Some of our long-term readers may remember that last year we wrote about the, at the time, approaching EVO tournament event. Well this year the hype is starting today! Last night EVO co-founder Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar and Mike Ross (The People’s Champion) broadcast the official line up for this years EVO from Twitch HQ in San Francisco.
For those who don’t know what EVO is, it is THE biggest event in the FGC (Fighting Game Community) calendar for the year, the biggest names in the pro Fighting Game scene will be battling it out on a variety of different games to be crowned the best.
This years games have been announced as follows:
- Ultra Street Fighter 4
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Super Smash Bros for Wii U
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
- Killer Instinct
- Mortal Kombat X
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
- Smash Bros Melee
- Tekken 7 (Arcade)
Tekken 7 is an interesting addition, as it will be the first world tournament for the game which I believe still won’t be released at that point. Bandai Namco plan to bring the demo to various FGC events throughout the year for players to see the changes, but could make for an interesting tournament.
Also I’ve got to say that its good to see two Smash Bros games and 2 ‘Anime’ games included in the line up. While excellent the new Super Smash Bros for Wii U has a different fan base than the 2.5 generation old Smash Bros Melee. Many expected big events to only host one of the games (if that lots of the time). So while I don’t play Smash on Wii U competitively, I am a big Nintendo fan so I’m glad to see both titles get some time in the spotlight and not have a salty rift in the player base of older Melee players who don’t want to be forced into the new version vs the new players who perhaps have come to the Smash series in the latest iteration but can’t play their game on the biggest stage.
We’ll no doubt do another post nearer the time in July building the hype and telling you what to look out for if you don’t follow the FGC, and if you’re really good we’ll do a write-up after the event as well.