Jump Force is a 3v3 tag team fighter developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco. Celebrating 50 years of the Weekly Jump magazine, it stars the world’s most popular manga heroes including Goku from Dragonball, Luffy from One Piece, Boruto’s dad from Naruto, Killua from Hunter x Hunter, Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho, and many more.
The game is set on modern Earth, or to be more exact an alternate version of it which has merged with the Jump universe, dumping the characters from their serialized manga into reality. The heroes have to put their differences aside and team up against the big bad threatening humanity, battling it out in real-world locations such as NY’s Times Square and the Matterhorn Mountain in the Alps. The arenas are fully 3D and allow for verticality and environmental destruction.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game co-developed by Bandai Namco and Sora Ltd., and published by Nintendo for their Switch console. The game can be played locally or online, and in TV, tabletop, or handheld modes. In addition to the ever-popular multiplayer, it features a single-player campaign.
Like its predecessors, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a crossover title starring characters from Nintendo as well as various third-party franchises. In addition to every fighter from past Super Smash Bros. titles – including those released as DLC – the game’s roster adds newcomers such as Inkling from Splatoon and Ridley from Metroid, bringing the total number of playable characters up to 72.
My Hero: One’s Justice is an anime-style fighting game developed by Byking and published by Bandai Namco. Based on the popular manga and anime series My Hero Academia, it allows the players to step into the shoes of either heroes or villains, experience the story from each perspective, and unleash powerful Quirks upon their enemies.
The game features destructible environments based on various locations from the original series. A sidekick system lets the player pick two helpers to perform powerful combos with, albeit the game is still one-on-one and not a tag team fighter. The roster includes a large number of fan-favorite characters like All Might, Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Tomura Shigaraki, and others, with one available as a pre-order bonus (details after the jump).
Soulcalibur VI is a fighting game developed by Project Soul and published by Bandai Namco. It is a reboot of the series that takes place in the 16th century and retells the events of the original Soulcalibur. Unreal Engine 4 is utilized for the first time in the franchise, promising 4K visuals with beautiful 3D character models and stages.
The game includes a number of new and returning fighters, as well as guest character Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher series. There are some changes to the gameplay, most notably the introduction of Reversal Edge: a mechanic which, when timed right, allows the player to execute a counter-attack with one button press.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is a team-based 4v4 brawler with acrobatic action and high-speed battles across varied arenas based on the ninja villages. Some of the modes included are the classic capture the flag, Base Battle where you have to maintain control over capture points, and the usual team deathmatch.
The upcoming game features a number of fan-favorite characters from the anime series, and the player may also create a custom avatar, picking from over 200 customization items and skills to personalize it. The characters are grouped based on their fighting style: Attack, Defense, Shoot, or Heal.
Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle is a 2v2 tag team fighter developed and published by Japanese studio Arc System Works. As a crossover title, it boasts a cast of characters from several different franchises, namely BlazBlue itself, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY. While the game retains the fast-paced gameplay that the series is known for, the controls are changed significantly to accommodate the new fighters.
BBTAG is to launch in the West with a full English dub and 20 characters in the base game. The roster can be expanded to a total of 40 through future Character Packs.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a compilation of fighting games from Capcom’s venerable Street Fighter franchise. Priced at $39.99, it includes a total of twelve classic titles:
The original Street Fighter (1987)
Five iterations of Street Fighter II:
The World Warrior (1991)
Champion Edition (1992)
Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992)
Super Turbo (1994)
Three iterations of Street Fighter Alpha:
Alpha 2 (1996)
Alpha 3 (1998)
Three iterations of Street Fighter III:
New Generation (1997)
2nd Impact (1997)
3rd Strike (1999)
Making it to modern consoles and PCs for the first time, four of the arcade classics (Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Turbo, Alpha 3, and 3rd Strike) include online multiplayer with ranked matchmaking. The collection also features assorted bonus content such as an interactive timeline of the series with developer notes and art, a detailed sprite viewer, and a music player along with the most memorable Street Fighter tracks.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a fighting game with action RPG elements from Square Enix and Team Ninja. Players can select their three-person team from over 24 playable Final Fantasy characters spanning 30 years of the franchise’s history, and do battle in more than 10 iconic arenas. The combatants are divided into four categories – vanguard, assassin, marksman, or specialist – each with their own fighting styles and abilities. Every match allows the player to call forth legendary summons like Ifrit, Shiva, and Odin to turn the tide of battle.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Japanese company Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco for current-gen consoles and Windows PCs. The game uses a 3v3 format, with players selecting three characters from the wildly popular Dragon Ball franchise to form a team. The characters can tag in and out of combat at any time, and call for assists to perform combos with the entire team.
As expected of a competitive fighting game, Dragon Ball FighterZ runs in 1080p at 60 FPS, save for the action cutscenes where it intentionally drops the framerate to achieve an anime-like look.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is an updated version of the original 2016 title which brings numerous improvements to the lukewarmly received game. Among these are the new Arcade and Extra Battle modes, new V-Trigger moves, a redesigned UI, and all the Season 1 and Season 2 DLC characters, for the price of $39.99 on PlayStation 4 or Steam.
Existing Street Fighter 5 owners will have their version of the game automatically updated with the new features, although that does not include the DLC characters, which can be unlocked using in-game currency.
Gundam Versus is a team fighting game based on the popular mecha anime franchise. It offers online multiplayer in 2v2 and 3v3 battle formats, and features over 90 playable mechs from the multitude of Mobile Suit Gundam animated series. It is the first main installment from the Gundam VS fighting game franchise to be released in the West.
Publisher Bandai Namco has also announced that there is going to be an open beta prior to launch, allowing players to try the game before committing to a purchase.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a fighting game developed by Capcom which fuses the two titular universes. The crossover features playable fighters like Chun-Li, Chris Redfield, Ryu, and Morrigan from various Capcom franchises, as well as Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America from Marvel Comics.
The upcoming game includes modes typical for the Marvel vs. Capcom series, such as Story, Arcade, Training, Mission, and online multiplayer. In the Story Mode, the heroes face the sinister threat of Ultron Sigma, a fusion of villains from two different universes. The battles are fought in a two-on-two format, and are spiced up by Infinity Stones, which grant additional customization for the chosen characters.
Tekken 7 is the latest installment in Bandai Namco’s enormously popular fighting game series, bringing new gameplay mechanics, photorealistic graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4, and a conclusion to the Mishima clan’s bloody feud. The game is to have a pool of 30 fighters at launch (including Street Fighter’s Akuma), with new ones added over time.
Among the new features in the game is the Rage System, which grants the player two devastating moves – Rage Art and Rage Drive – once their health starts flashing red. Boosting the damage immensely, the mechanic allows for incredible comebacks. Another addition is a move called Power Crush, which absorbs damage from a mid or a high attack, and continues despite taking damage.
Injustice 2 is an upcoming fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. As a sequel to the 2013 title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, its character roster features both returning as well as brand new heroes and villains. According to the publisher, Injustice 2 boasts the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game. More characters are to be added by the way of DLC in the future.
Plot-wise, the game continues where its predecessor left off, with Batman and his allies working to piece society back together while struggling against those who seek to restore Superman’s One Earth Regime. Meanwhile, a new threat appears which forces old enemies to put aside their differences and band together.
The latest release from Ready At Dawn Studios is Deformers, a physics-based multiplayer arena brawler with a colorful, cartoonish art style. Up to eight players will shoot, ram, and throw each other off the arena, powering up and increasing the size of their squishy Form as they go on.
The game features several modes such as free-for-all, Form Ball, and team deathmatch. There also is a variety of maps including symmetrical, multi-tiered, and asymmetrical ones.
Xenoverse 2 is an upcoming Dragon Ball game developed by Dimps and published by Bandai. Much like its predecessor, it combines action, fighting, and RPG elements, and features an online hub where players can shop, fight, and undertake quests. The new hub, Conton City, is now seven times larger and supports up to 300 players on the same server. Players can get around using hover boards, and it is also possible to fly in certain areas after acquiring the ability to do so.
Plot-wise, the sequel takes place two years after the events of the first Xenoverse. Player joins the Time Patrol as a fresh recruit and fights to prevent villains from altering the Dragon Ball history. This time they also get to jump back in time to infiltrate Frieza’s army and even try to become the Cosmic Emperor.
WWE 2K17 is a wrestling game developed Yuke’s and Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports for current- and last-gen consoles. The upcoming title offers more responsive gameplay, introduces a new secondary submission system, features updated Ladders and Taunts, and adds thousands of new animations (source). WWE 2K17 also brings back playable backstage and crowd areas, something the fans have been asking for quite a while.
Four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and decorated NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Brock Lesnar is featured on the game’s cover.
Street Fighter V is the fifth main installment in Capcom’s massively popular fighting game franchise. It is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and features cross-platform play between PC and PlayStation 4. The game will offer 16 characters (including four new ones) at launch, with more to be added later. Six additional characters should be available within a year after launch, unlockable using in-game currency.
The upcoming title also has some new gameplay mechanics, such as V-Skills which replace the Focus Attacks from SF4. Using those as well as taking damage will fill the new V-Gauge, which can then be used to perform V-Reversals (counterattacks while blocking) or V-Triggers (special moves or power-ups unique to each fighter).
The upcoming tenth installment in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. The new title runs on a modified version of the dated Unreal Engine 3, which allows it to achieve 60 FPS at 1080p resolution on current-gen consoles. Story-wise it picks up where MK9 left off, and continues 25 years into the future.
Mortal Kombat X features returning as well as brand new fighters, and some new game mechanics, the most notable of which is probably character variations. There are three different versions of every character, each adding some unique attacks, special moves, or weapons, and significantly altering the playstyle. Scorpion’s Ninjutsu variation, for example, wields dual swords, whereas Hellfire focuses on fireballs, and Inferno allows him to summon a demonic minion.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is an upcoming fighting game developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco Games. It features large, fully 3D levels, environmental destruction, and battles in the air, on the ground, and under water. In addition to the online multiplayer with up to 3v3 team matches, it will also be possible to play locally.
The game’s Story Mode follows an original player-created character (customization options include race, gender, clothing, voice, etc.) and is said to offer 10+ hours of gameplay. The plot revolves around a pair of villains who attempt to rewrite the history of the Dragon Ball universe, while the player attempts to restore it.