All Upcoming Fighting Games of 2021

Guilty Gear Strive

Arc System Works

2020 was a pretty sucky year, all things considered.

The pandemic that kept us all from enjoying each other’s company at our usual hang-out spots changed everything as we know it. For the FGC (Fighting Game Community), its dedicated members were forced to engage in online tournaments for their favorite games instead of taking on the live competition existing in close proximity. That major change in the way fighting game tourneys were experienced worked to some extent. And thankfully, a nice selection of quality fighters launched and kept its assorted fans satisfied all the while.

With a new year comes a huge selection of brand new games. And as expected, a good number of them will let you claim victory over your opponents through careful play and combo mastery. These are the upcoming fighting games you need to play in 2021.


Hellish Quart

Hellish Quart IS OUT! Also – new Barabasz moves, new songSteam Early Access (the game is out!): store.steampowered.com/app/1000360 gog.com (the game is out!): gog.com/game/hellish_quart Hellish Quart is out! The game price is $16,99 with 15% discount on the first week. Regional prices may vary. In next update (today probably) you'll get some new Barabasz combat moves and a new song! Hellish Quart is a fighting…2021-02-17T11:59:13Z

Developer: Kubold
Publisher: Kubold
Platform: PC (Steam, GOG)
Release Date: February 16

Hellish Quart goes the Bushido Blade route for its one-on-one duels. It incorporates motion-captured fencing techniques and relies on physics-based mechanics to power its clashes between masterful fencers. The game’s roster features a solid lineup of 17th-century warriors that do battle with sabers, rapiers, broadswords, and so much more. Besides intense clashes with the AI, you’ll also get to engage in local multiplayer battles. Hellish Quart’s realistic swordplay and historical setting provide a perfect match for this intriguing weapons-based fighter.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Hellish Quart on PC.


RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling | Official Game Trailer!Here is the final trailer for RetroMania Wrestling! WHAT A RUSH! For more information on RetroMania Wrestling: retromaniawrestling.com/​ Follow RetroMania Wrestling on Social Media: Facebook: facebook.com/retrosoftstudios Twitter: twitter.com/retrosoftstudio​ Instagram: instagram.com/retrosoftstudios2021-02-02T00:25:56Z

Developer: Retrosoft Studios
Publisher: Retrosoft Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
Release Dates: February 26 (PC – Steam), March 23 (Xbox One), March 30 (Nintendo Switch), May 2 (PS4)

If you’re an old-school wrestling head that practically lived in the arcades during its heyday, then you most likely spent plenty of quarters on WWF Wrestlefest. Retrosoft Studios has a soft spot in its heart for that classic in-ring brawler, which is why they’ve opted to produce an official sequel to that game. Enter RetroMania Wrestling, a throwback to simplistic yet wholly engaging wrestling games. Real-world wrestlers that hail from the indy scene and present-day NWA are joined by recognizable Hall of Famers within this retro wrestling experience. RetroMania Wrestling’s easy to pick up and play combat mechanics should do enough to make you and your fellow wrestling fans appreciate its nods to the good old days.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase RetroMania Wrestling.

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase RetroMania Wrestling.

Buy a Nintendo eShop Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase RetroMania Wrestling.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing RetroMania Wrestling on PC.


GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-

Guilty Gear -Strive- Starter Guide #16 – I-No■Official website: guiltygear.com/ggst/jp/news/obt2/ -GUILTY GEAR : the next entry to the series- 「GUILTY GEAR」シリーズ最新作「GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-」始動! *This video is based on the open beta test #2 version of Guilty Gear -Strive- ※動画の内容はオープンβテスト版に準じます。 【ゲーム内容】 常に"最先端"を産み出し続ける「ギルティギア」シリーズが贈る最新作『GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-』 洗練されたシステム、極まるアニメーション映像、個性あふれる15キャラクターによる、手に汗握るぶつかり合いの連続を体感せよ! ◆超美麗、手描きアニメと見紛うグラフィック! 手描きアニメにしか見えない超美麗グラフィックは更に進化。細部まで徹底的にこだわり抜いた新世代の映像表現! ◆格闘ゲームの最先端! 対戦格闘の新機軸を目指して制作された本作。プレイヤーの裾野を広げつつ、ギルティギアらしい奥深いゲーム性を両立。ステージ端を取り払う大胆なギミックをはじめ、格闘ゲームならではの熱い読み合いを生み出す緻密なシステム。 ◆因縁、決着! 20余年に渡り紡がれてきたギルティギアの奥深いストーリー。描かれてきた数々の因縁がついに決着!そして明かされる驚愕の真実とは―― 【ストーリー】 脅威の元凶「慈悲無き啓示」を討ち倒したソル=バッドガイ。 再び手に入れた休息を楽しむ暇もなく、彼の元に驚愕のニュースが飛び込んで来た。 GEARを生み出し聖戦を引き起こし、人類史上最大最悪の大罪人と呼ばれる「あの男」こと「飛鳥=R=クロイツ」が米国政府に投降したのだ。 自分をGEARに改造した男。積年の復讐の相手であり、かつての親友でもある。 真意を推し量りながら、ソルは得物を手に立ち上がるのだった。 ―――「あの男」との因縁に決着(ケリ)をつけるために。 © ARC SYSTEM WORKS2021-05-13T00:58:13Z

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC (Steam)
Release Dates: June 8 (Deluxe & Ultimate Editions), June 11 (Standard Edition)

Daisuke Ishiwatari, the Japanese video game developer known for his work with the Guilty Gear franchise, is going big with the series’ 2021 installment. And by the looks of it, the word “big” is an understatement. Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, and a host of returning/brand new characters are back to rev it up with anime-stylized weapons’ clashes. The presentation is even more gorgeous than before thanks to camera close-ups of big moves and the ability to knock your opponent to a new place on the current stage you’re doing battle on. The series’ signature metal soundtrack is still intact, the legacy combatants mark their return with refreshing new gear and the one-on-one action is just as hype as it’s ever been.

Buy GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- here.


Melty Blood: Type Lumina

MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA Teaser TrailerThe trailer for "MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA" has been released. This game is scheduled for world-wide release on PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One in 2021 in Japanese, English, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), and Korean. *Voice acting is in Japanese only. Official Twitter → twitter.com/MB_LUMINA​ Official website → meltyblood.typelumina.com/en/2021-03-30T11:28:47Z

Developer: French-Bread
Publisher: Project Lumina
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBA

Anime fighting game fans have probably put an ungodly amount of hours into the little-known yet still heralded Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code. While a lot of folks associate that game with the running joke of being the type of fighter that has bathroom tournaments, hardcore fighting game fans know just how complex and hype Melty Blood can be. The announcement of a brand new entry in the series came out of nowhere and has now garnered a bit of excitement now that footage is out. Melty Blood: Type Lumina updates the series’ anime visuals and retains the exciting battle mechanics it’s celebrated for. The characters that hail from Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon will engage in battle for all to see and enjoy in this one, so be ready to enter the fray.


The King of Fighters XV

KOF XV|LEONA HEIDERN|Trailer #18THE KING OF FIGHTERS XV is coming 2021! snk-corp.co.jp/official/kof-xv/ ©SNK CORPORATION ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. #SNK #KOF #KOF152021-05-13T01:59:17Z

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Platform: TBA
Release Date: TBA

Shun’ei, Kyo, Mai, and the rest of The King of Fighters gang are back once again! SNK’s signature team-based fighter is entering its 15th official series installment and looks even better than ever. Compared to the visuals of its predecessor, The King of Fighters XV looks far more impressive in motion. Plenty of fan-favorite fighters will come along for the ride alongside a slew of new tournament entrants, of course. The action looks to be as fast and furious as past series installments and it seems like the outcome of the last tourney will play a huge part in who will step up to take the role of the dreaded final boss. All in all, KOF XV looks to raise the stakes and deliver a fighter that SNK fanatics can champion proudly.


Die by the Blade

Die by the Blade – Still on TrackSTILL ON TRACK Still alive, still quarantined, still on track, still fighting to get there! Join us on the journey: discord.gg/a3Fs5DW Share and spread the word! May your swords stay sharp dbtbgame.com Song: Timur Haisyn – Brutal Fervour (No Copyright Music) Music provided by Tunetank. Free Download: bit.ly/2WuTq9d Video Link: youtu.be/4k2S-30eGyQ2021-01-19T20:02:10Z

Developers: Triple Hill Interactive, Toko Midori Games
Publisher: Grindstone
Platform: PC (Steam)
Release Date: TBA

Hellish Quart isn’t the only Bushido Blade inspired fighter that’s on its way. Die by the Blade is also stepping into the 1v1 sword-fighter arena and incorporates the best components of Way of the Samurai and Dark Souls. This close-quarters fighter features local/multiplayer battles alongside single-player, AI-focused conflicts. Fights can end in a single hit if you’re strategic enough to land one, plus the game features a deep parrying & blocking system that keeps you from dying so easily. Die by the Blade’s “Samuraipunk” aesthetic provides a unique background for each and every hotly contested sword fight you’ll participate in.


Phantom Breaker: Omnia

Phantom Breaker: Omnia – Waka vs. Sophia Gameplaygematsu.com/tag/phantom-breaker-omnia gematsu.com/gallery/phantom-breaker-omnia Phantom Breaker: Omnia ————————– Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Publisher: Rocket Panda Games Developer: Mages., GameLoop2020-12-08T16:23:13Z

Developers: Mages., GameLoop
Publisher: Rocket Panda Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
Release Date: TBA

You’ve either experienced Phantom Breaker through its original fighting game form or delved into its chibi-stylized beat ’em up spinoff title. That previously released 2D fighter is getting a welcome upgrade that will transform it into the most definitive version released thus far. Phantom Breaker: Omnia includes past members of the roster and adds two brand new challenges into the fray. The soundtrack has been remixed to match modern-day standards, the story mode campaigns have thankfully been kept intact, and your usual array of fighting game balance changes will also come along for the wild ride.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Phantom Breaker: Omnia.

Buy an Xbox Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Phantom Breaker: Omnia.

Buy a Nintendo eShop Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Phantom Breaker: Omnia.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Phantom Breaker: Omnia on PC.


Metal Revolution

Metal Revolution – Mobile TrailerMetal Revolution is the groundbreaking new fighting game that brings the soul of the classics into a new era. Embrace the new generation of the fighting genre with intuitive controls, deep gameplay mechanics, and console quality graphics at 60 fps. Whether you're a casual gamer or a fighting game purist, it's time grab your quarters…2021-04-09T12:08:43Z

Developer: NEXT Studios
Publisher: NEXT Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), iOS, Android
Release Date: TBA

The developers behind Metal Revolution may be embracing a more minimalist control scheme, but that doesn’t mean its robot brawler will be a brain-dead brawler. This fast-paced fighter gives players the freedom to get as creative as possible with each robotic combatant on the roster. The visual sheen is extra clean, which helps the chaotic and extra flashy combos and super moves look all the more mind-blowing in action. Metal Revolution’s fast and furious combat looks like it’ll result in the FGC getting another title to throw their massive support behind.


And here’s a few fighting games that were released years prior, but are now making their way to certain consoles for the first time in 2021:

The King of Fighters XIV Ultimate Edition (PS4): January 20
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (PS4): February 8
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (Nintendo Switch): February 17
Mighty Fight Federation (PS5, PS4): February 25
Samurai Shodown (2019) (Xbox Series X|S): March 16
Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash (Nintendo Switch): April 15
Touhou Hyouibana: Antinomy of Common Flowers (PS4, Nintendo Switch): April 22
Action Arcade Wrestling (Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch): TBA
Breakers Collection (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam): TBA
Super Slime Arena (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch): TBA
GUTS (PS4, Xbox One): TBA

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