Arika's Fighting EX Layer Announces New Character, Digital Release Before End Of June

Fighting EX Layer, Arika’s 3D fighting game, was shown off in a livestream last night where the studio announced a new character and confirmed a digital release before the end of June.

The game has been a bit of a curiosity since its initial reveal. After numerous attempts to get a successor to Street Fighter EX or Fighting Layer off the ground, Arika familiarized themselves with Unreal Engine and released test footage of what they had been experiment with on the odd date of April 1 last year. After fan response to the possible joke was so positive, Arika decided to move forward with the game, and has been steadily revealing characters like fan favorite Skullomania over the last year.

During a livestream last night, Arika introduced Shadowgeist, a returning character from the Street Fighter EX series. That makes ten of the twelve character roster, with the rest listed below.

  • Allen Snider
  • Blair Dame
  • Darun Mister
  • Skullomania
  • Garuda
  • Shirase
  • Jack
  • Kairi
  • Doctrine Dark 

The game will be released in two different versions – a $59.99 full version with all the characters and fifteen “Gougi” decks; and a $39.99 version with ten characters and five “Gougi” decks, which are used for customizing power-ups for characters. The game will not have a story mode, won’t support PS3 arcade sticks upon release, and will only have Japanese voices. Arika has said that if the game is successful, however, a physical release is possible, as is a PC version.

The game, as of now, is launching only as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.


Our Take
I played the game a bit at PSX and during the beta and it seemed fine, but I’m real confused by that pricing scheme. That said, Fighting Layer had a midboss that was just fighting a shark so I’m hoping they bring that back.

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