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 was 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.

RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling – Developer's Vlog: Episode #37Episode #37 of the Developer's Vlog! Testing, Testing, Testing!!!!!! RetroMania Wrestling is the official sequel to WWF WrestleFest, the arcade hit from 1991. For more information on RetroMania Wrestling: Follow RetroMania Wrestling on Social Media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: You can pre-order RetroMania Wrestling right now for Steam and Nintendo Switch:…2021-01-19T04:11:16Z

Developer: Retrosoft Studios
Publisher: Retrosoft Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
Release Date: February 26

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.

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

Hellish Quart

Hellish Quart on GOG.COM and Demo Is Live Again!Hellish Quart is an upcoming fighting game about sword dueling, in which the blades really clash using physics, and the characters use motion captured fencing techniques. Play as one of many 17th century warriors and use sabers, rapiers, broadswords and many other blades in single player campaign, arcade, or local multiplayer with friends. Play the…2020-12-18T14:50:34Z

Developer: Kubold
Publisher: Kubold
Platform: PC (Steam)
Release Date: February TBA

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.

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GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- Trailer#7 – January 1st, 2021■Official website: -GUILTY GEAR : the next entry to the series- 「GUILTY GEAR」シリーズ最新作「GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-」始動! ■GUILTY GEAR Official twitter HEAVEN OR HELL! LET'S ROCK! Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, the revolutionary fighting game series GUILTY GEAR returns in 2021 with a breathtaking new game! 1998年に第1作目が発売され、 2018年にシリーズ20周年を迎えた2D対戦格闘ゲーム「GUILTY GEAR」シリーズ。 その待望の最新作が、2021年4月9日発売予定! 今回のトレーラーでは、本作のプレイアブルキャラクター「御津闇慈」のバトルスタイルをご覧いただけます。 © ARC SYSTEM…2021-01-01T00:00:15Z

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platform: PS5, PS4, PC (Steam)
Release Dates: April 6 (Deluxe & Ultimate Editions), April 9 (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.


The King of Fighters XV

KOF XV|MEITENKUN|Character Trailer #2 (4K)THE KING OF FIGHTERS XV is coming 2021! 新作対戦格闘ゲーム『THE KING OF FIGHTERS XV』、2021年に発売決定! 신작 대전격투게임 “더 킹 오브 파이터즈 XV” 2021년에 발매 결정! 对战格斗游戏新作『THE KING OF FIGHTERS XV』决定于2021年发售! 對戰格鬥遊戲新作『THE KING OF FIGHTERS XV』決定於2021年發售! ©SNK CORPORATION ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. #SNK #KOF #KOF152021-01-21T01:50:50Z

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 – Dev Update #1Are you asking what we managed to do since the end of our Kickstarter campaign? Chief developer Peter Adamondy is here for your to explain all these steps and to wish you happy Christmas holiday 🎅 ! Die By the Blade on Steam:… Subscribe to our newsletter and get exclusive behind the scenes content:…2020-12-23T10:52:37Z

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 Gameplay 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.

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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

Mike Lee VS Miyamoto Ren (BETA Gameplay)This is an extremely rare high-level gameplay footage from our dev team. Maybe you even can learn a thing or two from watching it! Want to join the BETA on Steam? Join our Discord to claim a key: Follow us on social for more info: Twitter: Discord: Facebook: Also, be sure…2020-01-09T11:39:20Z

Developer: NEXT Studios
Publisher: NEXT Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
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
Samurai Shodown (2019) (Xbox Series X|S): March 16
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (PS4): 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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