First lesson, this year’s catalog contains a selection of 8 games instead of 9. Compared to the previous edition, Skullgirls and Granblue Fantasy Versus were ejected, even if the Cygames game will be the subject of its own tournament upstream of the Evo, hosted by the publisher on the new version Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising. Above all, the Evo 2023 marks the great transition between Street Fighter V and Street Fighter 6, which will be available two months before the start of the Las Vegas festivities. Capcom recently announced that Street Fighter 6 will be the focus of the Capcom Pro Tour 2023, with a total prize pool of over $2 million, including one million for the champion.
Well done the Evo
While waiting for Bandai Namco to announce Tekken 8’s release date, Tekken 7 will of course be there like every year since its release. The popular Dragon Ball FighterZ will also be present at Bandai Namco. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will be the only non-Japanese representative, while Guilty Gear Strive, The King of Fighters XV and Melty Blood: Type Lumina sign their second entry. No room for MultiVersus, whose popularity soon faltered after a promising start, nor for the sympathetic DNF Duel. On the other hand, many spectators will be happy if Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, great Evo classic that beats Marvel vs. Never replaced Capcom Infinite. All tournaments in this edition, played on PlayStation 4, will benefit from a prize pool of at least $25,000.
Let’s add that the organizers of the Evo have decided to revise the organization of their closing stages by replacing the usual Top 8 with a Top 6. A way to boost the closing stages and draw more attention to these decisive battles. Registrations are now open on Evo.gg, knowing that an Evo Showcase will launch the tournament on August 4, no doubt some news for us to eat. As a reminder, Evo Japan will serve as an aperitif at Tokyo Big Sight from March 31 to April 2.