Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada took the stage during tonight's Evolution Championship Series event to announce a new game in the works. And as rumored earlier this morning, it's Tekken 7, the next game in the acclaimed fighting game series.
Harada revealed the new trailer in front of a captive audience, revealing that Tekken 7 would indeed be the final chapter in the Tekken saga. And as previously rumored, the trailer confirmed that it would be built with Unreal Engine. More information is promised for San Diego Comic-Con.
Check out the full trailer below.
The summer dry spell continues, as the list of new releases remains pretty slim. The main draw may very well be the reissue of Shantae: Risky's Revenge, the new Abyss Odyssey, and Neil Gaiman's debut gaming venture, Wayward Manor, on PC, but there isn't a whole lot to get excited about beyond that.
Capcom held a panel during Evo 2014 to discuss all things Street Fighter and that included upcombing balance tweaks for the game's existing characters and characters that debuted in Ultra Street Fighter 4.
Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas revealed that the game's Edition Select will soon be available online in unranked modes. This is the feature that allows players to select their favorite version of characters from across the full Street Fighter 4 line, such as 'SF4' Sagat and 'Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition' Yun.
Those looking to better train their fighters can also utilize the 'delayed standing' option to Training mode, to help prepare them for human players that take advantage of delayed wakeup tactics.
Rosas also acknowledged that the initial character balance process for Ultra Street FIghter 4 was fully done through fan feedback, with over 24,000 comments collected from players worldwide. He added that it was the first time a Street Fighter game was influenced by feedback from Western nations, with a balance team specifically assembled to collect feedback from North and South America and Europe. With that in mind, he also acknowledged that balance work isn't finished yet, citing issues with Yun, Seth, and DeeJay, in particular.
The panel also discussed what's happening with the Capcom Pro Tour, refining what was originally created a year ago at this same Evo event. The goals include increasing the production of live streams, increasing prize pools, and spreading through the course of the entire calendar year. All of the official events will, of course, lead to the annual Capcom Cup.
There is no current date for when the next set of USF4 changes will be ready, but they are expected to come soon.
Ed Boon took the stage at this year's Evo, following the Injustice: Gods Among Us finals, to reveal the latest character for Mortal Kombat X. And it's a returning familiar face, because Raiden is back and ready to bring the thunder once more!
Raiden's familiar moves are all in place, including his lightning traps and teleports. The gameplay video that debuted in front of a captive Evo audience also showed off some of Raiden's different play styles. ANd of course, there was a new Fatality on display, as Raiden grabbed his opponent's head and shocked it until his eyeballs literally popped out of his head. He then ripped the head off its shoulders, tossed it in the air, and blew it up with a lightning shot.
Check out the shocking gameplay below!
The anime-riffic fighting game, Skullgirls Encore, will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita and will bring along with it some new characters. Developers Lab Zero Games and Autumn Games held a panel at this year's Evo Championship Series event and discussed the upcoming new versions of the game, while also revealing some additional plans for the future. Prior to the panel, Lab Zero had been passing out cards near their booth, noting that the game would make the formal jump to Sony's remaining platforms and introduce some new fighters, with the Egyptian warrior queen Eliza prominently mentioned.
Eliza was the first DLC character voted on by crowdsourcers during the game's initial Indiegogo campaign. Her specials are all Egyptian themed, including several that see her skeletal form emerge from her sarcophagus to perform a series of hits. This form is also used to perform the character's special, which launches the opponent into the air for a punishing combo. The character is currently awaiting a voice actress, since she will utilize more than one voice. Once her dialogue is recorded, Eliza should be good to go.
The next two characters on the docket are Beowulf and Robo-Fortune, with Lab Zero noting that animation on those characters will begin shortly after Evo. The former will utilize pro wrestling-themed moves, including literal Sweet Chin Music and chair smashes. The latter will be a robotic version of the existing Ms. Fortune, utilizing some of that character's move and adding in some of her own, like a robo-tail whip and bazooka cannon shots. In fact, the android can come apart and reassemble herself as part of her move set, even going so far as to self-destruct on top of opponents for massive damage. The developer did point out that these moves are currently in the concept stage and are subject to change before release.
The team also illustrated some bugs currently plaguing the game, including some pesky infinites, before stating that these issues would be fixed with the game's next patch. That patch will deployed soon. No release date has been given for Skullgirls Encore on PS4 or Vita, but those version are also expected to release soon.
With summer in full swing, Chatty is catching up with some of the best games from recent weeks. That includes Divinity: Original Sin, which Sapiens is happily running through on the recommendation of fellow Chatty posters. I'm also tossing in the opening minutes of The Wolf Among Us, which offers but a mere taste of the final episode, in case you need some motivation to catch up with Telltale's story. And wtf242 continues his efforts to master the game of Hearthstone, showing improvement with each passing day.
Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of July 12, 2014.
Warning: Some clips may contain NSFW language.
Telltale wrapped up its adaptation of Bill Willingham's Fables universe and it was quite wonderful. And episode five only clinched the story's brilliance, so I took it upon myself to take a look at the final episode's opening minutes. They not only recap the story (though it's my own personal story. Your choices will vary), but also give a glimpse into what's to come in the game's climactic confrontation. It should serve as a good motivator to get stragglers jumping in, because this story is not to be missed.
No game has quite captured Chatty's imagination in recent months quite like Divinity: Original Sin. The old-school RPG from Larian Games is harkening back to what everyone loves about classic RPGs of a bygone era, but also doing more than enough to stand out as a great modern RPG, as well. Sapiens offers a nice look at one small example of what makes the game a blast, as you can watch him stack some barrels.
Hearthstone is an easy game to learn, but incredibly difficult to master and perhaps nobody knows that more than Chatty's wtf242, who has been among the most vocal posters in regards to how to get better at the game. He's taken a lot of people's advice to heart and has gradually started to improve his game. So we're featuring one of his ranked matches, as he takes Malfurion the Druid out for a spin and finds himself in a very close match. And anyone that has participated in these kinds of matches knows that he can only get better from here.
For more highlights and live streams, check out the full list of Shacknews Twitch channels.
We're deep in the summer doldrums now, but there's still a lot to get excited about if you're looking to fill up your PC backlog. There are a number of great games to check out and a lot of them are going for pretty cheap. So be sure to check out Goat Simulator on Steam, the full Civilization V pack on Amazon, the Sega sale on Get Games, the 2K bundle on Humble Bundle, and a whole lot more.
Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:
Pay $4.99 for Magicka and all of its 21 DLC packs. They activate on Steam.
Or pay $3.99 for Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword, Project Aftermath, Explodemon, Velocity Ultra, Electronic Super Joy: Groove City, Influx, Imperial Glory, and Praetorians. All activate on Steam.
Or pay $3.99 for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Alien Rage: Unlimited, Disciples III: Reincarnation, Deadly 30, Fearless Fantasy, Muffin Knight, Street Racing Syndicate, I Am Vegend - Zombiegeddon, Iron Grip: Warlord and the Scorched Earth DLC. All activate on Steam.
Use the code JUL20OFF to get 20% off purchases over $9.99. If you're across the pond, use UKMAY20OFF.
Use the code EEKC1D-0FTUGV-M8G5ZN to get 20% off a minimum purchase of $10.
Pay what you want for BioShock, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and Darksiders II. Pay more than the average $7.81 to also get BioShock 2, Mafia II, and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more to also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. All games work with Steam.
Or pay what you want for Windforge, Stacking, ReignMaker, Paranautical Activity (Early Access), and a Strife closed beta key. Pay $6 or more to get Darkout, Signs of Life (Early Access), and 30-Day premium access to Curse. Pay $10 or more to also get Lifeless Planet and Edge of Space (Early Access). Most games work on Steam.
Pay $2.99 for Chronology, Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call, The Book of Legends, Guns n Zombies, Quest of Dungeons, and Jones on Fire. Pay $6 or more for a bonus soundtrack. All of these games work on Steam, except Jones on Fire.
As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.
Iron Galaxy hosted a Killer Instinct panel during Evo 2014 and have revealed the newest character for Killer Instinct: Season 2. It's the fierce warrior Maya, making her return from the Nintendo 64 KI sequel.
Maya's moves include dagger throws, with her weapons able to level up as the match progresses. If her daggers are powered-up all the way, they will home in on opponents and become unblockable. However, there's a risk-reward element to Maya's weapons, as missing with these weapons can make her weaker. Along with Maya came a new stage called CIty of Dawn, set in Maya's Incan homelands.
Iron Galaxy added that Season 2 will feature eight more characters, including some all-new ones. They'll also add a new ladder system, which will revamp the game's current multiplayer ranking system. New stage interactions, dubbed "Stage Ultras" are also being added to help give players new ways to finish their opponents.
There were more topics beyond the new character discussed during the Evo panel. One of them was the 'Jail' system, which will be refined over the coming weeks. Iron Galaxy acknowledged that a fan poll stood in favor of the game's current system, so it will remain in place until the studio can find a solution to the disconnection issues surrounding it. Iron Galaxy's Dave Lang stated that 'Jail' stats would be reset soon, giving current jail-ees a second chance, and that new fixes will be implemented to better track rage quitters or serial cord-pullers. There is no timetable in place to deploy the revamped 'Jail' system.
Iron Galaxy also noted that they would be working with previous characters (Fulgore was specifically named) in order to help make them more accessible to newer players. They'll be looking to add to the combo system, too, revealing 'Air Counter Breakers' to give players at the wrong end of juggles a chance to break the neverending chain.
This is far from the end, of course. In fact, Microsoft's Ken Lobb said during the panel that he envisions Killer Instinct lasting a full generation, with new content (modes, characters, etc.) gradually being added over the course of many years.
A trailer is forthcoming and we will have it ready once it's made available.
Remember when that guy in the movie Robocop said, "I'd buy that for a dollar"? Well, apparently, that's what Sony wants you to do, as the company recently launched a special Flash Sale for a number of its titles, good through the weekend. These include a mixture of new titles, as well as some older favorites for PS1 and PS2, all ready for the download.
Games like Worms Revolution, Double Dragon Neon, Papo & Yo, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, and Dyad can be yours for a buck apiece, along with various classics, including the Syphon Filter games for PS1, Virtua Fighter 2, Toe Jam & Earl (seriously, buy that), Legend of Dragoon, and the first two Wild Arms games.
The sale only lasts a limited time, so head on over and buy to your heart's content. You can see all the deals here.
Shacknews is ringing in our shiny new redesign with a new Chattycast. This week, we talk about games with emotional punch, critically panned games that we enjoyed, good games that we soured on through no fault of their own, and our biggest recent surprises. Plus, we have a brand new sparkling design! The button has been pressed!
As always, thanks to the Chatty members who contributed this week's topics: LoioshDwaggie, Rauol Duke, dael, and Nerdsbeware.