three mainstage titles already revealed... and none of them are Street Fighter 5

EVO Japan began back in 2018 as a way to expand the fighting game community's horizons even more into one of its biggest territories, and while that first year saw significant financial losses, the team behind the event are coming back for a third time.

During finals day at EVO 2019, Triple Perfect announced that EVO Japan will be returning in January 2020 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in the city of Chiba with three mainstage titles already revealed.

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Missed EVO 2019? Here's all the fighting game announcements that were made over the weekend

Over the weekend, one of the largest fighting game tournaments of the year, EVO 2019, played out. As this event gets larger and larger, fighting game developers have become more interested in making announcements here.

This year was obviously no exception. For those that missed out on some of the reveals, we've got a review of everything that happened right here.

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Cassandra now available in Soul Calibur 6; check out gameplay, images, and more right here

We found out over the weekend that the beautiful Cassandra would be joining Soul Calibur 6, and she makes her entry today as the game's latest DLC character.

The younger sister of Sophitia will up the roster count for SC6 up to 25 and bring with her an all-new story mode mission on the single player side of things.

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EVO 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The biggest weekend of the year for the FGC at large is here. Of course, that means EVO 2019 is happening, in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

There's really no point in listing the notable players present, since practically everyone is there for the games present. There are probably a few exceptions, but it's safe to assume that anyone who's anyone will be there.

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Cassandra announced for Soul Calibur 6, Haohmaru coming as guest character to the game

At EVO 2019, Cassandra was revealed as the final character for the first season of Soul Calibur 6.

Haohmaru was also announced as a guest character coming to the game. Haohmaru is well known as the protagonist of the Samurai Shodown (Spirits) series, and should be a great fit for the Soul Calibur franchise.

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Azwel and Phonon were popular choices in Soul Calibur 6 top 64 and Under Night In-Birth top 128, character usage stats for EVO 2019

We're currently at day two of EVO 2019. The Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Soul Calibur 6 events that are taking place at this massive tournament have already concluded.

This means we have character usage stats to review. As a result, we'll be looking at the fighters that made it into the top 64 of Soul Calibur 6 and the top 128 for Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st].

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EVO 2019 fighting game deals: Play Under Night In-Birth and Dragon Ball FighterZ for free plus discounts on Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11 and more

Day 2 at EVO 2019 is currently underway, and as per usual, EVO weekend is proving to be one of the best times of the year to pick up new fighting games for cheap across multiple platforms.

Each of the nine mainstage titles for EVO this year are included in these ongoing sales — except for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — so Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth, Soul Calibur 6 and even the more recently released Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11 are all cheaper to pick up for a few days. Some of them are even free to play.

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Seven games with over 1,000 entrants, five titles new to the EVO lineup and non-stop action on eight streams all weekend long — EVO 2019 preview

EVO 2019 is about to be upon us, and like every year, it's going to be a gigantic event for every game involved, and I'm sure most of you have booked your full weekend up so that you can catch all the festivities via livestream, if you're not going in person.

With how huge the event is, and an unprecedented seven whole games reaching over 1,000 entrants each, even just watching the event is something of a daunting task. As such, this preview has been put together to help you get a good grasp of what to expect, when to expect it, players to look out for and more for each game featured at the event.

Continue below for the full rundown.

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'Why am I nervous that whatever Capcom shows for Street Fighter 5 is just gonna piss people off?' - Maximilian's predictions for big reveals at EVO

If it ever wasn't before, EVO has surely become an event known not only for the highest levels of fighting game competition but also as a juncture where at the community can expect big reveals for their favorite fighting titles.

The nine titles that make up this year's lineup enter EVO in widely different positions when it comes to community expectations for new content, and Maximilian recently spoke both on what he hopes will be announced as well as what he thinks is most likely to be announced in a recent video.

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Hey, did you hear that Dante was going to be a guest character in Soul Calibur 3? Stumblebee delves deep into the origins of this 15-year-old rumor

Long before Devil May Cry's Dante got his chance at making a fighting game roster in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, rumors circulated popular gaming websites and magazines that he was going to be included as a guest character in another series entirely.

While researching how Spawn, Link and Heihachi made their way into Soul Calibur 2, content creator Stumblebee came across a Wiki listing for the game's sequel suggesting that Dante was a scrapped crossover character as part of a deal from Capcom. Intrigued by the prospect, he decided to get to the bottom of this 15-year-old rumor by scouring the internet for old video game magazines and web archives of sites that no longer exist.

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Update: Which potential fighting game announcements are you excited for with regards to EVO 2019?

Update: You can check out the final results of our poll to see which potential announcements the community is most looking forward to at EVO 2019 after the jump.

Like previous years, it's seeming very likely that we'll be getting interesting fighting game announcements at EVO 2019. In fact, it's basically been confirmed that Sony has some announcement that probably pertains to the fighting game community at the upcoming event.

The main stage lineup this time around includes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as the game with the most entrants), Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. There could be some fun surprises waiting for us before the end of each game's events.

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EVO 2019 finals game order revealed

The fighting game community's Super Bowl is fast approaching as EVO 2019 is taking place next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has been providing updates about the upcoming event over the past several months, and today we've got another big one.

This morning, Wizard sent out a tweet that reveals the game order for EVO 2019 finals. If you want to know on which day and slot your favorite game's finals are being played, we now have the answer.

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Defend the North 2019 results

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Defend the North 2019 is happening this weekend in New York.

This is a stacked event across a ton of games, with some of the big players showing up including FOX|SonicFox, FOX|NuckleDu, OGN|JDCR, PG|Marss, Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, Liquid|Dabuz, Rise|Smug, MenaRD, eU|Samsora, PG|MarlinPie, JB, FOX|Dekillsage, Rogue|Light, TGS|ElChakotay, Linkorz, BC|LordKnight, PG|Nakkiel, Caba, Demise|Mr. E, DF|Saiyne, W2W|KnowKami, EQNX|Brian_F, T1|ANTi, Coosco, KOA|Sandman, Thermidor, DualKevin, TGS|CeroBlast, iDom, TSB|Blaze, END|Shine, Tempo|Alex Myers, TGS|LTL, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Terrence, DR Ray, UYU|Kami, TS|Arturo Sanchez and many more.

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VSFighting 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will see Birmingham, United Kingdom as the place to be, as VSFighting 2019 is happening there.

It's an unbelievably stacked event across several games, with a sampling of notable names being this long — ROX|Knee, REC|Punk, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, BC|Kazunoko, RB|Gachikun, Talon|Kkokkoma, RB|Bonchan, YOG|Machabo, CYG|Daigo, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CO|Dogura, RZR|Xian, FD|Haitani, CO|Fenrich, Liquid|Nemo, NVD|Phenom, Qudans, UYU|LowHigh, RB|Luffy, NASR|BigBird, CGG|Tissuemon, CRaZY|SuperAkouma, CYG|GamerBee, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ROX|Chanel, NRG|HookGangGod, UYU|Jeondding, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, CYG|Infexious, FNATIC|Shakz, MVP|Pekos, FAV|Ryuusei, UYU|NL, Mago, Vitality|Hurricane, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, SPAG|CherryBerryMango, Takamura, RRQ|Moke, Talon|HotDog29, COMP|Siologica, CJ Truth, GRPT|MOV, COMP|TeruRock, VGIA|VegaPatch, DG|KaneAndTrench, AXL|Fergus, DG|Asim, VGIA|Shanks, NVD|Veggey, iG|Jiewa, iXA|StormKubo, DG|RooKang, DG|ThePhantom, YMCA|Joeplix, DizzyTT, DNG|Nauman, Maddo, Oplon|Skyll, Atrosh, CRaZY|Gehaktbal, EQNX|Blackbeard — and, of course, there are many more as well where they came from.

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How the hell did Spawn wind up as a guest character in Soul Calibur 2 with Link and Heihachi? Sumblebee sheds some light on this unlikely happening

We're currently awaiting Spawn to join Mortal Kombat 11 as DLC, and see him as a fairly obvious choice for guest kombatant here in 2019. It wasn't too long ago, however, that the idea of a character from outside a game's world joining the brawl felt like a sneaky and exciting breaking of the rules.

Flash back to 2002's Soul Calibur 2 and we get a fairly extreme example of this as Namco welcomed Tekken's Heihachi, Zelda's Link, and Todd McFarlane's Spawn as special guests, each available on different console ports of the game.

This was no doubt a major step towards the matter of fact guest character approach we have today, and Stumblebee has put together an intriguing video wherein he explores just how this all happened.

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