Capcom Recap: 05/19/2017 - 05/25/2017

This week at Capcom: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen journeys onto PS4 and XB1 this fall, Ultra Street Fighter II arrives on Nintendo Switch, ELEAGUE playoffs, and more!

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall

Ultra Street Fighter II now available on Nintendo Switch

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[PAST]

Progress was made in our stream runs of both Dragon’s Dogma and Dead Rising, and we spent some quality time in the PS2 classic Resident Evil Code: Veronica X, but the week is not over yet! To celebrate the May 26 launch of Ultra Street Fighter II on Nintendo Switch, Harrison will be kicking the collective butts of everyone else in the office… or at least just the ones that volunteered to be embarrassed in front of a live audience. Tune in to twitch.tv/capcomunity at 3pm PT to witness our attempts at fighting back. In the meantime, here are this week’s archives:

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dead Rising

Resident Evil Code: Veronica X

[PRESENT]

  • Friday , May 26th @ 3PM Ultra Street Fighter II

[FUTURE]

We’re actually going to take a tiny little break from streaming. I think we can all agree it’s been super fun, and we definitely intend on keeping a regular schedule, but for the next couple of weeks our streaming gear will be unavailable. There’s some travel involved, including a trip to Los Angeles, CA, so make sure to “Follow” our Twitch channel so you get updated as soon as we’re live again… in just a few w EEEks.

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Some of the best Street Fighter V players around the globe have been competing for the ELEAGUE trophy for the last couple of weeks. The competition is about to heat up with the Playoffs, starting today, Friday May 26th, at 5pm (Eastern Time) on YouTube Gaming , or Twitch , or 10pm (Eastern Time) on tbs !

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If you like Monster Hunter or cool concept artwork—or both!—then let me guide you straight to the Monster Hunter page on Instagram: @MonsterHunterGame . Most of the artwork featured there can be found in the first two Monster Hunter Illustrations art books, but whether you have those or not, it’s always nice to get some beautiful art in your feed. =)

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Patrick Kulikowski: A few months back, our friends at UDON were taking fan art submissions to be featured in their Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic series. One of our very own Capcom-Unity members, Relina R. Hernandez , wanted to share her submission with us for the Recap! This one pits Rashid, Akuma, and M. Bison against Morrigan, Demitri, and Jedah, and we absolutely love it! This bears the difficult question, though: which team do you think would win?

Thanks for sending this one in, Relina! I hope to see even more awesome creative works like this from our own community here.

I also wanted to give BIG props to our friend, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran for being able to win a match at a Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition arcade cabinet while deploying his masterful “Player Two” rap. You can see his skills at work via his Instagram . Multi-tasking like a champ!

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STICKY NOTE: Did you make something cool? Send us a note or drop a comment below; we would love to feature your work here! Same goes for any awesome stuff you may see in the wild; we always welcome more fantastic fan work. =)

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Till next time!

-Yuri

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is out now on Nintendo Switch

Street Fighter II, one of the most critically acclaimed and influential games of all time, is out now on Nintendo Switch and comes loaded with new modes, online features and two brand new characters! For a more detailed breakdown of the changes and what’s new in Ultra Street Fighter II, check out this all-new and ultra informational trailer!

We’ve detailed USFII’s numerous features [ in prior blogs ], but the quick rundown is:

-Evil Ryu and Violent Ken join the roster

-[ Way of the Hado Mode ], a unique first-person battle mode between Ryu and oncoming enemies

-Buddy Battle, a twist on the Alpha series’ Dramatic Battle where you and a friend (or CPU controlled ally) battle a powered-up opponent

-Instantly switch between modern HD graphics and classic sprites

-Character color edit options

-Ranked matches, Arcade stand-by while in single player and other online options

-Peep our previous trailer for more!

Gorgeous and packed to the gills (not that Gill!) with content, USFII is a wonderful addition to the Street Fighter II legacy and Street Fighter’s 30 th Anniversary celebrations. Grab it today!

The New Capcom Fighters Network Arrives May 30 Alongside Monthly Targets, Ed and an All-New Spain Stage!

The cage returns! As part of a bevy of new features and updates coming on May 30, Street Fighter V will receive a remastered Spain stage loaded with dancers, musicians and all the requisite flair we’ve enjoyed since its stylish debut in Street Fighter II. And Vega players… yes, you will be able to climb that bad boy. Pick up the Flamenco Tavern starting on May 30 for $3.99 /  ï¿¥ 400 / €3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money. Hit the jump for a full round up of what to expect May 30.

The Thailand stage will also return on May 30 with all-new BGM for $3.99 /  ï¿¥ 400 / €3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money, and was detailed [ back in this earlier blog post ].

Additionally, May 30 is the day the New CFN rolls out to all online warriors. The New CFN is a massive update to the online SFV experience, [ detailed in this earlier blog. ] New balance changes, matchmaking improvements and loads of other benefits await – including a whopping 50,000 Fight Money bonus for signing in at any point from May 30 to June 13 PST!

Speaking of balance changes, we have a few additional updates to share alongside the New CFN:

  • Balrog

    • Turn Punch

      • â‘  Level 1 - 6 Motion: Added throw invincibility for frames 1-18F.

      • â‘¡ Level 1 - 3 Motion: Changed to upper body and projectile invincibility from frames 3-18F.

      • â‘¢ Level 4 - 6 Motion: Changed to attack and projectile invincibility from frames 3-18F.

      • â‘£ Level 7 - 10 (Final) Motion: Changed to complete invincibility from frames 1-18F

  • R.Mika

    • Passion Press

      • Hitbox was reduced

  • Dhalsim

    • Stand Heavy Punch

      • Changed the total frames from 44F 42F

    • Back Throw

      • Reduced the distance from the opponent after hit.

We also want to thank all of our fans for continuing to support the Capcom Pro Tour this year through the new in-game items we’ve released and the new 2017 Premier Pass! [ As we mentioned ], users who purchase the CPT 2017 Premier Pass will not only get access to all the cool new content such as costumes for Ryu and Ken, we will also be offering up additional Targets.  

To kick things off, we’ll be offering up four Targets in June to celebrate the launch of the New CFN which will net you a cool 36,000 Fight Money! We’ll be releasing a new Target each month after that through November.

Keep in mind that each target only lasts for the month that it is active. For example, the Targets in June will expire on July 1 st , the Targets starting in July will expire on August 1 st and so forth.

For a full rundown of all the new Capcom Pro Tour content this year and more information on how this initiative supports Street Fighter V esports, check out this post [ over at the PlayStation Blog ].

Last, but most certainly not least, our latest Season 2 character, the Young Commander Ed, makes his formal debut alongside the New CFN, Spain and Targets. Test your Psycho Power infused boxing skills for $5.99 or 100,000 FM.

S.I.N. kidnapped Ed as a child and experimented on him with the goal of creating a replacement body for M. Bison. Today, he’s a force all his own! Check him out – and his Story and Battle Costumes – starting on May 30.

Don’t forget, the Season 2 Character Pass is now available for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 and will grant pass holders with Akuma, Kolin, Ed, in addition to 3 brand new fighters to be announced later this year. The pass comes with Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character. Additionally, Season 2 Character Pass holders will receive an exclusive PS4 theme!

And as always, for the latest updates on  Street Fighter V , follow us on Facebook and Twitter .

Capcom Recap: 05/12/2017 - 05/18/2017

Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies comes to Android, Nintendo shows off Ultra Street Fighter II, fans speedran Breath of Fire and more!

UPDATE: Slight updates to the streaming schedule.

[PAST]

This week we had some last minute schedule shuffling to do, but it was all worth it to see Frank West’s Quickstep shuffling. Check that out in our Dead Rising stream archive below. But on the topic of live streaming, please visit the Community Highlights section below as Patrick will give you the “run down” on some awesome Breath of Fire fan speedrunning that went down over the weekend.

Resident Evil 4

Dead Rising

[PRESENT] [NOW PAST TOO]

On this day, eight years ago, Bionic Commando was released on PS3 and X360. Yep, I’m talking about the dreadlocked, Mike Patton-voiced, fully 3D sequel to the beloved NES game of the same name. In honor of the occasion, we’ll be stepping into Nathan “Rad” Spencer’s metal boots today at 4 pm (Pacific). Catch the swinging and shooting action over at Twitch.tv/CapcomUnity.

UPDATE: The stream is now over, and it was a total blast. Catch the recording here .

[FUTURE]

All times listed are Pacific Time:

  • Tuesday , May 23rd @ 3PM Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Wednesday , May 24th @ 2 PM Dead Rising
  • Thursday , May 25th @ 3 PM Resident Evil Code: Veronica X

Remember: hit up that “Follow” button on our Twitch channel to stay super up to date. It’s especially useful if we have any schedule changes. ^^;

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Kellen Haney: TAKE THAT, Android users! Sorry, I’m not talking about that other recent game about androids, but I am talking about Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, which is coming to Android soon! While Ace Attorney has traditionally made its home on portable platforms, it’s now easier than ever to immerse yourself in the courtroom antics of the Ace Attorney series.

For those who aren’t familiar with this entry in the storied series, it starts out with a very literal bang, devastating a court room during “the Dark Age of the Law.” Not all hope is lost, though; seeking out the truth, series veteran Phoenix Wright is joined by rookie attorney Apollo Justice and the newest member of the Wright Anything Agency, Athena Cykes. Athena has been hired on for her incredible specialist skills in analytical psychology and her ability to uncover the source of one’s intense emotions.

No matter if you’re a fan looking to play again or just beginning to dip your toes into the series, pre-register here to get in on the courtroom action as soon as it’s available!

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At the tail-end of last week, our friends over at Nintendo shared a special hands-on video of Ultra Street Fighter II as part of their Nintendo Minute series. They played some 2 vs. 1 co-op battles, created some fun Nintendo-inspired color schemes with the Color Edit mode, and, of course, duked it out in classic 1v1 fights in both retro and modern graphic modes. As a reminder, Ultra Street Fighter II for Nintendo Switch releases next Friday, May 26.

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Patrick Kulikowski: Ahoy there, Breath of Fire fans! I wanted to give jazz hands to the folks at RPG Limit Break 2017 for featuring Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter in their speedrunning activities this week! 

RPG Limit Break is an annual speedrunning charity event broadcast on Twitch from Salt Lake City, Utah. The RPG runners of this week-long event have been raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which represents families and people affected by mental disorders in the United States. At the time of this writing, they've already raised over $87,000! Incredible!

On the night of Tuesday, May 16th, runner DavidK519  ran through and completed Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter in just 1:09:57 with a D-Ratio of 99.98% (Note: Hitting 100% before the game finishes = instant game over)! Odjn would be pleased.

The strategies employed in this run were expertly pulled off. His crafty use of baits and bombs to soften enemies up prior to battle was a lot of fun to watch. The most satisfying strats for me, however, were his perfect setups for Ryu's Dragon D-Dive, which allowed him to demolish entire groups of enemies and end battles with a single D-Breath attack. You can see the setup and execution of this at the 15:52 mark. It's a lot harder to pull off than you'd think!

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STICKY NOTE: Did you make something cool? Send us a note or drop a comment below; we would love to feature your work here! Same goes for any awesome stuff you may see in the wild; we always welcome more fantastic fan work. =)

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That’s all from me for this week. See you again next time!

-Yuri

Capcom Recap: 05/05/2017 - 05/11/2017

This week: Ed revealed as the next Street Fighter V character, Resident Evil Code: Veronica X PS2 Classic comes to PS4 and more.

UPDATE: This Tuesday we will be streaming Resident Evil 4 instead of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. Stream will begin at 4pm PT.

SFV Capcom Fighters Network Beta 2 now live until May 14.

Ed, the young commander, joins Street Fighter V.

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[PAST]

This week we started a playthrough of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and messed around as a zombie Frank West in the latest Dead Rising 4 DLC: Frank Rising. And right before the new Capcom Fighters Network Beta went live, we gave you a little taste of SFV ’s brand new challenger: Ed.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dead Rising 4 Frank Rising

Street Fighter V – Ed

[FUTURE]

All times listed are Pacific Time:

  • Tuesday , May 16th @ 4 PM Resident Evil 4
  • Wednesday , May 17th @ 1PM Dead Rising
  • Thursday , May 18th @ 3PM Game TBD

Head on over to our Twitch channel and click that “Follow” button to get email notifications whenever we go live. It’s super handy!

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Kellen Haney: Hey Mega Fans, Kellen here with another round of what the Mega Man community has been cooking up! This popped up on my radar earlier this week and it was way too good not to share. @ BotEquippedWith on Twitter does exactly what it says on the E-Tank, providing a new weapon for Mega Man to get equipped with every hour. Some of them sound like they could be right out of the games…

While others… not so much.

You never know what you’re going to get equipped with next! A bot tweeting about a bot – who saw that one coming?

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Kellen Haney : Can you survive the horror? Resident Evil Code: Veronica X came out this week on PS4 thanks to the PS2 Classics program, bringing this survival horror gem to a brand new platform. Starring the Redfield siblings, Claire and Chris, the duo must find their way off of Rockfort Island and escape an insidious plot at the hands of Umbrella.

While the original RE Code: Veronica came out in 2000 for the Sega Dreamcast, an enhanced version of the game, RE Code: Veronica X, initially made its way to the PS2 about a year later in 2001. The game holds up quite well visually, if I do say so myself, staying true to the series’ creepy atmosphere and fixed camera angles while delivering fully rendered 3D environments. Interestingly, there were a few changes made to certain cut scenes between the original game and REC:VX , and no, sadly, it wasn’t digitally removing Steve Burnside.

Still, if you somehow missed this gem somewhere along the way, you owe it to yourself to visit (or revisit) Rockfort. This was the first Resident Evil game I owned and finished, so it certainly has a special place in my heart, Steve and all. Hopefully it finds a way into yours as well.

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We’re just about two weeks away from the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V playoffs with only two slots left to be filled. Check out the tournament live on air this Friday, May 12th at 3pm PT to see who will join Punk, PR Balrog, Fuudo, Momochi, Daigo Umehara and Wolfkrone for the May 26th finals to compete for the grand prize!

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Artist and Monster Hunter fan TRUE JEK ART brings us a series of awesome pieces focusing on the hunters. I love how he favors strong line art and colors over complex lighting and shading.

 

Check out these and many more on his Tumblr page . Some of the older ones are actually based on his hunting pals, which is just the sweetest thing. :’)

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STICKY NOTE: Did you make something cool? Send us a note or drop a comment below; we would love to feature your work here! Same goes for any awesome stuff you may see in the wild; we always welcome more fantastic fan work. =)

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That just about wraps up this week. See you again on Tuesday for the Dragon’s Dogma stream!

-Yuri

SFV Capcom Fighters Network Beta 2 Begins This Weekend! May 11-14

Ready to sample the new and improved Capcom Fighters Network (CFN) for Street Fighter V? Both PC and PlayStation 4 players (with PlayStation Plus) can leap into the CFN Beta for some cross-play action beginning 6PM PT on Thursday, May 11, and play through the weekend to 6 PM PT on Sunday, May 14. For our European players, that’d be 2am UK Time Friday, May 12 to 2 am UK Time Monday, May 15. You don’t even need a copy of Street Fighter V to participate – simply download the Beta client for free and get crackin’!

Ed and his Psycho Power-infused boxing skills make their debut during the Beta as well. You’ll be able to sample the upcoming character Ed throughout the Beta, so please enjoy this free preview.

Ed, the Season 2 balance changes and numerous other tweaks make this an extremely important Beta for SFV players and the new CFN. We want to ensure this update injects a new sense of excitement and energy into the online Street Fighter V experience, so please log in and let us know what you think!

For full details on the upcoming Capcom Fighters Network improvements, click here.  

For full details on the new Season 2 balance changes, click here.

For updates during the beta make sure to follow SFVServer on Twitter .

And as always for the latest updates on Street Fighter V, follow us on  Facebook and  Twitter.

Grab 16 SFV Battle Costumes in One Handy Bundle

Turn your next Street Fighter V session into a fashion show with the Battle Costume bundle! Grab 16 fisticuff-friendly outfits for just $29.99, or pick up any individual Battle Costume for $2.99 each.

And yes, Hot Ryu is part of the bundle. *swoon*

PlayStation Store

Steam

Now, the fashion!

Pick up the 16-costume bundle today! For the latest updates on Street Fighter V, follow us on  Facebook and  Twitter.

The Young Commander, Ed, joins Street Fighter V!

Welcome Shadaloo minions!

We are happy to announce the third Season 2 Street Fighter V character, Ed. As mentioned in our previous blogpost about the next CFN Beta , Ed and all previously released characters will be playable for all beta participants for the duration of the test.

At a young age, Ed was kidnapped and experimented on by S.I.N., a division of Shadaloo, in order to become a replacement body for M. Bison. Many of you might remember a young Ed appearing in Rose’s Street Fighter IV story and Balrog’s story in Super Street Fighter IV. Due to the experiments, Ed’s body ages faster than normal humans until they are old enough to be suited for battle. Since Balrog raised Ed, his fighting is centered on boxing but since he carries M. Bison’s genes, his fighting style is enhanced by Psycho Power.

Ed and Balrog in Super Street Fighter IV

Night after night he is troubled by Bison's ghost, and struggles desperately to prevent M. Bison from possessing his body. Be sure to check out his character story to find out more!

V-Skill: Psycho Snatcher

Ed releases Psycho Power from his palm, pulling himself or opponents depending on how long he charges it up.

V-Trigger: Psycho Cannon

With a full V-meter, Ed releases an enormous amount of Psycho Power. He can follow alongside it, allowing him to pepper in shots when it connects with the opponent.

Critical Art: Psycho Barrage

Ed lunges forward with a series of punches. If at any point he connects, he’ll continue weaving around the opponent, slipping in quick combinations of Psycho-punches ending with a powerful uppercut.

What makes Ed especially unique is how players perform his special moves. His special moves have simple inputs; they only require simultaneous button presses, repeatedly pressing a button, or holding down a button. Only Ed’s Critical Art is done by inputting a traditional motion.

Also coming alongside Ed are his Story and Premium Battle costumes.

Don’t forget, the Season 2 Character Pass is available for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 and will grant pass holders with Akuma, Kolin and Ed in addition to three brand new fighters to be announced later this year. The pass comes with Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character. Additionally, Season 2 Character Pass holders will receive an exclusive PS4 theme!

In the coming weeks, you’ll learn even more about Ed, including his release timing so stay tuned! For the latest updates on Street Fighter V, follow us on  Facebook and  Twitter.

Capcom Recap: 04/28/2017 - 05/04/2017

It’s time for another weekly recap of all things Capcom! Catch up on awesome new merchandise, Street Fighter V tournaments, our Twitch live streams and more.

RPG fans should take a look at IGN’s list of Top 100 RPGs of All Time , where you’ll find fan-favorites Breath of Fire III and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate !

Capcom Fighters Network Beta 2 coming to PS4 and PC on May 11 through 14.

Save big on tons of Capcom games!

The two remaining retrospectives of The Disney Afternoon Collection games, which also covers their respective sequels, are now live:

Incredible life-size Amaterasu bust now on sale.

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This week we finally wrapped up our mini-series of live streams of all of the games featured in The Disney Afternoon Collection. On Tuesday’s stream we almost finished DuckTales 2, stopping just short of the final boss confrontation... which, by the way is a metallic duck called D-1000 . That’s already pretty radical, but it’s even crazier when you see that one of our 90s trivia giveaway questions was about Terminator 2! Unfortunately this realization happened off-camera, but you can watch this stream (and the other recordings) here:

The Disney Afternoon Collection (DuckTales 2)

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero

The Disney Aftetrnoon Collection (Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2)

[FUTURE]

All times listed are Pacific Time:

  • Tuesday , May 9th @ 3PM Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen
  • Wednesday , May 10th @ 1PM Dead Rising
  • Thursday , May 11th @ 3PM Game TBD

Remember to mark your calendars, but if you’re the forgetful type (like me), you can always hit the “Follow” button on our Twitch channel to get those sweet email notifications when we go live. ;)

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Kellen Haney : Heya everyone, Kellen here with an update on everyone’s favorite blue robot, Mega Man! Earlier this week, Super 7, a store based out of San Francisco, announced that they’ll be releasing a new line of M.U.S.C.L.E. (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere) figures based on – you guessed it – Mega Man!

Now, the initial waves of these figures hit store shelves in the U.S. a little before my time, but you might recognize then name from the spin-off series, Ultimate Muscle, or the NES game, fittingly titled M.U.S.C.L.E. If you want to see what to expect when the Mega Man line goes on sale, check out Super 7’s online store , where they also have Street Fighter M.U.S.C.L.E. figures for sale!

Oh, and for those really curious? Look up “Kinnikuman,” the Japanese manga that these figures were originally based on. Mega Man seems like he’d make a pretty decent wrestler, huh?

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Stephanie Palermo : This week, our friends at Sony Pictures revealed the release date of the new CG movie Resident Evil: Vendetta. It will be available digitally on June 20 and disc on July 18. Details on the bundle of bonus materials included in each version can be found on GameSpot here .

The movie is set in New York City where merchant of death Glenn Arias is spreading a deadly new virus to avenge his wife’s death. Resident Evil series stars Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, and Rebecca Chambers join forces on a “mission to bring his ass down” – Leon S. Kennedy, 2017 . I can promise motorcycles, a revenge plot, and a giant, hulking B.O.W. groaning Chris Redfield’s name – this is going to be a fun one, guys.

There’s also going to be a limited one-day only theater showing on June 19, so check this link to see if you can get tickets to a show near you!

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Harrison Young : Last weekend was host to DreamHack Austin 2017 and sported a huge amount of talent from all over the world featuring Haitani, Xian, Phenom, Justin Wong, Snake Eyez and more. Even with this huge pool of talent, Punk still managed to come out on top making this his third event in a row! If you missed the event make sure to check out the Top 5 Moments on the Capcom Fighters YouTube Channel:

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Patrick Kulikowski : Well doesn’t this just beat all? On Sunday, April 30th, we saw a bunch of Breath of Fire fans hop onto Twitch ( Alowne_ , BOWIEtheHERO , GinTatsu2 , Kanjo , NeoSlash72 ) and Twitter to take part in the weekly fan campaign known as #BoFSundays . Funny coincidence: it also happened to be Breath of Fire III ’s 19th anniversary that day!

It was a stream-heavy Sunday, with RyuQuezacotl finishing his speedrun of Breath of Fire (SNES) in just 5 hours and 24 minutes! You gotta check out this particularly dramatic moment from the run.

eLmaGus tried his hand at claiming the legendary Goo King Sword in Breath of Fire III, and while that sadly didn’t pan out (1 in 256 drop rate, OUCH!), we applaud his effort.

For my contribution this weekend, I made two unofficial 1080p desktop wallpapers to celebrate the 19th anniversary of Breath of Fire III. You can “Pilfer” them here and here!

I hope to see more creative awesomeness come out of this hashtag next Sunday!

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STICKY NOTE: Did you make something cool? Send us a note or drop a comment below; we would love to feature your work here! Same goes for any awesome stuff you may see in the wild; we always welcome more fantastic fan work. =)

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That’s about it for this week. As always, keep your eyes glued to the main blog reel for more up-to-minute news on our games and things you can collect.

-Yuri

Capcom Fighters Network Beta 2 Coming to PS4 and PC, May 11 - 14

We’re continuing to optimize the new and improved Capcom Fighters Network – but we want to ensure things are just right before unleashing it onto the world. To that end, we’re planning to run an additional online Beta Test this month, with the intent of making the official launch of the new CFN as smooth as possible. Both PC and PS4 players will be able to participate in the Beta for FREE from 5/11 to 5/14 PDT – including PC/PS4 cross-play! Even if you don’t have a copy of Street Fighter V you’ll be able to hop in and experience the latest CFN, plus the hefty Season 2 balance changes ( more on those here ).

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited the next DLC character for Season 2 will be available for all beta players during the May 11-14 window. Once the beta ends, however, both this mystery character and any online data (Fight Money, progress, replays etc.) will be gone. For a list of the improvements hit the jump.

Here’s a list of improvements to expect once the CFN Beta goes live:

Rage Quit Penalty System

Back in December, we implemented an update to the Rage Quit System which displayed a special Player Profile Icon for the worst offenders and the most honorable players. These icons are working correctly now and matchmaking logic now takes into account your online behavior and frequent disconnectors will be matched with similar opponents.

Ranked and Casual Match Loading Times

We understand many players were not happy with the load times when entering online matches.   There will now be a shorter transition when going into a Ranked or Casual Match.

Battle Lounge Country Flags

Country flags should now properly load in Battle Lounges, allowing players to locate competition in their region.

Matchmaking Improvements

It should now take less time to find an opponent in online matches. We’ve also added logic which avoids frequently being matched with the same opponent repeatedly.

Fighter Profile Stats

More detailed stats will be tracked and presented on your Fighter Profile.

Country / League Based Rankings

Players will now be able to filter leaderboards based on Country or League.

Friend Management System

In addition to adding a player to your Favorites, you can now add Friends and follow them on CFN. You can now also Blacklist players.

Interactive Timeline

On the CFN home menu, a live feed of your Friends’ activities is presented on an interactive Timeline. Using the Timeline, you can immediately add a recent match to your Replay List, view a Fighter Profile, manage your Friends, and adjust Timeline display settings.

In-Game Announcer Voice

The in-game announcer will give you stats on both you and your opponent using data pulled from the server.

The new CFN server updates mark a new beginning for playing SFV online and we encourage our players to participate in this free PS4 and PC Beta Test. For the latest updates on Street Fighter V, follow us on  Facebook  and  Twitter .

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