The game lineup for EVO 2018 has been revealed, and also came with an enormous shock to many fighting game community members; Marvel vs Capcom, a series often seen as a staple of EVO, will not be among the games that people can sign up for to play during the event.
While Marvel vs Capcom is seen as one of the best fighting series ever made, it appears that that opinion has been slightly soured with Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, the most recent game that came for the series. Infinite appeared to be too different than what many players were comfortable with, such as a different art style, the removal of three-on-three fights, and character assists.
The EVO 2018 lineup includes seven different games: Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Super Smash Bros Melee, and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.
Dragon Ball FighterZ appears to be the main replacement, as like Marvel vs Capcom, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue and Super Smash Bros had been part of EVO ever since its inception. However, Dragon Ball FighterZ, despite only recently coming out, has everything that Marvel vs Capcom doesn’t.
The game includes fast paced three-on-three fights, character assists, and a well-regarded art style that makes the characters still look like the characters, unlike the Marvel vs Capcom Infinite style that got a good bit of mockery for distorting characters like Chun Li.
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle also stands to gain a good fanbase from its EVO debut, as it not only includes classic BlazBlue characters, but also characters from a number of other games and properties. Among them, characters in the roster will include Yu Narukami (the protagonist from Persona 4), and Ruby Rose of the hit internet web series RWBY, who will be joining the roster alongside her sister Yang Xiao Long and their friend Blake Belladonna (but not Weiss Schnee, the fourth member of the team, for some reason).
Either way, EVO 2018 starts on August 3 and will run until August 5 of this year.