One of the biggest names in video game fighting competitions, EVO, has announced the roster of titles to be featured during the 2018 series. There's a little old and a little new in this collection of seven brawlers.
We're still about six months out from EVO World 2018, but that means there's plenty of time for competitors to bone up their skills in this year's collection of fighting games. During a recent EVO livestream (via Gameinformer), the team announced this year's seven fighting games to be featured at the event. Here's the rundown.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Fighting fans likely noticed that there were a couple surprise omissions from this year's list, including games like Pokken Tournament, which would have been a nice get for the Switch crowd, as well as the recently released Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. Say what you will about that game's graphics, the fighting engine is solid and offers some nice twists on the tag formula.
Still, this year's EVO lineup is a solid one. It's hard to imagine a fighting competition that doesn't include the still-popular Super Smash Bros. Melee, which will be complemented nicely by its more recent counterpart, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
As noted in the original post, the EVO fighting series has been going for just over 20 years now, bringing together the world's best players to compete in the limelight. Also, it's the first time in about 10 years since a Marvel vs. Capcom game hasn't been a part of the proceedings.
Also noteworthy is BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle being in the mix, as that game isn't even available on consoles yet. That game doesn't even arrive until May 31, so players won't have a heck of a lot of time to 'git gud' before the big EVO showdown.
For those of you looking to attend or simply watch all of the competition via an untold number of streams, the EVO World 2018 event is set to take place in Las Vegas from Aug. 3-5.
So, what do you think, readers? Is this a solid lineup, or was there something in particular you would have liked to see included in the upcoming EVO showdown? Is there maybe a game on this list you feel should be rotated out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.