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What’s going to be the first true large-scale next gen fighting game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?

The next generation of gaming consoles have technically been available for over two months now, even though no one can find a PlayStation5 or Xbox Series X, which means the next age of fighting games will soon be upon us …

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The next generation of gaming consoles have technically been available for over two months now, even though no one can find a PlayStation5 or Xbox Series X, which means the next age of fighting games will soon be upon us.

Problem is, it doesn’t look like there have been any big next gen-only fighters announced yet, but we can probably figure out who the most likely candidates for the first step into the new frontier are.

Before going any further, we do need to point out that yes, Guilty Gear Strive is currently in development for the PS5, but it’s also a cross-generation title on PS4. It doesn’t really fit the criteria of the subject today.

There’s also Coreupt that is a next-gen fighter. The game is also being created by a very small team who don’t have the resources needed to create something on the level of Street Fighter or Tekken.

Two upcoming games are still up in the air with where they’re going to land release-wise. The King of Fighters 15 and Dungeon Fighter Duel currently do not have platforms announced, but I’d wager big money that they’ll both end up cross-generation as well.

Let’s start breaking things down by the big publishers / developers still in the game and what they’re most likely to launch next.

Last game released: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Though it hasn’t been publicly announced, we do know that Street Fighter 6 is currently in development due to the massive hack Capcom got hit by last year.

They could certainly unveil it to the world next month during the Capcom Pro Tour 2020 Season Final event, but even then, SF6 almost assuredly won’t release until 2022 at the earliest.

Street Fighter 5 is rapidly approaching its fifth anniversary since launch. Many video game sequels enter at least pre-production a short time after the current release, so in theory, Street Fighter 6 has been gestating for three or four years.

What can throw that timeline way off course, however, are the rumors the project was facing internal turmoil after getting a poor reception from play testers.

The former head of Capcom’s fighting game division, Yoshinori Ono, announced he was leaving the company after 27 years only a few days later.

A move like that could put a big question mark on when it’ll see the light of day, but one sign that points to SF6 being sooner rather than later is the fact that Street Fighter 5 wasn’t originally planned to receive a fifth season of content before COVID-19 hit.

Despite all of the unknowns, Street Fighter 6 is still one of the best candidates to make it out the door first.

Last game released: Soul Calibur 6

Bandai Namco also have a strong case for beating their competition to the punch considering Tekken 7 first hit arcades back in 2015.

Their flagship fighter is still seeing support right now, but Season 4 is by far the smallest one yet with only two characters in total — the first of which is already out.

This suggests that a large portion of their development team are almost entirely focused on the their next big project.

Dragon Ball FighterZ and Soul Calibur 6 were also big hits for Bamco this past generation though they’re unlikely to receive sequels at the moment for different reasons.

The Tekken team’s new game is probably similarly far along as Street Fighter 6 if not farther though we don’t know what it’s going to be.

Last game released: Mortal Kombat 11

Considering they just released PS5 and XSX versions of Mortal Kombat 11, the game is probably going to be their primary push for the time being.

Ed Boon previously said they were going to support MK11 longer than any of their previous games which means it still has another year in the tank in all likelihood.

Last game released: Granblue Fantasy: Versus (developed), Guilty Gear Strive and DNF Duel upcoming

We don’t know how many fighting game teams ArcSys has now, but they do appear to be stretched thin already with most of their work focusing on Guilty Gear until it releases in April.

DNF Duel is an option as mentioned above though it’s hard to imagine the companies not trying to maximize their playerbase as much as they can with the PS4 at least.

Last game released: Dead or Alive 6

Nope.

Last game released: Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct has had the longest gap in between releases of the major publishers here since the base game released in 2013.

That doesn’t mean much though when the game never seemed to be a big priority to Microsoft, and probably even less so now after picking up massive studios like Bethesda and Obsidian.

Iron Galaxy have also claimed that their next game is not Killer Instinct.

Last game released: Project L (upcoming)

Project L was first revealed as a League of Legends fighting game back at EVO 2019, but Riot hasn’t shown off the game since.

Considering they were still hiring for important development roles well into last year, the wait to see more is probably going to go on for quite some time.

Last game released: Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Sega did tease something regarding Virtua Fighter during the Tokyo Game Show last year, but we still don’t know if it’s a brand new project in the works or something else.

The company hasn’t shown too much interest in the first major 3D fighting game franchise for nearly a decade now though outside of making the games playable inside of Yakuza titles or putting VF characters in other games

Last game released: Samurai Shodown, King of Fighters 15 upcoming

The King of Fighters 15 is still a big question mark, but similarly to ArcSys, SNK probably needs to tap into the PS4 and Xbox One again unless they get a big exclusivity deal going on.

That’s all of the major players who seem to be in rotation at this point, so what do you think? Who is going to show us what a next gen fighting game looks like?

Personally if I were a betting man, Street Fighter 6 and Tekken should be the furthest along despite that we’ll still be waiting a year or two before we can actually play them.

The real answer here is Konami comes out of nowhere and revives Bloody Roar for the hell of it.

Last game released: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Source: https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2021/jan/29/next-gen-fighting-game-first/

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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Release Date, Trailer, News, and More

Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl is a Super Smash Bros. clone bringing all of your favorite Nickelodeon characters together to fight it out. Here’s what we know.

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Ever wonder which one of your favorite Nickelodeon characters would come out on top in a fight? Nickelodeon just announced a new Super Smash Bros-like fighting game, Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl, which will give you a chance to see which cartoons are the ultimate fighters.

While the idea of a Nickelodeon-themed fighter is a little silly, players in the fighting game community are keeping an open mind and believe the new title could be a legitimate competitive experience. The Super Smash Bros. series has been wildly successful after all. Is there really much of a difference between Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the Wii Fit Trainer squaring up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a showdown between Spongebob Squarepants and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Not really! Of course, the popularity of the game will ultimately come down to the quality of the game — balanced characters, serious mechanics, and a robust player base.

All of that will be figured out post-launch. Until then, here’s everything we know about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

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Release dateCharacters fighting in Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be released sometime in fall 2021. We haven’t been given an official release date, but the pre-order information at Target lists the release date as October 5 right now.

PlatformsMichelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. It’s great to hear that the title will be available on all major consoles, including both current- and last-gen consoles — you’ll be able to beat up some old-school cartoons no matter your platform preference.

Trailer

The Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl trailer gives us a montage of the game’s premier characters, as well as a bit of gameplay footage. It also teases “many more surprises,” so who knows what we’ll get when the game actually launches.

It’s being developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, and published by GameMill Entertainment.

GameplayNickelodeon characters fight on a ghost ship in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

From what we get in the announcement trailer, it looks like gameplay in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will look really similar to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Four characters at a time will duke it out in arenas themed after Nickelodeon’s various shows until someone comes out on top. Each character will certainly have their own custom moveset that is true to their on-screen adventures. (We’re totally expecting Spongebob to have an OP bubble-blowing ranged attack.) According to reports, some additional moves can be unlocked for each character, although it’s unclear how that mechanic will work at this time.

The game will include 20 Nickelodeon-themed fighting stages at launch.

What characters are in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl?Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks fight in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Obviously, you want to know if your favorite Nickelodeon character made the cut. Here’s a list of confirmed launch-day characters and what Nickelodeon series they’re from:

  • Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys)
  • Powdered Toast Man (Ren & Stimpy)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Patrick Star (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Oblina (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters)
  • Lucy Loud (The Loud House)
  • Lincoln Loud (The Loud House)
  • Helga (Hey Arnold!)
  • Reptar (Rugrats)
  • Zim (Invader Zim)
  • Danny Phantom (Danny Phantom)

MultiplayerNickelodeon characters fight on a floating village map in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be playable in single-player or multiplayer, both local and online. Like any fighting title, multiplayer is going to be the focus, and the player base is going to be key to the game’s success. There’s no word on what online matchmaking will look like or if there will be any sort of ranking system at this point.

Is Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl cross-platform?Nickelodeon characters fight on an Asian temple themed map in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

No word yet on whether or not Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will be cross-platform. We’re hesitantly optimistic that the game being released on all major platforms means that crossplay between them all might be worked out, but there’s been no official mention of it so far.

DLCOne of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting with Helga Pataki in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

If Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl follows the same path as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there will likely be DLC characters and stages available down the road. Although we’ve got quite a list of fighters so far, there are definitely other Nickelodeon characters we’d love to see make an appearance.

Pre-order

While the game doesn’t have an exact release date yet, a pre-order option has popped up at Target and lists the release date as October 5, 2021. We expect to see pre-orders at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop soon.

Pre-order at Target

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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/nickelodeon-all-star-brawl-release-date-trailer-news/

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Netflix, Shonda Rhimes Extend Deal to Include Feature Films, Gaming and Virtual Reality Content

Under the terms of the expanded deal, Netflix and Shondaland will produce feature films in addition to potential gaming and VR content.

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Netflix and Shonda Rhimes are extending their creative relationship, inked in 2017, beyond television to feature films and gaming.

Under the terms of the expanded deal, which encompasses Rhimes’ Shondaland Media and her longtime producing partner Betsy Beers, Netflix and Shondaland will exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films in addition to potential gaming and virtual reality content.

“When Ted and I decided to break the traditional network TV business model to move Shondaland to Netflix, we were both taking a leap into the unknown,” said Rhimes in a statement. “Today, Shondaland at Netflix is creatively thriving, profitable as an asset and engaging audiences around the world with stories that fearlessly challenge viewers and keep them highly entertained all at once. Ted, Bela and the entire team at Netflix have been tremendous partners during every step of the process, supporting my creative vision and showing a continued dedication to the innovation that has made Netflix such a powerhouse. The Shondaland team and I are thrilled and excited to be expanding our relationship with our content partners at Netflix.”

Additionally, Netflix will invest in and offer the “financial and technical infrastructure to support Shondaland’s mission to create DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) programs that can increase industry workplace representation for underrepresented groups both domestically and in the UK,” per the streamer.

The renewed, expanded deal comes on the heels of the global popularity of Shondaland’s Regency-era romance “Bridgerton,” which Netflix says was viewed by 82 million member households in the series’ first 28 days on the service. The series, based on the novels by Julia Quinn, is currently in production on Season 2 and has already been renewed for a third and fourth season. A Queen Charlotte origin-story limited series is also in the works, which will feature the stories of a young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Rhimes is writing and exec producing alongside Beers and Tom Verica.

Also on tap from Shondaland are the limited series “Inventing Anna,” set for 2022, and Debbie Allen documentary “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.”

“Shonda makes shows that get the world talking, and we’ve seen the power of her creative vision to translate in any language,” said Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria. “Shonda’s a brilliant businesswoman and a terrific partner and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with her for years to come. On a personal note, I’m especially invested in the mentorship and pipeline programs we will support, as I’ve seen firsthand how the power of mentorship can transform careers and lives — and I’m excited by the possibility of what that can look like in Shonda’s hands.”

Rhimes and Shondaland are repped by ICM Partners and the law firm Gendler and Kelly.

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Source: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/netflix-shonda-rhimes-extend-deal-to-include-feature-films-gaming-and-virtual-reality-content-1235014998/

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Mohegan Gaming, FanDuel announce sports-betting, online gaming partnership

Retail sportsbook to open in temporary Mohegan Sun location in September with permanent casino location set for winter.

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Mohegan — Partners Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and FanDuel Group announced Wednesday they’re poised to roll out retail and online sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports in Connecticut this fall, “pending all licensing and regulatory approvals.”

The partnership will enable bettors throughout the state to place wagers on professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other sports via FanDuel, which also will provide online casino gaming under the Mohegan Sun brand and operate daily fantasy sports in Connecticut.

“We’re excited to work with FanDuel, one of the leading sports-tech entertainment companies in the U.S., to bring the brand’s innovative sports betting and iGaming solutions to Mohegan Sun Connecticut,” Ray Pineault, MGE’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our partnership is a priority for Mohegan Digital, as we look to grow and enhance our casino, sportsbook and online operations in Connecticut — and beyond.”

Mohegan Sun and FanDuel expect to open a temporary sportsbook location at the casino in September and anticipate opening a permanent sportsbook there this winter. The temporary location will feature four live betting windows and 16 self-service betting terminals.

The sportsbook at Mohegan Sun has the potential to become the largest FanDuel sportsbook in the United States, according to Amy Howe, president of FanDuel Group.

“When we combine the retail sports betting experience with the opportunity for online sports betting and iGaming, Connecticut is going to be a key state for us as we look towards the start of football season,” Howe said.

Sports betting, online gaming and daily fantasy sports were authorized in Connecticut by legislation Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law in May. The law granted the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes the right to offer the new gaming options at their respective gaming facilities — Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino — as well as online. It also allows the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to provide in-person and online sports betting and fantasy sports as well as online keno and online sale of draw-games tickets.

The tribes and the lottery cannot introduce the new gaming options until the state’s amended gaming agreements with the tribes are approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has jurisdiction over tribal gaming. State and tribal officials have said they hope to have sports betting in place for the Sept. 9 start of the NFL season, a target that may prove overly optimistic.

Foxwoods announced a partnership with gaming operator DraftKings last December in anticipation of legislative approval of sports betting, online gaming and fantasy sports. The Mashantuckets are opening a new casino sportsbook, DraftKings at Foxwoods, in an area formerly occupied by a casino brewpub.

The lottery has yet to announce a sports-betting and online gaming vendor.

MGE, which recently announced the formation of Mohegan Digital, a new division overseeing the new gaming offerings, has restructured an agreement with Kambi, a European operator MGE previously had hired to launch MGE’s sports-betting operations in Connecticut. The restructuring enabled MGE to partner with FanDuel, according to Mohegan tribal officials.

FanDuel Group, which bills itself as “the premier gaming destination in the United States,” has a portfolio of brands involved in gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering and TV/media, including FanDuel, Stardust and TVG. Based in New York, it has a presence in all 50 states, and offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Scotland.

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Source: https://www.theday.com/local-news/20210707/mohegan-gaming-fanduel-announce-sports-betting-online-gaming-partnership

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