The Nintendo Switch exclusive ARMS was originally up for a user vote to join the roster of titles on display at this year's EVO event that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, the game didn't make the cut. Well, it may not have been on display at this year's EVO but it is joining the world of Esports next year.
According to Polygon, ARMS will be one of the main games featured in EVO Japan 2018 at the start of the year, which is set to take place at the end of January. ARMS will be joining other high-profile games such as Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, King of Fighters XIV, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Super Smash Bros, for the Wii U.
You might notice that there are a few exceptional games that are not on the list, namely Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, which has been hugely popular for the last several years at EVO, but has finally waned, and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.
In the case of Super Smash Bros. Melee it's been noted that the scene in Japan just isn't big anymore and that there wasn't enough of a community -- either grassroots or corporate-backed -- to justify having it on the list. The community seems to be okay with this decision for the most part.
At this year's EVO, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 had its swan song, appearing for the last time on the grand stage at the 2017 event at the Mandalay Bay Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game was one of the crowning titles that lured in gamers to the Fighting Game Community and helped bolster the appeal of EVO to all new heights. The game being retired in the North American circuit comes as no surprise with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite on the horizon, and so it's just as expected that it won't be appearing on the Japanese EVO scene either.
What is odd is that Capcom's successor to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, namely Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, also won't be appearing at EVO Japan 2018. This was a much bigger shock than the fact that UMvsC3 and Super Smash Bros. Melee would be forfeiting their appearance at the event. This is doubly odd given the fact that ARMS will be there instead.
However, to the credit of EVO Japan, it's not a bad choice to have the Nintendo Switch exclusive on hand, given that it's ripe and ready to take eSports by storm. The game is extremely fun and highly competitive, and utilizing the motion controls is a lot more intuitive and accurate than I would have expected. The ARMS scene could definitely explode, and not to mention, get a lot of people in shape.
We got to see a glimpse of what the eSports scene for ARMS could look like when the game released during this year's E3 event and had a small tournament take place at a nearby stadium.
It would be pretty cool to see what ARMS could look like on the grand stage at EVO Japan 2018 next year, and it could also be a huge boon for the game's appeal in the FGC.