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PSA: Set your PlayStation Network messages to private as players are reporting receiving messages that lock their consoles

Update: Ask PlayStation UK has issued a statement regarding an issue. The exploit has been fixed, but it's unclear about the status of the update being rolled out.

Earlier: PlayStation users around Reddit and other internet forums are reportedly receiving online messages from strangers which soft locks their PlayStation 4 and forces players to factory reset their console to make it function normally again.

PlayStation 4 owners should log into their online accounts and set their messages to private or friends only to avoid this malicious exploit, reports say.

There are currently some conflicting reports circulating claiming that you may not even need to view the message for it to crash your system if it pops up in your notifications. Some users are reporting that deleting the message from the online app will also not resolve the issue if it has already been opened on the system.

To change your PlayStation message settings, go to Settings > Account Management > Privacy Settings > Enter your password > Personal Info | Messaging, and set Messages to either Friends Only or No One.

The exploit appears to be connected to or similar in nature to an event in 2015 regarding the "Effective Power" bug that would crash a user's iPhones by receiving a simple text message.

This is likely achieved the same way on PS4 where a very specific string of characters being read or displayed by the system will cause it to crash or lock up.

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Pegasus Seiya and Dragon Shiryu from Saint Seiya announced for Jump Force

Two new characters have been revealed as playable in Bandai Namco's anime/manga crossover fighting title, Jump Force. Pegasus Seiya and Dragon Shiryu from Saint Seiya enter the ring.

Known as The Knights of the Zodiac in the west, the characters in this series fight representing a constellation or Zodiac sign. Pegasus Seiya is the main character of Saint Sieya, and he battles as the Pegasus — he's the character in the trailer utilizing the blue energy.

Dragon Shiryu, as you might imagine, harnesses the Dragon Constellation. The Saint Seiya series follows five warriors called "Saints" that each represent different constellations, so it's possible that we could see more characters from this series in Jump Force.

In the new Jump Force trailer, we see Pegasus Seiya and Dragon Shiryu performing numerous large, flashy attacks in battle, including firing a giant arrow, attacking with a huge energy sword, and even armor power ups.

Seiya and Shiryu join the likes of characters such as Dragon Ball Z's Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy and Blackbeard, Naruto's Sasuke Uchiha and Naruto Uzumaki, and more. Most recently, we saw Yugi Moto of Yu-Gi-Oh! announced and Bandai Namco released the first gameplay of the character last week.

Jump Force is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in February 2019.

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Input lag reduction for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition coming October 23rd

The Street Fighter Twitter account has announced that input lag will be reduced in an upcoming update for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on October 23, 2018. It's been confirmed that Capcom is aware of the issues and will improve the speed in which inputs are registered.

When Street Fighter 5 was first released, many players were able to really feel the eight frames of input delay. This made whiff punishing extremely difficult.

Eventually, Capcom was able to reduce the latency somewhat. On average, there were about 6.2 frames of input lag.

For comparison, Street Fighter 4 and its many revisions only had about 4 frames of delay on the Xbox 360 version. The issue with Street Fighter 5's lag mostly appeared to stem from Unreal Engine 4.

Simply put, this was not enough for players and we have all been very vocal about this issue. Even when it was announced that Bandai Namco would be tweaking the input delay for Tekken 7, Capcom made no announcements.

It is currently unknown how much the input lag will be reduced. Supposedly, Tekken 7's delay was reduced from 7.7 to 5.7 frames. We'll just have to wait for more information or for October 23rd to roll around in order to know how much of a reduction this will be.

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Dead or Alive 6 adds Tina, Bass, and Mila to its roster

Three more playable Dead or Alive 6 characters have been revealed this morning. Tina Armstrong, Bass Armstrong, and Mila enter the ring.

Team Ninja has released a brand new trailer showing all three of these fighters in action.

The theme for these fighters here is "wrestling," as each fighter uses some form of grappling in their playstyle — Tina and Bass Armstrong being pro wrestlers, and Mila being an MMA fighter.

Mila, Tina, and Bass have been revealed together in order to introduce a new professional wrestling circuit into the world of Dead or Alive. It appears that the organization is called "The Muscle," and according to Team Ninja it will play a part in the game's story line.

Tina and Bass made their debut in the first Dead or Alive title, though Tina was a part of the original arcade roster in 1996 and Bass joined when the game came to Sony's PlayStation in 1998. Mila is a relatively new character, having joined the world of Dead or Alive in 2012 with the launch of Dead or Alive 5.

Dead or Alive 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th, 2019.

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First gameplay of Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist Yugi and his Dark Magicians in Jump Force released

Bandai Namco has released another action-packed trailer this morning. Today we finally see Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist Yugi in action in Jump Force.

As expected, Yugi fights using his deck of cards and summoning monsters. The gameplay trailer shows Yugi summon his Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Slifer The Sky Dragon to face off against the other Jump Force combatants.

Based on what we see in the trailer, it does not appear that Yugi ever physically attacks his opponents personally. He does, however, mimic the acts of his monster (while standing behind them) in order to deal damage.

Also seen with Yugi in Jump Force is his trademark duel disk. This apparatus strapped to his arm allows him to lay the card of his choice down and actually summon his monsters.

Yugi joins other prominent manga / anime stars on the playable Jump Force roster, including Dragon Ball Z's Goku and Frieza, One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy and Blackbeard, Naruto's own Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, and several others.

Right now, each IP that is represented in Jump Force has seen more than one character join the playable roster. If you're a Seto Kaiba fan — Yugi's major rival and popular for his wielding of the powerful Blue Eyes White Dragon — it seems like there's a good chance he'll make the cut.

Jump Force is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2019.

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Playable boss character Inferno gets official Soul Calibur 6 gameplay trailer

Another Soul Calibur 6 warrior receives an official reveal. This time, Bandai Namco has released Inferno's gameplay trailer.

Inferno has traditionally been a boss character in the Soul Calibur series, and he will be a playable character in Soul Calibur 6.

Reports from the recent Tokyo Game Show event say that Inferno will be unlockable by passing a certain point in Soul Calibur 6's Soul Chronicle story mode. Those who managed to do so at the expo received a "acquired the character: 'Inferno'" notification on screen.

Further pointing to Inferno's playable status is a recent (unofficial) gameplay video that gave us our first look at the character's tools. As we spotted in the now removed YouTube video, Inferno was on the Player 1 side, meaning he was very likely chosen by the player and not a CPU boss.

Though Inferno appears to have a foundation that closely mirrors Nightmare in Soul Calibur 6, the playable boss does come equipped with unique attacks. The gameplay trailer gives us a look at a move that sees Inferno swoop down from the sky, another that lands multiple rapid sword stabs, and also what appears to be a teleport.

Soul Calibur 6 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19, 2018.

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Female Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer joins the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster

NIS America has announced that Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer will be joining the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster as DLC.

Much like King of Fighters' Terry Bogard, Skullomania is seen as a female version of the originally male fighter in order to face off against the all-female cast of SNK Heroines.

Skullomania is a fan-favorite character who originated back in the Street Fighter EX series. Arika, the company behind that series, recently put together their own fighting game called Fighting EX Layer, which saw the return of many of their characters — including Skullomania.

In SNK Heroines, Skullomania fights at a fast pace. She uses several special moves that cover horizontal space quickly, such as slides and lunges forward, and utilizes multi-hitting attacks that appear to put the opponent into a juggle state.

Skullomania's big super move sees her land a series of flashy strikes, each of which almost acting as its own pose for the camera. One portion of this super oddly features a quick flash of her sitting at a table with her opponent with a refrigerator in the background.

This is the second DLC and guest character to be added to SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Earlier this month, we saw Thief Arthur from Million Arthur: Arcana Blood join the playable roster.

Skullomania will be released on October 11th. SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Android 17 and Cooler now available in Dragon Ball FighterZ, here's how to download them

Dragon Ball FighterZ sees the release of Android 17 and Cooler today. The two newest DLC characters are available now on PlayStation 4 in North America.

Android 17 and Cooler round out the first wave of DLC fighters added to Dragon Ball FighterZ. There are a total of eight additional characters in the game: Broly, Bardock, Fused Zamasu, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, and now Cooler and Android 17.

Each character individually will run you $4.99 USD. You can also opt to pick up the Dragon Ball FighterZ season pass — or FighterZ Pass, as it's called — for $34.99 USD, which will give you access to all eight of the DLC characters immediately.

For those who already own the season pass, you might notice that the characters are not automatically unlocked in-game when they are officially released. Because of this, the process for accessing the characters is very similar to those who are purchasing individually.

The first thing you'll want to do is head into the PS Store and hit the search feature at the top of the page. Simply type in the name of the character you're searching for — in this case typing "Android 17" or "Cooler" will net you the results you need — and click on their icon when they appear in the search results.

Season pass holders will see a small "Download" icon beneath the character's portrait, which you'll need to select in order to get the new fighter into your game. Those buying individually should see the price in place of "Download," so you'll have to go through the standard PS Store purchase process from there to get your character.

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition will come to arcades in 2019

Today, the Tokyo Game Show 2018 premier event brought a lot of hype to the masses, and you can find the results for it here.

After the prize ceremony, though, series producer Yoshinori Ono stepped up on stage with an announcement ready.

This announcement turned out to be the long-awaited arcade version of the now more aptly named Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

While this mostly affects the Japanese scene, it's huge news for any players who still have arcades available locally.

You can see the announcement video, clipped from the Twitch channel here.


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Android 17 trailer released for Dragon Ball FighterZ

We got quite a good look at Android 17 yesterday with a bunch of new screenshots, and the reveal of his stats via V-Jump.

Bandai Namco clearly didn't think that was enough, though, because today they hit us with his gameplay trailer.

As is customary with the character trailers for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this is a relatively short affair, but it gives a good glimpse at what Android 17 will look like in action when he releases.

Although the trailer does not confirm a specific release date, Cooler was previously confirmed to be dropping on September 28th, and given that each DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ has been released in packs of two characters, it seems fairly likely that Android 17 will follow suit and join the game together with Cooler on that date.

We also got some details earlier this week on upcoming content that will be releasing this month and in November, in the form of a new stage and Halloween colors, which you can find details for here.

Check out some images of Android 17's trailer below.

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Yu Yu Hakusho's Yusuke Urameshi and villain Toguro join Jump Force, original characters designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama also revealed

More Jump Force reveals come out of Tokyo Game Show today. Bandai Namco has unveiled Yusuke Urameshi and Toguro from the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise as playable characters.

In addition to Yusuke and Toguro, four brand new, original characters were revealed: Director Glover, Navigator, Galena, and Kane. Each of these newcomers has been designed by Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z creator Akira Toriyama.

Two trailers were released to showcase the new fighters, though the four original characters only saw concept art displayed in their trailer.

After being struck by a car and killed in order to save a child from the same fate, Yusuke was given the opportunity to return to the living world as a detective of the paranormal. He wields spirit energy — most famous for firing it from his finger tips and known as his "Spirit Gun" — and we see much of this in the gameplay trailer.

Toguro is the main antagonist of Yu Yu Hakusho's Dark Tournament Saga and is a giant, hulking fighter. He's a demon that stands over nine feet tall and uses brute force to overpower opponents — especially with his signature Muscle Mass Enhancement ability that allows him to release different amounts of his maximum power and sees him grow in size and bulk.

As for the newcomers, all we know right now is that Kane and Galena are villains in-game, while the role for the other two are a bit on the nose — Director Glover is the "J-Force Director" and Navigator is, well... a "Navigator." It is unclear right now whether these four characters will be playable in-game (though that's the implication), but they are expected to play an important role in the story.

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Hunter x Hunter's Killua Zoldyck and Kurapica join Jump Force roster

The upcoming anime / manga crossover fighting title, Jump Force, welcomes two new characters to its roster. Killua Zoldyck and Kurapica of Hunter x Hunter fame join the fight.

Much like we saw with Android 17's reveal in Dragon Ball FighterZ this morning, a scan of the V-Jump magazine entry revealing the two new Jump Force combatants has surfaced online.

Killua Zoldyck (seen on the right-hand side of the scan) fights with lightning-based attacks and also uses weighted yo-yos in combat — though those are not pictured in the scan. He hails from a family of assassins and has been raised as a killer.

Kurapica seeks vengeance for the murder of his entire clan and fights predominantly through the use of chains, which he can use in many different ways including seeking out if his enemies are lying to him. In the series, he's quite the technical fighter, though again this is not reflected in this scan.

Both of these characters have ties to the main character of Hunter x Hunter, Gon, who was previously revealed as a playable character in Jump Force.

The addition of Killua Zoldyck and Kurapica into the 3D fighting title brings the Hunter x Hunter representation up to four characters in Jump Force: Gon, Hisoka, Killua,and Kurapica.

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Capcom Cup moves to Las Vegas this year

We're nearing the end of the year and the conclusion of the Capcom Pro Tour is fast approaching. Capcom has been tight-lipped on information about this year's Capcom Cup finals — until today.

Capcom Cup 2018 will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this year, Capcom has announced. The end-of-the-year event will run from December 14-16 at Esports Arena Las Vegas located inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino.

This is the first time we're seeing the Capcom Cup leave California. Previously, we've seen the big finale held in San Francisco and later move to Anaheim as part of the PlayStation Experience.

Capcom Cup 2018 will pit 32 of the year's best Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition players against each other for the ultimate Street Fighter 5 title. The line up is set to include last year's Capcom Cup champion, RISE|MenaRD — who earned a guaranteed spot for winning last year — the player who wins the last chance qualifier event that takes place at Capcom Cup (before the main event, and 30 of the top placers in the CPT standings (including four regional champions).

There will be $250,000 on the line at Capcom Cup 2018, and an added prize pot bonus stemming from a portion of the proceeds generated from the Capcom Pro Tour DLC will also be included.

Capcom has also mentioned that this year's Capcom Cup will host special guests, though details on what we can expect have not yet been divulged.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist Yugi joins the Jump Force roster

Bandai Namco has announced a brand new playable character for Jump Force, and this one is a doozy. Main character Yugi from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series joins the fight.

Details about Yugi are scarce at the moment as Bandai Namco has not yet released a trailer for the character.

Earlier this morning, the company released a tweet making the announcement and including the first-ever screenshot of Yugi in Jump Force.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! series is a Japanese manga turned anime that sees a young boy, Yugi, dueling against friend and foe in an intricate card game. After Yugi finds and solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle, he becomes host to a strange spirit with the personality of a gambler and essentially transforms into an older version of Yugi when the spirit takes hold — which you can see pictured in the screenshot and banner.

In Yu-Gi-Oh!, we see the creatures, items, and spells on each card actualized in the dueling arenas, meaning if a player puts down a giant dragon card, the monster is essentially summoned. With a game like jump Force having big, flashy combat, I can't help but think we'll be seeing Yugi bring forth big-name Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters like Exodia the Forbidden One, the Dark Magician, Summoned Skull, and more.

Not only is the Yu-Gi-Oh! series a manga / anime, but there is a full-on competitive trading card game tied to it. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG first kicked off in Japan in 1999, and new sets continue to release to this day.

Jump Force is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2019.

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Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Isabelle was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during today's Nintendo Direct stream from the Animal Crossing series as a newcomer fighter using a variety of tools and objects to assist her in battle.

She is listed as character number 68 meaning that she is not an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's Villager, so she has her own unique move set though she still has many similar items that are used in different ways.

Isabelle's running attack causes her to trip and drop a pot, down Smash looks to be tossing a bucket of water side-to-side, side Smash appears to be a party popper with quite a bit of kick to it and she has a fishing rod to pull enemies closer to her. Her up Special appears to be a pure recovery move, as she's shown sitting on a swing tied to balloons.

Her first appearance came in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 where she served as the player character's assistant and secretary as mayor. She quickly became a fan favorite among players of the series to the point where she became a DLC character for Mario Kart 8 and used as costumes for other titles.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS saw her introduction to the Smash series as an Assist Trophy that would throw fruit for players to help heal them. Isabelle was also featured as a Mii Gunner costume in Smash 4 as well.

Rumors / leaks arose earlier this Summer relating to Isabelle's inclusion in Ultimate which have now come true, so Vergeben's other statements appear to have even more credibility now including recent posts about another Square Enix representative and Street Fighter's Ken. You can check out Isabelle's artwork and screenshots in the gallery below plus her full reveal trailer along with her Smash Bros. character trailer showing off more of her move set and Final Smash after the jump.

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New Dead or Alive 6 trailer reveals Marie Rose, Honoka, Nyotengu, Ayane, Bayman, Phase-4 and February 15, 2019 release date

A new trailer for Dead or Alive 6 has been released. It has now been revealed that Dead or Alive 6 will be releasing on February 15, 2019.

During the trailer, we also get a chance to see snippets of gameplay. There also appears to be a story mode as we see a number of conflicts arising during the trailer.

Notably, there are many stage hazards also present in the video. We already knew about the kraken on the Forbidden Fortune.

Apparently, dinosaurs aren't extinct in this world as they show up as hazards in another stage. One wrong move, and you can find yourself being attacked by a pterodactyl or a tyrannosaurus rex.

Marie Rose, Honoka, Ayane, and Bayman were also confirmed to be playable fighters in the new trailer. In the description for the video, it is stated that Nyotengu "the Female Tengu" will be a digital pre-order bonus on the PlayStation 4 or a pre-order bonus for the Xbox One.

Those that purchase the Steam version of the game by March 14th will also be able to obtain Nyotengu as a downloadable character. Phase-4, a clone of Kasumi, will also be available with the Digital Deluxe editions for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Samurai Spirits fighting game revealed by SNK

"Samurai Spirits" has been announced by SNK. This appears to be a sequel or spiritual successor to Samurai Shodown. This also could be a reboot of the series.

The countdown timer on SNK's website has expired. As expected, this is a fighting game as most of SNK's intellectual properties exist within this genre.

Fighters are now rendered as 3-dimensional models rather than sprites. We can clearly see that this game is using the Unreal Engine in the Samurai Spirits website and at the beginning of the trailer.

Samurai Shodown was originally released in 1993. Since then, the series has had many sequels and spin-offs. In Japan, the series was always known as "Samurai Spirits."

Characters spotted include Haohmaru, Jubei, Galford, Nakoruru, and Earthquake. It's worth noting that this game does not appear to be afraid of showing uncensored blood.

This game is slated for a 2019 release. The game's setting will apparently take place in 1787, the 7th year of the Tenmei era.

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