David Sirlin’s Fantasy Strike Enters Steam Early Access

EMERYVILLE, CA—Sept. 14th, 2017—Fantasy Strike, the accessible fighting game from Super
Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix lead designer David Sirlin, begins round one with today’s release on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac. Fantasy Strike will simultaneously come to PlayStation 4 when it exits early access and officially launches in 2018.

Designed with accessibility in mind, Fantasy Strike provides players with a rare experience in the world of fighting games: a game that’s unusually easy to jump into, yet with the depth of strategy and tactics that hardcore fans of the genre expect.

Fantasy Strike’s diverse roster of combatants includes a painter, a watchmaker, flame archer, a dragon-man, and more. It’s fifth and latest battle arena debuts in today’s release: the beautiful Morningstar Sanctuary—the in-world location of the Fantasy Strike tournament itself. A full set of game modes are also available, including arcade, practice, local versus, and online play with the best-in- class GGPO networking technology to minimize online lag.

The Steam Early Access release also unveils many new graphical improvements to cel-shading and visual effects as well as a new “Friend Match” feature. True to Fantasy Strike’s mission to be as approachable as possible, Friend Match allows players to challenge friends online without the hassle of creating lobbies or bothering with external Steam menus. To play a friend, you simply highlight their name in your in-game Steam friends list, click challenge, then you and your friend are presented with the same flow as if you were playing the local versus mode together in the same room.

“Whether you’re an expert at fighting games or new to the genre, there’s a big hump you have
to get over in any new fighting game before you can ‘play for real’,” said David Sirlin, President, Sirlin Games. “Before you get to the juicy part where it’s all about your decisions, you have to be able to actually do all the moves, do the basic combos, know your entire move list, and so on. From its inception, Fantasy Strike has been about launching experts and new players past the usual training mode drudgery as fast as possible. We want you enjoying the intricate dance of fighting games in minutes, not in weeks or months.”

Fantasy Strike will launch for $19.99 on Steam Early Access. The game will be available in English with additional language support planned for the final release in 2018.

To learn more about Fantasy Strike, visit the game’s Steam page.

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About Sirlin Games

David Sirlin, lead designer of Street Fighter HD Remix, author of Playing to Win and a former
pro fighting game player, helms Sirlin Games, an independent video game developer based in
Emeryville, California that specializes in competitive multiplayer games.

Second Fantasy Strike Free Demo Weekend Set for August 11-14th on PC, Mac

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - August 7 - A pre-alpha build of Fantasy Strike, the accessible fighting game for everyone from beginners to fighting game pros, will be available for free this coming weekend. Developed by Sirlin Games,  Fantasy Strike will launch for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac in late 2018.

The free period will take place worldwide beginning August 11th at 11am PT and end on August 14th at 11:59pm PT. Simply download the Free Weekend build of the game, unzip it, then run the Fantasy Strike app. The builds are available for download here. The app will not function before or after the Free Weekend period.

The pre-alpha build will provide full access to eight playable characters and four stages. Online quick match play supporting cross-play between PC and Mac gamers, a local versus mode, a full-featured training mode and an arcade mode will be available in this preview. It includes many changes since the last free weekend event, including faster pacing, a dedicated button for throwing, smoother online play (using GGPO networking), balance changes, and several graphics improvements.

Fantasy Strike is still in a pre-alpha state, meaning it is not feature complete. The content and features players will see are still in development.

Sirlin Games is running a crowd-publishing campaign for  Fantasy Strike on Fig, offering both reward opportunities and investment in Fig Game Shares for Fantasy Strike that will generate a return based on the game's sales revenue.

About Sirlin Games

David Sirlin, lead designer of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, author of Playing to Win and a former pro fighting game player, helms Sirlin Games, an independent video game developer based in Emeryville, California that specializes in competitive multiplayer games.

Fantasy Strike Free Demo Weekend Set for July 28-30th on PC, Mac

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - July 26 - A pre-alpha build of Fantasy Strike, the accessible fighting game for everyone from beginners to fighting game pros, will be available for free this weekend. Developed by Sirlin Games,  Fantasy Strike will launch for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac in late 2018.

The free period will take place worldwide beginning July 28th at 11am PT and end on July 30th at 11:59pm PT. Simply download the Free Weekend build of the game, unzip it, then run the Fantasy Strike app. The builds are available for download here. The app will not function before or after the Free Weekend period.

The pre-alpha build will provide full access to eight playable characters and four stages. Online quick match play supporting cross-play between PC and Mac gamers, a local versus mode, a full-featured training mode and an arcade mode will be available in this preview.

Fantasy Strike is still in a pre-alpha state, meaning it is not feature complete. The content and features players will see are still in development.

Sirlin Games is running a crowd-publishing campaign for  Fantasy Strike on Fig, offering both reward opportunities and investment in Fig Game Shares for Fantasy Strike that will generate a return based on the game's sales revenue.

About Sirlin Games

David Sirlin, lead designer of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, author of Playing to Win and a former pro fighting game player, helms Sirlin Games, an independent video game developer based in Emeryville, California that specializes in competitive multiplayer games.