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Fantasy Strike getting full cross-play in Dec. 2019

Play together

Fantasy Strike's dev team has announced that the game is getting full crossplay, and it's going live sometime next month. Check out full details on the crossplay initiative below.

Next month, Fantasy Strike will have full crossplay amongst all its platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam (Mac, Windows, and Linux).

Since our launch on July 25th, we have already had the most crossplay that was possible due to Sony’s restrictions, which was to allow crossplay between PS4/Steam and between Switch/Steam. Sony has finally allowed us to convert to full crossplay amongst all our platforms, which we will deploy next month.

Specifically, this means that players on any platform will be able to play against players on any other platform when entering the casual play and ranked play queues. Also, players will be able to directly challenge other players (to matches in both the 1v1 character format and 3v3 team battle format) without needing to know or care which platform the other player is on. You simply add the player’s FantasyTag to your in-game friends list, then you can challenge or spectate them from there with one click.

As an indie fighting game dev, crossplay means the world to us. More so than many other genres, a fighting game needs a united player base in order to achieve fast queue times, fair matches, and the highest level of competition. Our queue times have already been good, with an average wait of less than 90 seconds across all hours of the week. With full crossplay, it will be even faster.

Fantasy Strike has already been able to bridge the gap between players of different fighting games. If you’re an expert at Killer Instinct, while your friend is an expert at Street Fighter, you can each reach basic competence in Fantasy Strike and start having good matches a lot faster than you either of you could in the other’s game. We’ve also been able to bridge the gap between controllers. Whether you prefer to play with a keyboard, a joystick, a Joy-Con, a hitbox, or a guitar, no controller gives any kind of hardware advantage. And now, we’re bridging the gap between platforms too. Play Fantasy Strike where you want, how you want, with you want.

Stay tuned for more information on when crossplay goes live next month. We’ll also be announcing an online tournament to celebrate (now accessible by all platforms!) very soon so keep an eye out for that, as well.

Be sure to join our Discord and follow us on Twitter for more news on our monthly updates to Fantasy Strike.

Thanks so much for supporting us, and we hope to see you (all of you!) in the queue!

Fantasy Strike Invitational Tournament being held Aug. 16th, 2019

The game's first tournament

Fantasy Strike has been out on Switch for a short amount of time, but the fighter is already getting its first official tournament. The Fantasy Strike Invitational Tournament is taking place tomorrow at 8 PM EDT, and will feature pro fighting game players such as LPN, Nicky, Infinitii, Forever King, Candy, Slayer, Kitana Prime, Wheels, Dr. Zyphox, Mikeand1ke, FinalAbe, Jackal, and more. You'll be able to watch a live-stream of the tournament right here.

Thanks to Greg for the heads up!

Fantasy Strike seeing release in Japan

Fantasy no more

Fantasy Strike, which recently hit Switch in Europe and North America, is going to launch in Japan as well. Sirlin Games has confirmed the news, but they haven't mentioned a price point or release date at this time. Once those details come in, we'll be sure to share.

Fantasy Strike dev blog aims to explain what makes this fighting game different

Fighting for your attention

Fantasy Strike is now available on Switch, and it's aiming to leave a mark on the fighting game scene for Switch. In a launch dev blog, the team behind the game explains just how different this fighting experience is. Check out a bit from the blog below, then click over for the full piece.

There are several notable features and innovative things about the game, so I’ll summarize them here. Innovation can come in many different flavors. Sometimes it’s pushing forward design in a new way, or usability, or technology, or even in introducing features or ways of doing things from one genre and applying them to another when it hasn’t been done before.

The things I’ll cover are:

Depth vs Complexity — Preserving depth with only a fraction of the complexity
User Interface for Friend Matches — One-click challenge / spectating, rare or unique in fighting games
Netcode — Pushing the technical envelope
Frame Advantage Visual Effects — The first fighting game in history to do this
Frame Step Mode — Possibly unique in its implementation, high value feature
Instructional Videos — Rare inclusion within the game itself
Ranked Mode Builds Tournaments On-the-fly — pushing the envelope on this rare feature
Team Battle Format — Unique implementation in the history of fighting games and has very good properties
Yomi counter mechanic — A new form of throw-escape
Single Player Content — Just a few notes

Full blog here

Fantasy Strike now available for Switch

Is this the real life?

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – July 25, 2019 – Fantasy Strike, the new fighting game from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix lead designer David Sirlin, launches today for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 while punching its way out of Steam Early Access on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Fantasy Strike is both a deep tournament game for hardcore genre fans and an introduction to the genre for newcomers. Its design philosophy centers around making the often-opaque aspects of the genre clear and understandable and helping players get to the strategic, decision-making phase of competition as soon as possible.

Beginners benefit from in-depth video tutorials for all 10 characters. These five-minute videos, available via a slick interface in the Learn section of the Main Menu, are narrated by game director David Sirlin. Novices and experts alike all benefit from innovative frame advantage visual effects — never seen in any fighting game before. This imagery communicates with each hit who will recover first and by how much, teaching players which attacks are risky and even shows moves that can be safe depending on timing and spacing.

The online play system seeks to further innovate in the genre by allowing one-click challenges from the in-game friends menu, as well as one-click spectating of any friend. The Ranked Mode uses built-on-the-fly tournaments and a team battle system unlike that of other games; it’s specifically designed to create maximum variety in character matchups for the community. The network code itself uses the excellent GGPO technology combined with proprietary latency-hiding tech that results in extraordinarily smooth online play for a fighting game.

Fantasy Strike also ships with a variety of single-player modes, including a traditional Arcade Mode with beautifully-illustrated story sequences, four Survival Modes, Daily Challenges, and a substantial Boss Rush mode where players build a deck of powerups against increasingly powerful AI bosses.

“I think it’s exciting that Fantasy Strike delivers as much or even more depth than players are used to in this genre while only needing a fraction of the complexity to do it,” said David Sirlin, game director, Sirlin Games. “We look forward to welcoming new faces into the community now that the game is available on consoles and in full release on PC.”

Fantasy Strike is out now via the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, and Steam for $29.99 / €32.99 / £28.99 / $46.99 AUD and supports English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, and Japanese language options.

To learn more about Fantasy Strike, visit the official website and follow the game on Twitter.

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Fantasy Strike

Fantasy Strike is a colorful fighting game where fantasy meets martial arts. It focuses on depth and strategy rather than difficult execution. It's designed for tournament play, but also to welcome you to the genre if you haven't played other fighting games before. Online play uses the excellent GGPO networking technology. Includes several single player modes.

Fantasy Strike - more gameplay

Fantasy Strike is a colorful fighting game where fantasy meets martial arts. It focuses on depth and strategy rather than difficult execution. It's designed for tournament play, but also to welcome you to the genre if you haven't played other fighting games before. Online play uses the excellent GGPO networking technology. Includes several single player modes.

Fantasy Strike Takes the Fight to Switch in July 2019

Fantasy becomes reality soon

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – June 27, 2019 – Fantasy Strike, the fighting game from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix lead designer David Sirlin, punches its way out of Steam Early Access and onto Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, and Linux on July 25, 2019.

The secret to how Fantasy Strike works as both a deep tournament game for hardcore genre fans as well as an introduction to the genre for newcomers is that both ends of the spectrum benefit from the game’s extreme emphasis on strategy over difficult controls. Both types of players can enjoy its innovations in making fighting games more readable and understandable than ever before, which help everyone make the most informed strategy decisions they can.

These innovations include a unique feature never seen in any fighting game before: a visual display of “frame advantage.” These graphical effects communicate which player will recover first after every hit and in how much time. Fantasy Strike also goes the extra mile to get everyone thinking strategically by including, inside the game itself, in-depth tutorial videos for all ten characters narrated by game director David Sirlin.

Fantasy Strike offers: an Arcade Mode with illustrated narrative bookends, a Boss Rush Mode that allows players draft their own deck of powerups against progressively powerful opponents, and Ranked Mode with built-on-the-fly tournaments and 3-on-3 team battles designed to offer a variety of matchups while removing the concepts of counter-picks. It also includes four Survival modes, a once-per-day Daily Challenge Mode, and, of course, local and online Versus featuring best-in-class GGPO networking technology for a fast and responsive online experience.

“Online play is so important to fighting games that we’re trying to push the genre forward here,” said David Sirlin, game director, Fantasy Strike. “Part of that is on our technical implementation of networking which somehow allows me, in California, to play my friend in Tokyo and have it feel totally responsive and smooth. The other part is modernizing the genre conventions for user interface so it’s just a single click to challenge a friend online and a single click to watch any friend’s match. Come try it out with us on July 25.”

Fantasy Strike will be available for $29.99 USD / €32.99 / £28.99 / $46.99 AUD with support for English, French, Spanish, Norwegian, and Japanese language options at launch.

To learn more about Fantasy Strike, visit the official website and follow the game on Twitter.

Fantasy Strike - gameplay footage

The streamlined controls get you to the fun decision-making part of fighting games as soon as possible. All moves are just a single button press, combos are easy, move lists are concise. Though Fantasy Strike is easy to get into, it's designed as a competitive tournament game with an emphasis on depth and balance. It's a mental sport that's difficult to master—just not difficult to control.

Fantasy Strike - gameplay footage + audio interview

Be an archer with fiery arrows, a colorful painter, a martial arts master who can transform into a dragon, and more! Fantasy meets martial arts in this vibrant world.

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