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Mortal Kombat 11 won't be announced at E3 2018, Ed Boon confirms

Well, there you have it, folks. We will not be seeing Mortal Kombat 11 at E3 2018.

Fighting game fans have been anxiously awaiting NetherRealm Studios' next big reveal, and based on the company's track record of announcing and releasing games in recent years, the chances of a new Mortal Kombat being shown at this year's were very high.

Now, we have confirmation from NetherRealm Creative Director and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, that no such announcement is scheduled for the expo this week.

Boon and a handful of fellow game developers sat down with Giant Bomb at E3 to discuss the gaming community and their latest projects. Not long into the talk, Boon was asked about Mortal Kombat 11, specifically why there has been no game reveal.

"We've had E3s where there's no game in the past," Boon said. "There's definitely like a pattern we've been following that we've kind of broken out of, and I'm surprised at how many people know about that pattern."

The Mortal Kombat creator explains that their team is changing things around, in terms of how and when they announce / release their fighting games. Still, there may actually be something in the works to talk about, just not right now.

"I'm chomping at the bit to talk about stuff, but at the moment we have nothing that we're announcing," Boon explained.

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Soul Calibur 6 gets official release date, new story mode trailer

Bandai Namco has revealed Soul Calibur 6's official release date today at E3 2018. The latest entry in the 3D weapons-based fighter is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19th, 2018.

Along with a release date, a new story mode trailer for Soul Calibur 6 was unveiled. In it, we see several of the currently announced characters doing battle as a search for Soul Edge unfolds.

The trailer opens with a look at Siegfried grabbing a hold of the Soul Edge and harnessing its power. We go on to see battles between Mitsurugi and Groh, Ivy and Xianghua, and more.

An interesting menu with character names is shown that appears to be the way players will experience the story. Progress for each character and the timeline of their stories is featured here, meaning we'll likely be able to piece together the full tale with each character individually.

A quick look at story mode art pieces can also be seen here. In these stills, we see other characters such as Cervantes, though we're unsure if this confirms that he'll be a part of the playable roster.

You can check out the trailer below.

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Ridley revealed as playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo just concluded their E3 2018 Nintendo Direct conference. To close out their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, the company revealed that Ridley will be a playable character in the game.

The trailer showed Mario, Mega Man, and Samus confront the Metroid series villain. We were also given a look at the first-ever Ridley gameplay.

The trailer showcased several of Ridley's moves, including a series of fireballs, what appears to be up throw, and more.

We also see Meta Ridley, which is likely an alternate color/costume.

Ridley has a tail strike attack that stuns the opponent momentarily before they get hit with an explosion and are sent flying. Also shown are several air attacks including a diving strike.

For the Final Smash, Ridley sends the opponent flying into Samus's ship as it tries to make an escape. He then fires a blast of energy from his mouth, destroying the space craft.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announced for Nintendo Switch

This morning during Nintendo's E3 2018 conference, the company revealed all the veterans for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That's right. Everybody!

Returning characters like Solid Snake, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Pichu, Wolf, and the entire roster from Super Smash Bros. 4 have come back. Even the Pokemon Trainer with Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard are back.

The DLC fighters from Smash 4 are also included. Ryu, Cloud, Bayonetta, Roy, Lucas, Mewtwo, and Corrin. Third party characters like Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Sonic will also be returning.

The art style is completely different. Every character appears to have had minor adjustments made to their movesets, taunts, final smashes, or appearance.

Daisy has been revealed as an "Echo Fighter" of Princess Peach. Like Lucina, Dark Pit, and Dr. Mario, her moveset is similar but has different properties.

Ridley has also been announced as a playable fighter. So far, there are a total of 65 characters announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! This means that this will be the largest Smash Bros. roster to date.

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Dead or Alive 6 revealed

More big fighting game news this morning as Koei Tecmo has revealed Dead or Alive 6.

The new title is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, making it the first installment of the Dead or Alive series to be developed on current-gen technology.

Koei Tecmo has released a trailer to showcase the upcoming fighting game. In it, we see returning characters Kasumi, Hayabusa, Jann Lee, Zack, Hayate and Helena, as well as what appears to be a brand new character.

Much of what we know from the Dead or Alive series seems to still be intact in Dead or Alive 6. Stage interactions make their return and now seem to involve background character participation.

We also see that super moves have been brought back and still retain their cinematic quality. From the looks of it, supers still need to be charged mid-combo.

There also appears to be a blood splatter effect that can be seen on-screen when certain hits land. This might just be an added effect for the trailer, however.

Dead or Alive 6 is expected to drop early 2019.

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Updated: Level|Up Series' YouTube account no longer suspended

Updated 7:06 a.m. PDT, Fri. June 8, 2018: Level|Up's YouTube channel is no longer suspended. Co-founder of Level|Up Jimmy Nguyen took to Twitter to bring followers the good news and thank everyone for their support.

Earlier: Level|Up posted a message to their Twitter account stating that their YouTube account was permanently suspended without reason or warning and are now waiting to hear back on their appeal form to try and get their channel back online.

"This is extremely random to get a notice saying our channel is suspended without warning," said Alex Valle on Twitter. "I really hope it's not a bunch of leechers saying our content is theirs. Can anybody assist?"

"This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations," is what the webpage states when you currently try to visit their YouTube account.

Apparently, a similar situation happened with content creator DarkSydePhil. He's posted a fix on how he dealt with the matter, which should work for the people with YouTube channels having this same issue.

Many content creators over the years have had issues with being banned — seemingly at random — from YouTube. Often times they've been able to get their channels restored by either getting their stories posted online on news websites, or taking complaints to social media.

YouTube can make it extremely difficult to actually talk to another human being when your channel is banned, and these experiences have left many content creators angry and frustrated over the years, without many avenues to turn to, besides getting publicity about how their situation isn't being handled correctly. You can check out Level|Up's full statement and what their YouTube channel currently looks like below and DSP's guide to fixing the issue after the jump.

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King of Fighters 14's Luong joins the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster

A new character joins the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy battle. King of Fighters 14's own Luong has been revealed as the newest combatant.

Today's trailer appears to have leaked and gives us a quick glimpse of what Luong can do in battle. Once we get an official showcase, we'll likely see even more.

In both King of Fighters 14 and SNK Heroines, Luong's fighting style focuses on the use of long kicks. She retains her ability for long juggles this time around too.

The brief trailer also gives us a look at some of her different customization options and looks for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. We see Luong in a school uniform, a black body suit reminiscent of Bayonetta, and her original costume from King of Fighters 14.

In addition to the different outfits, Luong can be equipped with glasses, bows, bat wings, and more.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on September 6th in Japan and September 7th in the West.

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Maxi joins the Soul Calibur 6 roster

Another fighter joins the Soul Calibur 6 battle. Maxi, the nunchaku-wielding warrior, enters the ring.

Bandai Namco has officially revealed the next Soul Calibur 6 contender sharing Maxi's gameplay trailer. In it we get a glimpse at what the character can do in the latest installment in the series.

Maxi takes on opponents using the Shissen Karihadi fighting style. His weapon of choice this time around is his treasured Fatibal.

As we see in the trailer, Maxi's playstyle puts a focus on speed. Quick nunchaku strikes, parries, and a lot of flare will surely keep opponents on their toes when facing this fighter.

Maxi is a returning character to the Soul Calibur series. His first appearance was Soul Calibur (1998), and he went on to join the roster of seven more Soul Calibur games over the years including every main numbered entry.

Soul Calibur 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

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Capcom is teasing Cody's reveal in Street Fighter 5 for May 27th at Combo Breaker

With the launch of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Capcom has seemingly decided to forgo the tradition of surprise announcements and instead give fans some lead up and additional teasers before new characters are ultimately revealed, and Cody is no exception.

Street Fighter changed their Twitter account art yesterday to tease Cody breaking through the wall like his introduction from the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition opening cinematic meaning his full reveal would be coming in the near future, and now it appears we know when.

Today, their account posted a new tweet with an animated GIF of the mayor of Metro City, Mike Haggar, at his desk with the text "May 27 Combo Breaker Top 8" which in all likelyhood means that Cody will be revealed during the finals of the SF5:AE tournament at Combo Breaker this weekend.

The text of the tweet also says "Your appointment with the mayor has been booked for May 27" lending credence to the speculation that Cody is the new mayor of Metro City following in the footsteps of his friend and fellow Final Fight character, Mike Haggar.

Given the release pattern of previous Street Fighter 5 DLC characters, we could see a release for Cody as soon as next Tuesday, May 29th, but Capcom could also easily break that cycle.

You can take a look at the tweet below. We also currently have a poll open asking what your hopes and expectations are regarding Cody's knife returning with his new political attire.


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Tekken's Yoshimitsu joins the Soul Calibur 6 roster

More Bandai Namco news this morning as the company officially revealed the next playable Soul Calibur 6 character. Yoshimitsu from the Tekken series joins the battle.

The Original Mechanical Ninja returns with sword in hand and wacky attacks at the ready. The Manji Ninjitsu practitioner brings his Manji-Sword and Fu-Ma Blade into the fight.

Yoshimitsu sees the release of a gameplay trailer this morning, which gives us a look at what the warrior is capable of in the latest Soul Calibur installment.

Being a regular in the Soul Calibur series, Yoshimitsu retains several of his trademark moves. The trailer provides a look at some of his new tools as well, though, including his super which sees Yoshimitsu pull the soul from his opponent, then slice it up.

Earlier this month, Bandai Namco unveiled fan-favorite Soul Calibur ninja, Taki. We have seen a steady stream of mainstay Soul Calibur characters revealed so far, with one guest character in The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia.

Soul Calibur 6 is due out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

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Vegito Blue and Fused Zamasu coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ by the end of May

A release window for Dragon Ball FighterZ's next DLC characters, Vegito Blue and Fused Zamasu, has been unveiled. The game's DLC pack 2 is set for release by the end of this month.

This information comes from the latest V-Jump scan (via Shonen Gamez ) featuring Dragon Ball FighterZ. Vegito Blue is the main focus here, and thanks to the translation work of our very own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, we have more details on the upcoming content.

The scan notes that the next DLC pack will be "releasing at the end of May!!" Both Vegito Blue and Fused Zamasu will release alongside each other.

We are also provided information on Vegito Blue's Dramatic Finish. This special game ender incorporates fellow Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC character Fused Zamasu, and sees Vegito Blue delivering a pretty mean sucker punch to the unsuspecting villain.

Previously, Bandai Namco has released quick gameplay trailers for both Fused Zamasu and Vegito Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. We've gotten a quick glimpse at what each fighter can do, but today's details give us a time frame of when we can expect to try them out ourselves.

Vegito Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and Fused Zamasu follow the release of Bardock and Broly, who were added to Dragon Ball FighterZ back on March 28th. The legendary Super Saiyan and Goku's father have seen great fan reception, and the community seems quite excited about the two newest fighters already.

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Update: Taki's HD reveal trailer for Soul Calibur 6

Update: The HD trailer has been officially released by Bandai Namco. You can check it out after the jump.

Earlier: Taki has been revealed for Soul Calibur 6. Apparently this character was revealed earlier than intended. She is joining Grøh, Ivy, Kilik, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Siegfried, Sophitia, Xianghua, and Zasalamel.

Wonkey of Avoiding the Puddle managed to save the video before it was removed. For the time being, this is a low quality video.

The trailer shows us Taki's capabilities. As she is a ninja, she utilizes hand signs during combat. She appears to be capable of throwing a blue projectile and then dashing afterwards. Another trick she is shown doing is placing an energy bomb on the opponent then blowing it up for a launcher after performing one of her hand signs.

This time around, she is donning a ninja mask. You are still able to see her mouth though. The ninja is wearing a bright red color with armored shoulder pads. As usual, she is armed with her weapon of choice, a kodachi.

Taki is a character that's been one of the series iconic fighters since Soul Edge. She was also playable in Soul Calibur, Soul Calibur 2, Soul Calibur 3, Soul Calibur Legends, Soulcalibur 4, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, and Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul.

Notably, she was absent in Soul Calibur 5. The ninja was seemingly replaced by Natsu.

As of right now, we only know that Soul Calibur 6 is coming out sometime before the end of 2018. With that said, a listing on Amazon seems to suggest that the game will be releasing on September 27th.

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Vegito Super Saiyan Blue Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer leaked

The trailer for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito (or Super Saiyan Blue Vegito) has been leaked. As expected, this features Goku and Vegeta fusing via the Potara earrings.

Since both Goku and Vegeta are capable of utilizing Super Saiyan Blue, so can Vegito. No doubt this character is serving as a rival to the recently announced Fused Zamasu.

Interestingly enough, Vegito has actually not appeared very often in the anime. He has only done battle with Super Buu and Fused Zamasu.

His supers show that he is capable of using Goku's Instant Transmission technique. From here, he then transitions into slamming the opponent's face into the dirt -- something you'd probably expect from Vegeta.

The final moments of the trailer has Vegito using an EX air-to-air throw upon Zamasu. At this point, Vegito then appears to use what is likely his level 3 super. This is called the Final Kamehameha.

Vegito is seen using both blue and yellow Ki. There i no doubt that this is one of the strongest canonical characters in the entire series.

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Fused Zamasu gets official Dragon Ball FighterZ gameplay trailer

Update: We've added the Japanese version of Zamasu's trailer to the story which shows a bit more than the English version like his colors 1-6.

Moments ago, Bandai Namco released the official gameplay trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ's upcoming DLC character. We now get to see Fused Zamasu in action.

As the name implies, Fused Zamasu is the combination of Zamasu and Goku Black from the Dragon Ball Super series. Through the Potara earrings, the two villains become one to unleash unlimited power.

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fused Zamasu has the ability of flight after certain attacks. This allows him to move in any direction, which is unique to the 3v3 fighting title.

His Ultimate Attack, Divine Wrath, is a large blast that is fired from his fingertip. Bandai Namco notes that the move is best used after a rush attack.

Today's showcase is on the shorter side -- as fans have come to expect from Dragon Ball FighterZ's reveal trailers -- but gives us a chance to see several of the character's attacks in motion.

At this time, a release date for Fused Zamasu was not given.

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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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