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Huge wave of 'leaks' and rumors: Tons of Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and Dragon Ball FighterZ characters, Soul Calibur 6, and more

If you've even glanced at social media in the fighting game community this week, chances are you heard talk of rumors and leaks about some of the big-name fighting titles. Today we're going to take a look at what the people have been discussing.

As always, it is worth mentioning that none of what you read here is confirmed or official word. This is merely the rumors and supposed leaks that have gotten a lot of attention recently.

Starting off with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, this week we've heard a ton of different character names dropped as possible additions to the roster down the road. Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Magneto, Storm, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Daredevil, Asura, Lady, Gill, Rashid, Captain Commando, Nina, Deis, Regina, Gene, Vergil, Akuma, and Apollo Justice are all of the characters listed.

This claim comes from Reddit user DasVergeben. who goes on to say that Marvel Infinite is getting a four player 2v2 mode -- where two players can join forces to control one character each on a team -- a free update next Summer that adds more characters, an update to the visuals, and much more that even the leaker says is a bit out there and doesn't entirely believe.

While this is almost impossible to take as fact, portions of these claims could potentially be valid. Maximilian put together a video that more closely examines the supposed leaks, and in it he notes that there are some aspects here that line up with what he's heard elsewhere.

"The part of this list that has me very intrigued is Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Asura, Gill, and Lady," Max starts.

"I don't think that all of this is substantial or true -- and I can't actually confirm whether or not any of this is going to be what's happening in season 2 -- but all I can tell you is that a very large majority of the season 2 'leaked characters' are coming from several different sources that I've been hearing over the past few months."

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Final Fantasy's Cloud was almost the Soul Calibur 2 guest character on PlayStation 2

Bandai Namco's 2002 hit fighting game Soul Calibur 2 could have had a very interesting guest character enter the fray.

Nao Higo, the localization producer on the game, joined in on a recent episode of the 8-4 Play podcast to discuss some of his past experience in the industry. When speaking on his time working at Namco, Higo revealed that the PlayStation 2 guest character for Soul Calibur 2 was actually supposed to be Cloud Strife from the Final Fantasy series.

According to Higo, a deal fell through at the last minute, which led to Tekken's Heihachi taking the guest character slot.

"A deal fell through on that one -- it was supposed to be someone else," Higo explained. "So, apparently they were working out a deal with Cloud. It would have been incredible, [but] at the last minute it got canned."

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Summer Jam XI results ft. Punk, SonicFox, NuckleDu, Dragon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got yet another great Big E event in store for us this weekend, with Summer Jam XI taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, as well as a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour and also has points on the line for the Dead or Alive Battle Royale Circuit.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, ARMS, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Vampire Savior.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, UGS|XCaliburBladez, FOX|Justin Wong, Streamme|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, HoneyBee, FOX|Theo, ITS|JoeyFury, CYG|PR Balrog, VS|KoDee, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, VS|Pokchop, Fable|NYCFab, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, BrianF, Method|MikeandIke, NG|Obscure, OG|Shine, BxA|StarCharger, Method|SylverRye, NS|Ludovic, F3|Alucard and many more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, TSB Blaze, Kombat Network and Atari FGC.

With over 100 participants each in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, you'd best be ready to see some intense matches coming up.

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Combo Breaker 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Kazunoko, Momochi, Mago, Smug, Snake Eyez

Updating with final results: We've added a plethora of Combo Breaker 2017 results into this story, you can find them all below.

Combo Breaker 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event taking place this weekend in St. Charles, Illinois. This is an absolutely stacked competition, and is bringing in competitors from multiple countries around the globe.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players scheduled to compete include Liquid|NuckleDu, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Momochi, Zowie|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Scarz|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, Mago, Poongko, Smug, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Marn, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, GFuel|Verloren, EG|K-Brad, YouDeal|Yukadon, Circa|LPN, SPY|Filipino Champ, RB|Snake Eyez, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Dogura, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Mouz|CCL, 801 Strider, F3|Alucard, Noble|Vagabond, Flash, Stupendous, WBG|CJ Truth, XSK Samurai, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, NS|Ludovic, Commander Jesse, among others.

Not only with the SF5 competition be hot, but Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is sure to be lit as well, and fans of other titles will have quite a bit to chose from in terms of what to watch.

You can find the live streams and scheduling information below.

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Winter Brawl 11 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, RayRay, Scar, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Winter Brawl 11 is taking place this weekend in Essington, Pennsylvania, and there's a lot of action to be seen.

You can expect to see high level play in Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Soul Calibur 5, Killer Instinct and more.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, PG|RayRay, FOX|Scar, ANBU|Punk, PIE|Smug, UA|Bass, Dieminion, IMT|ANTi, PG|Coach Steve, D-Link|LordKnight, MrKwiggle, DF|PinkDiamond, LI Joe, NS|Ludovic, Unkn0wn, TA|Moons, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network and BlazeU25_.

Check out the full action below.

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Soul Calibur's Nightmare comes to life - First4Figures' latest statue is a gorgeous rendition of his Soul Calibur 2 design

First4Figures have become well known for their high-quality (and accordingly high-priced) statues, and lately, they seem to have started making a few Namco-Bandai characters into gorgeous statues.

They showed Jin Kazama from the Tekken series a while back, and next in line is Soul Calibur's Nightmare, and boy is this figure a looker. Check out a few pictures here.

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Continue below to check out the rest of our huge Nightmare gallery.

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How fast can a life bar disappear? Everything from 0.5 to 8 seconds depending on the game - LiangHuBBB compilation shows some truly terrifying moments

We've all had those rounds where just every single thing goes wrong - we block the crossup the wrong way, we guess wrong on wakeup, we make an execution error at the worst point in time... Well, imagine all of this happening in the very same round, and you pretty much have this video.

One of LiangHuBBB's latest, it shows just how fast you can be defeated in a variety of games. Some of these situations at the end are glitched, though which ones are specified in the video description, but the vast majority of them are regular situations from regular matches.

Check out a snippet from a Street Fighter 4 match featuring Gen and Seth below.


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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.

Check out the full action below.

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Soul Calibur 5 brought a mixed bag of changes to the series, but the artwork remained as gorgeous as ever thanks to Takuji Kawano's efforts

When Soul Calibur 5 was released, it got a bit of a mixed reception from fans because it seemed like a bit of a rushed release, with limited content in the game and many important characters from the series missing.

Even with that, it was intended as a bit of a successor to the series, making a big time skip and bringing in children and apprentices of former characters, with Sophitia's children Patroklos and Pyrrha taking centre stage.

Regardless of the game itself and its perceived shortcomings, the art was as spectacular as always. Check out Takuji Kawano's graceful pieces here.

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Continue below for more of Soul Calibur's 5 extensive gallery of artwork and some renders.

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Soul Calibur 4 furthered the crossover bond the series became known for by bringing in Star Wars characters - Artwork and render gallery for the game

A lot of people were surprised when Soul Calibur 4 went even further out of the box by including Star Wars characters as guests, presumably in an effort to appeal further to overseas markets.

Soul Calibur 4 did quite well, so the gambit was probably successful, though it must also be noted that the game had a lot of strong single player content and a good variety of characters, as well. Takuji Kawano returned to art duties, and his artwork elevated further in detail, some of which you can see here.

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Continue below for the full artwork, and some renders for Algol and the Star Wars cast.

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Takuji Kawano came back for Soul Calibur 3, strengthening his artwork's iconic bond to the prestigious franchise - Full artwork and render gallery

Soul Calibur 3 ushered in perhaps the franchise's most iconic feature, the create-a-character mode, which people have made great use of throughout the years in both 3 and its sequels to realize many true dream matchups.

Besides that, it also sported a robust single player campaign, a strong selection of characters including a few fresh faces with new, innovative weapons. Check out some of the artwork and renders here.

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Continue below for more of the game's renders and artwork.

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Link, Heihachi and Spawn joined the fray in Soul Calibur 2 depending on which version you bought - Check out Takuji Kawano's amazing artwork here

Soul Calibur 2 made an interesting decision for its release, by giving each console (Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox) their own exclusive bonus character in Hehiachi Mishima, Link and Spawn, respectively.

It also further built on the success of the original Soul Calibur with new characters, better graphics and as much content as they could muster, along with bringing in the now-iconic Takuji Kawano to lead the artwork duties for the game. You can see some of it here.

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Continue below for the rest of Soul Calibur 2's great art.

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The best-reviewed fighting game of all time, Soul Calibur, made headlines in its heyday - Check out its gorgeous sketch and concept artwork here

Soul Calibur was a huge deal back when it was originally released for the Dreamcast, and the series continues to make a big splash for many years to come, although it has somewhat petered out after the latest installment.

While Soul Calibur wasn't the first installment in its series (preceded by 1995's Soul Blade), the great success of the title reframed the series name into Soul Calibur for all future games. You can see some of its splending artwork here.

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Continue below for more of Soul Calibur's great pieces.

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Visual History of Yoshimitsu takes a walk through some of his wild transformations over the years

Normally our Visual History series focuses on the Street Fighter franchise, but we recently got an interesting request that we just couldn't pass up.

Yoshimitsu has been a staple character in both the Tekken and Soul Calibur franchise, and with nearly every appearance he makes his look is completely different. As a result, he has quite possibly seen the most visual changes in fighting game history.

The gallery below starts with the original Tekken, and moves along through all of the games he's been in over the years.

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The Fall Classic 2016 results ft. NuckleDu, Julio, John Takeuchi, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic is taking place this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This event is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event for Street Fighter 5, but also has tournaments for Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, King of Fighters 14, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Julio, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, EG|Ricki Ortiz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, F3|Alucard, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, PG|RayRay, GXR|Hoodless, UGS|BlackMoonRisingX, NS|Ludovic, XSK Samurai, B.Z.B., OG|Shine, NS|SaltFace, Damdai and many more.

Streaming is being handled by FunkyP, Bifuteki, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Kombat Network.

Check out the action live below.

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Soul Calibur has had a lot of exciting guest characters throughout its history - Here's who we're hoping to see if Soul Calibur 6 happens

There's been a bit of buzz lately regarding the Soul Calibur series, with rumors flying around that a sixth installment in the franchise might be in development.

While we don't have anything to support these claims as anything more than rumors, it did make our imaginations start to run a bit wild. Ever since Soul Calibur 2 pulled off the novel idea of giving each console an exclusive character to their version - Link for the Nintendo Gamecube, Heihachi for the Sony Playstation and Spawn for the Microsoft Xbox - it's become a bit of a staple for guest characters to appear in Soul Calibur.

The fun, but also daunting, part of making a wishlist like this is that there are literally no limits. The guest characters so far have been from all over the place - Namco games, other companies' games, comic books, even movies.

With this in mind, me and Steven "Dreamking" Chavez did our best to think up characters we think would fit well in the game, and wouldn't be TOO unrealistic to maybe consider. Our main focuses when picking characters were that they'd be weapon-based, since that's pretty much what the Soul Calibur series is known for, but also it's a nice bonus if they lend themselves to a lot of customization - another staple of the series.

Continue below to check out 2 picks from DreamKing and 3 picks from yours truly.

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Is Soul Calibur 6 on its way? A mysterious tweet has appeared on the game's official Twitter account

It's been quite some time since we last saw the release of a SoulCalibur game, the last being the Lost Swords title that closed its doors at the end of last year. Earlier today, something popped up on the game's official Twitter account that has left many fans hungry for an announcement of some sort.

A simple image that reads no more than "guess who" beneath a character sihlouette was posted. The tweet's text pushes the tease factor further by asking whose foot is in the image, when anyone that's had remotely any experience playing Soul Calibur should easily know that it's Ivy in the image.

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