Looking ahead to 2015 – Six Fighters Enter the Ring

So now we move into the Fighting Games category. In addition to the rampant success of Capcom’s Street Fighter IV series and Injustice among others in the past, a few more contenders are entering the ring along with a few old favorites to mix things up in the coming year.

As before, this isn’t a comprehensive listing — just a sample of what we could expect to see in the year ahead — so odds are pretty good that I missed something here. As always, don’t hesitate to add in a few that you think deserve mention in the comments below!

Much of the information was gleaned from publicly available sources and the estimates are still pretty rough for a few of these with better release dates likely to become more available later.

So without further ado, let’s get it on.


Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – Team Ninja (PS3, PS4, Windows, X360, XBO)
http://teamninja-studio.com/doa5/lastround/us/
February 17, 2015

What is it?
This is apparently the “final” Dead or Alive entry in the Dead or Alive 5 series, its version of Ultra Street Fighter IV. Two new characters along with thirty four fighters, plenty of costumes and stages, and an option to play a “core” version for free with the option to purchase pieces of the game to add onto it for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Or you can just buy the retail version which has everything. One unusual notice for the PC version is that the online portion will also be patched in at a later date a few months after release.


Dragonball Xenoverse – Dimps (PS3, PS4, Windows, X360, XBO)
http://www.dragonballxenoverse.com/en/
February 17, 2015

What is it?
The latest fighting game based on the popular Dragon Ball series by the studio that had also worked with Capcom in creating the phenomenal Street Fighter IV. It features an all-new story featuring destructible environments and a massive roster of famous locales and characters including the ability to roll your own. Players will even be able to play co-op together and take on special missions as they battle to save history from mysterious, time warping forces.


Mortal Kombat X – NetherRealm Studios (PS3, PS4, Windows, X360, XBO)
https://www.mortalkombat.com/
April 14, 2015

What is it?
The next chapter in the Mortal Kombat fighting saga will feature a few new features building on the work done with Injustice such as interactive environments. Fighters will also be able to pick from fighting variants for each of their favorite characters allowing even more options to be used. For example, Sub-Zero can become a “Cryomancer” allowing him to use the ability to summon ice weapons. As for the story, for those that care about it, there’s not a lot about it yet aside from taking place after the events in MK9 and may even feature an aged look for a few lucky returning faces.


Pokken Tournament – Bandai Namco Games/The Pokemon Company (Arcade)
http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokken/
TBA 2015

What is it?
Okay, I added this here because the idea was just so wild I needed to say something about it. Apparently a Japan-only exclusive for their arcade scene, it’s exactly what it sounds like: Pokemon battling it out in a Tekken-like fighting game. Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken) has said that the game is aimed at both casual and hardcore Pokemon fans and doesn’t actually use Tekken’s fighting engine. Instead, it’s using something new focusing more on action than techniques.


Rivals of Aether – Dan Fornace (PC, XBO)
http://rivalsofaether.com/
TBA 2015

What is it?
A fantasy fighting game inspired by Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series and designed by Dan Fornace who worked on the new Killer Instinct for the XBO as well as the free-to-download, Super Smash Land. In his newest project as an indie, each fighter represents one of the four elements and wield powers that can help shape the battlefield. 8-bit pixel art, a co-op mode against waves of bad guys, and stories behind each character sound like it could be a winning combo with a tentative release sometime in 2015.


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late – French Bread/Arc System Works (PS3)
http://aksysgames.com/undernight/
February 24, 2015

What is it?
The Western release of the Japan-only arcade and PS3 fighting game. This is a 2D animated title featuring fourteen gameplay modes and sixteen characters all animated with visuals reminiscent of other battlers such as Guilty Gear, Persona 4 Arena, or Blazblue. Could be a fun treat for fighting fanatics who are still hanging onto their PS3s.

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