Netplay is a core component to the future of fighting games

Netplay has been the subject of debate in the fighting game community since the internet became public. Arcades used to be the primary communication between players, but in 2020, the internet reigns supreme. As the days of a global pandemic trod on, adjustments to public events have only become more illuminating in how the success of fighting games hinges upon its netcode- a test that many games currently fail.
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NetherRealms’ Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event was a thing

Today, NetherRealm Studios held a long-anticipated Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event in London, UK. It was streamed on Twitch, with a special side-stream taking place on Warner Bros. Games’ own Twitch channel. The event totaled just under 4 hours including breaks and set-up time, and certainly had its ups and downs throughout. Continue reading

How soon is too soon for a new game in a fighting game series?

Happy New Year! Today marks the dawn of a new year- the year of 2019- and I was instantly reminded of the insanely hype promo SNK released last year for the upcoming Samurai Spirits/Shodown title, which is due this year. SNK also held a meeting with investors, showing that the company also intends to release a new King of Fighters title sometime in 2020, though this has not been confirmed to be a solidified release date, appearing instead to be the more target date of release rather that a full committal. This got me thinking… it has only been a few years since the release of the last King of Fighters title. Is it too soon to be thinking of releasing another? Continue reading