Company representatives from Capcom, SNK, Bandai Namco and others converged for the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable. Held in Japan, this developers’ conference aimed to discuss the state of the fighting game genre. Tekken 7 and Soul Caliber VI, along with Guilty Gear Strive, were prominently featured.
Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable
The conference served as a platform for developers to give fans a first look at upcoming content. While informative, the conference did not deliver much by way of groundbreaking content.
Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada reached out to IBM in hopes of implementing more intuitive AI. Harada hopes to create an AI that is indistinguishable from a human opponent. But this AI would still remain fun to play against.
Throughout the broadcast, various companies took their turn to debut new content.
New FGC Content
Bandai Namco announced the fourth season for Tekken 7 and revealed Setsuka as the newest character for Soul Caliber VI. SNK announced a third season of Samurai Shodown, yet remained silent with regard to the development of King of Fighters XV. Arc System Works provided gameplay for next year’s Guilty Gear Strive. Arc also revealed that the game will see a Playstation 5 release.
On the esports front, Bandai Namco announced online tournaments for both Tekken 7 and Soul Caliber VI to run from August to December. Because of COVID-19, the company put a halt to ranking events across all its major titles. Bandai Namco said they will upgrade network capabilities to better accommodate the tournaments.
While Capcom was present, the company opted to stay mum ahead of their planned summer event on August 5. AEW’s Kenny Omega will serve as a special guest host as the company prepares to reveal new characters, features and upgrades while Street Fighter V enters its presumed final season.
FGC fans are excited about everything today’s Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable revealed. The fighting game community struggled recently with EVO Online 2020 canceled, and this event brings important energy to the scene.
Written by Danny Howard