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It’s been a year since Sony acquired Evo, one of the largest annual fighting game tournaments in the world. With that purchase, fans feared that the fighting game line-up would see significant changes. The water was already a little muddy; Evo 2020 was the only online event and Super Smash Bros: Ultimate was removed from the line-up.
Then, of course, part of the whole event was canceled due to sexual misconduct against co-founder Joy Culler.
Basically the whole thing was messed up for multiple reasons, and everything was confusing and scary. Not only did the online Evo 2021 run in a very simple fashion, but it also lacked the presence of a smash.
This year Evo is back as an individual event, and Nintendo has made it clear that Smash will not return to a Sony-owned tournament. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the line-up isn’t awesome.
Evo is back and in beautiful form. The day-long tournament runs from August 5 to 7 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The Evo 2022 features 50 percent more floor space this year. The extra space will host community events, arcade cabinets and new stage designs. The Evo 2022 will also have an artist’s alley with a March booth.
This year’s line-up Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Guilty Gear -Strive-, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, Takecan 7, The King of Fighters XV, Multi Blood: Type Lumina, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Granbull Furse, 2nd Encore.
The game with the most registrations will close the event. A game event with a minimum amount of registration will open. The schedule stays in flux until the sign-ups close.
Hey, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is not one of the featured games. I’ll leave it to the big fighting game fans to argue for a shocking, despicable exclusion.
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