The EVO 2018 lineup includes anime, anime and more anime

The annual EVO Evolution Championship is the largest and longest-running fighting games tournament with a rich legacy of upsets and big plays. It’ll be returning to Las Vegas in 2018 for more combos and to help the salt flow a little longer. The EVO weekend is a great time to see what the fighting games community is all about and marvel at the ability of the top players. It’s the weekend that fighting game players look forward to the most and is often filled with hype moments and announcements.

The EVO lineup for 2018 sees a bit of a shakeup this year and is as follows:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Tekken 7
  • Injustice 2

We’re getting two Smash games and three Arc System Works game, this is the best timeline. It is quite interesting that we’re getting BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, a game that isn’t even out yet, over something that’s a bit more established like Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. It’s already causing a bit of an uproar and does mean that the headlining games of EVO 2018 are not all that diverse. While I like the idea of seeing Arc System Works games over the EVO weekend, it does mean that games like The King of Fighters XIV and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will struggle a little more to get their game on the map. The ideal situation would be to be able to show off every game over the weekend but let’s face it, there isn’t enough time or manpower to make that possible. Squabbles over who should headline EVO happen every year and it just so happens that BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is going to bear the brunt of it this year.

Along with the controversial game choices, Melee is once again having its finals on the Sunday, after Smash 4 was just not able to pull in the same numbers. It’s interesting to see that Dragon Ball FighterZ is getting a Sunday final, but makes sense considering how many players the game should pull.

Is that not enough to get you excited? Well, why not check out the trailer for EVO 2018 and see some of the exciting moments from previous years.

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