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EVO has finally announced its lineup of games to be featured at the 2017 tournament, and it looks like participants will have a smashing good time street fighting with their guilty gear. Sorry, but I couldn't figure out a clever way to fit a BlazBlue reference into that teaser.
EVO 2017 is just a few months off, with organizers announcing the eight games that will fill out the main roster of this annual fighter event. There are some obvious pulls here, as well as a couple nice surprises. Here's the main rundown:
Street Fighter V
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
The King of Fighters XIV
We're definitely fans of the mix of games here, though we would probably prefer to see one of those Smash Bros. games traded out for something else. Other than that, we've got expected staples like representatives from Street Fighter and The King of Fighters, as well as a nice showing from a pair of games from the team at Arc System Works and newcomers like Injustice 2 and the latest Tekken.
But that doesn't actually round out the roster just yet. A ninth and final game will be added to EVO 2017 but, according to a report from Gameinformer, it will be based on community vote. The voting process is actually pretty cool, but we'll get to those details after the list of nine contenders.
Mortal Kombat XL
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
To vote for your favorite game, though, you're going to need to make a small donation. Simply head on over to the voting website and throw a few bucks toward your game of choice. The game that gets the most love will be made a part of the EVO lineup, with 100 percent of proceeds raised going to benefit Make-A-Wish International. Not a bad way to get the community involved and raise funds for a worthy cause at the same time. Marvel vs. Capcom is out front at the moment with more than $10,000 to its name, but Pokken Tournament is in a very close second. We're actually a little surprised that ARMS isn't winning, as the game is a brand new Switch title. Then again, since nobody has really played it yet, maybe folks want to include something they're already good at in the lineup.
Now all we have left to do is wait for EVO 2017, which will be hosted out of Las Vegas from July 14-16. Feel free to give us your thoughts on the lineup in the comments below.