Street Fighter 5 just came out a day ago, Mortal Kombat X is getting an update with it’s online functionality and character DLC. Guilty Gear Revelator will be out in late May/early June (depending on the region) and King of Fighters 14 will be out some time this year as well. PC players will have access to Killer Instinct right along with the X1. That game is about to get it’s season 3 update.
What does a fighting game have to do at this time to gain the majority of the community’s attention? Sure, people play multiple games, but which one will be the standard? You can think of them like food dishes: Some servings are very light, some have a little extra and others are like a pu pu platter.
IMO, I think Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator has the biggest potential. Street Fighter 5 is on PS4 and PC. The updated Mortal Kombat X will be on PS4 and X1. King of Fighters 14 is a PS4 exclusive. Killer Instinct is on X1 and on it’s way to PC, but Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator will have the audience of PS4, PS3 and PC. These platforms for the genre and serious competition are key to a very large part of the community.
Guilty Gear is filled with depth and the styles of the characters are all diverse. All characters are represented in tournament play, which means a player isn’t forced to play with a character they don’t enjoy. The new series has a very nice story mode for people that are interested in the game’s lore. There’s a new and easier to play through tutorial mode to get new players adjusted and a trial mode with practical combos and setups. New characters are being added and old favorites are being updated.
The only thing that really needs improving is the netcode. Japan’s connection is totally different from the rest of the world (like USA or Europe) that has players separated by hundreds of miles. With that function fixed (in combination with their updated lobby system), it has the potential, but will they take advantage of it?