Become an Icon! Icons: Combat Arena is a fast-paced platform fighting game offering players tight controls, powerful special attacks, online multiplayer, and the chance to become an iconic hero. All for free! Available only in North America. Visit our forums for more info.
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Release Date:
Jul 12, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’re building the platform fighter we always wished existed, and we know that getting feedback from the community will help us realize this. We’ve spent years refining Icons: Combat Arena internally and the next step is to fill the queue with competitors. We are focused on expanding the roster and stress-testing the online functionality, which are crucial elements to delivering a competitive class game. We want to make Icons: Combat Arena great and we’d appreciate your help.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Icons will be in Early Access for 8-12 months. During this time, we’ll be adding new characters, troves of new customizable content, and new game modes. We will also be tweaking and tuning the roster and honing the combat and movement on a regular basis. It’s important that we strike a balance that delivers competition-ready gameplay while still being accessible and fun.”

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

“We have a lot of goals for the final version, with our number one priority to make a polished and responsive experience. We plan to have a roster of 10-14 characters by the time we leave Early Access. The game’s combat, character movement and balance will be finely tuned prior to launch. We’ll be adding a few new game modes: 4-player free for all, 2v2 teams, single-player, and entirely new team-based modes not yet seen in a platform fighter.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Icons is free to download and play with seven playable characters and the eighth coming soon. We have five complete stages and hundreds of customizations that include taunts, portraits and even the respawn platform you fly in on.

Best of all is the netcode, which was custom-built to prioritize control of your character and combos, making it feel as good as it does when playing offline. We are taking our time with our netcode to make sure everything is working correctly and expanding out when it is ready, for that reason we will be launching in North America only and adding territories as soon as we can in 2018.”

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

“The core game is and always will be free, which includes several characters and stages. The Pro Account, which gives you access to every character ever released, will increase in price once we leave Early Access.”

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

“The community has already played a huge role in creating Icons, and that will continue through Early Access. The entire Wavedash team comes from a competitive gaming background, especially fighters.

We go to tournaments, we play in the queue, we talk in Discord, and we value our community’s feedback.

Think a stage should play differently? Want to see a different type of character? Have strong opinions on game balance? We want to hear ALL of it. Chat on Discord with our community at

Let's play.”
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August 8

Icons Early Access Patch Notes 8/8/18

  • Removed the non-functional requeue button from the Victory GUI. It remains on the progression screen.
  • HItting a shield now plays a unique sound effect.
  • In Portal Pack unboxing, portals now display a category type in addition to the name of the item earned.
  • Fixing a bug where player progression could become messed up after level 11. This caused the progression bar to not line up well with the actual level progression that was taking place.
  • When going to the purchase screen for a character, the Gallery notifies players that they can try all Icons for free in Training Mode.
  • Fixed a bug where transitioning from air to ground during a chargeable move would transition to the incorrect frame. Notably, this caused Zhurong to be able to achieve a full charge Neutral Special (Phoenix Wing) without fully charging.
  • Fixing an issue with animation duration on Zhurong where they were off by one. Hitbox frame data remains unchanged; this change makes it more likely for hitboxes to line up with player expectation.

Also we've made some changes so players earn more Spectra and we're adding character unlock tokens!
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August 8

More Spectra and Character Unlock Tokens for Icons

We’re pleased with the way things are going in Icons: Combat Arena’s Early Access phase, and today we’ve released an update that tweaks some aspects of the game’s economy and progression systems, including spectra in Portal Packs and guaranteed Character Unlock Tokens. Here’s a full breakdown of the changes:

Portal Packs
  • Spectra (Icons’ in-game currency) will now appear as a drop item in Portal Packs. The amount of spectra per item slot will vary:
    - Common: 25 spectra
    - Uncommon: 50 spectra
    - Legendary: 125 spectra
    - Iconic: 250 spectra
  • Character Unlock Tokens:
    - The Character Unlock Token allows players to unlock a character of their choosing in the gallery for use in all modes.
    - Players will receive a guaranteed Character Unlock Token in the Portal Packs they earn upon reaching Level 2 and Level 15 (one Token per Pack).
    - Note that all characters may be used in Training Mode for testing purposes regardless of account level.
  • Existing players who are already past Level 15 receive 1 free Character Unlock Token.

Level Progression
  • Account level progression now proceeds at a faster rate for all levels.

Additional spectra for Founder’s Pack or Pro Account owners
  • Player accounts that have purchased the Founder’s Pack or the Pro Account receive an additional 200 spectra.

With these new changes, we look forward to seeing you all unlock new characters and kit them out with skins, holograms, and other fun items. As always, we appreciate you giving us your thoughts through the in-game feedback form, and and starting thoughtful discussion on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Discord.
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North America Only

Icons: Combat Arena is only available for download in North America. Please visit our forums for more information on our worldwide release.

About This Game

Icons: Combat Arena is currently only available for download in North America. Please visit our forums for more information!

Designed to be the most responsive and competitive platform fighting game on Steam, Icons: Combat Arena provides a fully supported multiplayer experience, tight controls, intuitive movement, powerful special attacks, and tons of customization, including gorgeous skins, rousing taunts and emotes, holograms, custom player portraits, and more.

Featuring an ever-expanding roster of iconic combatants, each with their own colorful backstory, Icons: Combat Arena is a rich and memorable gaming experience. Our commitment to flawless online play, balanced combat, tournament support and deep competitive gameplay makes Icons the ultimate fighting game.

Whether it’s for fame, fortune, or fun - those entering the arena share one goal: to win the intergalactic League and become an icon of their homeworld.

Key Features:

  • Lightning Fast Gameplay: Movement controls are precise and responsive while unique combinations of mechanics create strategic depth.

  • Flawless Online Play: Best of all is the netcode, which is custom-built to prioritize control of your character and combos, as if playing offline.

  • Iconic Fighters: Some fight for fame, some for fortune, some for the fun of fighting itself, but they all fight for the same reason… to WIN! With seven playable characters at Early Access launch and much more to come, players can explore an endless world of matchups and mechanics.

  • Express Yourself: Want to play a cyberpunk sharpshooter or an elegant swordswoman ninja? Icons features skins, taunts, emotes, player portraits, and other customization items bursting with personality.

  • Free to Play: Icons is free to play and shop items do not affect game balance. Almost all purchasable content can be earned through gameplay.

  • Multiple Game Modes: Finding a worthy opponent is as easy as hooking up local multiplayer, jumping into our online matchmaking system, or browsing custom matches. Additional game modes coming soon: 4-Player Free For All, 2v2 teams, single player modes worthy of speed running, and entirely new team-based modes not yet seen in a platform fighter.
  • Customizable Controls: Icons is compatible with many input devices, including GameCube controller, gamepad, keyboard, or dual shock. Control schemes can be mapped using in-game settings, and input will always feel precise and responsive.
  • Built for Competition: Icons is designed from the ground up for competitive balance, no matter the matchup. There are no combat items or powerups - just a pure test of skill.
  • Esports Ecosystem: Icons developer Wavedash Games will host open-entry online and offline tournaments. Follow us on social media for updates!
  • Designed with Passion: Icons is created by a group of seasoned experts from every era of platform fighting games.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: intel i5 or later
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9800 or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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