The fighting games genre was quite healthy last year, wasn’t it?
But it’s looking even bolder and way more impactful in 2017. The usual suspects are returning for another round of powerful projectiles and climatic finishers. Fighters that have already been released are getting fresh content in the form of new characters, stages, modes and balance updates. And a bunch of new and experimental IP’s that are looking to make their mark in the genre are on the horizon. In order to make sure you’re not out of the loop when these new fighters drop, we’ve compiled a listing of all the titles you need to prepare for.
Mark your calendar, get your arcade sticks ready and make sure you’re prepared when these 2017 fighters grace home consoles and PC.
Street Fighter V: Season 2
Developers: Capcom, Dimps
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: Throughout the Remainder of 2017
Street Fighter V started out in a very rough patch. But it really got back into prime fighting shape as 2016 kept rolling along. Season 2 technically started at the end of the year with the arrival of a balance patch and Akuma, but it’s truly going to kick into high gear in 2017. What we definitely know about SFV’s future DLC is that all of the new fighters coming from S2 will be entirely new to the Street Fighter universe. Does that mean we’ll get guest characters and possibly some of the newer faces that popped up in the game’s cinematic story mode? We hope so! SFV is ready to get even better throughout the remainder of 2017. On another note, Killer Instinct and The King of Fighters XIV are getting their fair share of DLC characters, stages, costumes and balance changes too.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: February 3
It breaks our heart to know that the Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise will no longer be with us from this point forward. But we’re happy to see that it went out on a really high note. The 4th installment in the series featured all the insane Quick Time Events and boss battles the series is known for. Plus the roster damn near covered every facet of Naruto’s Shinobi world. As a final gift to everyone who’s been with the franchise since its inception, the devs behind it are making the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie playable. This DLC expansion adds a sizable offering of new characters, Ultimate Jutsu moves and a thorough playthrough of Boruto’s action-packed journey. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to the Hidden Leaf Village. Thanks for everything, CyberConnect2!
Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe
Developer: FK Digital
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: March 15
Back on the PS3, the digital release of Chaos Code came out of nowhere. It turned out to be a pretty solid 2D fighter with a…well, “unique” cast (that massive chef and ninja decked out in robot armor were some of the characters we grew enamored with). FK Digital went into update mode for its anime fighter, which is how we’ve arrived at Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe. Four new fighters (two of them being PS4 exclusives) is one of the expected add-on’s for this upgraded release. But a feature that was sorely lacking from the last game is thankfully getting added to New Sign of Catastrophe – ONLINE PLAY! Hopefully this does wonders for the game and grants it more of an interested audience.