Tough Love Arena is an indie fighting game with 6 unique, fun, and interesting characters and silky-smooth rollback netcode.
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Positive (22) - 95% of the 22 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 5, 2022

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Why Early Access?

“Tough Love Arena is an indie fighting game being developed by two people. We launched the website version as a public beta in Early 2021, and have been adding features and new animation ever since.

Tough Love Arena is already a functioning and popular fighting game with appearances at both offline and online tournaments and events through the USA. We have a core cast of characters shaped by years of play-testing and tournament results. Our online features and network are on par with AAA titles in the genre. However, despite all these accomplishments, the game isn't quite complete yet. Some animation is still in a rough draft-like state that's playable, but not up to our standards. The multiplayer scene is healthy and strong, but we don't have much in the way of single player content. This is why we are Early Access - we've got the important stuff done first, and now we just need to fill in a few gaps.

As we continue to polish the game balance and ramp out new features, we are eager to hear feedback from Steam users! What things work well, what's surprising, what's missing. And as a game originally based in the browser, we know the transition to an offline desktop application will have a few bumps in the road. Please join us on the journey and help shape the future of the game!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Given our current rate of production, Tough Love Arena should be out of early access by the end of 2022.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Tough Love Arena will leave Early Access once we have finished the following:

- Single player "Arcade Mode"
- Expanding the tutorials and combo trials
- Polishing animation for Onion and Garlic
- Polishing background art”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Tough Love Arena has many of the standard features of a modern fighting game:

- Local multiplayer versus
- Online ranked, casual, and lobbies with rollback netcode
- Training mode with frame data, hitbox display, and recording features
- Tutorials for basics, system mechanics, and individual characters
- Combo trials
- Replays you can share with just a URL
- Limited mod support (work in progress)”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Price will not change when we leave early access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Tough Love Arena currently updates several times a week. We have an official Discord where fans report bugs and request features, many of which we end up incorporating. We host a "State of the Game" development update once a month, where people can talk directly to the dev team during Q&A.

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About This Game

Tough Love Arena is a web-based indie fighting game with 6 unique, fun, and interesting characters and silky-smooth rollback netcode.

Tough Love Arena is designed for beginners, with simple inputs, straightforward options, and strong defense. However, we made sure to have something for the experienced fighting game player as well! You will find that despite the generous input buffer, there are still difficult combos to master and a very flexible meter system.

You can play Tough Love Arena in your web browser on the official site for free! However, the Steam version has a few advantages:

- All event skins and boss characters unlocked
- Works without an active internet connection
- Loads much faster
- Steam-exclusive skins (coming soon)

We want to make it clear that Tough Love Arena is front and foremost a free game that remains accessible to all. Fans of this game should feel no pressure to buy the Steam version if they do not wish to. However, if you want to support the developers and get a few exclusive extras, please considering buying this game.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel UHD 630
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: 10.15
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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