EVO 2020 GAME LINEUP ANNOUNCED, MARVEL VS CAPCOM 2 RETURNS
It’s that time of the year again. Evolution Champion Series, EVO for short, home of fighting games and the fighting game community. The world’s biggest eSports fighting game tournament in the world takes place at the fabulous Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from July 31st to August 2nd.
Just announced during the EVOWorld 2020 Reveal Livestream with MrWizard aka Joey Cuellar, the president of EVO and the legendary Mike Ross himself joining him in introducing the main game lineup for EVOWorld 2020. Whether you’re going to compete or spectate, this is the EVO you want to attend. Why? We’ll tell you all about what’s going on!
Registration and tickets are on sale now over at evo.shoryuken.com
You can buy the Sunday Finals ticket at AXL.
1st Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
It’s a no brainer, Smash, and EVO connects with each other and Smash Bros. Ultimate is no exception, with Nintendo announcing the game entering Season 2 and getting another Fighters Pass with 6 new fighters to join the roster, it shows that Smash Bros. Ultimate is far from done. Taking the no. 1 spot in EVO2019 in entrants and being the main game at EVO2019 Finals. The same could be said with EVOJapan2020 which took place just a few days prior to the EVO World announcement. Smash Bros. Ultimate took the no. 1 spot again at EVOJapan2020 but reports confirm that over 50% of the entrants did not show up, supposedly the reason being that the prize pool was a custom Smash Bros. Ultimate Pro Controller for the Nintendo Switch… yeah, I can see why most players wouldn’t win just to get another controller. JESN and Nintendo seriously need to work that out next time. Can MKLeo secure another win this time around? We’ll have to wait and see.
2nd Tekken 7
Ah good old Tekken! Tekken 7 at EVO2019 was no doubt the best moment ever when Arslan Ash won the incredible match between Knee, before bowing down performing the Muslim prayer, it was truly a magical moment that happened the same year Arslan won EVOJapan 2019. While Tekken 7 is considered an old game by now since the original release was back in 2015 in the Japanese arcade machines with Tekken 7 Fated Retribution, the game still holds up strong and the community is bigger than ever. With Bandai Namco Entertainment announcing Season 3 at EVO2019, the crowd went wild. From game mechanics adjustments to new flashy supers (Messatsu!) and the reveal of Zafina from Tekken 6. Season 3 is currently on-going with some flaws and controversies such as the Frame Data Display being Paid DLC while most fighting games these days and back in older generations had this for free at launch or via an update, Tekken 7’s producer Michael Murray sure did not hold back when fans complained about this. Ironic considering its fellow BNE game, Dragon Ball FighterZ had this for free. Followed by the Leroy Top 8 EVOJapan 2020 was… not a pretty sight. Mike Ross mentioned this too during the Livestream that he would hope the Tekken team are working on adjusting the character before EVO2020. With Paid DLC and Leroy aside, Season 3 is doing really well, this time cutting off 2-character slots for Frame Data Display and a brand-new stage that was revealed with Fahkumram (yes that’s his name) at Tekken World Tour 2019 in Thailand. Tekken 7 had a close set between Street Fighter V last year with entrants, at one point both games had the same amount until the final numbers were revealed, Tekken 7 would reach the no. 3 spot and becoming the second main game at the Sunday Finals in 2019.
It wouldn’t be EVO without Street Fighter! Street Fighter V enters EVO this year with a new face while remaining what it’s all about. Announced earlier at Capcom Pro Tour 2019 during the North American Regional Finals, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition would feature a 40-character roster, 34 stages, 200+ costumes and more to come. During Capcom Cup 2019 in December, Yoshinori Ono took the stage to announce that Capcom Pro Tour would continue in 2020, showing off all the events and super premiers, also talking about the upcoming Intel World Open Tournament which is being held by Intel and Capcom in August during an Olympics side event. Following the announcement came a trailer for Seth, the returning boss from Street Fighter 4. To be released with Champion Edition on February 14th, 2020. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition has a close set with Tekken 7 in entrants and made it to no. 2 just before EVO took place. It’s safe to say Season 5 is the best season Street Fighter 5 has ever seen, it may be the last season as well. Thanks to the much-needed buffs and nerfs, characters like Ryu, Chun-Li and many more finally gets to shine out more while Karin, Birdie and other Top 8 characters may have to fight harder this time around. Could Poongko return at EVO with Seth? Mike Ross with E. Honda? We’ll have to wait and see.
When the game was first announced at EVO2018, the game took off, placing a well ahead no. 1 spot in entrances and becoming the main game at EVO2018, fans were in love. That all changed in EVO2019 where the game saw lack of content and support from Bandai Namco Entertainment, followed by a lot of complaints and slow updates and DLCs, securing the 7th spot in entrances, falling short behind Under Night In-Birth and right behind was its brother SoulCalibur 6. DBFZ recently introduced Broly as the latest fighter to join the roster in the FighterZ Pass 2 in November of 2019 and is just about to wrap up it’s Season 2 with the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals to be held by Red bull from February 8th-9th, 2020. Personally, I think the game is done after EVO2020, there have been rumors of the game stopping support after 2020, 2019 sure showed that the game was slowing down in terms of updates, DLCs, and communication for that matter. With Toei’s contract. Bandai Namco Entertainment must release at least 1 new Dragon Ball game every year. Maybe it’s time for FighterZ2? We’ll have to wait and see, either way, I am excited to see Go1 and SonicFox battle it out, possibly the most hyped competitors out there.
5th Samurai Shodown
The game that helped SNK shine out, thanks to Samurai Shodown, SNK sure have redeemed themselves for the past few years of fighting games that never really took off as Samurai Shodown did. An old school fighting game only the most real remember, in one blink you might just be dead thanks to the games insanely high damage. Announced at last year’s event, Samurai Shodown would get a Season 2 with 6 new fighters to join. The slowly placed game returns for its second year at EVO. Securing the 5th spot in EVO2019. Not making it into the Top 8 Sunday Finals was a bummer but the Top 8 was still incredibly hype with the legend Alex Valle entering alongside the MvC2 icon, Justin Wong. Maybe it’s time to show off more KOF15 huh SNK?
6th Granblue Fantasy: Versus
This was a 50/50 for me, I wasn’t sure if it would make it in and if there was enough support for it. But it seems that’s already been confirmed, GFVS joins the EVO2020 lineup with an 11-character roster. Now personally I was a bit skeptical knowing it only had 11 characters, but hopefully, DLC will arrive soon, well before EVO’s presence so players can get hands-on experience with the characters before competing. Granblue Fantasy: Versus is a brand-new title to make it to the EVO World lineup, released on February 6th in Asia territory with a US release on March 3rd and European release on March 27th. While the game is still very new and players are exploring new stuff, so far, we’ve seen the crazy unblockable super done by Lowain where the goddess “YGGDRASIL”. Lowain can control this character and the opponent is forced to move and block all at the same time with a higher delay than your usual fighting game. Pretty sure Cyborg Games and Arc Sys are going to work on nerfing that. Granblue Fantasy: Versus suffers some minor delay during online matches and its matchmaking is below average, characters with heavy tools will suffer more and you should consider setting your search options to a stable connection near you.
I personally think the game has potential and with the upcoming US/EU releases, I think things will start to improve. But for now, this is what we must deal with.
7th SoulCalibur VI
Again, it’s a Bandai Namco fighting game. Of course, it would return to EVO! SCVI is one of the hyped matches to spectate because there’s much more engagement than your usual fighting game, games like Samurai Shodown are more of a slow-paced instant kill game, Street Fighter and Tekken are just about going in with devastating combos and Dragon Ball FighterZ is the tag team versus game that replaced Marvel vs. Capcom. Here’s what makes SoulCalibur VI so special, it’s unique fighting style is a combination of many fighting games in one game. Imagine, Weapons like Samurai Shodown, Arena like Tekken and combos like Street Fighter with an incredible flashy super like Dragon Ball FighterZ. While SoulCalibur may have seen slow updates and support, the game is still alive and well, with Season 2 announced at EVO2019. It was probably one of the hyped announcements of the event alongside KOF15. The clash between the SCVI and Samurai Shodown logo and the screaming crowd gave me chills I haven’t felt in a while for an announcement. Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown is coming to SoulCalibur VI in Spring 2020 alongside his own stage.
8th Under Night In-Birth Late Exe[cl-r]
I was not expecting it at all! The final game of the EVO2020 lineup being UNIST and its latest upcoming release Late Exe [cl-r], releasing on February 20th. I was surprised how well it did in 2019, most likely the reason it made it back for another year. Of course, it’s an Arc Systemworks game and there’s always going to be more than one of those at these events.
IT’S MARVEL BABY!
That’s right, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is back! The game that defined EVO for years, the game we’ve been screaming about for years at Marvel, Capcom, and EVO to bring back is now back in its biggest shape yet. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in 2020. The original release of the game was on the 24th of February 2000. Possibly one of the most “confusing” fighting games out there with how it’s been treated by both Marvel and Capcom. The game was released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360… but not for long. It was taken down by the request of Marvel and Capcom. Why? There’s no confirmable answer to that, but it seems that it had to do with license and maybe something happened between Marvel and Capcom… seeing how Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was treated by Marvel, Capcom was mostly all alone in funding the game. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was the last great game in the series… which makes us wonder.. why is MvC2 back and HOW!? This didn’t just happen out of nowhere, they must have been given permission by Marvel and Capcom, but more importantly. How come they allowed that AND could we possibly see something new being announced at EVO? An anniversary collection? A sequel? A remake/remaster of the game? Nobody knows and the rumors are growing thicker than ever before. MARVEL is back!
BONUS EVENT: Marvel vs. Capcom 2: The 2ournament Of Champions:
EVO is hosting a bonus game event for the 20th Anniversary of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, inviting 4 of the EVO Champions on stage to fight it off and there will be 4 more spots for competitive players who have the chance of fighting against the 4 champions! It is yet decided when, where and how the 4 remaining spots will be decided, invitations and registration are not final yet. But as for now, we know there will be a Last Chance Qualifier at EVO2020.
The 4 champions invited:
- Justin Wong
- Michael “Yipes” Mendoza
- Sanford “Santhrax” Kelly
- Duc “Ducvader” Do.
Justin Wong has won MVC2 EVO Grand Finals a total of 7 times, 2001-4, 2006, 2008 & 2010. He was unaware of this event going on.
And just for the record, here’s how EVO2019 looked in terms of entrants and winners.
1st: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 3,492 (Winner: MKLeo)
2nd: Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – 1,929 (Winner: Bonchan)
3rd: Tekken 7 – 1,885 (Winner: Arslan Ash)
4th: Samurai Shodown – 1,719 (Winner: Infiltration)
5th: Mortal Kombat 11 – 1,567 (Winner: SonicFox)
6th: Dragon Ball FighterZ – 1,191 (Winner: Go1)
7th: SoulCalibur VI – 742 (Winner: Bluegod)
8th: BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle – 640 (Winner: Clearlamp_o)
Personally I definitely think this is the EVO you would want to attend, the game lineup is exactly what I wanted, though it is a bit controversial with the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 only did one year which is surprising considering its strong numbers last year with 1,567 entrants, beating DBFZ.
Could this be NRS? EVO? Or both? We’ll never know, but the fans aren’t too happy about that, though it seems to have settled down a bit after the MVC2 logo showed up. Granblue Fantasy Versus is a nice surprise and I’m happy to see it on the lineup. SFV: CE, T7, and SSBU are “must” games so of course, I expected them to be there. DBFZ? Honestly, I was expecting it to not be there this time, especially since the huge drop in 2019 and the lack of support since then. But it still holds up strong and is not going away just yet. Samurai Shodown and SoulCalibur VI deserves the spots and are incredibly entertaining to watch, it’s intense moments and devastating slashes is why I love those games so much. Great going SNK and BAMCO! I don’t think anybody was expecting UNIST or Marvel vs. Capcom 2, lots of jokes going around about Marvel since MVCI never made it in and then they suddenly become reality and the crowd goes wild. Good going EVO, good going… you have my complete attention!
Are you excited for EVO2020? What do you think of the game lineup? Let us know!
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– THICCBOIS OUT –
– Danial Malik Hussain & Nadja Eun Joo Christiansen