'I feel there might be another character, like Sagat, that Capcom will surprise us with for the 30th anniversary' - Vesper talks SF5 PR development

With Capcom's recent promise to be more communicative with fans, the community is hopeful for a stronger year for Street Fighter 5 in 2017.

In a recent video, VesperArcade takes a brief look back over Capcom's 2016 public relations when it came to SF5, and speculates on as to why the company has been less vocal than in the past.

He notes that even Yoshinori Ono, the often go-to figure for trollish hints and hype-building Twitter teases, was hesitant to admit Akuma was actually confirmed after his teaser trailer was released late last year.

Vesper then states that he feels there's a possibility Capcom will reveal a new character in addition to the six promised DLC fighters of Season 2, and that this could be a hugely positive PR move if handled correctly.

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Unsafe specials, decent (but not broken) damage and plenty of technical mix ups; here's what we learned from Kolin's WSO showcase

We got to see another Kolin highlight today on the WSO live stream, and we think we've got a pretty good initial impression of the newest Street Fighter character.

Considering we haven't played her at all yet, and have only seen footage from two showcases, please preface any and all upcoming impressions with the phrase, "From what we've seen thus far, it appears as though..." as I'd rather not write it fifty times.

From our takeaways today, Kolin is mobile, reset heavy, not a zoner and very technical. She has a few techniques like her command dash and double jump that have various options housed within them. For example, she can access certain target combos only from her command dash:

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Kolin WSO Sessions live stream, catch Street Fighter 5's newest character in action now

Updated: The stream is now live. Check it out after the jump.

Earlier: Capcom Fighters is gearing up for another WSO Sessions live stream from over in the UK. As usual, we can expect to see some of the scene's best players come out to compete, but today we get an added cherry on top.

Street Fighter 5's next DLC character, Kolin, will be featured during the broadcast. Capcom UK Community Manager Matt "The Street Writer" Edwards will be in attendance to give viewers the lowdown on what the icy addition to the roster can do.

The stream is set to take place at 8:30 UK time / 12:30 p.m. PST / 3:30 p.m. EST.

You can catch the live video feed after the jump.

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Street Fighter 5, its Deluxe Edition, and Season Pass #1 all 50% off for PS Plus members

If you're a PlayStation 4 owner looking to jump into the world of Street Fighter 5, this week is the perfect time to do so. Right now, PS Plus subscribers can get Street Fighter 5, its Deluxe Edition, and/or Season Pass #1 for 50% off their regular prices.

The standard version of Street Fighter 5 is available for $19.99, and Season Pass #1 can be purchased for $9.99. But the best deal available during this sale is the Deluxe Edition, which comes with the game, Season Pass #1 and Season Pass #2 for $39.99.

These deals will be live until February 28th, so be sure to take advantage while you can. Oh, and if you're not a PS Plus member, you can score 40% off each item.

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Four more players revealed for Red Bull Kumite 2017

Today Red Bull announced four more of the 14 players that will be invited to Red Bull Kumite 2017. AW|Nemo, RB|Bonchan, RIZE|Infexious and MD|Mister Crimson will be bringing their talents to the table and fighting for the title of RBK champion.

Infexious' Zangief was already a threat in Season 1, and we can only imagine what will happen now that the Russian wrestler has been buffed. Mister Crimson boasts a very strong Laura, with a pocket Dhalsim should he want to mix things up.

Nemo and Bonchan happen to also be currently competing in Topanga League. Here are a pair of highlights from their play thus far:

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Cody's brother and Dan's (non-canon?) sister detailed in CFN profiles - Get to know Kyle and Yuriko, family members of some classic Street Fighters

We've got some brand new family member action this time around, with the main protagonist of the not-so-spectacular Final Fight: Streetwise as well as Dan's walking SNK reference of a sister, Yuriko.

You can check out Kyle right here.

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Continue below for Kyle's full profile, as well as Yuriko's image and full profile.

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'I personally think the game is more fun now, but it's definitely not a balanced game' - Xian, PR Balrog, and NuckleDu talk Street Fighter 5 Season 2

Street Fighter 5's second season has been in the hands of the players for about two months now. We've all had ample time to really sink our teeth into the intricacies of the latest balance changes and begin formulating legitimate impressions based on our findings.

Last week, the EventHubs staff weighed in on where we feel the current tiers stand and what we believe should be altered in the next update. Today, we hear from a handful of professional players.

ESPN spoke with Kun "RZR|Xian" Ho, Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez, and Du "Liquid|NuckleDu" Dang to find out what they think about Street Fighter 5 Season 2 so far.

Up to bat first was Xian, who explained why -- despite the nerfs in Season 2 and some of his bad match ups being worse as a result -- he still plays F.A.N.G.

The 2013 EVO champion says that footsies are less relevant in Season 2, and the opportunity for vortex is stronger. "There are a lot of stronger characters, but they're more set-up and mix-up based," Xian noted.

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Kolin to be showcased at tomorrow's WSO sessions, catch the breakdown of Street Fighter 5's newest character

For those awaiting the arrival of Street Fighter 5's next character, February 28th cannot come fast enough. Luckily, we won't have to wait another week to see Kolin in action.

The WSO Sessions over in the UK will be showcasing the icy combatant on stream tomorrow. On Capcom Fighters, you can catch Capcom UK Community Manager Matt "The Street Writer" Edwards giving a full breakdown of Kolin, as well as some of the UK scene's best players testing her out.

The stream begins at 8:30 UK time / 12:30 p.m. PST / 3:30 p.m. EST.

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Source: Capcom Fighters on Twitter.

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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Tokido cannot be stopped, Bonchan has crazy reactions and Kazunoko did his homework; Topanga day 5 highlights and standings

The first round of Topanga League has officially concluded, and that means only 15 of the original 21 players remain.

After the initial online battles MJS|Haitani, FOX|Momochi and GRPT|Fuudo have qualified for the final stage by winning their respective groups. These three are now allotted a breather while 12 others duke it out for the remaining three spots in the finals.

As either the sixth or seventh finishers of their groups, SNB|Haku, Inaba, ORTV|Nuki, GRPT|MOV, StormKubo and BST|Daigo have all been eliminated from the event. You'll see the detailed results for the first stage in the image here:

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We kick highlights off with FOX|Tokido's amazing display of awareness as he deals with AW|Nemo's Aegis Reflector

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Four counter-hit headbutts in a row? 'Legendary Nut' RoyalMist and his Urien make it to top eight in uncanny fashion at Winter Brawl

If you haven't been keeping up with Winter Brawl you've been missing out. The Pennsylvania-based event is concluding today, and if yesterday's action was any indication, finals are going to be a hoot.

Enter RoyalMist and his Urien, currently one of eight remaining combatants in the Street Fighter 5 bracket. To get there, he had to win a hard fought battle with well known East Coast Bison player, Angel "TA|Moons" Gonzales.

During their bout, RoyalMist hit an unprecedented five special move counter-hits in a row, the latter four of which were all normal headbutts:

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As you may have noticed at the end of the clip, Moons appeared more amused than frustrated. Winter Brawl is currently live, and you can see current standings, watch the remainder of the tournament (and see how RoyalMist fairs in the losers bracket of top eight) right here.

New Street Fighter 5 mod drastically reduces load times for PC users

Street Fighter 5's load times have been a bit of nuisance for quite a few users over this first year of play.

It can take a long time to boot the game up or transition from menus to fights, and you can tack on "exceptionally" to the beginning of that last thought if you're talking online.

TOOLASSISTED's latest project imagines an SF5 where load times are, for all intents and purposes, a thing of the past, as their new mod for the PC version of the game zips around at insanely fast speeds.

Just how fast is it? The little pre-battle jingle that goes off once both characters have been selected from the versus screen doesn't even have time to finish before the match begins. You can see the mod in action for yourself below.

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Arturo Sanchez, The Moon, DJ Nintendo and more from the FGC will appear in Elementary's special eSports episode tonight

Tonight the show known as Elementary will have a special showing tonight. Special for the fighting game community anyhow.

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As mentioned in the Tweet, the episode airing tonight will be showcasing the eSports scene. The episode's title is called "Rekt in Real Life."

Below is the synopsis of the episode.

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player who died after being assaulted in front of his fans during a live video stream. Meanwhile, Shinwell seeks advice from Joan when his teen daughter asks to meet with him for the first time in years.

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6th Topanga League early results, stream feat. Daigo, Tokido, Nemo, Haitani, Kazunoko, Sako, Fuudo, Mago

Updated: This story has been updated with full results for Day 5 of Topanga League.

After a long hiatus, it's finally time for the Topanga League once more. But since we're moving to a new game - Street Fighter 5 - there's no A League set in stone yet, so instead of the two different tiers of leagues, we're going straight in with 3 different groups of top-level players all fighting to advance to the final stage.

Each group plays a online round-robin among the 7 participants, with the 1st placer of each group moving to the finals stage, and the 2-5 placers in each group moving to new, 4-man groups where they play a offline round robin, and the victor of that group moves to the finals stage, now housing 6 players total, which will also be played offline.

Another new feature this year is that the event is free of charge - you can check out the stream over at Topanga's OpenRec channel or their English channel here.

You can find the stream and all of the group information below.

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Tokido, Alucard and Commander Jesse score awesome double perfects in this compilation against players like Smug and Mago

The double perfect... one of the most definitive ways to win in any fighting game.

The BEAST has put together a double perfect compilation that showcases some of the strongest players around... like PIE|Smug and Mago.

On the winning side we see the likes of FOX|Tokido, BST|Daigo, F3|Alucard, Commander Jesse and a few others. Watch as Gllty scores her second perfect in a row against Hotrod's Nash. (Spoilers: She nabs one more perfect in the following round.)

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