This past week has been one interesting week for the Fighting Game Community; mainly due to the discussion and controversy surrounding the recently revealed EVO 2018 Lineup. The Evolution Tournament series is one of the longest running annual fighting game tournament series of all time, as well as the biggest – and with this year shaping up to being yet another big year for Fighting Games, many players from various communities have had their hopes held high for their favorite fighter to make it into the lineup.
Evolution 2018 will be taking place a bit later this year than usual, with it now being held on August from the 3rd-5th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This years EVO lineup will truly feature all of the heavy-hitter Fighting Game titles; and while there are a slew of fighters out there that have proved to be significantly growing in competitors over the year, as well as games that are continuously receiving development support; it seems the EVO staff have had to make some tough calls this year, and have ultimately revealed this roster as the official EVO 2018 lineup.
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- Tekken 7
- Injustice 2
- Dragon Ball Fighter Z
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
Without a doubt, all of these titles are some of the finest fighting games we’ve seen to date, with BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle not even out yet, but already receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback. Many players however, are quite disappointed that recently released Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite did not make it into the roster, and feel a bit duped, as many believe the title really did not get a solid chance to shine on the big stage – as even Capcom failed to give the game consistent, and proper competitive support. While others simply believe that the game just wasn’t fleshed out enough, rushed, unfinished, boring – and even not fun compared to the recently released Dragon Ball Fighter Z; rumors have now surfaced that the main reason behind the lack of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite at EVO 2018 is due to lack of permission from Disney themselves, as they now own rights to the Marvel brand.
Regardless of what the situation may be, it has been revealed that BYOC side tournaments will in fact be a possibility at this years EVO, as long as community leaders step up and organize the tournaments themselves, as the EVO staff will not be involved with running any tournaments outside of the main-lineup.
While I’m personally not a huge fan of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, I feel that this years lineup is strong, and will undoubtedly have something for everyone. I expect EVO to once again break viewership records, and bring more public interest into the FGC as a whole.