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Capcom Changes Street Fighter V Thailand Stage Because of “Unintentional Religious References”

Capcom has tweaked its recently-released Thailand stage for Street Fighter V after the company was forced to pull the stage from sale after discovering what it says was “unintentional religious references,” pertaining to the stage’s background music, which featured what sounded like Islamic chanting. Capcom has said in a statement: It has come to our attention that part of the background music track used in the DLC Thailand Temple Hideout Stage, released on April 25, 2017, contains unintentional religious references. Capcom has therefore immediately ceased distribution of this DLC and, as a temporary measure, will be performing an emergency server maintenance update in the very near future to remove this track by replacing it with existing music from another stage. The Street Fighter 5 development and operations team, as well as all of us at Capcom, have nothing but the utmost respect for all faiths and religions around the world, and we would like to sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by this content. Following a sudden server maintenance, the tweaked Thailand stage was returned to the PS Store and other digital marketplaces now featuring a different background track, namely M. Bison’s Street Fighter V theme. READ FULL STORY…


Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Wants Even Newbies To Have A Blast

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is real, and we’ve played it. Advertisement The fourth (or sixth, depending how you’re counting) iteration of the Capcom-Marvel crossover comes at an opportune moment, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the zenith of its popularity, and with Capcom needing a hit after the highly criticized launch of Street Fighter V. This week, Capcom unveiled some of the new characters coming to the game, which will launch on September 19. Today, we can talk about the hands-on experience we had at Capcom’s office earlier this month. Capcom’s silence on the game since its reveal at PlayStation Experience in December was worrying to the fighting game community in the wake of Street Fighter V, which released with a lack of content outside simple online matches and server issues that stymied what it did offer. It was an inhospitable environment for any player that didn’t want to immediately jump into the hyper-competitive online world. What we played of Infinite was promising, and perhaps indicates a change of direction for a developer that’s fumbled with other major releases. During our meeting, producers Mike Evans and Peter Rosas (a former tournament-level READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Capcom Announces New Street Fighter V DLC and Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Premier Pass

This year’s Capcom Pro Tour is already well underway with over half a dozen tournaments under the tour already concluded and it looks like Capcom has more in store for both fans of the CPT and Street Fighter V with the announcement of new CPT-themed DLC as well as a CPT 2017 Premier Pass. According to the announcement, Capcom will be releasing several Capcom Pro Tour-themed content for Street Fighter V including Capcom Cup Collection costumes for Ryu and Ken, a Champion’s Choice costume, and a new Capcom Pro Tour Stage. The company has already revealed what the Capcom Cup Collection costumes for Ryu and Ken look and will unveil the rest of the DLC at a later date. The company also announced the Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Premier Pass, which is basically a season pass for all CPT 2017 DLC. The Premiere Pass will include all the aforementioned CPT-themed DLC and will also include two titles, PS4-exclusive one CPT-themed color for all 28 characters, and monthly in-game targets that reward Fight Money. According to Capcom, 80% of the proceeds from the CPT-themed DLC and the CPT 2017 Premier Pass will go to support the Capcom Pro Tour and READ…


Street Fighter V's Got Some Fierce New Costumes

Yesterday, Capcom revealed some new costumes for Street Fighter V. On April 25th, you’ll be able to dress up Alex, R. Mika and Chun-Li for work. I sat down with Compete’s Maddy Myers, the ultimate Street Fighter fangirl, to talk about what works and what doesn’t. Advertisement Gita Jackson: Let’s start by talking about Alex’s firefighter costume—Maddy, you wanna give me some background on Alex as a character? Maddy Myers: Yeah! So Alex is one of the American characters in Street Fighter. Every fighter is from a different country and usually represents that country’s style in terms of how they dress and behave (all the predictable complications can arise with that). Alex is from Manhattan; one of his old voice lines refers to Brooklyn street fights, so we can assume he spends some time around there. His past looks have usually featured suspenders and flannel, which might not be out of place in modern-day Brooklyn. More importantly, Alex is a character who has long been rumored to be gay. Since he wears suspenders a lot (a classic queer dude signifier!), fans have read into that. He’s also a READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Street Fighter V Players Are Divided Over R. Mika’s Unusually Powerful Dash

R. Mika is a strong Street Fighter V character, maybe one of the best in the game. Despite receiving numerous adjustments by the developers in a recent patch, she continues to make her mark on the competitive landscape thanks to players like Du “NuckleDu” Dang and Keita “Fuudo” Ai. But a recent discovery adds yet another trick to her repertoire, one that has the fighting game community buzzing. Advertisement While it isn’t quite clear how long this trick has been known, it’s apparently existed since the game released last February, but only recently gained notoriety thanks to a Japanese player known as WORLD_COMBO. In a brief Twitter video posted on April 12, they highlighted Mika’s ability to pass through attacks with her forward dash, which is far from typical. It wasn’t long before Street Fighter V scientist (and possible robot) TOOLASSISTED joined the case, using third-party software to make the game’s hitboxes visible and figure out what was going on. This is where things get a little technical, so apologies in advance. Advertisement In order to detect scenarios in which characters give or receive damage, video games use hitboxes, or designated areas around character models that make them “exist” in…

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Street Fighter Pro Calls Himself the 'Alpha' of Teabagging

GIF PG Punk, playing as Karin at left, uses the teabag taunt to intimidate and confuse his opponents (gif via YouTube) Victor “PG Punk” Woodley took first place in Street Fighter V last Sunday night at the NorCal Regionals. Between that and his first place finish at West Coast Warzone the week prior, he’s all but guaranteed himself a top slot in the 2017 Capcom Cup. But the main reason why Punk’s become the talk of the town is that he keeps teabagging his opponents. Advertisement Teabagging is nothing new in competitive gaming. Fans of shooters like Counter-Strike have been taunting one another this way since the early 2000s. If you don’t know, teabagging involves positioning your character’s crotch over the knocked-out body of your opponent to simulate an act of sexual aggression. It may well be the grossest taunt anyone can perform, and it’s a trend that just won’t die. If a game has a crouch button, players can use it to teabag. Teabagging is a relatively new trend in fighting games, thanks in part to high-profile players like Punk using the move at several tournaments this year. This past READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Street Fighter V Getting Remastered Thailand Stage and School Costumes

Capcom has announced that a remastered version of its iconic Thailand stage is making its way to Street Fighter V alongside new costumes. “The Thailand Stage is where we all first met M. Bison, the evil dictator and head of Shadaloo, in Street Fighter II,” wrote the developer. “The stage’s intricate bell and statues have been carefully recreated in SFV with great detail, as well as the stage’s memorable theme.” The stage will be available on April 25 for $3.99 / ¥400 / €3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money. Players will also be able to grab premium school costumes for Ryu, Chun-Li and Juri on the same day. You can check out images and descriptions of each below. “Ryu’s costume is based on a stereotypical Japanese Bancho (student gang leader) with direct input from a team member who actually used to wear clothes like this when he was younger. The lining on his coat depicts a faceoff between a Dragon and a Tiger.” “Keeping with the atmosphere of her origin, Chun-Li’s costume represents her as an Honor Roll student. She only has the highest standards for herself and always aims to be the top of her class.” “As READ FULL STORY AT…


Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers drops on the Nintendo Switch on the 26th of May

I (Robin Ek, TGG) got some good news to share with all you “Street Fighter” fans and Switch users out there, because I was just informed by Nintendo Sweden that “Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” is set for a release to the Nintendo Switch on the 26th of May: “Take on new challenges anytime, anywhere when Ultra Street… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Take A Moment To Remember One Of The Best April Fools' Gaming Hoaxes Of All Time

It was 1992 and print was still alive and well with most people relying on monthly magazines for their gaming info. As a result, a joke about a secret Street Fighter character called Sheng Long spread world wide. 25 years later, it’s time we poured one out for all those tortured souls who went looking for him in vain. Advertisement It all started thanks to a translation error when the Street Fighter II arcade game arrived stateside. One of Ryu’s quotes upon defeating an opponent was put in the game as “You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance” instead of “If you cannot overcome the Rising Dragon Punch, you cannot win!” The statement in its incorrect form suggested a mysterious character not mentioned anywhere else in the game or its supplemental marketing materials. It was enough to encourage the writers at Electronic Gaming Monthly to make-up an elaborate story about how players could encounter the mysterious Sheng Long. In the April Fools’ issue, the magazine claimed that if a player went through the game’s arcade mode as Ryu without taking any damage several times in a row, Sheng Long READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Blind Player Racks Up A Win At His First Street Fighter V Tournament

Competing in a Street Fighter tournament is hard, especially if you’re blind. Advertisement But that didn’t stop a Dutch player by the name of “Sven” from managing to take a few sets off his opponents in the early rounds of Spain’s Sonic Boom tournament for Street Fighter V. Playing as Ken, Sven faced Musashi’s Akuma in a best-of-three series that saw the traveler from the Netherlands come out on top. In each match, Sven used Ken’s aggressive style to keep closing the distance and pummel Musashi. When both fighters are right on top of one another, vision matters less than a keen instinct for timing and unleashing counter-combos. In an interview after the match, Sven explained that he went blind around the age of five due to cancer. “I was afraid that I was not able to play computer games anymore because I was blind, but then Capcom released Street Fighter II on the SNES and I was so happy I was able to play the game just by the sound,” he said. Advertisement He’s been playing different entries in the series ever since, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Street Fighter V's Most Heated Rivalry Intensified Last Night

Wolfkrone walks out partway through the post-match segment with his opponent K-Brad. There’s nothing fake about the rivalry between Street Fighter V pros Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley and Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot, but last night, Eleague gave the pair a chance to play it up for the cameras. It’s not exactly a years-long feud, but it’s already a popular one. The first notable stand-off between the pair happened last January at Frosty Faustings IX, where Wolfkrone beat K-Brad. After that, the two kept the rivalry hot with some online trash-talk, leading up to an epic match at Final Round 20. K-Brad won 2-0 and got right in Wolfkrone’s face afterwards. Advertisement At the time, Wolfkrone accepted his defeat with grace. Or so it appeared. He sat there and took it while K-Brad stared him down, not appearing to respond or engage and playing the role of not-at-all-sore loser. K-Brad faces down Wolfkrone after defeating him at Final Round 20. That was only a few weeks ago. Eleague’s SFV competition, which kicked off this week, has chosen to play up the rivalry between the pair. Eleague got lucky, in some ways, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


TBS's Eleague Takes the Life Out of Fighting Games

In his match against Marn, Punk went for a teabag taunt as Karin. That’s about as intense as things got. The third season of TBS’ esports tournament is the first to feature a fighting game. Judging by yesterday’s premiere online broadcast, which will lead into televised episodes, it’s got problems. So far, it’s too quiet, too subdued, and too weirdly structured to work well as a fighting game event. Advertisement The first two seasons of Eleague featured the first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. They’re doing Street Fighter V this year. This new season revolves around a Street Fighter V competition featuring famous pros (such as Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong), celebrity picks who probably won’t win the whole thing but will be fan favorites (such as Street Fighter veterans like Alex Valle and Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, both now better known as commentators rather than active players), and players who are a mix of both charismatic fighting scene celebrity and actual SF chops (like Ricki Ortiz and Xian). It’s an invitational tournament, and the final rounds will be broadcast on television, so it makes sense that Eleague would want to choose players READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Major Street Fighter V Capcom Fighters Network Update Incoming

Capcom has announced, on its Capcom Unity blog, that it will soon be bringing a long-promised major update to its Capcom Fighters Network system for Street Fighter V. The announcement states that the update will bring a slew of improvements to the Street Fighter V’s online experience, something that has been one of the most criticized aspects of the game. According to the announcement, one of the first changes that will come with the update is an improved Rage Quit Penalty System. Special icons that show whether a player is an “honorable” opponent or is notorious for rage quitting will now correctly appear. The updated system will now also take into account one’s online behavior including frequent disconnections to match players accordingly. The update will also greatly reduce the time it takes to find an online match as well as the loading times for entering Ranked and Casual matches. Matchmaking has also been improved so that same players won’t be matched with each other repeatedly. Several quality of life improvements will also be introduced with the new update including training mode user settings now being saved, properly displayed country flags in the Battle Lounge, country or league based ranking READ…

Street Fighter V Getting a Balance Patch for Season 2 Update in Late April