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Naoto Shirogane, Vatista, and Hakumen join BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle as DLC

Arc System Works has released a brand new trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle this morning. Moving away from the game modes showcase we saw last time, today three new characters join the battle.

Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4 Arena, Vatista from Under Night In-Birth, and BlazBlue's own Hakumen have all been revealed as playable characters.

The trailer gives us a quick look at what each character can do. Naoto enters the fray with handgun at the ready, Vatista fights using Crimson Wings, and Hakumen has his blade in hand.

Each of these three fighters will be available as DLC. Cross Tag Battle will see the addition of 20 downloadable characters, being released in six sets of three additional fighters.

These sets will run you $5 each, and to round out the 20 we'll be seeing Blake and Yang as free DLC. To get all of the extra characters in one fell swoop, however, you can opt to purchase the "Character Collection" for $20.

Initially, the large number of DLC characters for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle had fans worried about pricing. Fortunately, the base game will run cheaper than a standard retail game (coming in at $50), so picking up the 2v2 fighter along with the Character Collection won't cost much more than your typical game.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is set for release on May 31st in Japan and June 5th in North America.

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Fused Zamasu is among the next DLC characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

It's been almost exactly two months since we learned that Broly and Bardock were first revealed to be coming as DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ, and now it appears we know who is coming next.

Vegito Blue and Fused Zamasu are reportedly the next DLC characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ, according to Shonen Games.

A page from this week's Japanese V-Jump shows Fused Zamasu in the top left corner with his character stats for FighterZ with the fully scanned and translated pages likely coming sometime tomorrow. Vegito does not appear on these scanned pages, so his inclusion in not guaranteed, but likely.

Both characters are among those listed in the data-mined file that was previously found when Broly and Bardock were added to the game.

The page shows off Zamasu in action in the game along with his portrait, stills of his supers and his stats. Fused Zamasu is ranked "SS" for power, "C" for speed, "SS" for reach, "B" for technique and "S" for energy.

Broly and Bardock were first revealed in Shonen Jump on February 17 and were released on March 28, so if the developers keep up a similar release cycle, we could see the next two characters for DBFZ to drop around May 30th. You can check out the page below.


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Falke coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on April 24th

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's newest character now has an official showcase. Capcom has released the gameplay trailer for Falke.

The staff-wielding combatant is a newcomer to the world of Street Fighter. As we learned previously, Falke is a clone of M. Bison who can utilize Psycho Power.

Nicknamed "The Guardian Hawk," Falke was heavily experimented by the evil organization Shadaloo. She was forced to train excessively in order to reach perfection.

Falke is capable of infusing items with Psycho Power and can release this energy through them. She mainly utilizes this ability with her staff, which she has named "Harmony."

After years of brutal training, Falke spiraled into a deep state of despair. Ed eventually came to her rescue, and they were both able to escape the clutches of Shadaloo building a sibling-like bond between the two.

Falke is the third DLC character to join the fight in Season 3. Later this year, we'll be seeing Cody, G, and Sagat added to the roster as well.

We can expect Falke to join the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition fight on Tuesday, April 24th.

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Siegfried joins the SoulCalibur 6 roster

A new character joins the SoulCalibur 6 battle. Siegfried and his massive sword enter the ring.

Bandai Namco has released an official gameplay trailer for the returning fighter.

Siegfried is one of the main protagonists of the SoulCalibur series. He fights using a self-taught style centered around his Zweihänder blade.

Much like he does in previous installments, Siegfried utilizes giant, hard-hitting sword slashes to put the hurt on opponents. He also has a series of knees and kicks that operate as his faster attacks.

Today's trailer gives us a look at some of his new tools as well, including his cinematic super. With his attack, Siegfried pops the opponent into the air, then unleashes a powerful slash as elemental energy pumps through his weapon.

SoulCalibur 6 is due out later this year.

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The King of Fighters 14 3.0 update is now live - adds balance changes, new characters, and more

King of Fighters 14's latest update is now live. The 3.0 patch introduces a number of character balance changes, as well as adds new characters, stages, and functionality improvements.

Today, players can get their hands on returning fighters Blue Mary, Oswald, and Heidern as DLC. Najd, a brand new character to the series, also sees her release today.

The 3.0 update comes in at a 1.280 GB file size. Along with the aforementioned additions, this patch also brings about several bug fixes.

The new DLC characters are available on the PS Store now.

Blue Mary, Oswald, Heidern, and Najd come with a price tag of $5.99. To save a bit of money, you can also opt to get bundle 2 for $19.99, which includes all four of the new fighters.

SNK has released the full patch notes. To get you started, you can check out a handful of characters and the general changes below.

Be sure to view the full set of changes here.

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Blue Mary joins King of Fighters 14

Blue Mary is officially joining the King of Fighters 14 roster.

SNK and Atlus have released here official gameplay trailer this morning. We are given a glimpse at what the fan-favorite fight can do in the latest installment in the series.

Mary is a veteran of both the KOF series and Fatal Fury. She was originally a part of the Fatal Fury 3 roster, and went on to join King of Fighters '97 two years later due to her high popularity.

In a new entry of the PlayStation Blog, King of Fighters producer Yasuyuki Oda notes that Mary was one of the most highly requested characters for KOF14 by fans.

KOF14's latest DLC character is a Sambo specialist, utilizing various grappling moves to put a hurt on opponents.

Blue Mary is set for release on April 12th. King of Fighters 14's other DLC characters: Oswald, Heidern, and Najd, will also become available on this date, as well as the 3.00 update.

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's latest balance patch is now live and servers are back online; tiers have been reset on the site

Capcom surprised everyone with their announcement of the Season 3.5 patch coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition that rebalances the game and all of its characters, and just two short days later, we already have our hands on the update along with some new content.

Obviously, the biggest change with this large update for the game comes in the form of those balance changes that include reducing the damage of Crush Counters, making throws more effective as well as nerfing Abigail and Rashid with a full breakdown found here.

This update also includes new features like the ability to place connection restrictions on Battle Lounges and the ability to purchase new costumes along with a new stage.

Darkstalkers characters in the form of new cross over costumes are available in Street Fighter with the latest patch where Urien will don the look of Donovan, Juri becomes Lilith, and Menat dresses up like Khaibit. Each costume costs $3.99 on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

The Capcom Pro Tour 2018 DLC pack is also now available and comes with new CPT costumes for Sakura and Akuma, the Ring of Power stage and more bonuses. Full pricing and details can be found after the jump.

With this patch adjusting every character in the game and universal systems, we have also reset our tier lists for Street Fighter 5 that can be voted on here. The final standings for the Season 3 lists can be found after the jump.

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Season 3.5 patch notes for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition released

Capcom Unity has released the official Season 3.5 patch notes for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. All 30 cast members received balance adjustments.

The patch will go live on April 3, 2018, tomorrow, after six hours of server maintenance take place. Server updates are currently scheduled to last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Universal changes across the board include Crush Counter combo scaling being altered. Throw damage was also changed, along with V-Reversals being more consistent in their frame data for the entire cast.

Individual character changes are accompanied by developer notes at the bottom, which explain why the team made the alterations they did. In some cases, it's very easy to see the intent of the devs (Guile), while in others, like F.A.N.G, you might be left scratching your head and saying "that's it?"

The amount of balance changes heavily vary by character. Zeku's list of adjustments is exceptionally long, while you can blow through R. Mika's in a few seconds.

We've compiled all of the changes for you below, in alphabetical order, starting with the universal system adjustments.

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Bardock and Broly now available for Dragon Ball FighterZ

The first two DLC characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ have been released. The father of Goku, Bardock, and the legendary Super Saiyan, Broly, can now be taken into any of the game's modes.

Owners of the DLC Season Pass #1 should already be able to play as the two fighters without any additional cost. This DLC pass costs $34.99.

There will be a total of eight characters that will become available via this season pass. More than likely, we'll see them release two combatants at a time.

If you want to purchase Bardock and/or Broly individually, they'll cost $5 each. Obviously this means that getting the season pass is the less expensive option.

You might not be able to access these characters in-game at first if you have the season pass on PlayStation 4. Be sure to head into the PlayStation Store and search Broly and Bardock individually and hit "download" for each.

Be sure to check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ tiers and move listings, as both Broly and Bardock have been added.

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Darkstalkers costumes coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on April 3rd

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is getting a brand new set of costumes. This time, three characters will be dressing up as fighters from Capcom's Darkstalkers series.

Menat, Juri, and Urien will each receive a new DLC outfit based on characters from the fan-favorite fighting franchise. Urien will don the look of Donovan, Juri is Lilith, and Menat becomes Khaibit.

The costumes will run for $3.99 each on PlayStation 4 and Steam. They will be released on April 3rd.

You're probably wonder who or what Khaibit is. Never a playable character in the series, Menat's new costume resembles the look of Anakaris, and the Khaibit is tied to our favorite mummy fighter..

The Khaibit first appeared in Darkstalkers 3 as Anakaris’ partner, and was visible during certain move animations -- like Pharaoh Decoration. Khaibit later became a secret character in Capcom Fighting Jam Midnight Bliss.

Lilith is the manifestation of a portion of energy that was split from Morrigan by Belial and sealed. She is a cheerful succubus, and her goal is to reunite with Morrigan in order to continue her existence.

Lastly, Donovan Baine is half-vampire and half-human. After a horrible incident that saw his vampire side take over his being and drink the blood of everyone in his village, he devoted himself to Buddhism. In the Darkstalkers series, he travels with a little girl called Anita, who wields mysterious supernatural powers.

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'I had to break from the FGC because I don’t recognize it anymore' - Mike Ross breaks silence on why he left Twitch and the fighting game community

Mike Ross recently opened up to talk about how his approach to the fighting game community changed, via an r/Kappa ask me anything session.

Both a top tier player and a top tier entertainer, Ross quickly rose through the ranks as a competitor, his brightest highlight being his top eight EVO 2010 run with his unmistakable E. Honda in Super Street Fighter 4.

His abilities in front of the camera quickly made him a household name and into one of those few pro players that you'd be just as excited to share a beer with as to play against.

Mike found himself in front of more and more cameras, eventually landing a job with Twitch and hosting the popular "Pro Talk". And then, seemingly out of nowhere, Mike Ross was just done with everything.

With the exception of a few blips here and there over the last year or so, we've had radio silence from the once prominent player. That silence is finally being broken.

At this time we're not sure how much more (if any) information Mike will be posting, but he has submitted a heartfelt explanation as to why he left both Twitch and the FGC in the manner he did. Read on to see the post.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection launches May 29th, Ultra Street Fighter 4 included as pre-order bonus

Capcom has just released two new trailers for the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

Today, we learn that the game will see an official launch on May 29th. The collection is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

The 30th Anniversary collection includes 12 "arcade perfect" versions of classic Street Fighter titles. You'll receive the original Street Fighter (1987); five iterations of Street Fighter 2, including The World Warrior (1991), Champion Edition (1992), Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992), Super (1993), and Super Turbo (1994); three iterations of Street Fighter Alpha, including Alpha (1995), Alpha 2 (1996), and Alpha 3 (1998); and three iterations of Street Fighter 3, including New Generation (1997), 2nd Impact (1997), and 3rd Strike (1999).

Of those titles, Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike will all be playable online. Each of these classic titles will boast ranked and casual matches, and will have a global leaderboard to prove who is the best of the best.

As the first trailer in our story notes, pre-ordering the game will net you a digital copy of Ultra Street Fighter 4 free of charge. This seems to be the case for all platforms except the Switch.

We also have a trailer detailing the Tournament Battle mode exclusive to the Switch version. Eight players will be able to compete in a local tournament using four Switch consoles.

There will also be a screen that allows players to fight while they wait for their next match.

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The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia officially joins Soul Calibur 6

Bandai Namco has officially unveiled Soul Calibur 6's first guest character this morning. The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia joins the game's playable roster.

In his gameplay trailer, we see Geralt battling with Mitsurugi.

Geralt is a monster hunter for hire in The Witcher series. He is a master swordsman with superhuman abilities, and is also an alchemist which allows him to cast "signs" (spells).

As we see in today's footage, Geralt fights mainly with his broadsword, but we also see him utilizing signs with certain attacks. The trailer gives us a look at his super move as well, which sees him striking his foe with sword slashes and elemental magic for a devastating sequence.

Leading up to this announcement, hints about Geralt's potential inclusion in Soul Calibur 6 surfaced on Twitter. CD PRojekt Red’s community lead Marcin Momot tweeted, "What if Geralt was going to step out of the @witchergame for the very first time to make an appearance in one of the upcoming games later this year?"

With Bandai Namco having helped CD Projekt Red with distribution of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the crossover was definitely plausible.

Soul Calibur 6 is due out sometime this year.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Broly trailer now live

The Dragon Ball FighterZ Broly trailer is now live and with sound. This is our first real glimpse at Broly's gameplay.

As is true to his character, Broly is laughing like a maniac. While he beats up on Goku, we get a sneak peak at how some of his attacks work.

He appears to have access to at least three command throw type moves. After punching the opponent twice while on the ground, he grabs them, throws them upwards, then kicks straight up in a launcher fashion.

His airborne throw will have him grab the enemy by the face and slam them down into the ground. The third throw shown will simply have him lift the opponent before delivering an extremely powerful punch to their gt, which pushes them to the other side of the screen.

Another attack looks like it is some sort of aerial stomp. This is a fighter that looks to have a number of ways to position himself back onto the ground while in the air.

Finally, the energy he emits is green rather than yellow. It's very distinct.

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch revealed

During the Nintendo Direct presentation today, the company revealed a Super Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch.

The trailer featured two Inkling characters from Splatoon engaging in battle. After their messy bout, one of the gunners gets distracted by a giant version of the Super Smash Bros. symbol.

Also featured in the trailer are Mario and Link. They appear in the shadows in front of the Smash symbol, which happens to be made of fire.

A 2018 release window was provided.

In Splatoon, the Inklings have access to different ink shooting guns, along with a giant paint roller. The paint roller works similar to a melee class.

The competitors cover the stage in ink to try to get the most coverage, as we see them do in the Smash Bros. trailer. They can turn into squid form inside their own ink areas to essentially move quickly underground and reload their ink cache.

Characters also move more slowly in enemy ink, so we could potentially see some sort of battle mechanic like this in Smash Bros.

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Update: Dragon Ball FighterZ February patch notes

Update: Additional notes have been listed by Bandai Namco on Facebook.

Earlier: Since launch, Dragon Ball FighterZ has been plagued with online connectivity issues. From players struggling to find matches in Ring Match to consistent disconnects in lobbies, the online experience has been pretty rough so far.

Last week, Bandai Namco released a video in which producer Tomoko Hiroki spoke about the issues. She ensured fans that the problems are being addressed, and the plan of attack to get things ironed out is two patches -- one in February and one in mid to late March.

The official Japanese Dragon Ball FighterZ website has released a list of patch notes for the update set to go live this month.

Naturally, the information is in Japanese, but thanks to the efforts of our very own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, we have the details in English for you to look over.

The patch notes state that one part of the matchmaking system has been revamped. There are plans in place to gradually improve and optimize this feature.

You will find the full translation below.

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Heidern revealed as King of Fighters 14's next DLC character

Another big fighting game reveal today as SNK has released a trailer for King of Fighters 14's next DLC character. Spoiler alert: it's Heidern.

The showcase gives us a look at what this warrior can do in the latest installment in the series.

Heidern made his playable debut back in The King of Fighters '94 as part of Team Brazil -- which later came to be known as the Ikari Team. He is the commander of the Ikari Warriors and adoptive father to Leona, who happens to be one of his best soldiers.

In King of Fighters 14, Heidern stands tall and fights with long limbs. He has a projectile and slash attacks similar to Leona, and has a super that sees him toss out a spinning wheel of energy that hits multiple times.

Heidern in the second of the game's four upcoming DLC characters to receive an official trailer, however, we now know the identities of three of them.

The first is a female fighter from Saudi Arabia, who was decided upon by way of a social media contest. Second up is Oswald, a returning fighter and first of the DLC combatants to get an official trailer.

Now we have Heidern, and though we don't know specific dates, we can expect the DLC characters to start becoming available sometime this April.

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