The Upcoming Fighting Games of 2017

Rivals of Aether

Rivals of Aether – Steam Launch TrailerRivals of Aether is an indie fighting game available on Steam and Xbox One. Find out more at Animation by Studio Yotta.

Developer: Dan Fornace
Publisher: Dan Fornace
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: March 28

Fire. Water. Air. And Earth. No, these elements aren’t alluding to some new Airbender game. We’re speaking on the powers that can be called upon in battle within Rivals of Aether. This 8-bit fighter features a roster full of mystical animals who clash, Super Smash Bros. style. It’s been playable in Steam and Xbox One Early Access mode for a while now, but now it’s ready to become officially available for both consoles’ fanbases this year. If you still haven’t managed to give it a chance, do yourself a favor and rectify that error. Rivals of Aether is easy enough to get into, but the deeper combo mechanics and stage movement tricks make it a cut above other Smash-like games.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Rivals of Aether on PC (Early Access).

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Rivals of Aether (Game Preview).


Brawlout Nintendo Switch Launch TrailerOut now on Nintendo Switch: Brawlout is the party fighting game, designed for couch play, online matches and competitive tournaments. A NEW CHALLENGER HAS APPEARED IN THE PLATFORM FIGHTER ARENA! For more details, follow @brawloutgame :

Developer: Angry Mob
Publisher: Angry Mob
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 20 (PC), December 19 (Nintendo Switch), Early 2018 (PS4 & Xbox One)

There’s been a whole lot of fighters getting released these days that are more akin to the mechanics seen in Super Smash Bros. One of the newest games of that type is Angry Mob’s take on the genre, Brawlout. The better parts of Nintendo’s party fighter appear here – an eccentric roster, tons of character archetypes, vibrant stages with platforming opportunities and the chance to pull off big combos. Props go out to Brawlout for featuring some impressive visuals that play well to its animated art style. Everything we’ve seen so far from this fighter has us very confident about the final product being worth investing in. Carefully choose your Exemplar and head into battle for some good old fashioned local and online beatdowns.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Brawlout.

River City Melee: Battle Royal

River City Melee: Battle Royal Special Official Trailer(EN)Official trailer for River City Melee: Battle Royal Special. Release date: April 28, 20172017-02-08T02:43:46.000Z

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: H2 Interactive
Platform: PS4
Release Date: April 28

River City Ransom has entered OG status as far as old school beat ’em up’s are concerned. All those mini brawlers will return once again in a 4-player fighter spinoff known as River City Melee: Battle Royal. Four players can butt heads across several stages with crazy dynamic events, such as collapsing floors and successful soccer goals leading to maximum damage to your competition. Arc System Works (the devs behind BlazBlue) have made sure to replicate the fast-paced fisticuffs mechanics seen in the original games and make them even better. Special moves, throws, air attacks, big combos and throwing items all play a part in how you’ll KO everyone else on the field. River City Melee: Battle Royal scratches that 80’s nostalgia itch of yours and celebrates the chaos of the original River City Ransom.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase River City Melee: Battle Royal.

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