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Skullgirls Encore debuts palette-swap Fukua

Lab Zero Games are some merry pranksters, debuting a new Skullgirls Encore character named Fukua, a clear palette-swap of Filia, in what's pretty clearly an April Fools joke. Isn't it?

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One of the unspoken rules of fighting games is that you can never have too many clones, whether it's the dozens of ninja variants in Mortal Kombat or some of the more-recent palette swaps in the Street Fighter series. Lab Zero Games is getting in on the clone wars with a new playable character for Skullgirls Encore, who's clearly an April Fools gag. Or is she?

Today's new trailer pokes fun at the cloning and palette-swapping trend of fighting games by introducing Fukua, a palette swap of current character Filia. Unlike Filia, however, she has her own unique move set.

On the surface, Fukua's inclusion might sound like an April Fools joke, but the trailer below seems to indicate that a lot of work went into creating her. And in fact, Lab Zero has gone the extra mile and made her a playable character in both the PC and PS3 versions of Skullgirls Encore. According to Polygon, Fukua may end up being a mainstay character, after all, depending on whether the Skullgirls community wants to keep her around.

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    April 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Skullgirls Encore debuts palette-swap Fukua.

    Lab Zero Games are some merry pranksters, debuting a new Skullgirls Encore character named Fukua, a clear palette-swap of Filia, in what's pretty clearly an April Fools joke. Isn't it?

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      April 1, 2014 3:44 PM

      Hahaha, this is a move-by-move riff on Capcom's unveil of Decapre as Ultra Street Fighter 4's 5th new character (which of course everyone derided as, "WTF, a Cammy palette swap?! LAME!")

      For reference: http://www.shacknews.com/article/83566/decapre-is-ultra-street-fighter-4s-5th-new-character

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        April 1, 2014 3:55 PM

        Yeah, awesome move. Capcom deserves grief for that one.

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        April 1, 2014 3:56 PM

        You'd think I'd have recognized this, considering I originally wrote that story.

        Nope.

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          April 1, 2014 9:01 PM

          Well, I've been paying attention to fighting games a bit lately. I just picked up BlazBlue: Chronophantasma on Sunday.

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      April 1, 2014 4:34 PM

      afaik she's only the PC builds. Mike Z was on a stream this morning and said that it would have been impossible to release her on time on the console version.

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        April 1, 2014 4:58 PM

        Yeah, there was no PS3 patch today. On the Skullgirls IRC Mike Z mentioned that they got the idea late last week and put a total of about 3 days work into her since she's all recycled Filia animations. No way to submit her to Sony or Microsoft and get certified in time.

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