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OMG OMG OMG. Capcom has typically taken way too long to move to the next numbered iteration of Street Fighter, but we are now getting our first look at Street Fighter V. Finally. Yes, Street Fighter 5!
The teaser trailer was leaked and subsequently pulled several times yesterday from various video streaming sites. Now, I guess Capcom is a-okay with the news, because the teaser trailer is once again up on YouTube for everyone to see. A couple of key takeaways here is that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PS4 and PC with no apparent love for the Xbox One. Here’s the Street Fighter V teaser trailer in case you missed it.
Some people have said the PS4 exclusivity deal could be a timed thing and that SFV will eventually port to Microsoft’s console. Other people are saying this is a sign that Sony is in the process of buying Capcom. Take that for what it’s worth. It’s cool how this teaser trailer pays homage to the FGC, recognizing just how important all of us are to the success of franchises like Street Fighter.
Earlier today, another trailer was released, this time with full “real” gameplay involving Ryu and Chun-Li. The visuals strike me as a highly updated version of Street Fighter EX or maybe with a dash of Street Fighter X Tekken. It’s even more realistic and the trailer shows all sorts of effects. We could already be reading a little too much into this, but it seems like storyline-wise, Street Fighter V will take place some time after SF2/SF4 and before Street Fighter III.
You’ll notice that both Chun and Ryu have gained some of their Street Fighter III moves, for instance, most notably the Denjin Hadouken performed by Ryu, complete with all the electric effects he probably learned from Gouken.
I haven’t had nearly enough time lately to mess around with Decapre in USFIV and the Omega Edition of Street Fighter IV should be available pretty soon. We probably shouldn’t expect Street Fighter V to launch next year, so the hope is that it’ll be ready in time for EVO 2016.
Hype, guys and gals. HYPE!
UPDATE: The Verge is reporting that Street Fighter V will support cross-platform play too. This means that PS4 players can play online against PC players and vice versa! Awesomesauce!
Well, this is both a huge surprise and no surprise at all. Namco Bandai has announced it is making a new fighting game called Pokken Tournament and it’ll feature different Pokemon battling it out in a Tekken-style 3D fashion.
It looks like Namco Bandai is leveraging its experience with developing the upcoming Smash Bros. games to spin off this new title. Harada-san is saying Pokken Tournament will not have the high/mid/low mixup game of Tekken, but will have its own mechanic. I imagine it’ll be like Smash, but on a smaller stage and more focused attacks (but no focus attacks). Harada has also indicated that fans of the Pokemon trainers shouldn’t be worried either.
The trailer has Lucario and Machamp, both humanoid style, fighting type Pokemon, but they’re saying the game won’t be limited to that kind of Pokemon. Again, given the connection to Smash Bros, porting Pikachu, Jigglypuff and other pocket monsters seems like a no brainer. I’m calling dibs on Snorlax now.
It’s aimed more at the casual crowd, but I can see the FGC jumping all over Pokken Tournament too. Unfortunately, they’ve only announced plans to release it in Japanese arcades next year. With enough hype, Namco will have no choice but to port to consoles too, right? Let’s just hope this project doesn’t divert too many resources away from Tekken X Street Fighter.
At E3 2014 in Los Angeles last week, NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon dropped the bomb on us with the unveiling of Mortal Kombat X. Given the commercial success of Mortal Kombat 9, it’s not exactly a surprise that they’re back for another installment in this ultra-gory fighting game and this new version is looking pretty sweet. The multiple versions of each fighter can make for some interesting matchups and the stamina meter adds a new dynamic. The fatalities are looking pretty badass too.
We’ve already got new characters — D’Vorah strangely reminds me of Killer Instinct’s Sadira, Ferra/Torr is pretty the same as Master Blaster from Mad Max, and Kotal Kahn looks like he belongs in War Gods for the N64 — but there are still plenty of roster spots still open.
Sub-Zero and Scorpion are back, of course, but what other old kombatants are going to return? We have Cassie Cage, daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, so does that mean mommy and daddy are present or absent? What about the whole cyber-ninja thing with Sektor and Cyrax? Or some four-armed madness with Kintaro and Goro? Well, SRK has put together a poll for our wishlist of Mortal Kombat X characters.
As of this writing, with just under 4000 votes cast so far, the most popular choices include Ermac, Frost, Fujin, Noob Saibot, Reptile, Smoke and my man Kenshi. Who do you want to see?
In the meantime, here’s a video compilation with a bunch of fatalities and X-ray moves, followed by a gameplay demo from E3. Mortal Kombat X runs on Unreal Engine 3 and will launch on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One some time next year.