In a Twitch livestream hosted by IPlayWinner, Joey "The Wizard" Cueller, co-founder of the Evolution Fighting Game Tournament Series, announced just what games will be featured in this year's festivities. Those games are:
- Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Matches to be 3 out of 5)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- King of Fighters XIII
- Killer Instinct
- Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo's approval pending)
Overall no real surprises in the main lineup for this year's event. The two new games in the tournament, Killer Instinct and Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma have grown enough popularity around the world to earn their debut spots. However Blazblue's entry comes with a condition for the developers: The game is to be featured after a gameplay-balance patch that should be implemented before June, otherwise the character Kokonoe would be banned from competitive use. 'Evil Wizard' Cueller would also go on to explain a few more tidbits about the tournament:
- Ever since EVO 2013, Tekken has dropped off of relevance quite rapidly, kind of like a child celebrity turned adult; a shame too because Tekken's 20th anniversary is just around the corner. The EVO team didn't want to risk featuring an outdated game when Bandai Namco could come up with something special for the occasion just in time for the big show, hence why Tekken has been excluded from the tournament. Let's just say Tekken fans (and 3D fighting gamers in general) didn't take this news well. Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken's director doesn't seem to mind at all.
- The traditional Road to EVO is essentially gone this year, making CEO's Founder Alex Jebailey a little sad inside. Wanting to try out something new, the EVO team has implemented an experimental system that will allow any major tournament to award players with seeding points, as long as they pertain the featured games and have a sufficient number of participants. The tournament organizers will just have to submit their results to the team for it to take effect.
- Developer panels are making a return. Who will attend has not been announced, but expect at least Capcom to show up. Maybe Double Helix as well if not the new unannounced developers for Killer Instinct season 2.
- Speaking of 20th Anniversaries this year will also be the 20th Anniversary for Super Street Fighter II Turbo. To commemorate this, Super Turbo specialists and legends of FGC past will come together at EVO for X-Mania, the famous national SSFIIT single elimination 3v3 tournament, being held in another country other than Japan for the first time.
I have to admit; every time I see news of EVO approaching, the choice between going to the EVO tournament in Las Vegas or SGC is getting increasingly harder, especially since they're unfortunately scheduled at the same weekend as each other. For those of you who decide to walk the path of the warrior better get to training. They can also reserve their rooms for the July weekend now following this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=20969221
Comment Question: Are you satisfied with the games chosen for this event? Who's planning to go to Las Vegas for EVO (and miss out on all the fun of SGC)?
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