Every year, fans and champions descend upon the EVO tournaments to prove themselves amongst the best of the best in their chosen fighting game. Whether it’s Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken or Smash Bros, thousands of gamers come along to take part and to take home the win. Unfortunately, Street Fighter IV and any of its iterations have been dropped from the tournament.
Over the last few years, Street Fighter IV, especially Ultra Street Fighter IV have been the most popular fighting championship, with memorable players fighting tooth, nail and dragon punch to become the crowned champion. With the release of Street Fighter V this year, Capcom, or perhaps the EVO organisers have ditched Street Fighter IV entirely in place of Street Fighter V. If anything, both games should be available on the weekend, but if it’s a marketing move to draw attention towards the latest release, it’s a lame effort.
The official list of games hosting a tournament this year are as follows:
- Street Fighter 5
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U
- Pokken Tournament
- Mortal Kombat X
- Guilty Gear Xrd – REVELATOR
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Killer Instinct
- Tekken 7
Some note that the lack of Skull Girls or even Blaz Blue isn’t fair either, although neither would be as popular as those listed above. Still, on the weekend of the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, it would be nice to feature some of the other fighting games doing the rounds. Also, no sign of DiveKick either.
Evo 2016 is scheduled for July 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Sunday finals, featuring Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, will take place at the Mandalay Bay sports arena.