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During a special Famitsu stream early this morning, the folks behind
the mega-popular Pokémon series revealed a very special departure from
the franchise’s roleplaying roots.
Developed by Namco Bandai Games, Pokkén Tournament appears to be a
fighting game akin to the company’s own Tekken series. The footage
demonstrated during the short preview shows off a quick battle between
Fighting-type Pokémon Lucario and Machamp, with the former powering up
to its Mega form near the end of the teaser.
This news comes after trademarks were filed for this specific title
and small bits of footage were released at Pokemon Game Show last year.
While little information is available at this point in time, we do
know that Namco’s lead Tekken and Soulcalibur producers, Katsuhiro
Harada and Masaaki Hoshino respectively, are both personally involved in
the development of this project. More details are planned for next
week’s installment of Famitsu.
Pokkén Tournament is expected to land in Japanese arcades sometime in
2015. For now, feel free to check out the first official screenshots
below and let us know what you think.
Over the past year, fighting game fans have had quite a tumultuous
relationship with SNK Playmore. As the popular developer behind the King
of Fighters franchise, eyes have been on them since the release of the
series’ thirteenth installment for a hint as to what is coming next.
After a few promising job listings ended up resulting in the creation of
two new pachinko machines instead of a new mainline title, it seemed
the future was a bit foggier than once thought.
However, an update earlier this month seemed to be the lighthouse many were waiting for. According to translations by MMCafe’s Professor,
the studio was once again looking for new blood to invigorate their
development staff and had plans to "change the history of fighting
games” with the next King of Fighters game.
While many believed the listings for 3D artists were so that they
could follow the creation process of earlier titles (where 3D models are
built and then layered with pixels to produce a distinctive animation
style), a recent trademark may reveal the direction SNK is heading in.
A Japanese bot was updated earlier today
to show the company recently filed a new Maximum Impact trademark. For
those of you unfamiliar with the title, Maximum Impact was a spin-off
series that allowed SNK to experiment with bringing King of Fighters
into the same realm of 3D games like Tekken and Dead or Alive. This
series produced three games during its lifespan, providing an
interesting take on the series’ formula.
Now, before things get out of hand, it’s important to note that SNK
released a Maximum Impact-themed pachinko machine back in 2009 which, at
the time, was their first 3D-only game in that genre.
In addition to this specific trademark, they also filed a renewal for King of Fighters itself.
Could SNK Playmore possibly be toying with the idea of returning to
the Maximum Impact style, or is this trademark for something else
entirely? We won’t know until the developers make an official statement
but, for now, feel free to let us know what you think.
After months of speculation that streaming juggernaut Twitch would be purchased by a larger entity, CEO Emmett Shear officially announced their acquisition this afternoon.
While many rumors pegged a Google buyout by way of YouTube, it
appears as if the corporation has gone a slightly different direction
and selected online retailer Amazon. "We chose Amazon because they
believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision,
and they want to help us get there faster,” Shear mentions in his
statement. "We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our
employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with
Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better
Twitch recently implemented a variety of changes, including updates to their archival system as well as new measures to counteract the use of copyrighted music.
How this purchase will affect streams moving forward is merely
speculation at this point but, positive or negative, the fighting game
community will certainly feel the effects.
Earlier this year, tournament organizer Alex Jebailey tried something
new for the fourth installment of his Community Effort Orlando event
series. By partnering with Teespring, he allowed members of the scene to
their favorite games by purchasing items from an exclusive line of
shirts, tank tops, and hoodies. The money collected for this apparel
would then be used to increase