Fighting games are a genre that has been around for decades, but they have never been more popular and diverse than they are today. Thanks to the advancements in technology, design, and community engagement, fighting games are attracting more players and fans than ever before.
Rollback & Crossplay
One of the main factors that has improved the quality and accessibility of fighting games is the implementation of rollback netcode and crossplay. Rollback netcode is a technique that reduces the lag and desynchronization that often plague online matches, especially when players are far apart geographically. Crossplay is a feature that allows players to play with each other regardless of their platform of choice, whether it’s PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch.
These features have been widely praised by both players and developers, as they enhance the online experience and expand the player base. Many fighting games have adopted rollback netcode and crossplay in recent years, such as Street Fighter 6, Tekken 8, Guilty Gear Strive, and Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising. Meanwhile, some older games have also received updates to include these features, such as Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Samurai Shodown.
Another factor that has contributed to the success and diversity of fighting games is the feedback from fans and developers. Fighting games are a genre that relies heavily on the input and opinions of the community, as they shape the balance, design, and content of the games for both the competitive and casual fan base. Developers have been using various methods to collect and use player feedback in a much faster pace, such as surveys, forums, social media, beta tests, and tournaments. All which has never been the case up until now.
On the other end however, another example of how fan support has influenced the development of fighting games is Under Night In-Birth 2 [Sys:Celes], the sequel to the critically acclaimed anime-style fighting game by French-Bread. The game announced in 2023 and just released this week, with new characters, stages, and mechanics. The game’s director and main battle programmer, Kamone Serizawa, revealed in a special message that the game was possible thanks to the overwhelming support of the fans, especially the North American fans. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the fans who have supported the series since its inception in 2012, and promised to deliver a game that will meet their expectations and surpass the previous installment.
Fighting games are a genre that has evolved and grown over the years, thanks to the technology, design, and community that support them. Fighting games are not only fun and competitive, but also diverse and inclusive, as they offer something for everyone. Whether you are a casual or hardcore player, a fan of anime or comics, a veteran or a newcomer, you can find a fighting game that suits your taste and style in 2024. Fighting games are thriving, and they are here to stay.