Game news Street Fighter 6, Tekken 8, Dragon Ball FighterZ… the 5 announcements you shouldn’t miss at EVO 2022
The weekend 5.-7. August 2022 was the biggest fighting game event of the year. Between two tournaments and the crowning of Wawa on Dragon Ball FighterZ, the publishers took the opportunity to link the announcements. Fatal Fury, Street Fighter 6, Tekken or even Guilty Gear Strive… here are the announcements not to be missed during EVO 2022.
- Dragon Ball FighterZ: Rollback and Next Gen versions
- Fatal Fury: An Anticipated Return
- Street Fighter 6: Two new fighters on the roster
- Tekken: A New Project Revealed
- Guilty Gear Strive: Bridget enters the arena
Dragon Ball FighterZ: Rollback and Next Gen versions
Dragon Ball FighterZ is undoubtedly one of the flagship games of EVO since its sensational release in January 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, then a few months later on Nintendo Switch. Although the Arc System Works title was available on 9th generation consoles – thanks to backwards compatibility – it lacked true PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions. It’s done now. Take effect, Bandai Namco has just announced versions dedicated to these new machines. No release date has been announced yet. Note that they will be offered for free to owners of the games on PS4 and Xbox One. Good news never comes alone, confirmed producer Tomoko Hiroki the arrival of net code rollback to be able to play online in better conditions. Enabled by default on console, it will be optional on PC. Netcode rollback is coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ at an as yet unknown date.
The release of PlayStation🄬5 and Xbox Series X｜S versions of “DRAGON BALL FighterZ” with rollback netcode system implemented has been decided.
*More information will be published at a later date. Please wait for further details. pic.twitter.com/EuYwbbIKwD
— Bandai Namco Esports (@BNEesports) 7 August 2022
Fatal Fury: An Anticipated Return
Japanese publisher SNK has clearly been busy at EVO 2022 with several back-to-back announcements during the US event. It is now official, the legendary fighting game saga Fatal Fury (or Garou in Japan) is truly back. However, the title has only just been given the green light, which means that the project is only in its infancy and we will have to wait to learn more. Fans will have to settle for a first image for now (see below). This illustration by Tonko suggests that this new game is a direct sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves. You can see the fighter Rock Howard, the adopted son of Terry Bogard, as well as Billy Kane and Kain R. Heinlein, Rock’s uncle and the main antagonist of the game, which was released in 1999 in Japan.
Street Fighter 6: Two new fighters on the roster
Street Fighter 6, although not part of the official competition, clearly left its mark on this weekend dedicated to fighting games. In fact, Capcom continues its communication campaign around the sixth installment of its famous franchise by letting go two new fighters in the SF6 ring, namely Kimberly and Juri. They therefore join Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, Jamie and Guile in the list of playable characters. While Kimberly mixes her ninja skills and her love of popular culture to create a style all her own, Juri returns mischievously, not without learning new moves to mystify her opponents. Finally, Capcom Pro Tour veterans Tasty Steve and James Chen join the ranks of Street Fighter 6 live commentators alongside Vicious and Aru.
Tekken: A New Project Revealed
Right after Tekken 7’s grand finale at EVO 2022, Bandai Namco released a trailer showing off the next big update for their fighting game. However, it is Kazuya’s modernized face accompanied by an enigmatic “Get ready”, which served as the end of the sequence. The Japanese publisher would therefore work on a new Tekken game. We can assume that this teaser points to Tekken 8, although nothing has been confirmed by franchise director Katsuhiro Harada yet. The switch from the 1994 PlayStation version of Kazuya to the modern one could also indicate that Bandai Namco is working on a reboot or remake of the saga.
Guilty Gear Strive: Bridget enters the arena
Arc System Works, a great craftsman of fighting games since its creation in 1988, gave some news about Guilty Gear Strive, the latest installment in the saga. In addition to revealing the roadmap for Season 2 and the delayed arrival of crossplay, Japanese studios have revealed the first character for the second season. It is about Bridget, a boy who is raised as a girl to escape the beliefs of his hometown. The latter fights with a yo-yo and can count on Roger, a mechanical teddy bear possessed by a ghost. This new character is already available provided you have purchased the Season Pass 2 or DLC.