(Quarter 2 - 2018)

May 4th, 2018
Fighting EX Layer Hokuto & Sanane Gameplay, "Standard" and "Light" Version Video Preview

PlayStation Japan recently uploaded 3 new Fighting EX Layer gameplay videos. The first one shows returning character, Hokuto (confirming her original version as a playable character in the game). The other two videos show off content in both the "Standard Version" ($59.99) and "Light Version" ($39.99). The Light Version trailer also reveals some brand new gameplay footage of one of the game's newcomers, Sanane.

May 3rd, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle North America Beta Announced

Two weeks ago, Arc System Works announced dates & details regarding the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle beta in Japan (for PS4 & Nintendo Switch). The North America beta has now officially been announced for PS4, and closely mirrors the timing of the Japan beta. Players who pre-ordered gain access to the beta starting May 9th, and all PS4 users can try the game out on May 12th. The beta features 20 playable characters.

May 1st, 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Adds Zarina & Sylvie in Latest Trailer

SNK released a new trailer for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy today, confirming two more female fighters - both who debuted in The King of Fighters XIV. Zarina and Sylvie join the line-up and are bringing some wild new costumes with them. New new trailer shows off tag-team gameplay of Sylvie and Zarina in action. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will release September 7th, 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

May 1st, 2018
Soul Calibur 6 Taki Confirmed, HD Reveal Trailer, Screenshots & Character Art

A Soul Calibur VI reveal trailer for the veteran kunoichi, Taki, has been leaked online. Like other series veterans, Taki's SC6 default costume resembles her earlier appearances in the series, with some additions. For one, her suit now "lights up" with kanji effects... interesting new ninja technology there! [UPDATE] Bandai Namco's official HD trailer added, along with Taki's official artwork and screenshots!

April 29th, 2018
Blade Strangers Coming Summer 2018, New Gameplay, Screenshots & Opening Movie

Blade Strangers is an upcoming 2D fighting game developed by Studio Saizensen and produced by Nicalis. The title is set to be released this Summer on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. A new gameplay video shows off the game's unique visuals, which use 3D renders for characters and animations that are later touched up by artists to resemble 2D "cel-like" sprites. Along with the new gameplay, Nicalis released the full opening cinematic for Blade Strangers.

April 28th, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ Vegito (SSB) Trailer

The reveal trailer for Vegito, Dragon Ball FighterZ's next confirmed DLC fighter, has been leaked early. Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito is the fusion of Goku and Vegeta via the Potara earrings. Check out Vegito SSB's short but sweet gameplay reveal trailer. Official screenshots & character artwork will be added to this article once it's available.

April 25th, 2018
Fighting EX Layer Releasing Late June, PS4 Pro Enhanced, Updated UI Video, Playable at Combo Breaker '18

Arika released a new teaser trailer for Fighting EX Layer. The "screenshot-only" trailer shows off the game's user interface (UI), PS4 trophy support, and a still image of new character, Sanane. In addition, Arika announced on Twitter that the PS4 Pro version will run at 1080p with "shader level 3" while the standard PS4 version will run at 720p with "shader level 1". Arika also mentioned FEXL will release worldwide by the end of June 2018 and are bringing a playable build to Combo Breaker 2018.

April 25th, 2018
New Character Art Panels by Bandai Namco Artists Coming to Arcade Version of Tekken 7

TEKKEN Official revealed 9 brand new character art panels drawn by various Bandai Namco artists, including: Takuji Kawano, Kenji Kimura, Sagara Hiromi, Andou Makoto, and Satoko Nakayama. As you may know, these artworks can be equipped by players for their characters on the VS screen. The new artwork panels will be released for the arcade version of TEKKEN 7 on April 26th. Bandai Namco hasn't confirmed when (or if) these will be released for the home versions.

April 24th, 2018
Samurai Shodown III ACA NeoGeo Port Now Available on PlayStation 4 in North America

Back in February 2018, Hamster Corp. announced the release of Samurai Shodown II and Samurai Shodown III ACA NeoGeo ports on PS4 / Xbox One, but SS3 only released in some regions (and wasn't available on PSN in North America). Finally, the PS4 port of Samurai Shodown III is now available on NA PSN for $7.99. If you're not familiar with ACA NeoGeo ports, these arcade perfect ports offer several modes, such as: Japan Version Mode, English Version Mode, Hi Score Mode, Caravan Mode, and a wide variety of settings.

April 24th, 2018
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Coming to Nintendo Switch

Today at the Nexon Developers Conference 2018 in South Korea, Arc System Works announced that Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Arc System Works' Daisuke Ishiwatari and Hideyuki Anbe were present at the event to announce that the Switch version will include original music tracks created by the late Korean musician, Shin Hae-chul. These tracks appeared in the Korean version of GGXX #Reload. Arc System Works didn't mention a release date or release window.  (Sources: Siliconera, 4Gamer)

April 24th, 2018
Fused Zamasu is Dragon Ball FighterZ's Next DLC Character, Official Artwork & Screenshots

Bandai Namco released official screenshots and artwork of the latest confirmed DLC character coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fused Zamasu. A major antagonist of the Future Trunks saga, Zamasu is a fusion of Goku Black and Future Zamasu through the Potara earrings. Bandai Namco stated on Facebook that the character is "coming soon" to DBFZ but hasn't announced an official date. Without further ado, check out the first Dragon Ball FighterZ images of Zamasu.

April 20th, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Adds Hakumen, Naoto & Vatista, PS4/Switch Japan Beta Details & Dates

Arc System Works announced 3 more characters for Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, once again in the form of a new gameplay trailer. The new characters confirmed include Hakumen from BlazBlue, Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4 Arena, and Vatista from Under Night In-Birth. These 3 characters will be among the 20 DLC fighters for the game.

April 19th, 2018
SNK Planning Special 40th Anniversary Hardware Featuring a Collection of Classic NeoGeo Games

Today, SNK announced they are currently working on a new hardware to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. This new device will feature a collection of classic NeoGeo titles. SNK specifically mentioned that the following series will be supported for the new hardware: Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown, The King of Fighters, and Metal Slug (in addition to others). SNK mentioned this project is fueled with gratitude as SNK wants to thank fans who have supported the works of SNK over the years.

April 16th, 2018
SFV: Arcade Edition Falke Gameplay Trailer, Screens, Artwork, V-Trigger Details & Release Date

This morning, Capcom dropped a gameplay trailer for Falke, the newest character to join the Street Fighter series and the third DLC character for Season 3 of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Check out Falke's reveal trailer along with her official character artwork, screenshots, and V-Trigger / playstyle details. Falke will join Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition as a DLC character on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

April 15th, 2018
Virtua Fighter Costumes Coming to Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night

Sega announced their upcoming rhythm game Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night will feature Virtua Fighter series collaboration DLC costumes. An early promotional image shows 8 cast members dressed as VF characters. Similarly, Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will feature Yakuza series and Sonic The Hedgehog-themed DLC costumes. No DLC prices for the costumes have been announced yet. Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 24th, 2018.

April 13th, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle English Dub Trailer, Collectors Edition for North America

Arc System Works released a new English dub trailer for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The 3-minute trailer lets you listen to the English voices for Ragna, Jin, Yu, Yosuke, Hyde, Linne, Ruby Rose, and Weiss Schnee. Additionally, the Arksys announced a BBTAG Collectors Edition for North America and detailed everything that's inside.

April 12th, 2018
Soul Calibur 6 Siegfried Trailer, Screens, Artwork & First Storyline Details

Today, Bandai Namco announced Siegfried Schtauffen as a playable character in Soul Calibur VI. This confirms that Nightmare and Siegfried will be different playable characters with unique movesets in the game. Check out Siegfried's reveal trailer, HD screenshots, character artwork, and first storyline details inside! [UPDATE] Higher quality Siegfried artwork added to the article.

April 7th, 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Shermie Screenshots

It's safe to say that most SNK fans are excited to see the return of Shermie in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, especially since it's been a long while since her last appearance. It's time to continue the Shermie hype with 8 official HD screenshots of Shermie in SNK Heroines, added to the previous article. The new batch of screens show off Shermie's default outfit and one of her alternate costumes.

April 6th, 2018
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Releases September 7th, Shermie Confirmed Playable

Nintendo released a new SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy trailer today! The minute-long trailer confirms the return of King of Fighters series veteran Shermie as a playable character, and demonstrates some new gameplay of the stylish female grappler. The release date for the game was also announced! SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy comes to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on September 7th, 2018. The end of the trailer also shows a teaser silhouette image hinting at future character reveals.

April 5th, 2018
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Guile Nameless Soldier Crossover Costume

Capcom revealed a new "Crossover Costume" coming to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Guile will be getting a Nameless Super Soldier costume - based on the main character from the 2D side-scrolling shoot-'em-up game, Forgotten Worlds (1988). Nameless Soldier also appeared in Marvel VS Capcom (1998) as an assist character. To obtain this costume, SFV players must play Extra Battle using Fight Money and complete the weekly challenges for a full month. Check out some official screenshots of Guile's Nameless Soldier costume!

April 5th, 2018
Blue Mary Joins The King of Fighters XIV on April 12th, Reveal Trailer + Official HD Screenshots

Today, SNK announced Blue Mary as the final DLC character coming to The King of Fighters XIV in the upcoming version 3.0 update. The fan-favorite grappling goddess, who first appeared in Fatal Fury 3, returns in KOF XIV with her bone-snapping throws and hard-hitting strikes. Check out Mary's official reveal trailer! This afternoon, Playstation.Blog also posted some official screenshots and commentary by SNK producer Yasuyuki Oda. Blue Mary will join KOF XIV on April 12th alongside Heidern, Oswald, and Najd as DLC.

April 5th, 2018
Tekken 7 "How Did Noctis Join The Fight" Behind The Scenes Video Feat. Katsuhiro Harada & Hajime Tabata

Bandai Namco Europe released a short "behind the scenes" video on how Final Fantasy XV's Noctis became a playable character in TEKKEN 7. Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada and Square Enix's Hajime Tabata appear in the video to talk about how this unexpected collaboration came to be. Harada mentions that ideas of a Final Fantasy and TEKKEN crossover began way back in the PS1 era, and the opportunity to collaborate in 2018 was too good to pass up.

April 4th, 2018
Darkstalkers Costumes & Season 3 Balance Update Now Live for SFV: Arcade Edition

As of Tuesday, April 3rd, three Darkstalkers-inspired costumes are now available in SFV: Arcade Edition for Urien, Juri, and Menat. The Darkstalkers costumes cost $3.99 each and come with 10 color variations. While Urien and Juri's costumes are inspired from well-known playable characters Donovan and Lilith, Menat's costume is based on a more obscure support character for Anakaris known as "Khaibit". Capcom also posted the full patch notes for SFV: Arcade Edition's Season 3 balance update on Capcom Unity.
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